Raw Honey and its healing powers has been around centuries, and has played a vital role in health, healing and cultural traditions. Written history dates back to 2100 B.C. where it is mentioned in the sacred writings of India and Egypt.
This golden liquid has been shown to help fix ailments ranging from a pesky cough to a painful wound. Research suggests that raw honey's active phytonutrients – as well as its antibacterial and antifungal properties – contribute to its vast array of health benefits. Please note, children under the age of one should never consume honey, raw or pasteurized.
1. Helps heal wounds
Due to honey's sterlizing properties, by topically applying a thin layer of raw honey to a minor wound it may actually help sterilize the cut and help it heal more smoothly. The application of honey to the site of the wound will help keep it moist, and exposure to oxygen helps to activate an enzyme in honey that forms hydrogen peroxide, which has anti-bacterial capabilities. Gently apply with a cotton swab, and cover with a Band-Aid. Please note that honey is only appropriate for minor cuts that you would otherwise simply apply antibiotic ointment to – any deep cuts or cuts that appear infected should be evaluated by a medical professional.
2. Naturally supresses coughs
If you're stuck with a cough that won't go away, studies show that honey works as well as or better than many over-the-counter cough syrups in soothing it. Honey's thick consistency coats your throat and the sweet taste is thought to trigger certain nerves that make your throat less sensitive to the cough impulse.
3. Soothes burns
Applying a thin layer of honey to a minor burn can help quell the stinging sensation and have an anti-inflammatory effect. The antibacterial qualities of honey may also prevent the burn from becoming infected, which could result in a quicker healing time.
4. Aids sleep
One of the many soothing properties of raw honey is its ability to help provide sleep relief. Honey may help facilitate the action of tryptophan, which helps make people sleepy. Plus, if you are suffering from a cough that keeps you up at night, a teaspoon of honey could help soothe your throat while you sleep.
5. Boosts immunity
The phytonutrients in raw honey have antibacterial and antiviral properties that may help boost your immune system and fight sickness. If you're feeling a little under the weather, try making a warm drink by combining 1 tablespoon of honey and 2 teaspoons of lemon juice in a 1/2 cup of hot, but not boiling, water.
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