Honey, particularly in its raw form, offers an extensive range of surprising benefits. This sweet nectar has long-been valued as a natural sweetener, long before sugar became widely available in the 15th century.
Honey can help you get a better night’s sleep. Yep, it causes a rise in insulin and triggers serotonin, it’s that hormone familiar for improving one’s mood. Your body converts serotonin into melatonin, which is the chemical compound responsible for regulating the quality and length of sleep.
Surprisingly, this sweet natural nectar is even said to be a simple hangover cure. It’s acclaimed by scientists for its ability to help the body break down all of that alcohol you consumed and are probably regretting big time when your head is pounding the next morning. Honey on a cracker or piece of toast, before or after drinking, may prevent a hangover.
As honey offers natural antimicrobial properties, it can also be used to treat wounds and burns. It also works as a natural antibiotic, internally and externally – in fact, the use of honey as remedy dates back thousands of years. Those same properties allow it to last an incredibly long period of time. How long? Well actually honey never expires. Yep, that’s right. There was honey discovered in the Egypt tombs ageing thousand of years and proven to be still edible.
Raw honey is known to be especially effective for alleviating allergies. Raw honey is recommended as the pollens. When flying from one flower to the next, the bees become covered with pollen spores, and those spores are transferred to the honey they produce. Consuming it then helps one build up immunity to what’s encountered in that environment.
Women, in particular, can sometimes suffer from hormone-related intellectual decline during post-menopause, but because pure raw honey is chock-full of antioxidants, it may help prevent cellular damage and loss within the brain. One study revealed that just a spoonful of honey each day could boost the memory of post-menopausal women. After four months of a daily dose of 30 grams of honey, the women were found to be more likely to have better short-term memory as compared to those who took hormone pills.
Honey is often touted as a natural cure. All for a cough and cold, and science backs up what most of us already know. If you have a persistent cough that won’t go away, it can be remedied with just a couple teaspoons of honey, researchers say.
You can make your own natural cough syrup using raw honey by adding ¼ cup fresh ginger root, ¼ cup marshmallow root, one tablespoon cinnamon and a quart of filtered water to a pot and bringing the mixture to a boil. Once it’s boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer, and continue to simmer until the mixture is reduced by about half. Pour it through a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth to remove the herbs. Once the liquid has stopped boiling but is still warm, add in one cup of raw honey, a tablespoon of lemon juice, stir well and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.