Oh Sugar….Oh honey honey…..You are my candy girl….And you got me wanting you! The taste of Honey drizzled over toast or over corn flakes for breakfast, as seasoning for barbeque spare ribs, pork chops or chicken wings before cooking, as your favorite salad dressing, and as sweetener for your smoothies, tea, coffee – Honey is simply yummilicious. No wonder the word honey is also used to describe ones most loved and dearest people. Right from the cave man till today, Honey seems to be playing an intricate part of human lives, from religious significance in various cultures to a symbol of sweetness being used in all cuisines and from being used as a talisman to its medicinal marvels. Here are 5 uses of honey that are sure to amaze you and definitely worth a try.
Honey’s antimicrobial, antibacterial, antioxidant and antifungal properties, makes it nature’s perfect gift to all its inhabitants. And quite justly, whatever your skin type may be – Dry, Oily, Normal, honey has its mystical powers. It aids in opening up and unclogging pores and also has a soothing effect on blemishes. Like the French, say ‘Au revoir!’ to wrinkles, aging skin, acne and ‘Bonjour!’ to smooth, clear and glowing skin.
As a Face wash – Take a spoonful of honey, add some milk to it and gently massage it onto your face. Leave it on for 5 -10 minutes and rinse with some warm water.
As a Moisturizing Exfoliator – Add some crushed oats and almonds to honey and use it to exfoliate your skin. Keep it on for 5-10 minutes and rinse with some warm water.
Honey’s composition of Glucose & Fructose plays a crucial role in allowing the brain to function effectively at night time when one is asleep. So a spoonful of honey at bed time can help you sleep well and wake you up to a brighter day all energized and excited. But to witness this supernatural power of honey, avoid sweets and sugar intake during the day and have the spoonful of honey on an empty stomach with at least a 2 hours break after you’ve had your dinner.
Honey plays the central role in this diet called the ‘Hibernation Diet’ which claims to help one sleep and lose weight simultaneously by employing the body’s own natural recovery system for weight control. It was created by the British pharmacist Mike McInnes and his son Stuart, a nutrition expert. Mike McInnes says the honey at night sets a chemical cycle in motion releasing hormones and burning fat as you sleep. One spoonful of honey helps to stabilize the blood sugar levels thereby allowing the body to activate recovery hormones which rebuild muscle and skin cells.
Honey’s antiseptic property helps in relieving acidity in the stomach and eases the digestion process. It works well when you’ve overeaten and helps to ease any gastric related issues. One tablespoon of honey will do the trick.
If you find honey too sweet to be had individually, you can add it to warm water and add a few drops of lemon and gulp it down.
Honey – For your Vocal Chords
A teaspoon of honey mixed with some warm water just before a singing performance can work wonders. The honey coats ones throat and makes your voice sound smoother. It helps alleviate any soreness that may arise due to rigorous practice.
Waiting to try some of these tips? When you shop for honey, make sure you buy raw unfiltered honey as it retains the vitamins, amino acids and protein of the natural honey and has more health benefits. The darker the honey the better it is!