Honey is more than just a sweet treat

Honey has many uses besides being a delicious food consumed by our favorite flying friends and us. I found some wonderful home remedies I would like to share and try.

Honey can help heal open wounds and treat burns.  According to an article in Scientific World Journal (2011), honey‘s antibacterial properties can kill off bacteria in a wound (p. 766). Bactria cannot survive in honey due to the potassium it contains. This results in a great antibacterial treatment and a perfect topical application to cuts and scrapes. Slather on natural honey the next time you have a cut instead of reaching for a tube of ointment.

Honey also works great for treating minor burns. First rinse the burn with water, and then apply a large amount of honey to the site followed by wrapping the wound in plastic wrap.  Now let it sit for 2 days. After the time has passed, remove the plastic wrap, again apply more honey, and rewrap the wound, again letting it set for 2 days.  Repeat the process for approximately 10 days or as needed until it has healed. You should have very little scaring. You can see pictures here.

Honey helps with sleeplessness.  A helpful recipe from earthclinic.com says to “take 1 Tablespoon of honey at dinner. If that doesn’t work, try mixing 3 Tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar to 1 cup of honey in a jar. Take 2 teaspoons before bed. If you don’t fall asleep within the hour, take 2 teaspoons more.” Maybe this is where the term” sweet dreams” comes from.

Another nice remedy from earthclinic.com says fructose helps remove alcohol from the body and suggest eating some honey on bread.  Agreeing with earthclinic.com, another site recommends boiling some water and adding some honey to it. After it has cooled, have a sip.  If you would like to recover from a hangover then you may want to try this.

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Nothing is complete without skin and hair treatments. There are many recipes but I decided to share a few from earthclinic.com:

SKIN TREATMENTS

Honey Facial Moisturizer: 2 Tablespoons of honey 2 Teaspoons of Milk. Apply to face and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Summertime Honey Mask: When the humidity and/or filthy city air is producing breakouts and oily or gritty skin, a honey mask is a great solution! The recipe is as easy as they get! Simply spread a thin layer of honey over your face for about 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Honey Scrub for the Body: mix 1/2 cup of raw honey with 1/2 cup sugar or salt. Step into the shower (sans water, of course) and scrub mixture into the skin. Then shower off.

Honey Scrub for the Face: 1 Tablespoon of honey mixed with 2 Tablespoons of finely ground almonds and half a teaspoon of lemon juice. Rub gently into the skin and rinse with warm water.

Skin Infections: Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts to the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections.

HAIR TREATMENTS

Hair Conditioner: Mix 2 Tablespoons of honey with 1/2 of a fresh avocado and 1 Teaspoon of coconut oil. Massage into hair and leave on for half an hour. Works beautifully for dry and damaged hair.

Hair Loss: To the scalp, apply a paste of hot olive oil, one Tablespoon of honey and one Teaspoon of cinnamon (powder). Keep on for approx. 15 min. and then wash the hair.

There are many more home remedies out there so please share your home remedies, and try one listed. Let us know how it turns out!

 

Source:

Al-Ghamdi AA, Al-Waii N and Salom K. (2011, April 5). “Honey for wound healing, ulcers, and burns; data supporting its use in clinical practice.” Scientific World Journal.  11, 766-87.

Written By: Heather Eversole

Heather Eversole has written 20 post in this blog.

As a Faculty Research Assistant, I am a part of the Bee Diagnostic team located at the University of Maryland, College Park. I process samples for the Bee Informed Partnership and APHIS National Honey Bee Survey, primarily seeking out the parasitic mite, Varroa. I wear many hats including generating reports, managing lab functions as well as assisting undergraduates with honey bee related projects. Prior to my honey bee research interests I took part in submerged aquatic vegetation research projects located on the Chesapeake Bay as well as field work involving mangroves in Belize and Florida. You might say I was “stung” by honey bees and now I am hooked. I have my bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Maryland and always eager to expand my entomology knowledge.