Since the days of the early Babylonian civilization, down to the days of the Egyptian pharohs, honey has been revered as a sign of wellness and health. It is not surprising therefore that in the scriptures, God’s people were promised a land of milk and HONEY.
Ancient poetry used phrases like ‘sweet and good for the body like honey’, ‘honey for my soul’ and ‘the honey from your bosom’ over and over again. The question is: what makes honey a favorite food and why is it the most mentioned of all other foods?
Surely the sweet taste of honey must have contributed greatly to its popularity among the men and women of old but its nutritional and medicinal value cemented its place as the golden element in the search of health and wellness.
Fast forward to our day, honey continues to enjoy the prestige and class that no other food enjoys. Honey is becoming ubiquitous in health circles. You can find honey being used in modern medical hospitals as well as traditional healing centers. Dang, honey is even used to prepare juju for charisma. So honey has really become the golden food.
Below are seven health benefits you can reap from honey starting today.
Relief from cough and catarrh:
Honey has been found to be as effective as dextromethorphan in treating cold. It soothes the throat and protects from incessant coughing. A study published in the American Medical Journal found that two teaspoon of honey thrice a day can serve as a remedy from cough and catarrh
Relief from constipation:
Honey has also been found to have a laxative effect on the digestive tract as such it can be used as a remedy for constipation. It is believed that if you dilute honey in water in a 1:2 ratio you will increase its anti bacterial effect and its laxative properties.
Relief from insomnia:
Rene Ficek, a lead dietician and nutritionist stated that honey can be a good remedy for the inability of an individual to sleep at night. This is because honey contains several amino-acids such as tryptophan. The sweetness of honey causes the body to release insulin in turn allows for tryptophan to enter the brain where it will be converted to serotonin and then melatonin which is responsible for a good sleep.
Get rid of bad breath and mouth odor:
The slightly alkaline nature of honey tends to neutralize the acids that form in our mouth from the breakdown of remnant food and snacks and thus reduces the acidity of one’s mouth. Also the anti-bacterial property of honey is capable of directly attacking microbes that cause bad breath in our mouth.
After menopause, the lack of production and secretion of hormone may cause a reduction of memory in some women. Thankfully, a study discovered that honey can be used often to remedy the condition. Also, honey is packed with anti-oxidants that can prevent cellular damage within the brain.
Skin and scalp care:
There is little to say about this since honey is popular in female circles for the treatment of acne and dandruff. Sometimes the honey is used alone and sometimes, it used together with other ingredients like avocados etc.
Wounds, burns and ulcers:
Honey is used in hospitals as a treatment for wound and burns and stubborn leg ulcers. It is believed to be able to disinfect wounds that are infected with ampicillin-resistant microbes and promotes healing due to its antioxidant nature.
Surely honey is liquid gold as there are even more benefits of honey apart from the one mentioned here.
Let us know how honey has been beneficial to your health! Your comments are welcomed!