The unexpected benefits of honey

Honey jar and dipper with leaking honey

Besides being a powerful antibacterial, honey has many properties. Antiviral, antifungal, antioxidant, healing, antiseptic, it is just as useful for our health as for the skin.

Magnesium and trace elements

A very energetic food, honey compensates for the lack of magnesium and trace elements. These two elements are quite rare in our diet. But honey combines the two. For people with diabetes, consumed in moderation, honey balances blood sugar better than the sucrose found in sugar.

Be careful, however, not to abuse it. Honey is full of fructose which in excess, once metabolized by the liver, turns into fats.

Good for the skin

Honey has many properties. It is antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antioxidant, healing and antiseptic. This is explained in particular by the presence of antimicrobial peptides. They directly attack the bacteria that cause problems.

Honey also has healing properties, especially acacia honey. Gluconolactone, naturally in honey, has moisturizing, soothing and anti-aging properties. Moreover, we find it in cosmetic products that we buy in stores.

You can make a homemade honey mask by mixing:

  • Olive oil or sweet almond oil

Mix the ingredients equally. The texture should remain sticky. It is applied after thoroughly cleansing your skin and leaving the mask on for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water.

A hundred varieties exist

There are many kinds of honey. For instance :

  • Acacia
  • Clover
  • Alfalfa
  • Wild flowers
  • blueberry
  • goldenrod
  • Apple tree
  • Buckwheat
  • Linden
  • sabal berry
  • Thyme
  • Lavender
  • Rosemary
  • raspberry bush
  • Cranberry
  • Orange tree etc.

Each of them has its properties.

  • Against sore throat, honey softens the vocal cords. Thyme, eucalyptus are effective in case of bronchitis and laryngitis. Lavender, linden, buckwheat and eucalyptus honey are perfect for soothing coughs. Blackberry honey relieves angina. Savory or sage honeys are perfect for chronic bronchitis.
  • Against stuffy noseacacia or rapeseed honey, mixed in equal parts with saline, can be used in aerosols.
  • In case of conjunctivitis, you can add a little honey to your eye drops. It will help fight dry eyes and conjunctivitis.

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