Humans have utilised the healing powers of honey for centuries, starting in prehistoric times when it was used to treat wounds and aid healing. Take a look at these other health benefits of honey and think twice next time you open a jar!
Treats coughs and soothes sore throats – The thick consistency of honey provides a soothing layer on irritated throats and helps to ease inflammation.
Calms the mind – Studies have revealed that honey can help ease anxiety and feelings of anticipation.
Kills bacteria – The high sugar content and high acidity of honey dehydrates bacteria, helping the body begin the healing process.
Prevents gingivitis – Honey prevents plaque build-up in the mouth and gums, keeping mouths clean and gums healthy.
Heals wounds and minimises scarring – Honey keeps the wound bacteria free, reducing the risk of infection and helping it heal faster.
Works as an anti-inflammatory treatment – Researchers have found that the antibacterial nature of honey helps to reduce inflammation in the body.
Fights acne – Spots and blemishes are caused by bacteria build up, so honey used on the skin can keep bacteria at bay, clear the complexion and even help to heal acne scars.
Treats indigestion – Any problems in the digestive tract caused by bacteria can be helped with honey.
Aids sleep – Honey’s ability to calm the mind and soothe irritation makes it ideal for problem sleepers.
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