In today’s post you’ll find a recipe to boost your health daily, see how honey beats pharmaceuticals, and learn how master makers take advantage of the healing properties of honey.
(Image: honeycomb. Credit: Fir0002/Flagstaffotos, under license.)
If you are health conscious and don’t already incorporate honey into your diet, you definitely might want to start now. Here’s are some of the amazing properties of honey:
- Cancer and heart disease preventative
- Naturally antibacterial and antifungal
- Cholesterol regulator
- Skin moisturizer and humectant
- Natural cough suppressant
- Heals cuts and burns
How does honey have such powerful health benefits for humans? It starts with its dense nutrition: honey naturally contains 18 amino acids, potassium, calcium, B complex vitamins, and antioxidants.
When we consume the flavonoids in honey, they remove oxidants from the body that can damage capillaries and collagen. You can go on a regimen of artificial drugs from pharmaceutical companies that have tried to reproduce the compounds in honey – or, if you are like us, you might prefer just incorporating raw organic honey into your daily diet.
Honey is also antibacterial, beginning with an enzyme that bees put in honey that creates hydrogen peroxide. A recent medical study found that dressing burns with honey is more effective than using silver sulfadiazene – honey makes wounds sterile in less time, enhances healing, and reduces scarring better than the drugs.
Your Daily Healthy Dose
Get started with honey using this simple morning tonic. (This tonic also incorporates apple cider vinegar, which has wonderful health benefits that we will discuss in a separate post for you.) It’s really easy:
Each morning, put one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (we like Bragg's organic raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar for its purity) in a tall glass. Add one heaping tablespoon of organic raw honey. Stir it quickly until the mixture is smooth. Fill the glass 3/4 with filtered water. Then if you like, top it off with a few ice cubes.
The benefits? You get flavanoids into your system, lots of nutrients, a morning energy boost, and a dose of probiotics (some varieties of honey contain as many as 10 species of friendly bacteria that help regulate your digestion). Make it a daily habit, and see how your energy level and overall health improves.
A study in 2010 compared honey with cough suppressant drugs like dextromethorphan and diphenhydramine. Guess which one did better? A dose of honey before sleep is more effective than those cough suppressant drugs.
(Although honey is truly effective for alleviating cough and sore throat, it is a myth that consuming local honey will help prevent allergies. No studies have ever shown that consuming local honey has a measurable effect on allergies. But there are still plenty of other reasons to eat it!)
With all its nutrition, antioxidant power, and healing properties, honey is of course abundant at Soap Hope. Here are some great uses of honey that our master makers have created:
KIND Soap Company Honey Almond Brown Sugar Scrub. This sweet scrub smells delicious and will leave your skin silky smooth. Dig your fingers in for little scoopfuls and gently massage onto your skin in circular motions. Allow the organic raw brown sugar, almond oil, honey and mango butter to work their magic for a couple of minutes. When you rinse clean with warm water, you will be amazed at how soft your skin feels.
A Wild Soap Bar makes a fantastic Honey Oat Organic Soap Bar – the only aroma in this bar is the warm scent of raw honey. We love its soothing and moisturizing effects.
Rose Geranium Face and Body Bar by Badger blends honey with rose geranium and calming lavender in a beautifully scented bar, with fine ground organic oatmeal for exfoliation that is gentle enough for sensitive facial skin.
Indigo Wild’s Grapefruit Zum Kiss Stick uses honey and beeswax to moisturize and heal lips.
We hope you’ve learned something new about honey today with us. Do you have a favorite recipe, regimen, or story about honey, or a thought about Soap Hope? Share in the comments below!