The Healing Power of Honey

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Anemia: Honey enriches blood. The darker the honey, the more minerals it contains.

Baby’s feeder: Four teaspoonfuls of honey in a baby’s bottle of water is an excellent pacifier and multivitamin additive. If the baby’s motions are too liquid, reduce the honey by half a teaspoon; if it’s too solid, increase by half a teaspoon. (Caution: don’t give honey to babies under one year old.) For teething, honey rubbed on a baby’s gums is also a mild sedative and anesthetic.

Burns: Apply honey freely over burns. It cools, removes pain and heals quickly without scarring. Apart from being a salve and an antibiotic, bacteria simply cannot survive in honey.

Bed-wetting: A teaspoon of honey before bed aids water retention and calms fear in children.

Conjunctivitis: Dissolve honey in an equal quantity of warm water. When cooled, apply as a lotion or eye bath.

Cough mixture: Combine 6 ounces (170 g) liquid honey, 2 ounces (55 g) glycerin and the juice of two lemons. Mix well. Bottle and cork firmly, and use as required.

Facial cleanser: Mix honey with an equal quantity of oatmeal and apply as a face mask. Leave on for half an hour and then wash it off. It is an effective cleanser for acne and other unwanted blemishes.

Fatigue: Dissolve a dessertspoon of honey in a jug of warm water and keep in the fridge. Honey is primarily fructose and glucose, so it’s quickly absorbed by the digestive system.

Food preservative: If you replace the sugar in cake and cookie recipes with honey, they’ll stay fresher longer, due to honey’s natural antibacterial properties. Reduce liquids in the mixture by about one-fifth to allow for the moisture present in the honey.

Hair conditioner: Mix honey with an equal quantity of olive oil. Apply to hair, cover them with a warm towel for half an hour and then wash with shampoo. It feeds hair and scalp. Your hair will never look or feel better!

Insomnia: A dessertspoon of honey in a mug of warm milk helps to fall asleep.

Migraine: Use a dessertspoonful of honey dissolved in half a glass of warm water. Sip at the start of a migraine attack, and, if necessary, repeat after another 20 minutes.

Nasal congestion: Place a dessertspoon of honey in a pot of heated up water and inhale the fumes, after covering your head with a towel, so that the steam does not escape.

Osteoporosis: Research has shown that a teaspoonful of honey per day aids calcium utilization and prevents osteoporosis.

Pain relief: Mix three tablespoons of honey in boiled water and drink. Honey has natural pain relieving powers.

Poor digestion: Mix honey with an equal quantity of apple cider vinegar and dilute to taste with water. This mix is also wonderful for joints and promotes weight loss.

Sore throat: Let a teaspoonful of honey melt in the back of mouth and trickle down the throat. It eases inflamed raw tissues.

Stress: Honey in water is a stabilizer, calming the highs and raising the lows. Use approximately 25 percent honey to water ratio.

Compiled by Bisma Ishtiaq

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