As well as being nice to eat did you know that honey is also very good for your health? That’s right honey has many benefits.
This is because of it’s composition, honey is made up of sugars i.e. glucose and fructose and also contains the minerals magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium chlorine, sulphur, iron and phosphate. In fact this super food also contains vitamins B1, B2, C, B6, B5 and B3 the levels of these can change depending on the quality of the nectar and pollen. In addition to the above, copper, iodine, and zinc exist in honey it in small quantities along with several types of hormones.
Honeybees are a vital part of any healthy agriculture economy, they pollinate crops, orchards and we are therefore very dependent on them. In fact about 50% of man kinds diet is sourced directly or indirectly from crops pollinated by bees.
Honey is also useful for those with allergies. It is thought that if you source and eat local honey, it can fortify your immune system and help prevent seasonal allergies such as hay fever. This is because local bees use the pollen from local plants and eventually it ends up in your ‘locally’ sourced honey.
The benefits of honey can also be enjoyed cosmetically. For example some beauty therapists claim that honey may also be good for your skin as it has the ability to attract water. You can also use honey instead of alpha hydroxy facemasks because of its high content of the acid. Honey is also safe for those with sensitive skin.
Top Tip: You can also use honey as a moisturizing mask for your skin and for your hair. The best way to use honey as a conditioner is to mix the honey with olive oil. Be sure to wash your hair thoroughly before you go outside.
The final benefit of honey that I want to mention is as a healer. For example if you have a sore throat, drink some honey. As part of it’s chemical make up honey has a natural anti-inflammatory effect, it is also good for helping to speed up the process and heal wounds. You can also benefit from it’s sterilising properties as honey also has different phytochemicals–chemicals found in plants and different foods, these kill viruses, bacteria, and fungus making it a good substitute for wound dressings.