Honey is Mother nature’s super food and with its rich abundance of nutrients, it is considered a powerful source of vital nutrients to strengthen our immune system. It is truly one of nature’s simplest yet best remedies.
It’s fascinating how the fragrance, taste and hue of honey reflects the different flora from which bees gather their nectar. Honey from orange blossom carries a lighter taste and colour while honey from pine forests is a deep amber colour with a richer flavour. On the other hand, honey from lavender brings in the flower’s delicate perfume. Each type of honey brings with it it’s own abundance of benefits.
Hippocrates said: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
Make a teaspoon of honey a part of your daily ritual of taking care of yourself. Here are a few reasons why…
1. It helps protect your immune system.
Raw, organic honey is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and enzymes protecting your body from cold and flu symptoms such as sore throats and aching body. Drinking warm water with honey and lemon is a time-honoured method to soothe a sore throat.
2. It helps you lose weight.
Honey helps to lose weight. This is based on proven powers of honey to trigger metabolic changes that ensure your body won’t succumb to sugar cravings. A spoonful of honey in your night time milk is sufficient to reduce nocturnal stress, allowing better sleep and making room for the body’s critical function, recovery and repair.
3. It reduces the risk of heart disease.
The range of antioxidants in honey is comparable to that in apples, bananas, spinach, oranges and strawberries. These antioxidants help prevent narrowing arteries and help lower cholesterol levels which are strong contributors to heart disease.
4. It soothes indigestion.
The antiseptic properties of honey provide relief from acidity and indigestion. Honey also neutralizes gas so reach for some honey and lemon in warm water when you have indulged in some over eating.
5. It bolsters your energy levels.
Feeling fatigued? Honey is a healthy source of calories and energy for your body. It satisfies a sweet tooth with some healthy consequences. Reach for a tablespoon of raw organic honey anytime you are craving some sugar.
6. It clears up your skin.
Honey does wonders not just for your body but also for your outer shell – your skin.
Its antiseptic and anti-fungal properties help soothe inflammation, eczema and psoriasis.
Incorporate honey as part of your skin care regime by applying a small amount of raw organic honey directly to problem areas and leave on overnight.