Mary Poppins had it almost right. Not only good, but good for you, honey is a component in tons of natural home remedies, for everything from colds to cigarette cravings.
Just a jar of honey, and some of the most common household herbs and spices – that’s all you need for these recipes: the sweet nectar of honey can help cure many everyday ailments.
Some varieties, such as manuka honey, offer a stronger antimicrobial effect. The trick is to use raw honey so you can enjoy a multitude of health benefits.
Honey Combats Allergies
To avoid seasonal allergies caused by the local environment, it’s a good idea to eat a little honey made in your area every day. This is a great natural remedy you can use year after year.
Honey: the Best Natural Remedy For A Cold
For colds, on the other hand, all you need to do is mix a teaspoonful of honey with half a stick of cinnamon and take some of this mixture three times a day. To combat a blocked nose you need one teaspoonful of honey and one of fresh ginger, to be taken morning, evening and night.
Heal Wounds With Honey
If you have a shallow cut or wound, just cover it during the day with sterile gauze which has been lightly rubbed in honey, and take it off again at night in order to let the wound breathe.
Beat Nausea With Honey
If the problem is a bad case of indigestion or a strong feeling of nausea, just mix some honey and lemon together, dip your finger into it and slowly lick the mixture off twice a day.
Honey to Quit Smoking? Yes!
Honey can also be a friend to those who want to quit smoking, when chewed along with chunks of pineapple before lighting a cigarette, and to those looking for relief from stress or anxiety: if this is the case, just add some honey to orange juice (one teaspoonful in a glass of juice) along with a pinch of nutmeg.
Still Hungry? Enjoy These Honey Desserts
Whether drizzled over Greek yogurt with nuts or used to sweeten cakes and baklava honey is great in desserts. Here are five must-try recipes.