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10 Health Benefits of Honey

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6. Balance the 5 elements:
Honey has been used in ayurvedic medicine in India for at least 4000 years and is considered to affect all three of the body’s primitive material imbalances positively. It is also said to be useful useful in improving eyesight, weight loss, curing impotence and premature ejaculation, urinary tract disorders, bronchial asthma, diarrhea, and nausea.

Honey is referred as “Yogavahi” since it has a quality of penetrating the deepest tissues of the body. When honey is used with other herbal preparations, it enhances the medicinal qualities of those preparations and also helps them to reach the deeper tissues.

7. Blood sugar regulation:
Even though honey contains simple sugars, it is NOT the same as white sugar or artificial sweeteners. Its exact combination of fructose and glucose actually helps the body regulate blood sugar levels. Some honeys have a low hypoglycemic index, so they don’t jolt your blood sugar. (Watch this video Sweetener Comparison where I compare stevia, brown rice syrup, honey, molasses and agave, and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each.)

8. Heal wounds and burns:
External application of honey has been shown to be as effective as conventional treatment with silver sulfadiazene. It is speculated that the drying effect of the simple sugars and honey’s anti-bacterial nature combine to create this effect.

9. Probiotic:
Some varieties of honey possess large amounts of friendly bacteria. This includes up to 6 species of lactobacilli and 4 species of bifidobacteria. This may explain many of the “mysterious therapeutic properties of honey.”

10. Beautiful skin:
Its anti-bacterial qualities are particularly useful for the skin, and, when used with the other ingredients, can also be moisturizing and nourishing! For a powerful home beauty treatment for which you probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen already, read Carrot Face Mask.

 

Next page: Honey suggestions and cautions, then delicious sweet recipes!

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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10:20AM PST on Dec 16, 2014

thanks

11:06PM PST on Dec 10, 2014

I cook with honey all the time and I've never had it turn into a glue like substance before

tastes great rubbed into a nice juicy steak

2:32PM PST on Nov 23, 2014

Thanks

2:26AM PDT on Oct 22, 2014

Thank you :)

12:50PM PDT on Sep 28, 2014

Great list!

I'm so happy that the "local honey helps allergies" bit. I run into so many people that claim it to be true...

There's a funny article I found about annoying honey myths. I think everyone will get a good laugh out of it. : ) http://www.viralbistro.com/10-annoying-myths-honey-ever/

5:26PM PDT on Sep 19, 2014

Interesting article, thank you!

6:42PM PDT on Sep 13, 2014

I can do all that without eating honey. Vegan here :)

5:59PM PDT on Sep 13, 2014

merci Diana

4:36PM PDT on Sep 7, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

8:08AM PDT on Sep 7, 2014

Interesting article, thank you. I love honey!

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