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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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11:49AM PDT on Aug 23, 2015

Thank you so much, very interesting!

8:51PM PDT on Aug 19, 2015

tyfs

7:13AM PDT on Jul 21, 2015

Thank you

4:32AM PDT on Jul 20, 2015

Honey is amazing in its diversity of flavors and benefits. Did you know honey from Rhododendron flowers can be toxic and european ivy honey can help with coughs. check out www.ivyhoney.com/benefits-ivy-honey

4:48AM PDT on Jun 18, 2015

Honey is of course the prevention and cure. However it should be made sure that honey and milk should not be taken together. Al-Hibah provides pure natural Honey with no additions in it. Visit our site at http://www.hibah.pk.

2:25AM PDT on May 29, 2015

Thanks or sharing.

8:48PM PDT on May 14, 2015

Good to know. Interesting about the buckwheat honey.

I enjoy organic local honey from bee keepers. It has a delightful and invigorating flavour.

8:05AM PST on Mar 5, 2015

So glad it is good for us in moderation

6:22PM PST on Feb 20, 2015

thanks for sharing

6:11AM PST on Feb 10, 2015

THANKS.

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