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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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1:30AM PDT on Mar 10, 2014

Always use good quality Honey.

11:46AM PST on Mar 1, 2014

Thanks.

8:43AM PST on Feb 5, 2014

hmmmm

3:39AM PST on Jan 24, 2014

So very true, MarilynBusy W! Honey is invaluable.

Karen H states: "Interesting that Care2 has this article on the health benefits of honey and another article on how we should cut back on honey because of the decimation of bee colonies."

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2:29PM PST on Jan 23, 2014

I buy raw local honey by the gallon. It's amazing!...But brush your teeth after having it!

10:25PM PST on Jan 4, 2014

Its nice

2:05PM PST on Dec 29, 2013

Interesting that Care2 has this article on the health benefits of honey and another article on how we should cut back on honey because of the decimation of bee colonies.

2:09PM PST on Dec 28, 2013

Love honey and now know it is best unpasteurized.

8:12AM PST on Dec 2, 2013

My concern is that the global bee population is at risk due to man's interventionist technology. It is worth the time to explore this documentary as honey is not the only bee product we should be concerned about.

EMF RADIATION (LOW FRQENCY) is on the suspect list along with Monsanto in killing honey bees around the world.

Resonance: Beings of Frequency Resonance - Beings of Frequency (documentary film)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_bEUIxdnp0



1:21AM PST on Dec 1, 2013

Thank you :)

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