There is no one in this world who doesn’t like honey. At least, not many. It’s sweet. It adds great taste to your food. And it is far better than all those artificial sweeteners we dump into what we eat. And it has benefits. Well, a lot many. Which is what we will see in this post. Keep reading to find out all about the incredible benefits of honey.
Why Is Honey Good?
Honey is also called ‘Shahad‘ in Hindi, ‘Thene‘ in Telugu, ‘Then‘ in Tamil, ‘Thean‘ in Malayalam, ‘Jenu‘ in Kannada, ‘Madh‘ in (Gujarati and Marathi) and ‘Madhu‘ in Bengali. In fact, given its prominence in mythology, it is also often called the nectar of the Gods.
What Are The Different Types Of Honey?
Honey does come in different types. The most popular types are –
- Orange blossom
Of these, Manuka honey is often considered the best.
Honey Vs. Sugar – Which Is Better?
Though honey certainly has a better reputation, given the additional nutrients it contains, neither honey nor sugar must be taken in excess.
But honey is the better choice, any given day. You can replace sugar in your diet with honey. Just don’t go overboard.
Benefits For The Skin
Applying honey on your face every day can have great benefits. Using a honey mask can aid in treating acne and dark spots. It also treats other issues like dry skin.
1. Fights Acne
Honey absorbs the impurities from the skin pores and acts as a cleansing agent. And since it is a natural antiseptic, it also soothes and heals your skin. You have to simply apply honey on your face in a thin layer so that it doesn’t drip all over your neck. Leave it on for about 30 minutes, after which you can wash your face with normal water.
But ensure you do a patch test before applying honey to your face as some individuals are allergic to honey. Apply a small amount on your jaw and leave it on for 30 minutes. If there is no reaction, you are good to go.
Also, it is important to know that honey can treat your acne only if it is caused by bacterial infections.
2. Helps Treat Wrinkles
Honey is a natural humectant, which means it moisturizes the top layers of the skin. This extra moisture can help improve wrinkles. It also soothes dry, irritated, and sensitive areas. Also, honey’s antioxidant properties help delay skin aging.
For an anti-aging honey mask, you can mix a tablespoon of honey with an equal amount of papaya, whole milk, or yogurt. Apply the mixture on your face and leave it on for 30 minutes. You can also massage the mixture as you apply it as doing so improves blood circulation and tightens the skin. Remove the mask with warm water and pat your skin dry with a washcloth.
Honey also makes the skin smooth and hydrated, reducing wrinkles and fine lines. However, honey masks are not a permanent cure for wrinkles. Also, not all kinds of honey masks would work the same way for all. So check with your doctor and try what suits you the best.
3. Fades Acne Scars
Since honey is a natural moisturizer, it might aid in the treatment of acne scars. However, there is no concrete research to substantiate this.
4. Softens Chapped Lips
Using just pure honey on the lips can help with this. Just dab some honey on your lips before going to bed and leave it on overnight. The honey is absorbed into the skin and makes your lips smooth and supple with daily application.
Honey can also work well for cracked lips. But do contact your doctor first as using honey on the lips and leaving it on overnight carries the risk of botulism.
5. Treats Dry Skin
The combination of honey and yogurt can help treat dry and flaky skin. Both have antibacterial properties that deeply cleanse the skin. And honey, being rich in antioxidants (and also a humectant), improves moisture levels of the skin.
Mix 1 tablespoon of unsweetened and unflavored yogurt with 1 tablespoon of honey. Spread the mixture onto your face and keep it on for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
6. Cleanses Skin
Fun Honey Fact: Honey is a Hebrew word, and it means ‘enchant’.
7. Eliminates Warts
Manuka honey can work great for this purpose. You just have to apply a thick layer of honey on the wart and keep it on for 24 hours.
8. Helps Whiten The Skin
Honey might help whiten your skin in numerous ways. Its antibacterial properties soothe inflammation and defend the skin from germs. It also moisturizes skin.
Using honey along with yogurt can work well. Mix 1 tablespoon of fresh yogurt with 1 ½ tablespoons of honey. Apply the mixture on your face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water. Repeat daily.
What Are The Benefits For The Hair?
The properties of honey help deal with numerous scalp issues. Honey might also promote hair growth.
1. Promotes Hair Growth
Though there is little evidence on this, there is no harm in giving it a try. You can combine honey with olive oil for preventing hair loss and strengthening hair. Simply heat the olive oil until it is warm. To this, add 2 tablespoons of honey (you can also add one egg white). Mix well and smooth this mixture through wet hair. Leave it on for about 15 minutes, and then shampoo your hair as usual.
This mixture can also treat dry hair.
2. Removes Dandruff
3. Cleanses Scalp
Mix 1 tablespoon of raw honey with 3 tablespoons of filtered water. Wet your hair and massage a few drops of this mixture into your scalp. Rinse well. Follow with conditioner.
The benefits of honey are great. But there is something more about honey you must know – how you can include more of it in your diet.