Honey—Not Just for Cornbread Anymore!
by Patty Liston
We all know that honey is great on rolls, yummy on corn-bread and delicious on just about anything. If you are lucky enough to live around someone who keeps bee hives, (and we are), you know that nothing quite beats the golden taste of honey fresh from the comb.
It turns out however, that honey has health and beauty benefits as well. A study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that people who consumed between 2 and 10 tablespoons of honey daily for a month had significantly higher levels of antioxidants in their blood. Rule of thumb: the darker the honey, such as buckwheat, the more antioxidants. Another benefit is mixing a little honey with your yogurt which helps beneficial bacteria grow and thrive in your colon.
Add honey to your beauty routine. Take a few tablespoons and massage it into your hair after shampooing. Leave in for several minutes and rinse for an easy conditioner. Put a little on blemishes for an antibacterial treatment. While pouring a bath, pour several tablespoons in the bath for a moisturizing soak. To boost moisture in your facial cleanser, mix a few teaspoons of honey into it.
Honey can sooth wounds on the skin quiet coughs and sooth sore throats.
How have you used honey? Let us know and we will print your responses. In the meantime, try some of these ideas and see what works for you.
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