HONEY JAR BY UNSPLASH Heather Barnes

Incredible Things to Know about Honey

It’s no secret we are all trying to keep healthy and very mindful this flu season. We are trying to stay healthy by eating well, exercising our body and mind. Honey is a healthy natural product derived from beehives around the world. Well-known for their vast health benefits, from skincare to dieting. Here are five essential things you need to know about Honey.

SKINCARE

If you want a quick glowing skin to revamp your face to a youthful look, you might want to try adding natural Honey. Either by adding it to your face mask or just using it on its own. To give you that natural glow during your facetime or zoom meetings.

TREATING FLU

Popularly used as an ingredient in most natural flu remedies. It’s even much better to try it naturally by adding it to your lemon and ginger tea in the morning to clear your throat and also to add antioxidants that help fight bacteria. Plus it’s a natural antibiotic that can help to fight severe coughs too.

NUTRITION

In addition to its natural sugar and antioxidant, Honey contains several nutrients and up to 31 minerals; including potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and calcium. Honey also contains around 600 volatile compounds that contribute to its potential biomedical effects. Honey is undoubtedly not empty calories like sugar, and researchers are still learning about the functional benefits of its complex composition.

HOW TO SELECT THE BEST HONEY

It’s very important to note that the natural protective chemicals found in Honey mostly depend on location and production with over 300 types of Honey recognized. In general, dark Honey showed better antioxidant activity compared to light varieties, except goldenrod honey, which also ranked high.

In addition, Honey labelled raw, which hasn’t been subject to any heating, processing, or filtering may retain the most natural compounds. If your raw Honey crystallizes, heat a pan of water on low to medium heat, then remove from the stovetop and place your jar of Honey in the heated water, and stir till the crystals dissolve.

Furthermore, you can also find raw Honey that’s USDA certified organic which means it meets standards similar to organic livestock, and restricted on chemical use and exposure. However, Honey of any kind should not be given to children 12 months and under, due to the risk of Clostridium botulinum spores – which can multiply in a baby’s immature digestive system and cause severe illness.

HONEY JAR BY UNSPLASH Heather Barnes

WAYS TO ENJOY HONEY

Honey can be enjoyed alone straight from the jar or incorporated into different recipes. Use Honey to sweeten your tea and coffee, or add into a smoothie. Whisk Honey into homemade dressings and sauces. You can equally add over oatmeal, pancakes, fresh fruit or chia seeds. You can also add Honey into dried fruit, spices, use to make chips, walnuts, or cashews as well as sweeten cocktails. Finally, trade sugar for Honey in your baked goods.

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