5 Natural Remedies Using Honey
Honey comes to the rescue to solve a variety of health issues: It makes a great wound solve, burn treatment, and even asthma alleviation. Pretty impressive, right? That's just the start. Honey can be used for many natural remedies, all without the use of harmful chemicals. Here's five ways honey can be used as a potent natural remedy.
Have a wound that needs healing? Honey might be your new go-to: It's been found to be effective at treating wounds. In one study, a therapeutic honey and Norwegian forest honey were found to kill all strains of bacteria in wounds. That's really important, considering wounds need to be disinfected promptly, otherwise there's a risk of a more serious infection spreading. Try applying 3 to 6 teaspoons of raw honey directly to the wound, then cover with a sterile gauze and bandage. Also, remember: The darker the honey, the stronger the antibacterial and antioxidant power. We recommend trying Beezy Beez wildflower or buckwheat honey to do the job!
Burns are never fun to deal with, but honey doesn't mind. In a number of studies, scientists found honey's antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties actually promote healing in small burns. In fact, non-serious burns actually healed quicker with gauze and honey than with traditional antibiotic creams. That's because honey has low pH, high viscosity, hygroscopic effect, antibacterial action, and hydrogen peroxide content. If you'd like to treat minor burns with honey, simply follow the instructions listed above for wound solves. Make sure to use some Beezy Beez raw honey for the job!
Asthma is nothing to play around with, and thankfully honey can help with calming an asthma attack. If your asthma is allergy based, and pollen is the source of your trouble, try adding local honey to any tea and drink it frequently to build up your immunity. You can also whip up an asthma alleviator batch: Combine 1 pint of Irish moss jelly (North Atlantic seaweed jelly), ½ yellow onion, and 2 cloves of garlic in a saucepan and let it simmer for 30 minutes. Strain through a sieve and add ½ cup of honey. Take 1 tablespoon every couple of hours, as needed.
Ever want long, lush eyelashes? Believe it or not, honey is great for your eyelashes too. It's also really good at removing eye makeup, all while nourishing your lashes. Try mixing 1 teaspoon of raw honey with 3 teaspoons of castor oil. Let it sit in a cool place for a week, stirring occasionally, until it reaches a smooth consistency. You can use it nightly to remove your makeup, and the added bonus is It'll make your lashes nice and plump.
Got some pesky sunburn? No worries: Apply some raw honey straight to sunburned skin. This will help promote cooling and faster healing. Plus it'll sooth your skin. If you'd like faster healing, try mixing 1 teaspoon of honey, 1 teaspoon of olive oil, and ¼ teaspoon of lemon juice together. Mix it and then apply it to your skin, making sure to leave it on for at least 10 minutes. Then, wash it off with some water.
Ariana Palmieri is a green beauty blogger who strives to live as eco-friendly as possible. In July 2015 she started her blog, Greenify-Me, to document her own journey with sustainable products and makeup that would benefit the environment. In her spare time she loves to read wellness-related books, devour sushi, drink bubble tea with her boyfriend, and befriend stray cats.