It’s sweet, but it’s not sinful. It’s tasty, but it’s healthy too. You can use it for cooking, as a mask, like a shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, and so much more. Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to honey, your one-stop solution for many things that bother you. However, honey seems to be rather unassuming – apart from all these conventional uses, here are some reasons why including it in your shopping cart is the best thing you can do!
1. Get over hangovers
Now, if you choose to party all night you don’t need to dread waking up all groggy and hungover. You never thought that was possible, did you? Thanks to honey, now it is. Fructose, of which honey is made, speeds up the oxidization of alcohol in the liver. Honey assists your body in metabolizing alcohol, which means that the alcohol levels in your body are reduced considerably. Three cheers to honey. Hic!
2. Insomniacs, help is here!
If you’re looking for a 2 am friend, here’s your honey. You can conveniently blame your erratic sleep on your hormones – you sleep less if your stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol) are not behaving themselves. Here’s what you can do – bribe them with something sweet, aka honey. It helps your system release insulin, activating tryptophan (the compound that makes us sleepy). Honey works wonders on your eyes; it’s great for the not-so-sleepy eyes as well. So, if you want to snooze, honey is your lullaby!
3. Preserve your fruits
If you love your fruits, but don’t know how to make them last the lean season, then ‘jamming’ them into jars is not the only answer. Go pro this season and preserve your fruits in style, without making them a walking diabetes bomb for you. Preserve them in honey sauce. You heard that right. Make it by mixing one part honey with ten parts water and cover your berries and fruits in them. You can have your fruits, sweetened all the more naturally, without your blood sugar levels going for a toss. You can thank us later.
4. Shave in style
Now that ‘No Shave’ November has ended, it’s time to bring out those blades and show our bodies some love and daylight! But, before you flinch about the razor bumps, the irritation, and the redness, let honey come to your rescue. If you think that there’s no way honey can help here, here’s what you need to know. Using honey instead of your regular shaving cream will make your skin smooth and glowing. It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that will help your skin cope with the razor cuts.
5. Forget the…
Whoops, forgot what I was supposed to write there. If you’re like me, then you need honey! As per a report released by Reuters, four months of honey or hormone pills helped women remember more than those who didn’t take either. Loaded with antioxidants, honey helps prevent cellular damage and loss in the brain. A 2011 study states that one spoon of Malaysian honey taken daily on a regular basis helps boost postmenopausal women’s memory.
6. All the energy you need
Thinking of going for that intense workout session you’d been planning for long? Are you tired of being tired? Then, honey’s going to be your solution. Honey has 17 grams of carbohydrates per tablespoon, making it a great all-natural source of energy. What also helps is the fact that it’s loaded with other nutrients too. You can make your energy drink by adding honey to water, something that the National Honey Board recommends. So, if you’re gearing up for workouts, marathons or simply a tough day ahead, keep your honey close to you.
7. Away, parasites
If you’re planning to go backpacking into the wild, you might be weary of parasites and their deadly attacks. But, if you have the power of honey, you can enjoy your trip while honey does what it does best – fight off the parasites! A concoction of equal parts of honey, warm water, and vinegar is all you need to keep yourself safe. The antimicrobial properties of honey help flush out the parasites from your body!
Are you still waiting for a better reason to get your bottle of honey? Drizzle it on your breakfast, use it to add to your beauty, or just keep yourself healthy – this ‘honey’ in your life is irreplaceable!
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