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Honey contains powerful antibacterial and antiseptic properties and has long been used as a natural treatment for many different health conditions and diseases. Here are 5 health benefits of honey.
1. Soothe and treat a sore throat
Honey is an old remedy for curing sore throats. To make an effective antibacterial drink, add one teaspoon of honey, the juice of half a lemon, and a pinch of black pepper to a mug of hot water. Sip the mixture at regular intervals to help alleviate the symptoms associated with a sore throat.
2. Build immunity to pollen and allergens
Honey that has been sourced locally can be used to help build resistance to pollen. This can be especially helpful for those who suffer from hayfever. Take 2 teaspoons of locally produced honey every day, preferably starting at least six weeks before your hayfever symptoms would normally begin.
3. Treat cuts and wounds
Honey contains natural antiseptic properties that can help to heal wounds and reduce the risk of infection. Spread a thin layer of honey onto the cut or wound and cover with gauze. Secure the gauze in place and try to avoid getting the dressing wet. Take care when removing the gauze as the honey may cause it to stick to the wound.
4. Settle an upset stomach
Honey contains antibacterial properties that can kill bacteria in the stomach and digestive tract. For diarrhoea, vomiting, and stomach upsets, take 2-3 teaspoons of honey as often as necessary. Honey can also encourage the body to re-hydrate and replace the fluids lost during sickness.
5. Try honey for treating ulcers
Mouth ulcers can be soothed and treated effectively with honey. Use a cotton bud to apply a thin film of honey to the affected area and reapply every 1-2 hours. Alternatively, soak a small cotton ball in honey and press onto the ulcer for 5-10 minutes. Some anecdotal accounts also exist of honey being used to cure stomach ulcers.