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25 Ways to Use Honey in Home Remedies

25 Ways to Use Honey in Home Remedies

Sometimes called the nectar of the gods, honey has been a staple in the human diet for thousands of years. The benefits of honey have been touted everywhere from ancient history books to clinical trials in modern society. Honey also has antifungal and antibacterial properties. The high sugar content dehydrates bacteria by producing hydrogen peroxide and other antibacterial chemicals. Honey has been shown to speed up growth of body tissues by helping to form new blood vessels, collagen and epithelial cells. Taking honey and mixing it in with other herbs, fruits and foods can help enhance healing properties. There are countless ways to use honey in home remedies. Below are recipes that aid in ailments. (Click on the link to view recipe.)

1. Honey Citrus Syrups: Sooth Sore Throat And Flu

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    A great concoction of honey, herbs, spices and citrus fruits to help sooth a sore throat. The spices and herbs help in aiding the inflammation of the throat while the honey soothes and helps get rid of any bacteria.

    2. Lemon-Honey: Colds

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      Here is a recipe with honey and lemons that can ease fever and chill symptoms associated with the common cold.

      3. Cinnamon-honey: Overall Wellness

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        Here is a recipe that naturally boosts your health by incorporating cinnamon and honey that may help in combating hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

        4. Ginger-honey: Sore Stomach

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          Ginger appears to reduce inflammation in a similar way to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) by slowing associated biochemical pathways. Ginger also promotes circulation. Combining it with honey in this recipe makes it ideal for an upset stomach.

          5. Clove-honey: Toothache

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            This recipe uses cloves that contain a very strong anesthetic chemical called eugenol. Eugenol is also an antiseptic like honey that helps kill germs that may contribute to an infection. Cloves are also about 20 times richer in eugenol than other sources.

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            6. Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey: Acid Reflux

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              An unlikely combination to aid in acid reflux, apple cider vinegar has been shown to improve digestion and mineral absorption that plays a role in reducing acid reflux. Take this tonic on a daily basis for relief.

              7. Honey Heel Moisturizer: Dry, Cracked Heels

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                A recipe incorporating honey, milk, and orange to aid in dry, cracked heels. Milk is rich in vitamin A which is essential for healthy skin in helping to repair and rebuild it. The orange serves as a natural chemical peel in aiding to remove dry skin.

                8: Honey and Brown Sugar Scrub: Dry Skin

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                  Brown sugar’s texture makes it ideal for removing dry skin. Mix the sugar with the honey for a moisturizing exfoliant for your skin.

                  9.  Honey and Yogurt Face Mask: Acne

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                    Rich in probiotics, yogurt can help decrease inflammation and restore the skin’s natural pH balance. Mixed with honey this mask will also boost the anti-inflammatory properties for combatting acne.

                    10. Honey and Coconut Water Drink: Sore Muscles

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                      Coconut oil contains many electrolytes that can aid in dehydration, a main reason for sore muscles. This drink includes citrus and honey that together boost energy.

                      11. Honey and Sugar Cream: Athlete’s Foot

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                        Honey and sugar work together in this paste to minimize the fungus associated with athlete’s foot.

                        12. Honey and Lemon: Weight Loss

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                          A simple recipe combining honey, hot water, and lemon. Some recent studies in Nutrition Research and Scientific World Journal conclude that honey can aid in weight loss. Lemon has also been found to contribute to weight loss.

                          13. Honey and Apple Cider Vinegar: High Cholesterol

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                            Ayurvedic texts say honey gets rid of fat and cholesterol in the body’s tissues. This is an example recipe.

                            14. Honey and Guggul: Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

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                              This is an Ayurvedic guggul-based formula. Triphala guggulu was assessed in a laboratory setting and found to significantly inhibit inflammatory enzymes related with rheumatoid arthritis. Mix with honey for further anti-inflammatory effects in this recipe.

                              15. Honey and Turmeric: Oral Ulcers

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                                The proven antibacterial and antiviral properties of honey can accelerate the healing process in the case of canker sores. Mix with turmeric and apply this three times a day.

                                16. Honey and Ginger Cleanse: Sinuses

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                                  A recipe taking a mixture of fresh ginger juice and honey to relieve sinus congestion for use two to three times a day.

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                                  17. Honey and Orange Juice: Anxiety

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                                    Research has shown that orange has a calming effect and can aid in fatigue, exhaustion, and anxiety. Mixed with honey this recipe is great for fighting anxiety. Citrus oils have also been show to increase concentration and alertness.

                                    18. Honey and Pineapple: Smoking Cessation

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                                      Pineapple is high in vitamin C, which aids people who smoke tend to lack. Chewing pineapple and taking honey afterwards, as explained here, can also help to curb cigarette cravings.

                                      19. Honey, Bay Leaf, and Celery Seeds: Abdominal Pain

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                                        A recipe involving a mixture of ground bay leaf, celery seeds, and honey before lunch and dinner daily. Bay leaves and celery seeds have been shown to aid in stomach ulcers and colic pain.

                                        20. Honey, Cinnamon, and Trikatu: Poor Circulation

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                                          A tea concoction to aid in poor circulation by increasing blood flow. Trikatu is effective in curing dyspepsia and helps in proper circulation.

                                          21. Honey and Castor Oil: Hiccups

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                                            Hiccups are caused by spasms of the diaphragm, and the ingredients in this recipe are anti-spasmodic, leading to relief.

                                            22. Honey and Cinnamon: Eczema

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                                              Scientists have discovered that honey not only heals damaged skin in extremely severe cases of eczema and eliminates the dry patches, but it also has the ability to regenerate new skin growth. This recipe also includes cinnamon for further healing properties.

                                              23. Fenugreek Seeds, Honey, Ginger Remedy: Asthma

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                                                This is an Ayurvedic recipe for asthma using fenugreek seeds along with ginger and honey. Honey is good for your respiratory tract while ginger has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Fenugreek is also added because it may aid in respiratory problems including asthma and bronchitis.

                                                24. Homemade Cinnamon Mouthwash: Bad Breath

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                                                  A recipe incorporating honey, cinnamon, lemon juice, and baking soda. Combined, these ingredients aid in killing odor-causing bacteria.

                                                  25. Honey Mask: Oily Hair

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                                                    This hair mask incorporates egg yolk, which is full of proteins, and honey, which will nourish and replenish your hair.

                                                    Even though honey has great health benefits, it is still a form of a sugar, and you should always speak with your physician before incorporating it into your daily lifestyle.

                                                    Featured photo credit: Woman holding glass jar of honey via shutterstock.com

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                                                    Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                                                    7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                                    7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                                    Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

                                                    Video Summary

                                                    Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                                                    There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                                                    This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                                                    Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                                                    In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                                                    One Exercise, multiple benefits

                                                    There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                                                    By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                                                    When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                                                    Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                                                    In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                                                    What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                                                    What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                                                      1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                                                      Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                                                      • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                                                      • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                                                      • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                                                      • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                                                      2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                                                        Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                                                        Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                                                        3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                                                          Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                                                          4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                                                            Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                                                            A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                                                            A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                                                            On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                                                            5. You’ll improve overall balance

                                                              Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                                                              6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                                                                Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                                                                7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                                                  Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                                                  How to hold a plank position

                                                                  1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                                                  2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                                                  3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                                                  4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                                                  5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                                                  6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                                                  7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                                                  Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                                                  Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                                                    How to improve your plank time gradually

                                                                    1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                                                    2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                                                    3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                                                    Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                                                    Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                                                    You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                                                    • Prolapse
                                                                    • After prolapse surgery
                                                                    • Pelvic pain conditions
                                                                    • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                                                    • Previous childbirth
                                                                    • Overweight

                                                                    Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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