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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 July 10, 2020

                                                    How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                                    How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                                    We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                                                    We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                                                    So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                                                    Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                                                    What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                                                    Boundaries are limits

                                                    —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                                                    Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                                                    Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                                                    Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                                                    Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                                                    How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                                                    Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                                                    1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                                                    Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                                                    You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                                                    To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                                                    You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                                                    • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                                                    • When do you feel disrespected?
                                                    • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                                                    • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                                                    • When do you want to be alone?
                                                    • How much space do you need?

                                                    You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                                                    2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                                                    Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                                                    Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                                                    3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                                                    Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                                                    That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                                                    Sample language:

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                                                    • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                                                    • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                                                    • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                                                    • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                                                    • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                                                    • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                                                    • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                                                    Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                                                    4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                                                    Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                                                    Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                                                    Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                                                    We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                                                    It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                                                    It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                                                    Final Thoughts

                                                    Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                                                    Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                                                    Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                                                    The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                                                    Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                                                    Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                                                    They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                                                    Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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