Health 101: The many ways that honey can give your health a boost

4 Ways Honey Can Give Your Health a Boost
4 Ways Honey Can Give Your Health a Boost

You buy creams for your skin and pills for your body, but are they really working? You're hoping that all the money and time spent on these items is worth it in the end, but in reality, it simply isn't. Well the truth (as you've probably heard) is that all natural remedies are actually a whole lot better for your body than anything else. You can make great exfoliants from fruits, get rid of headaches using peppermint or lavender, so on and so forth.

Yes, natural remedies are often the smartest and most effective way to go. But after doing a little digging, we noticed one natural item in particular that helps us out in more ways than one. So what is this magical item, you ask? Well here's a few hints: it's sticky, golden and bees LOVE IT. That's right people, we're talking about honey. Take a look below all the wonderful health benefits of honey.

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1. Acne
Honey can help dry up pimples and reduce facial redness.

2. GERD (aka acid reflux)
About one teaspoon of honey can create a soothing coating for the esophagus, protecting it from the effects of too much stomach acid.

3. Coughs
Honey is a demulcent, meaning it coats your throat to soothe a cough.

4. Eczema
Applying honey can ease the symptoms and prevent the growth of Staphylococcus aureas, a bacterium that commonly accompanies eczema and can make itching worse.

5. Influenza
A New Zealand honey called Manuka, available in certain health-food stores, may tame the flu.

6. Insomnia
Try dissolving a tablespoonful of honey in 8 ounces of warm milk.

7. Burns
Smeared on a first or second-degree burn, honey reduces healing time by up to 4 days in some cases.

8. Cuts and scrapes
To heal a wound, clean the area, then apply honey under a bandage to sterilize and protect the injury from infection.

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