Raw honey, or honey taken straight from the hive, is not only delicious as it is—it is also extremely nutritious and beneficial. The benefits of raw honey range from something as simple as physical care to something as complex as health care thereby helping maintain your overall well-being. For many years, even way back during historical times, honey has often been used as a natural sweetener. It is the oldest sweetener on earth and unlike sugar, honey will not cause irregular spikes in your blood glucose levels but rather, regulate your blood sugar levels instead. Not only that, but honey also has antibacterial and antifungal properties, making it a great candidate for a variety of other uses. Here are eight different ways to use honey so you can reap this all-natural ingredient of its amazing benefits.

1. Facial wash

Honey works great as a facial wash in more than one way. First, its antibacterial and healing properties cleanses the skin of any acne-causing bacteria while also soothing and clarifying the skin. Second, the stickiness of honey helps remove any dirt from the surface to the pores of your skin for thorough cleansing. Third, being a humectant, honey locks in moisture in your skin thereby gently cleansing it without stripping the skin. Simply massage raw honey on your wet face then rinse off afterwards.

2. Improve digestion

Indigestion is a common problem that occurs among people of all ages especially after a heavy, oily meal. Since honey doesn’t ferment in the stomach, it can counteract indigestion and improve the functioning of your digestive system. Take a tablespoon or two of honey to improve your digestion.

3. Cold and flu treatment

A natural way to treat the common colds and flu involves a traditional drink made of honey, lemon, cinnamon, and ginger mixed in hot water. Each ingredient in the drink helps relieve the symptoms of colds and flu with honey being an agent for loosening congestion and soothing sore throat associated with flu. Drink the concoction every two hours for faster relief.

4. Acne treatment

Honey has antibacterial properties that can kill the acne-causing bacteria in order to keep the pimple from getting further infected and to help it heal faster. Honey also has soothing properties that can relieve inflammation and reduce redness. Apply raw honey directly on the freshly cleansed pimples and leave overnight.

5. Sunburn treatment

One of the reasons why sunburned skin becomes itchy and irritated is because it’s completely dried out after long hours of exposure under the sun. Honey can help restore the moisture in the sun-dried skin to the deepest layers and can help relieve inflammation to calm the burned skin and promote recovery. Adding aloe vera gel will further soothe and aid the healing of the sunburned skin. Apply a mixture of one part honey with two parts pure aloe vera gel directly on the affected area.

6. Aid in better sleep

When you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night, between 2-4 am, it could be because of an irregularity in your stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol levels. The production of these hormones is supposed to be according to your circadian rhythm but a hormonal disbalance can cause abnormal spikes in your hormone levels. So next time you find yourself awake in the middle of the night, take a spoonful of honey with some salt to regulate your stress hormone levels and to help you quickly fall back asleep.

7. Wounds and burns

The antibacterial property of honey can help prevent any bacteria from infecting minor wounds and burns while its soothing properties can reduce inflammation and redness. Smear gauze with honey then secure it over the wound or burn. The moist environment promotes healing while preventing infection, reducing inflammation, and removing odor.

8. Fade scars

Honey can lighten skin, reduce inflammation, and remove bacteria in order to decrease the appearance of scars while also promoting the regeneration and healing of tissues. Its moisturizing properties, coupled with coconut or olive oil, will also help rejuvenate your skin cells. Simply massage a mixture of one teaspoon honey with one teaspoon coconut or olive oil over the affected area.

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