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Three Healing Benefits of Honey

Honey has been consumed around the world for thousands of years, not just as a food source, but also for its possible healing benefits. Since the ancient  civilisations of Egypt, Greece, Rome and China, honey has been consumed both as a sweetener in cooking as well as for its possible traditional healing benefits. Ancient cultures used honey both orally and topically for thousands of years for ailments such as poor digestion, skin ulcers, skin wounds and burns. Today, many of honey’s ancient uses carry on, thanks to its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Here are Three Healing Benefits of Honey for you to try at home.

  1.  Honey to Heal Sleepless Nights

Consuming honey orally may help you overcome sleepless nights. Studies have shown that the sugars from honey may cause a rise in insulin. This insulin is converted into serotonin and then into melatonin.  Melatonin is a known sleep aid that is responsible for regulating sleep and wake cycles. 1

  1. Honey to Heal a Sore Throat

Honey may help improve the symptoms of a sore throat and there are three possible reasons why. The first reason is that honey has anti-bacterial properties which may help to relieve a sore throat caused by a bacterial infection. The second reason is that honey may help soothe the mucous membranes in a sore throat, especially if you have an associated cough. The third reason is that honey may help to draw excess fluid from inflamed tissue sites in the body, thus reducing the inflammation and associated pain of a sore throat. 2

  1. Honey to Heal Skin

Used topically, honey may offer healing benefits for a number of skin concerns such as acne, ulcers, burns and wounds. These possible benefits are likely to be associated with honey’s anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. In Ancient Rome, honey was applied as a poultice to battle wounds suffered by soldiers to aid in wound healing. Today, research is ongoing into the use of honey as a topical anti-bacterial agent to treat and heal a wide range of wound types from ulcers to post-wound related infections and burns. 3

So, it seems that there may be much more to our Byron Bay Honey than its great taste. It may even offer some possible healing benefits as well.

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