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Throughout history honey has been a staple in homes across the globe. Many people use it because it tastes great, but that isn't all you can use it for.
It never spoils, honey has been found inside tombs in Egypt and it is still edible, and delicious. According to WebMD, laboratory research is showing exactly how well honey works on many different types of wounds, but they also caution to not give honey to infants, because of the risk of botulism. So, whether you are looking for a great all natural sweetener or an all natural anti-bacterial, Honey has you covered. Here are just a few of the great ways you can use honey.
Honey can hamper the growth of food-borne pathogens such as E. coli and salmonella, and to fight certain bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, both of which are common in hospitals and doctors' offices. But whether it does the same in people hasn't been proven.
Shop for honey and you'll see that some are lighter, others are darker. In general, the darker the honey, the better its antibacterial and antioxidant power.
Manuka honey is made in New Zealand from the nectar of Leptospermum scoparium. The product Medihoney, which has been FDA approved since 2007 is used for treating skin ulcers and wounds.
Honey For Allergies
If you suffer from seasonal allergies, instead of heading out to the pharmacy or reaching for an over the counter allergy medication, try a tablespoon of honey. While some laboratory studies have suggested that honey has the potential to clear up stuffy noses and help with allergies triggered by pollen, it won't work with just any honey. You need to make sure that the honey you use is from your local area. The closer to your home the better and it isn't an immediate fix. To see what works best for you, try a spoonful of local honey every day.
Honey and Colds
A study that involved 139 children, honey beat out dextromethorphan (a cough suppressant) and diphenhydramine (an antihistamine) in easing nighttime cough in children and improving their sleep.
Another simular study that involved 105 children found that buckwheat honey worked much better dextromethorphan in suppressing nighttime coughs.
These are just a few of the many ways you can use honey. Check back tomorrow for more ways you can use honey!
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