Fall is here! And with the season change comes colds, the flu, dry skin, and more. Fortunately, the healing properties of honey lend themselves to easy home remedies that are sure to help with the inevitable fall-related issues.
Honey is more than just a delicious sweetener. It is full of so much incredible nutritional value and has many health benefits.
So it’s no wonder that honey is the main ingredient of so many great home remedies! It really is nature’s liquid gold.
For those who prefer all natural remedies, there are many honey healing properties that make it a great ingredient to have on hand.
Honey is a hot topic right now! You’ll hear a lot of discussion about fake honey, filtered honey, raw honey, and manuka honey.
And it’s worth discussing the differences because it definitely matters what type of honey you buy.
Different types of honey
Fake honey is so called because it actually contains a lot of added high fructose corn syrup to make it less expensive. So the $1 honey bargain you found won’t be much help in these home remedies. Be sure to check the labels on any store-bought honey to make sure it’s actually honey!
Filtered honey has been through a process that removes fine particles, tiny pollen grains, and air bubbles to create a clearer more visually appealing product.
Raw honey is honey that has not been filtered or processed by pasteurization or heating. This most natural state of honey has the most healing properties.
Manuka honey is honey produced by bees that have pollinated the New Zealand native manuka bush. The pollen from the manuka bush is said to improve the antibacterial and healing properties of honey.
In order to get the most out of honey’s healing properties, your best bet is to purchase raw honey from a local bee farmer. Or be your own bee farmer!
Take advantage of the many raw honey healing properties with these home remedies.
Temporary relief for toothaches
Honey infused with clove can be very helpful in managing pain caused by a toothache.
Toothaches are often caused by cavities, infection, or gum disease. So a persistent ache definitely warrants a call to your dentist.
But for temporary relief, honey has antibacterial healing properties that can help alleviate symptoms until you can get to the dentist.
In a small jar, combine ½ cup of honey and 3 tbs of whole cloves. The longer you allow it to sit and let the oils come out into the honey the better it will work for a toothache.
So, you may want to make up a batch now and keep it in your medicine cabinet in case you need it.
Alternatively, you can use 1 tsp. Clove essential oil instead of whole cloves, and the mixture will be ready to use immediately.
Clove has powerful numbing properties, so this home remedy for toothaches should quickly start to numb any pain you’ve been feeling.
Soothe and speed recovery from cold symptoms
An easy and delicious way to help kick a cold is a honey and citrus tea. Honey is full of antioxidants to boost the immune system and soothes a scratchy throat and cough.
The citrus in this recipe adds a bonus boost of vitamin C and an effective way to prevent and treat a cold.
To make honey and citrus mixture, add 1 cup of honey to a pint-sized jar and stir in the zest of 1 lemon and 1 orange. Store in a cabinet or pantry until needed.
When you need a sip of healing honey and citrus tea, just add 1 or 2 spoonfuls of the honey citrus mixture to a cup of hot water.
You might also try adding grated ginger or a dash of cinnamon or turmeric for additional cold symptom relief.
Hydrate and heal your skin
The honey healing properties for skin are many! It is incredibly beneficial when applied to your skin.
When applied topically, honey locks in moisture and nutrients, heals wounds like acne, scars, or scratches, and protects against future damage via its antioxidant properties.
For an easy no-prep face mask, apply raw honey to your damp face, let sit 20-30 minutes then rinse with warm water.
You should notice super soft skin with a healthy glow. This is also helpful for fighting acne and hydrating dry skin.
For gentle exfoliating all over in these colder months, add 2 cups of raw honey to a warm bath and soak for 15 minutes. Add 1 cup of baking soda in and soak an additional 15 minutes.
This will help exfoliate and remove any dead skin while hydrating at the same time, leaving you with soft healthy skin.
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Hold off anxiety attacks
For a lot of people with anxiety, the holiday season comes with increased frequency of stressful and scary anxiety attacks.
In western cultures, honey has been used to improve feelings of mental balance and can have a beneficial effect on anxiety levels.
Additional resources: Healing Honey – A Natural Remedy for Better Health and Wellness
If you find your heart racing at the thought of shopping, preparing meals, or the arrival of guests, try mixing a spoonful of honey and a pinch of nutmeg into a glass of orange juice to help calm your anxiety.
Sip this mixture to help slow a racing heart and pause the impending panic that comes with a pounding heart.
Honey and castor oil for hiccups
I know it sounds weird, but it actually works!
If you’ve been bothered by a bout of hiccups for a while, try mixing a tsp of honey with a tsp of castor oil. Dip your finger into the mix and lick your finger 2-3 times.
As you swallow, the mixture stimulates the vagus nerve which helps to stop the spasm that causes hiccups.
It’s pretty amazing what a little bit of raw honey can do for your health!
What are your favorite home remedies using honey?