Raw honey has a long-standing reputation for its robust and naturally sweet flavor. In addition to being delicious, there are many benefits to using raw honey in everyday life.
Did you know the ancient Egyptians used honey frequently to make ointments to treat skin diseases? The ancient Sumerian clay tablets reveal that honey was used in 30% of their medicinal remedies. If you’re looking to benefit more from that jar of honey in your cabinet, here are four awesome ways to use honey as more than just a sweetener:
1. Raw honey soothes sore throats
My grandmother always said that hot tea, peppermint leaves, lemon and honey helped alleviate symptoms of the common cold. Today, we know what’s really happening.
Honey acts as a demulcent, forming a film in the throat to provide relief from the irritation that causes coughing.
One study noted that children age 2 and older with upper respiratory tract infections experienced less nighttime coughing and slept more peacefully when given two teaspoons of raw honey.
2. Raw honey raises your blood sugar
Low blood sugar or hypoglycemia drains your energy and ability to focus. People with hypoglycemia can use honey’s natural sugar content to boost low blood sugar levels. After a routine workout, incorporate a teaspoon or two of honey into your fruit smoothie.