Did you know that September is National Honey Month?
If you didn’t know that, here’s something else that might come as a surprise: There are about 300 different kinds of honey in the United States.
Honey comes in many varieties, depending on the floral source of pollen or nectar gathered and regurgitated by the honey bee upon arrival in the hive. Here are some healthy reasons to use this sweetener and to celebrate National Honey Month:
Unlike sugar, which is simply a sweetener, honey is a rich source of carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. Some of these include niacin, potassium, calcium and zinc. It also contains antioxidants and amino acids. However, honey’s nutritional value varies depending on floral source and type of honey.
Honey has long been used as a natural way to soothe sore throats. Try tea or warm lemon water with honey when your throat needs some relief. According to the Mayo Clinic, honey can also be an effective cough suppressant: In one study, researchers gave participants aged two to 18 with upper respiratory tract infections up to 2 teaspoons (10 milliliters) of honey at bedtime. Their parents rated honey more favorably than a cough suppressant drug in relieving their children’s nighttime coughing and improving their sleep. One word of caution about honey: since it can cause botulism in infants, never give honey to children under the age of one.
Honey has antibacterial and antifungal properties, which makes it great for boosting the immune system, not only when it is ingested, but also when applied topically to the skin. These properties help clean cuts and wounds, and also help to keep them free from infection, making it a good natural antiseptic.
Using a honey-based facial mask on dry or rough areas can add moisture, because honey acts like a humectant (a substance that helps retain moisture). Try this DIY honey pumpkin mask for a great exfoliator.
Because of its moisture retention qualities, honey also makes a great hair conditioner and can nourish and enrich your locks.
Buying locally-produced honey helps ensure that you aren’t getting a dose of illegal antibiotics or heavy metals like lead in your sweetener. Buying local honey also supports local beekeepers, who are so vital to ensuring that we have honeybees. Search for local honey at Local Harvest.
Of course, if we want to keep enjoying honey, we must help protect the bees who make it. Urge the EPA to save our bees by signing this petition.
Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/5-healthy-reasons-to-use-honey.html#ixzz3DEEILoHX