Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The healing essence of honey

Honey is a sweet food made by bees using nectar from flowers. The variety produced by honey bees (the genus Apis) is the one most commonly referred to and is the type of honey collected by beekeepers and consumed by humans.  However; honey has other uses besides just eating, it is used in a variety of cuisines, cosmetics, medicines, and natural healing remedies.  Honey also contains several anti-oxidants, which makes it important to us; in addition, it has an anti-infective component and has been used to heal coughs, intestinal ailments and skin wounds.

If you are looking to add shine, moisture, and manageability to your hair, use honey; it’s cheap, effective and can really advance the condition of your hair over time. Honey is a natural humectant, which means it attracts and holds on to water molecules from the air, making a great treatment for dry, damaged hair.

For a deep conditioning boost, add a tablespoon of honey along with any oil of your choice to your conditioner, let it penetrate for 20-30 minutes, and rinse thoroughly with warm water. Despite its sticky texture, the honey treatment will rinse easily from the hair, as long as you are using equal parts of honey and oil.

To achieve extra softness and sheen, apply honey to damp hair and let sit from 20 minutes, then shampoo, condition and style; your hair should feel softer and more manageable.  On a side note honey can lighten the hair over time, so if you would like to darken your hair, substitute molasses for honey.
 
Factually, honey has gone from a medicine to sweetener that only the wealthy could afford to a common item in stores and farmers' markets nearly everywhere. While it has become easier to obtain, it has also been processed more and more, which reduces the beneficial effects. For example, honey contains four substances that prevent colon cancer, each a type of caffeic. They act specifically on two substances in the colon that are involved in cancer development: phosphatidylinositol-specific phospholipase C and lipoxygenase. These caffeics, or phytonutrients, are literally destroyed by processing. Pure raw honey is best if you are hoping for health benefits from eating honey; one tablespoon daily will make a difference in your body.


For years honey has become the staple ingredient in skin care remedies; honey possesses natural antioxidant and anti-microbial properties help to protect the skin from the damage of the sun's rays, by supporting the skin's ability to rejuvenate and refresh depleted skin, leaving it feeling silky soft and supple. One of the most common natural skin care benefits with honey is related to treatment of minor acne which could be caused by hormonal changes. Honey also absorbs impurities from the pores on the skin, making it an ideal cleansing agent.

In closing adding a tablespoon of honey to warm tea can help soothe a sore, especially if you are a singer, also for those of us including my self who like to make our own products whether its hair butter, gel, moisturizing spritz, etc add a couple drops of honey to the mixture to help naturally preserve the ingredients.



  

2 comments:

  1. Remember, no honey for babies untill they are at least 1 year old!

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