13 health benefits of raw honey

Have a bit of raw honey around the house? If not, maybe you should. This tasty tea-sweetener isn’t only good for improving peanut butter toast or adding a hint of sugar to your morning cup.
Raw honey has a host of other health benefits too. Once you read all the benefits from the list below, you’ll want to stock up on honey the next time you are the store.

1. Use honey as a natural wound treatment.

Apply honey to a wound and take advantage of its natural antibiotic properties. Honey has been used as a treatment for thousands of years and works because both the physical properties (gooey and sticky) and biological properties (acidity and osmolarity) work together. In short: try swiping some honey on that scraped knee instead of store-bought cream for a natural healer.
2. A spoonful of raw honey before bed may help you sleep.

If you are struggling to get enough sleep at night, try eating a spoonful of raw honey. According to Medical Daily, “honey can cause a rise in insulin and release serotonin … “The body converts serotonin into melatonin, a chemical compound that regulates the length and the quality of sleep.” Noshing on a bit of honey before you hit the sack will help your body produce natural sleep aids so you get better sleep at night.
3. Rehydrate yourself with a honey and citruses based electrolyte drink.

Add honey to a natural electrolyte drink to reap the energy-boosting benefits in the natural sweetener. Try this recipe: Combine 1/2 cup orange juice, 1/2 cup lemon juice, 2 cups filtered water, 2 to 4 tablespoons of honey and 1/8 teaspoon of unrefined salt in a blender and mix until honey is completely combined.
4. Honey may be used as an anti-fungal.

Not only is honey a great way to treat wounds, because of its natural antibacterial properties, you can also use it to treat nasal infections and fungal infections (like athletes foot).
5. Honey may alleviate seasonal allergy symptoms.

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, step away from the medication and grab honey instead. Medical Daily reports that honey contains anti-inflammatory properties which can help ease the swelling of sinuses. Not only that, honey could act like a natural vaccine, making you less susceptible to allergies in the future.
6. Honey may help to treat gum disease.

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