Honey Buzz

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Legend has it Cleopatra servants would draw her bath with milk and honey.  Must have been a lovely way to unwind after a day of love affairs and political hedging…  But Cleopatra was on to something.  There are tons of health reasons to buzz about honey, especially the *raw, *unpasteurized, and darker varieties, as well as the medicinal Manuka variety from New Zealand.

*Except for women that are pregnant and very young children.

To use the kitchen staple in creative ways read on to learn how a touch of sweetness will help your skin glow, boost your immune system, soothe your burns, and aid your digestion.

Acne Fighting Hydrating Face Mask

As a humectant, honey draws water to skins surface relieving irritation and dryness and is anti-bacterial therefore combats acne, a double whammy.

Put 2-3  Tablespoons of raw honey in a bowl (raw is better since it has the natural enzymes), lightly wet your fingertips and gently apply a thin layer on your face.  After 10 minutes rinse your face with warm water and follow up with your daily moisturizer.

Immunity Boost

Honey coats and soothes soar throats, coughs, and boosts immunity when used regularly.  Again raw honey is preferred because it contains important B Vitamins, amino acids, enzymes, and is rich in minerals like calcium, bioflavonoids, antioxidants, and magnesium.

Nourish your body by eating  a tablespoon a day or add it to a cup of tea, apple cider vinegar, or greek yogurt.

Burns

Honey is antibacterial and calming, therefore next time you burn yourself while baking your favorite banana bread, slather on a high quality honey.  You probably already know this but… if it’s a serious burn get yourself to the ER stat.

Digestion

Because honey is acidic it prevents growth of bacteria.  Refresh yourself with diluted honey in water or tea and simultaneously support the growth of helpful gut bacteria while killing the harmful strains.  Again the darker the honey or Manuka will get you the most antioxidant bang for your buck.

Be Inspired,

Kelly

 

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