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When I was a lot less younger, lols, back when I was a kid, I usually have cough… and sometimes colds too.  I have a weak lungs, I guess.  My coughing a lot became an allergy, even my doctor gave me an inhaler back then… but good thing it didn’t went on and became an asthma.

I remember my dad giving me honey with lots of garlic and onions in it.  It is somewhat… a herbal medicine.  I also remember him saying that he got this ‘herbal medicine’ idea from the late Ernie Baron, one of the Philippine inventor and the so-called The Walking Encyclopedia.

Anyway, after a months and months (I can’t remember if it took a year or two) of taking it, having cough became less and less in occurrence and  less troublesome.  Now, thinking about it makes me curious if the honey made it go away or, how do they say it…, somehow a therapeutic healing.

Of course before we go to the health benefits of honey, we have to answer first… What is Honey?
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Honey is a sweet, yummy food made by bees using nectar from flowers.  It can be used as a sweetener and flavoring.  Flavors and colors of honey is based on the nectar source, even the nutritional properties of that honey is based on the types of flowers the bees pollinates.

What Honey Can Do?

Honey contains vitamins, minerals and amino acids that helps nourishing our body’s skin and hair.  It also acts as an antibacterial and anti fungal agent that helps disinfect wounds and speeds up the healing process of such wounds and burns.

Research also shows that eating honey raises our protective antioxidant levels.  Antioxidants are our aid in combating free radical cells that are damaging the cells in our body.

Honey can be use as a home remedy for cough and colds, and even sore throats.  A lot of commercial preparations are using honey as a primary ingredient.

It can be a beauty aid, a cleansing scrub, mix honey with ground almonds.  A skin moisturizer, a tablespoon of honey whisked together with an egg white, 1 teaspoon of glycerin and about 1/4 cup of flour makes an excellent firming mask. Just smooth on the face, leave on 15 minutes, and rinse off with warm water.  A conditioner for dull hair, mix 1 teaspoon of honey into 4 cups of warm water. Use as a hair rinse. And if you’re a blond, add the juice of 1 lemon, too.

Honey is very nutritional and has a lot of uses, but because it is a potential carrier of botulinum endospores, which can be harmful to undeveloped immune system, giving this to children under the age of one is definitely a not good advice.

With all these facts, I might as well get a jar of honey or two!

 

 

sources: wikipedia and homeremediesweb.com

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