By Reemsha Akbar
From the golden age of the Greeks to the ancient era of the Egyptians, honey has always been a universal solution to common health problems. In Oman, honey occupies a special place in our hearts too; we have our very own raw honey that tastes impeccable while offering a ton of medicinal benefits.
Back in the day, honey was the only source of sugar and was valued for its medicinal uses. Today, it is still considered a must-have ingredient for home remedies. With more than 300 variations that come in different colours and flavours, this sweet liquid promises a faster recovery for a number of common health issues, as it is packed with antioxidants, anti-fungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
So how can this versatile ingredient benefit your health? Well, here are the five common problems that can be fixed with a sweet solution:
1. Common Cold
Honey is an all-natural cure for those seasonal colds; It can be used in treating upper respiratory tract infection. You can add it to a glass of hot water for a warm sip, or take a spoonful before bedtime; for a cough-free evening.
2. Treating Wounds and Burns
Honey is also a natural antibiotic that acts both internally and externally. With its anti-inflammatory properties, it serves as a quick and easy treatment for soothing burns. Generously apply on top of a wound to minimise the risk of infection.
Constipation, ulcer and gastric issues can really take a toll on our health. Try homemade tea with honey and a bit of lemon to help with the healing process. And, it tastes amazing too.
Due to its natural glucose, honey calms the soul and induces sleep. Take a cup of warm milk with a teaspoon of honey for a good night sleep.
Honey works as a shield against various types of infections and preventing the body from developing further issues. Every morning, take 1-2 teaspoons of honey on an empty stomach.