A superfood, sweetener and term of endearment, honey has been used by humans for thousands of years. Thinking outside of the cereal box, we’ve found a few out-of-the-ordinary uses for this rich golden treat.
One of the obvious benefits of honey is as a substitute to sugar – a deliciously gooey way to make a healthy change. Unlike refined sugars, honey contains beneficial vitamins and minerals. Refined table sugar, which people often use to sweeten their food, is considered a source of “empty calories”, meaning that there is no ulterior benefit to eating them. Swapping your sugar cube for a spoonful of honey, is only the start…we’ve dug out a few of many alternative uses for honey:
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A historic secret, we recommend reviving. Years ago, honey was used by many to preserve fruits for longevity. Simply choose the fruit you fancy, add your honey and a little sugar and water and boil it all up, jar and enjoy. Perfect with Greek yoghurt and granola for breakfast.There’s an excellent recipe to be found here at baketheneat.com/honey-preserved-fruit
BATHE IN IT
One way to banish your dry winter skin is to turn to honey to soothe your skin. Nothing beats a warm bath with nutrient rich honey. Simply add two cups of honey to a running bath. Soak for 15 minutes and then add a cup of Baking Soda for your final 15 minutes to help rid your body of dead skin cells without irritation.
GO BACK TO SLEEP
If you’re prone to waking up in the night, using raw honey and Himalayan salt together can help you get a good night’s sleep. Take a spoonful before you go to bed. The science behind this top tip is your body will use the honey and minerals to release melatonin, a sleep hormone, as well as to repair fully without your body needing to use stress hormones to get the job done. Use a 5:1 ration (5 spoons of raw honey to 1 spoon of salt). Mix these two ingredients together and store it in a glass jar. You can make as much or as little as you want.