Honey As A Skin Healer
By Corinna Underwood
Honey has been used for healing for more than two centuries. These days, it's not only one of the main ingredients in many cosmetic products from soap to body lotion, it is also gaining attention in the field of medical research, where it is showing promise as a skin healer.
The honey bee existed between 10 and 20 million years before humans came along. Throughout human history, in every continent of the world, honey has been prized as a food and medicine. It is mention in several religious texts including the Bible, the Koran and the Rig Veda. In Medieval Europe it was associated with the Saints. American Indian cultures believed that the honey bee was a blessing from the gods. Honey is still as popular as ever, both as a nutritious food and as a healer of many ailments.
Honey has 64 calories per tablespoonful, which makes it an excellent source of energy. It contains a wide range of vitamins and minerals including: riboflavin, niacin, calcium, iron, copper, magnesium, copper, manganese, zinc and potassium. It is also a rich source of antioxidants, which means it helps eliminate free radicals, stave of disease and boost the immune system.
Honey For The Skin
Honey is not only a nourishing food, it can also be applied topically to benefit the skin. Honey is a humectant. This means that it can help the skin retain moisture. Adding honey to your homemade soaps and cosmetics gives them a number of extra advantages. If you have dry skin, honey can prevent cracking and peeling. Even if you have oily skin, honey is beneficial because it will moisturize your skin without leaving an oily film on the surface. The antioxidants in honey may also help to reduce the effects of aging such as fine lines and loss of elasticity.
Honey's Healing Properties
Studies show that honey is effective for healing minor burns, wounds and skin ulcerations . It appears that honey has anti-inflammatory effects which helps reduce skin swelling and promote the healing of lesions. It can also reduce scarring when the wound has healed.
Some people may have an allergic reaction to honey. This could range from an irritating skin rash to anaphylaxis. If you have allergies to other foods or plant pollens, this may make you more vulnerable to sensitivity to honey.