Honey is a natural superfood containing about 82% natural sugar, composed of monosaccharides fructose (38%) and glucose (31%); and disaccharides (9%) sucrose, maltose, maltulose, isomaltose, turanose and kojibiose; and oligosaccharides (4 %). 16% water and 2% minerals (magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium chlorine, sulphur, iron and phosphate), vitamins (B1, B2, C, B6, B5 and B3), proteins and pollen.
Honey also contains several compounds thought to function as antioxidants. The exact composition of any batch of honey depends on the flowers available to the bees that produce the honey.
The health benefits of honey have long been realized by humans to treat a variety of ailments. Honey contains powerful antioxidants with antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It has been used numerous times to treat wounds. It’s antiseptic properties, when applied to a wound help prevent infection. Many types of bacteria can’t survive in honey, so wounds heal, swelling eases, and tissue grow back.
If you have allergies, honey can be beneficial. If you eat honey that is local to your area, it may help prevent your seasonal allergies. Bees use the pollen from local plants and eventually it ends up in your honey.
Honey may also be good for your skin. It has the ability to attract water. It is also safe for sensitive skin. You can use it as a moisturizing mask for your skin as well as your hair. To use it as a conditioner, mix the honey with olive oil. Be sure to wash your hair thoroughly before you go outside.
If you have a sore throat, take some honey. Pour a teaspoon of honey into a large serving spoon and then top off the spoon with lemon juice. Swallow the concoction (without water) every few hours until symptoms clear up. Some people add a pinch of black or red pepper to increase blood circulation to the throat. There is also evidence that honey diluted in water will help stomach aches and dehydration.