BY DR.KHOOBSURAT NAJMA
We all have our own share of childhood memories associated with honey. Come winters, and our grandma would take out her much prized honey bottle from her secret cupboard, pour a spoonful of this golden magical sugary syrup into a glass of water and all our winter woes would settle in a jiffy! And she was spot on.
Honey is packed with immunity boosting vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It is also good for maintaining healthy skin and hair. So, this winter season give honey a chance to heal you from within!
Here are some easy ways to use honey for fighting common winter problems :
1 . Take one tablespoon of honey at the first sign of a cold or cough. You may add honey and lemon juice to tea or warm water if you do not want to consume it raw
2 . For severe cold, take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder daily for 3 days. This will help clear the sinuses
3 . Mix a tablespoon of raspberry leaves or lemon juice with two cups of hot water. Add a teaspoon of honey and let the mixture cool to room temperature. Use it as a gargling solution every morning
1 . Roast around 4 – 5 black peppers on slow flame. Then, cool and grind them into fine powder. To half a spoon of honey, add a pinch of this powder. Mix well and consume it. Do this regularly every morning to prevent cough, cold and sore throat
2 . Mix 2 teaspoons of honey with equal quantity of ginger juice. Add this to a glass of warm water. Have this every morning. This concoction helps to expectorate mucus, providing relief for the common cold, coughs and sore throat
1 . Mix 90% honey with 10 % warm water and rub into the scalp for a few minutes. Cover with a shower cap and leave on for three hours, then rinse. Do this every other day for four weeks. After four weeks, reduce the frequency to once a week to prevent relapse
For Dry hair
1 . Honey’s humectant qualities make it a great match for treating dry hair. Take 1/2 cup honey, 1/4 cup olive oil (for normal to oily hair, use only 2 tablespoons oil), mix it well and gently work this mixture through hair. Cover with a shower cap and leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse, shampoo and style as usual
For Dull skin
1 . Honey helps to rejuvenate the dull winter skin. To hasten rehydration, add 1 teaspoon honey, 1 teaspoon olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice. Combine the ingredients and apply to your face/body. Leave it on for 10 minutes before rinsing with tepid water
So make honey a part of your daily diet this winter and see this miracle liquid work it’s magic!
Choose good quality Honey
It is almost impossible to know the quality of honey by just looking at it through the bottle. Read the ingredient list carefully to check for “additives” or “added flavors”. A bottle with a “Pure honey” label may be diluted with water or sweetened with corn syrup. It is always better to go for a trusted or well known brand.