Besides its delicious natural sweetness, honey can help keep alleviate cold and flu symptoms and keep you healthy during cold season. Get your fill of honey with these simple and tasty honey recipes to stay healthy and energized during the chilly winter months.
Why honey is healthy
Cooking with honey has many health benefits and has been used for hundreds of years in all kinds of natural remedies. For cold and flu season, one of the best benefits of honey is that it is a natural remedy for sore throats and coughs.
Taking a spoonful of honey if you have a sore throat can almost instantly provide relief from irritation. Honey will not entirely heal your sore throat, but it will greatly relieve the pain caused from it.
Recent studies have also found that honey, specifically, buckwheat honey (which is made by bees who collect honey from buckwheat plants) can relieve coughing and is a safe alternative to over-the-counter cough medicine for children over one year old. You should first consult your doctor however before any treatment is given.
For adults, adding honey to liquids like tea is a great way to soothe cold symptoms and keep your energy up.
Honey has been found to be a terrific source of carbohydrates for athletes or just if you need a general energy boost. Especially if you aren't feeling well and have a cold, keeping your energy high can be a difficult task.
Add honey to tea or water which also helps you stay hydrated or drizzle honey over fruit, cheese, or toast to keep you energized when you are sick. Even when you are not sick, eating honey everyday can add lots of great health benefits for very little calories and no fat. Honey also is high in antioxidants and is a great natural alternative to sugar and other sweeteners.