This thick, golden, liquid with it's heavenly sweet taste is nature's sugar substitute. It is made by honey bees who gather nectar from flowering plants and conduct a process of regurgitation before storing it in a honeycomb. Once water has evaporated from the liquid, what's left is the delicious goop we all know and love as honey.
But aside from the fact that it tastes divine, there are also many health benefits associated with the use of honey.
This means that it feeds the good bacteria in your digestive tract and therefore improves your gut flora. There has been a lot of recent advancements in understanding how our microbiome contributes to overall health. A thriving, diverse gut flora can improve your mood, help you to maintain a healthy weight, protect you from disease and the list goes on!
Honey is jam-packed with antioxidants which are powerful little cleaners for our cells, removing waste products (free radicals) which cause damage and disease. Honey specifically contains high levels of polyphenols, among other antioxidising properties, which help rid the body of potential cancers.
Great for skin
For centuries honey has been used to treat skin conditions, such as burns and open wounds. This is because of it's natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties which cleanses the skin, killing off bad bacteria. It's also incredibly nourishing and when used as a face mask will improve skin texture and clarity.
Taking a spoon full of honey before bed has been scientifically proven to aid with a full, uninterrupted night's rest. This is because it helps to sustain the liver glycogen for longer, which means you are less likely to be woken up from a spike in cortisol when your liver stops converting glucose energy. Honey consumption also causes melatonin production in the body which is the hormone that regulates sleep.