3 Proven Health Benefits of Honey

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3 Proven health benefits of Honey

Honey is one of those foods that many of us have in our kitchen cupboard. Did you know as well as being used a sweetener, it also has several proven health benefits? It can help to protect your cardiovascular system, treat coughs and colds and when used externally can encourage wound healing. Remember though that not all honey is created equally, if you are looking to use it medicinally it’s important to get raw honey. Honey is said to contain over 181 natural substances (1) and every honey is unique, taking its taste and aroma from the flower source the bees had access too. We have different varieties of local, raw honey in-store. You can sample them all and find out which one is your preferred flavour.

Treat Colds and Flu

Winter is creeping in and coughs and colds are common during this time. Have some honey in your first-aid kit to treat a cough and to boost your immune system. You can use it on young children too (as long as they are over 1) Studies have shown honey to be as effective and sometimes more effective than over-the-counter cough remedies but without the side-effects (9) The recommended dose is 2.5ml before bed for children (9) For adults I would use 5 ml. You can give it straight from the spoon or mix it into warm water and add a squeeze of lemon to make a soothing bedtime drink.

Protect your Cardiovascular System

Honey has a protective effect on your cardiovascular system in several different ways. The antioxidant effects of honey has been shown to reduce blood pressure (3) Daily honey intake can lower cholesterol, particularly the ‘bad cholesterol’ also known as low density lipoprotein and increases your good cholesterol (6) Another major risk factor for heart disease is high triglyceride levels. Triglycerides are a type of fat found in your blood. Raised levels are associated with an increased risk of heart disease. Several studies have shown that replacing your daily refined sugar intake with honey can reduce your blood triglycerides and thus reduce your risk of heart disease (7,8)

Wound Healing

Honey has been used topically as a health and beauty treatment for thousands of years and is still in use today. Honey is a broad-spectrum anti-biotic and has even been used to treat multi-resistant bacteria (2) Several studies have shown it to be very effective in helping to clear up skin infections especially post-operativley(4)It is wonderful at drawing out deep infections and objects that have are embedded in the skin such as splinters. I like to apply a generous amount of honey to the area, cover it with a breathable band-aid and leave it for several hours. More often than not, the splinter will be at the surface and easily removed after this time. It is also employed as a beauty product and is used in face masks and face scrubs.
In a Nutshell

Honey is a really useful addition to your kitchen pantry and first-aid kit, use it as a first line treatment for colds, flu, coughs and skin infections, including diabetic ulcers. If you have a family history of cardiovascular problems and high cholesterol, it’s worthwhile considering adding a small daily amount to your diet. If you’re feeling adventurous, make a lovely soothing honey face-mask and take some ‘you time’. Do remember though that it is still high in calories and sugar and should be consumed in moderation.


  1. White JW, Doner LW. Honey composition and properties: Beekeeping in the United States. Agric Handbook. 1980;335:82–91.
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3583289/#B2
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3005390/
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25742878
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4264806/
  6. Yaghoobi N, Al-Waili N, Ghayour-Mobarhan M, Parizadeh SM, Abasalti Z, Yaghoobi Z, Yaghoobi F, Esmaeili H, Kazemi-Bajestani SM, Aghasizadeh R, Saloom KY, Ferns GA.
  7. Natural honey and cardiovascular risk factors; effects on blood glucose, cholesterol, triacylglycerol, CRP, and body weight compared with sucrose. Sci World J. 2008;8:463–469.
  8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18454257
  9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20618098


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