Although hiccups are not serious, they can be irritating. A hiccup is nothing more than spasmodic contractions of your diaphragm. Many people suggest holding your breath to get rid of hiccups. Other urban legends suggest having someone scare you or hanging upside down while trying to drink a glass of water. However, swallowing honey is more effective and easier to do. Honey, along with castor oil, have anti-spasmodic properties. Combining the two makes an effective home remedy for hiccups.
- Mix one tablespoon of honey with one tablespoon of castor oil
- Swallow one teaspoonful every five minutes until hiccups are gone.
If you have an irritated, flaking scalp, you may have dandruff. Not only does it causes itching and irritation, but it can also be embarrassing as the little flakes fall to your shoulders so the world can see your problem. What you may not know is that dandruff may be caused by a fungal yeast overgrowth. Thankfully, the anti-fungal properties of honey can help relieve the itching and flaking without the side effects of anti-fungal medications and products.
- Mix together three parts honey to one part water.
- Shampoo your hair regularly and rinse.
- Massage the honey mixture into your scalp.
- Let it sit for 20 minutes.
- Rinse hair with warm water.
- Repeat daily for one week.
You will notice a difference immediately, with continued improvement throughout the week.
Although many people assume acne is a teenage hormone problem, adults also suffer from acne. Acne can be caused by hormones as a teen, hormone issues as an adult such as polycystic ovary syndrome, or have what appears to be no cause at all. Many of the prescribed medications for acne come with bad side effects. For instance, Accutane can lead to liver problems, mental health issues such as depression, and even suicidal thoughts. Other medications can be messy and difficult to deal with. For instance, creams with benzoyl peroxide can cause skin irritation and dye clothing or furniture if touched.
A natural cure is honey with cinnamon. Both have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which lend them to great remedies for acne by reducing redness and swelling.
- Mix 1 tablespoon of powdered cinnamon with two tablespoons of honey with a UMF of 10 or greater.
- Use fingers to apply honey mixture to your face, particularly the acne-prone areas.
- Let sit for 10 minutes.
- Rinse gently.
For serious burns, make sure you seek emergency treatment to prevent infection and tissue loss. On the other hand, if you have a minor burn from cooking, ironing, or curling your hair, you might want to try honey to heal faster and ease the pain. Research has shown that burns treated with honey actually heal faster than burns treated with conventional methods.
- Cool the burned area under cold running water for 10 minutes. This might feel painful but will stop the burn from going deeper.
- Pat dry.
- Put a thick layer of honey over the burn and the surrounding area.
- Cover with plastic wrap and hold in place with a bandage.
- Change the dressing twice a day. You can change it once a day as the burn begins to heal.
9. Dry Skin
In the winter months, dry skin is a big problem. This is because the cold air outside and the dry, hot air inside strip the skin of its natural oils. Some people, however, experience dry skin all year long due to hormone changes, high altitudes, or dry climates. Having dry skin can leave you feeling sore and tight and produce redness across the driest areas.
Honey is a great moisturizer known as humectant that helps your skin keep and replenish its natural oils. Paired with olive oil that helps keep skin supple and elastic, the two make a great home remedy for dry skin.
- Mix equal amounts of honey and olive oil until they are creamy.
- Massage the lotion into dry areas of skin, including the face. Areas that dry out quickly like knees and elbows benefit greatly from this home remedy.
10. Athlete’s Foot
The fungal infection known as Athlete’s foot causes red, flaky, itchy feet. Once again, due to its anti-fungal properties, honey is a great home remedy.
- Before bed, rub a thick layer of honey on the bottom of your feet and between the toes, where you see Athlete’s foot.
- Cover your feet with an old pair of socks.
- Wear the socks all night to keep the honey in contact with the infected feet.
- Wash and dry your feet in the morning.
- Repeat until the infection has cleared up.
11. Sore Throat
Colds, the flu, or any upper respiratory infection often lead to a sore throat. The pain can be terrible, making you feel as if you are swallowing razor blades. The pain is often worse right after you wake up since your throat has dried out during sleep.
Honey can help by coating the throat and soothing the pain. When the pain has eased, swallowing becomes easier. We also know that cayenne pepper, due to the capsaicin, reduces throat pain by activating the mucous membranes. Putting both together can be a powerful home remedy for sore throats.
- Fill a mug with warm water.
- Mix in 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.
- Add ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
- Heat in microwave until hot, but do not boil.
- Sip the drink like you would tea.
You’ll notice a soothing effect on your throat as you drink and for a period of time afterward.
If your sore throat lasts more than 2 weeks or you have a lot of throat swelling, see your healthcare professional. Your doctor may need to add antibiotics.
Once again, the moisturizing properties of honey known as humectant can help with a sunburn. When your skin is sunburned, it loses its moisture and the honey helps your skin keep and restore moisture. Additionally, the anti-inflammatory properties help ease the discomfort of a sunburn including redness, burning, and irritation. So, if you stayed out in the sun too long and developed a sunburn, honey may be exactly what you need to feel better.
- Mix 2 cups of apple cider vinegar, 1 cup of water, and ½ cup of honey.
- Put into a spray bottle.
- Spray sunburned areas for instant relief.
13. Acid Reflux
Acid reflux is a huge problem among adults in the US. If you have acid reflux, this means that the stomach acid is not staying in your stomach but is entering your esophagus, damaging the esophageal walls. Honey can soothe the burning pain by coating the throat. Additionally, because it is both an anti-inflammatory and an antiseptic, honey can help heal the membranes in the throat. If you have mild symptoms, the use of honey may be a great answer as opposed to proton pump inhibitor drugs and their side effects.
- Measure out 2 tablespoons of honey.
- Swallow when having symptoms.
If your acid reflux is a new symptom or you are having stomach pains, talk with a medical professional because you could have an ulcer or other serious medical condition. If you have an ulcer caused by the bacteria Helicobacter, acid reflux may occur. Antibiotics can resolve this type of infection, and then eating honey and yogurt can keep the infection from recurring.
14. Dry and Damaged Hair
Hair can become damaged and dry for many reasons. Perhaps you use the hairdryer or other electric tools on your hair. Perhaps you spend a lot of time in the swimming pool. Perhaps your hormones are acting up, drying out your hair. Whatever the cause, there is no need to buy expensive salon products to restore your hair.
The humectant (moisturizing) properties of honey don’t only affect the skin. It is also a great way to keep moisture in your hair. Adding olive oil will coat the hair shaft to make it smooth and shiny. Together, they make an amazing product that is as good as anything you can get in the salon.
- Warm ½ cup of honey in the microwave.
- Stir in ¼ cup of olive oil.
- Shampoo your hair regularly and rinse.
- Work the honey mixture through your hair as a conditioner.
- Leave it on the hair for 10 minutes.
- Rinse with warm water.
15. Mouth Ulcers
Ulcers in the mouth can occur because of infection or trauma. For instance, you might bite down on the inside of your cheek, and a mouth ulcer will develop. Mouth ulcers create pain in the entire area around the ulcer and can be very difficult to heal. Many of the over-the-counter medications have side effects, so trying honey is a good way to go.
Honey’s anti-microbial properties keep out the infection. Turmeric acts as an antiseptic and cools the area. Together they make a wonderful salve for mouth ulcers.
- Mix equal parts of honey and turmeric, forming a thick paste.
- Use a cotton swab to apply the salve to the mouth ulcer.
- Leave it for 2 minutes.
- Rinse the mouth.
- Do this twice daily until the ulcer is healed
16. Insect Bites
Being outdoors in the warm weather is wonderful, but it can leave you covered in insect bites. For many people, these bites are painful and itch! Although you can spray to ward off the insects, the sprays have toxic ingredients that can be harmful, especially to those with asthma.
So, if you’ve gotten an insect bite, honey, and its anti-inflammatory properties, can reduce the redness and swelling. Its antibacterial properties can keep the bites from becoming infected. The addition of baking soda can help soothe the irritation and itching. Together, this home remedy is perfect for summer fun.
- Mix 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and 1 tablespoon of baking soda to make a paste.
- Apply to the bite.
- Cover the area with a bandage.
Now you can see why having honey in your kitchen is a good idea. Not only will it sweeten your foods, but it will sweeten your life as it helps you heal yourself with a variety of home remedies. As researchers continue to look at the properties of honey, new uses will continue to pop up.