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Its Uses And Health Benefits
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by Sheree-Anita Shearer | Associate Writer
Jamaicans have always been known for their ability to use one item in many ways and Jamaican honey is no different. Honey is a serious multitasker, working its way from the kitchen cupboard to the medicine cabinet.
What Is Jamaican Honey?
Honey is a naturally occurring sugar that is made from flower nectar. It is broken down to simple sugars in the hive before it becomes the sticky goodness that makes a great addition to our teas, pastries and even homemade remedies as well.
In fact, in most homes, the purchase of honey is for treating ailments and not as a sweetener as it is quite expensive. Because of this, only a few persons have used it as a replacement for sugar, despite it being a very good option.
Nutritional Components of Jamaican Honey
- Vitamins A, B, B12, B1, B2, B3
- Antioxidants and anti-infective properties
Because of the nutritional components, it is used as a treatment for a great deal of medical concerns and has many great health benefits.
- Helps With Wounds and Burns - Its antibiotic properties make it a great cure for wounds and burns, Manuka honey especially is great for treating this.
- Improves Sleep - Adding a teaspoon of honey to warm milk is a tried and true way to fall asleep. If you would prefer not to use milk, then do the same with a cup of chamomile tea and you will be fast asleep in no time.
- Improves Skin - Honey is a game-changer for those who want to improve the look, feel and overall health of their skin. For dry, darkened elbows and knees it does wonders, It is also great for making homemade masks and scrubs for the face and lips as well. For those who are looking for natural waxing/hair removal options honey might be what you have been looking for.
- Improves Digestion - It works well against digestive issues such as acid reflux. And if ever you are constipated, use a few teaspoons to sweeten a cup of warm water and you will get some relief as honey has mild laxative properties,
- Great Remedy For Colds and Flus - This we know in Jamaica. We have honey in various ways during the flu season.
- Helps To Reduce Inflammation - This is why it helps cure your sore throat. Two teaspoons a day can help to cure your sore throat.
- Improves Heart Health - Because you won’t be getting any of the refined, processed sugars in honey, it reduces the chances of cholesterol as well as reduces blood fat levels.
Popular Jamaican Honey Remedy For Colds and Flu
Honey and Garlic is quite a popular remedy for respiratory problems like the common cold, bronchitis and asthma. During flu season in Jamaica, most Jamaicans swear by it because it has proven to be quite effective in treating cases of flu.
In some cases, we add lime juice and white rum to this as well. In the unfortunate circumstance that you catch the flu again, here is the remedy to have you on your feet in no time.
Jamaican Honey, Garlic, Lime Juice and White Rum Flu Remedy
- Small sealable glass container
- White rum
Beat your cloves of garlic with a mallet (or the wooden handle of your knife), then place them in your container. Next, remove the seeds of your lime and squeeze them, pour the juice into the bottle as well. It should be enough to rise over the amount of garlic you have in your container.
All that's left to do is add 2 tablespoons of honey and a tablespoon of white rum, shake and seal the container. To cure your flu, take 1 tablespoon twice a day for a week.
Symptoms Of A Possible Honey Allergy
- Wheezing and other asthmatic symptoms
- Excessive perspiration
- Irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias)
- Stinging after topical application
If you experience any of these symptoms after consuming honey, you might have an allergy. Check with your doctor or visit the nearest healthcare facility as soon as possible.
It is not advised that honey be given to children under the age of 1 as it has been known to cause health issues in infants. Although it is a healthy sweetener, moderation is still key as with all things
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References & Sources For Jamaican Honey
- The Tranquil Way: The health benefits of honey | Western Focus | Jamaica Gleaner, https://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/western-focus/20160404/tranquil-way-health-benefits-honey#:~:text=Honey%20contains%20fructose%20(38.2%25),but%20the%20lower%20the%20price.
- The power of honey | News | Jamaica Gleaner, https://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20211215/power-honey#:~:text=For%20centuries%2C%20honey%20was%20used,dense%2C%20full%2Dflavoured%20bakes.
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