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4 Interesting Facts about Honey

Update Date: Oct 04, 2014 11:25 AM EDT

Honey is a natural sweetener that can be used in all kinds of recipes. Although honey is typically known for its sweetness, it has other properties that are beneficial for your health.

Here are 4 interesting facts about honey:

1. It can help with your cough

Honey can be used as a natural remedy for a cough. A study published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine reported that parents preferred honey as a form of treatment for reliving coughs over two other treatment options. The honey was more effective at improving sleep as well.

2. It can treat wounds

Honey can help treat wounds. One particular form of honey called manuka honey that comes from the bees of New Zealand can be used to treat cuts and wounds. The honey is used to make a solution called Medihoney, which can be very soothing to these wounds. The solution is also antibacterial.

3. It can nourish your hair

A diluted form of honey-water, made with 90 percent honey, can help relieve an itchy scalp. The soothing effects of the honey can heal small lesions and cuts caused by scratching. The honey can also soothe your head.

4. It can increase energy

Honey can help revitalize your energy levels. Just one tablespoon of this sweetener can liven up day. It can also steady blood sugar and insulin levels for athletes, providing them fuel throughout a long period of time.

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