3 main benefits of honey as medicinal, skin and natural sweetener

Who would have thought that a wonder food such as honey could have numerous benefits? Not only has this amazing sweetener been around for centuries, but also it has been providing medicinal properties since the ancient times.

Although it takes 2 million flowers to make a pound of honey, much of this commercial commodity can sometimes have other elements. Honeybees make a remarkable journey in making it. One should take care in selecting the best product. And it should not be fed to children younger than one.

Basic nutritional value

Honey contains 17 grams of carbohydrates and 64 calories per tablespoon. It also consists of minimal amounts of minerals and vitamins. And it has very high water content. Darker honey indicates high levels of antioxidants and intense taste. Recent studies have found 181 compounds, 4 of which have antioxidant and antiseptic properties: naringenin, pinocembrin, p-hydroxybenzoic acid, and chrysin.

The benefits of honey include medicinal, health and culinary purposes.

Medicinal purposes: 

  • In India, physicians traditionally use it soaked gauze to treat minor burns in patients.
  • Used as anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, antibacterial source.
  • Used to treat allergies when bee pollen granules are ingested.
  • Good source to alleviate coughs or sore throats. Usually, honey is taken with citric acid foods like orange or lemon juice.

Health benefits:

  • Used in beauty products like soaps, lotions or hair items.
  • Contains high amounts of water to keep beauty goods hydrated.
  • Used in homemade hair and facial masks to hydrate and renovate scalp and skin.
  • Used to treat mild acne.
  • Used in moisturizers.

Culinary advantages:

  • Natural sweetener used in drinks and foods.
  • Good alternative to refined sugar.
  • Good source of carbohydrates.
  • Contains high amounts of ellagic acid, a phtyochemical, which is found in berries and pomegranates.
  • Contains phenolic compounds such as polyphenolic flavonoids, which are antioxidants derived from the plants in which honeybees extract the nectar.

Learning activity:

The nutritional ingredients in honey or miel are very basic. Visit the Nutrition Data site to see the basic components of miel. Many of the compounds can also be found in other food sources. For instance, in Spanish:

  • water is agua
  • iron is hierro
  • vitamin is vitamina

As you learn from this lesson, miel is a healthy food source. Go through the list and identify the elements that make miel an excellent source of minerals and vitamins. Translate them into English.

Barbara Mascareno

Barbara is an educational writer, teacher, and instructional designer. She loves to write K-12 education content, teaching strategies, bilingual education approaches, and foreign language.

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