Honey is a natural medicine. We’ve been hearing this since we were kids. To be taken instead of syrup as soon as the first cough appears, dissolved in tea, herbal teas, or milk as a sugar substitute, and eaten with mature and non-mature cheeses. There are many types of honey on the market, from the more common “millefiori” and “acacia” honey to the lesser-known “linden,” “dandelion,” and “forest honeydew” honey. In this guide, we will learn about all the types of honey and all their precious properties.
The Benefits Of Honey
Honey is a nourishing, hydrating food rich in beneficial and healing properties for the body. Let’s see all its benefits:
- anti-inflammatory for the throat
- remedy for insomnia
- rich in polyphenols to fight aging
- cure for coughs and colds
- remedy to stimulate blood circulation
- help fight allergies
- Its intake counteracts the formation of tartar (unlike sugar).
- speeds up metabolism and burns fat
- help treat arthritis
- remedy to combat anemia
Other Uses Of Honey
Honey is excellent for taking care of your health, therefore, but also for your beauty. Combined with yogurt, it creates a nourishing face mask, perfect for combating dry skin; when combined with almond oil, it becomes a perfect eye contour. It replaces cocoa butter to nourish the lips, especially when chapped or stressed by the cold. Honey and olive oil create an ideal ointment to give new vitality and shine to the hair. Finally, two spoons of honey in warm water create a relaxing foot bath.
All Types Of Honey
But how do you choose the ideal honey, and how many types of honey are there? There are many of them, each corresponding to certain benefits and healing properties. Let’s find out below:
- Acacia honey: to sweeten coffee, tea, and herbal teas as a substitute for sugar. Recommended for sweetening infant food
- Chestnut honey improves blood circulation and is also recommended in cases of tiredness and anemia. Ideal on the table with cheeses and games
- Orange honey, a fruity honey, is suggested to combat insomnia, migraines, and anxiety. It is perfect to eat with mature cheeses with a strong flavor, such as pecorino, or to use in the preparation of desserts.
- Linden honey helps relax nervousness, calms coughs, and is a panacea for poor digestion.
- Lavender honey is helpful for soothing insect bites, burns, and wounds. Also good to eat, aromatic and fresh, with cheese of any kind.
- Wildflower honey, extracted from mountain flowers, is an ally of the respiratory and intestinal systems. It helps fight liver disease, colitis, and digestive problems. It is also good to put in milk, yogurt, or tea.
- Hawthorn honey is recommended in cases of hypertension and palpitations. Regulates high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It also has a relaxing and soothing effect.
- Heather honey is recommended in cases of cystitis and prostatitis, as well as as a diuretic and intestinal disinfectant. It is a thick honey with an amber hue that pairs well with mature cheeses.
- Rosemary honey is indicated to fight flatulence, colitis, and liver diseases. It is a very light, white or ivory, crystallized honey. It is suitable for pairing goat cheeses.
- Strawberry tree honey is a natural anti-inflammatory diuretic for treating flu conditions such as coughs, sore throats, etc.
- Manuka honey stimulates the production of cells that repair infected tissues. It has been used since ancient times to treat various pathologies.
- Dandelion honey has diuretic properties and is ideal for detoxifying the body, purifying the kidneys, and fighting cellulite.
- Forest honeydew honey: honey derived from honeydew, i.e., sugary secretions emitted by insects that suck the sap of trees. To be eaten with cheese and milk, this honey is rich in antibiotic properties and iron and is recommended as a natural supplement of mineral salts and trace minerals.