Ingredient of the Month: Good Ol’ Honey

 

I’m a firm believer in that food is a source of nourishment as well as that of healing.   At some point in our lives we’ve come a a person with flawless skin or healthy hair, when asked what their secret is they tell you they use an ingredient found in the kitchen cupboard.

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Honey is that one food items a grandmother couldn’t do without.   In my book, granny is never wrong.  If a person that has lived for 60 odd years or longer with fewer on no chronic illnesses tells me that a certain food is good for me then I’m all ears.

Our grandparents mostly use honey in tea but there are other uses that’ll compel you to make it your grocery shopping must have item. Have a look at some of the benefits of home:

 

Chest Complaints – Honey helps with removing phlegm as well treating coughs, colds and flu.  Try a combination of honey, thyme and water.

Sore Throat – Studies show that honey is very efficient in healing wounds, for that reason it works well in healing sore throats.  Two teaspoons of honey and the juice of half a lemon squeezed into a glass of hot water or tea soothes sore throats.  I add two teaspoons of honey in Rooibos tea.

Mild sedative – When experiences insomnia it is always advisable to drink warm milk with a bit of honey.  It works like a charm.

 

 

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Skin Moisturizing – Honey works as a humectant, that means it absorb moisture and keeps it locked inside your skin cells.  Honey is also good for balancing out the dryness/oiliess of your skin.  Just apply honey to a clean dry skin and leave it for 10 minutes.   Honey is also anti-bacterial, it removes all the dirt on your skin resulting in clear smooth skin.

Weight Loss – Honey is often used to replace sugar, it fewer calories and therefore makes a perfect replacement for those trying to shed some calories.

Then there’s the unshakeable union between honey and cinnamon; these two ingredients do everything from lowering cholesterol, overcoming bad bread to relieving pain from insect bites.

 

Don’t let ingredients just sit in your cupboard.  Use them to feed, nourish and heal.

 

Author Info

Thuli

Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

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