Succulent, sweet and fleshy Jack fruit paired with fresh raw honey!!!! My mom’s favorite combo for an after meal dessert.
It takes her back to her school days when their supply of honey came from the nearby forest. It used to be bottled directly from the hive and delivered at my grandparent’s house.
The honey was unfiltered, unprocessed and thus not tampered in any way by man. It wasn’t perfectly golden and brilliantly transparent but it had all its inherent goodness intact.
That honey is now called as Raw Honey. The prefix “Raw” is required in order to differentiate it from the processed ones available in the market now.In order to make it more appealing to the eye, the commercially available honey is heated and pressure filtered ultimately rendering it devoid of any nutrients.
Heating destroys the phytonutrients, antioxidants and enzymes while the ultra-filtration removes the health giving pollen, beeswax, royal jelly and propolis.
Raw honey on the other hand is not heated or filtered. Hence it has all its inherent nutrient rich pollen, bees wax, propolis, enzymes and antioxidants intact.
Apart from, of course, giving company to jackfruits for dessert, raw honey has innumerable uses. Below are a few natural remedies that use raw honey.
Honey is a natural humectant, meaning it draws moisture from the air into the skin and ensures it’s retained it in the layers where it’s needed most for penetrating, long-lasting hydration.
Try it: Spread one teaspoon raw honey on clean, dry skin, and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with tepid water.
Honey contains antibacterial and antifungal properties that thwart bacteria that can lead to breakouts. Its anti-inflammatory properties will calm redness and irritation.
Try it: Apply a dab of raw honey to affected areas, and sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with tepid water.
Raw honey is loaded with nutrients and enzymes to nourish and heal skin, and it’s a natural humectant, meaning it draws moisture into the skin. Coconut oil conditions and protects, while the acetic acid in apple cider vinegar softens hard skin and balances pH for healthy growth.
Try it: Mix one teaspoon honey with one teaspoon apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon coconut oil. Rub over each cuticle, and let sit five to 10 minutes, then rinse.
The enzymes and nutrients in raw honey give dull hair shine without weighing it down. Coconut oil penetrates the hair shaft to condition and smooth the cuticle and give your strands the luster you crave.
Try it: Mix one tablespoon raw honey with two tablespoons coconut oil. Apply thoroughly to the bottom two-thirds of damp hair, starting at the ends and working up. Let sit for 20 minutes, and rinse well.
Honey restores hydration to the deepest layers of sun-exposed skin—and both honey and aloe vera contain powerful anti-inflammatories to calm burned skin and aid recovery.
Try it: Mix one part raw honey with two parts pure aloe vera gel. Apply to sunburned skin.
Honey is an excellent natural home remedy for obesity and lowering of cholesterol levels. It mobilizes the extra deposited fat in the body allowing it to be utilized as energy for normal functions and purifying the blood as a result.
Try it: Mix one teaspoon of raw honey with two teaspoons of lime or lemon juice in a glass of warm water (not boiling hot water!). Take this remedy as a wake-up drink once in the morning on an empty stomach. Also commonly taken after a big and oily meal, this simple delicious tonic is an effective digestive and detox tonic.