Great Grandma understood the secret healing powers of Honey 'n' Lemon. Old-fashioned remedies made from fresh lemons and pure honey are alive and well today for a good reason -- they work. Research now confirms what Great Grandma intuitively knew. Used alone or combined, lemon juice and high-quality honey create inexpensive and effective ways to provide your body with several health-giving benefits, both inside and out.
DIGESTIVE : Honey 'n' Lemon combine to make an effective and delicious digestive tonic, especially after you've eaten a greasy meal. Make the tonic using 2 teaspoons of Honey 'n' Lemon in a glass of lukewarm water. Lemon juice helps restore and balance your body's pH, cleanses your liver and provides nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin B and riboflavin. Lemon also acts as a blood purifier, a cleansing agent and tonic for your liver by helping it produce more bile, says Akilah El, a naturopathic doctor. Honey is full of nutrients such as vitamin B-6, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium and zinc.
SKIN : One of the most beneficial uses of Honey 'n' Lemon is a therapeutic face mask. Honey, a natural humectant, attracts and retains moisture from the air helping to keep your skin hydrated. Because the moisture is sealed in, your skin feels soft and supple. Lemon is rich in vitamin C, is a natural antiseptic and aids in fighting wrinkles and blackheads. For an effective skin-lightening and softening mask, apply Honey 'n' Lemon to your face. Rinse it off after 20 to 30 minutes.
WEIGHT LOSS : Lemons are low calorie. Honey is fat free and a natural energy booster. The combination of the two is an effective fasting treatment. According to Northwestern University's Medill Reports, Dr. Georgina Salgado Chavaz, a naturopathic physician and acupuncturist, recommends drinking water with lemon or honey for two or three days but says it becomes harmful when taken to extremes. Because honey is gradually absorbed into your bloodstream, your pancreas isn't stimulated to release elevated levels of insulin due to a sudden rise in glucose, and lemon juice may help regulate insulin spikes. Drinking Honey 'n' Lemon with lukewarm water on a daily basis may help reduce belly fat and obesity.
COLD AND FLU : When you have a cold or flu, getting plenty of fluids and eating foods rich in vitamins A and C can help restore your immune system and help you heal more quickly. Lemons contain both vitamins as well as anti-inflammatory properties. Honey soothes your throat and inhibits certain infection-causing bacteria. The University of Maryland Medical Center suggests drinking hot tea with Honey 'n' Lemon as a treatment for colds and flu.
SOOTHING YOUR THROAT : Sore throats occur when you suffer from a cold. Your throat becomes irritated and reddened from coughing. Drinking warm tea with Honey 'n' Lemon will soothe your throat. This combination added to tea also will help you feel better with less throat discomfort, the Healthy Living website reports.
Honey 'n' Lemon may provide temporary relief from some cold and flu symptoms, according to the Mayo Clinic. Hot water and Honey 'n' Lemon may be taken as often as necessary to reduce symptoms. If symptoms continue for more than a week, consult a doctor for additional treatment.
SORE THROAT : Hot water with Honey 'n' Lemon may help us to reduce the soreness and irritation of a sore throat, according to the Mayo Clinic. Lemon cuts mucus in the back of the throat that may cause soreness, while honey coats the throat. Parents magazine recommends mixing 1 tsp. of lemon juice and 1 tsp. of honey in a mug of water, then microwaving the mug for 30 seconds. Drink the mixture one teaspoonful at a time to help reduce a sore throat.