September is a very sweet month, and one of the main reasons is because it is National Honey Month! This awareness month was created by The National Honey Board in 1989 to promote National Bee Keeping, as well as to promote the benefits of using honey as a natural sweetener. Not only is honey sweet, but it also has many natural health benefits associated that many times go unnoticed.
Many of us can recall our mother putting honey in tea or warm water to help soothe a sore throat; the reason being is because honey is a natural cough suppressant and can actually alleviate cold symptoms. There are recent studies that show honey can be as effective as many over the counter cough medicines. So remember to think organic the next time you are feeling a little under the weather!
Along with being a natural healer, a spoonful of honey contains a unique blend of natural sweeteners that can also give you a boost of energy if you are feeling a little lethargic. With all the manufactured types of energy boosters these days, it’s nice to know that there are still some natural ways to gain energy. Whether you are an athlete or just a busy person who is constantly on the run, next time you need a boost, try a spoonful of honey and let nature work its magic.
With all that being said, it’s still easy to see that the main reason why everyone loves honey is because of its sweet flavor. However, to many people’s surprise, honey can play a very versatile role in the kitchen. Of course, honey can add a natural sweetness to any dish, but did you also know that honey can be used as a binder or thickener for sauces or dips? Honey can also be used to retain moisture in a wide variety of dishes and can actually extend the shelf life of your favorite baked goods. It’s amazing to think of the different ways you can use honey in your everyday recipes!
Honey definitely has many awesome and healthy benefits that deserve to be recognized, so this September take a moment and cook up your favorite honey recipe in tribute to National Honey Month!