Holidays, the end of the year, and the anticipation of the New Year bring about changes in eating habits and sometimes a closer look at natural health tips. As you enjoy this time of year, think about choices you make and the long-lasting benefits of making right choices for your health. Some natural ideas are beneficial not only for healthier eating, but also for other home remedy uses – like using honey!

Honey is naturally sweet, and is often used as a substitute for sugar; but since it tastes sweeter than sugar, using less is advised. And, using honey in its raw form is always better than processed honey. Michigan has numerous bee farms, so next time you are traveling in Michigan, you may want to pick up some natural honey made by friendly bees right here!

If you’re looking for other natural health ideas, honey is also good for treating lots of ailments – both internally and externally.

Sore throat and cough – Take a teaspoon of raw honey and mix into a warm glass of water, drink over a period of 5 minutes. This will help coat your throat and sooth the cough. You can take as often as every half hour to relieve the symptoms.

Indigestion – Honey is great for calming your stomach if you’re feeling nauseated or have heartburn or indigestion. Mix together a teaspoon of honey with one teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Sip this slowly. This can be repeated several times throughout the day.

Facial wash – Take a bit of honey on your fingers and rub all around your face in small circles. Be sure to work into problems areas, such as around your nose and forehead. Leave this on your face for about 10 minutes and wash off warm water and clean cloth. Pat your face dry and see the glow on your skin!