Honey is an amazing gift of nature. Whether you use it on your skin or spread it on toast, it provides many surprising benefits. Here are four of the more interesting and unusual ways you can use honey.

Cough Suppressant

Honey is extremely effective at stopping a cough. Medical research has shown that it is as effective as most over-the-counter cough medicines. When you compare the price of a jar of honey to the cost of cough syrup, it’s pretty simple to choose which is most economical. And it tastes better, too!

Glowing Skin

Although it’s more frequently spread on bread, you can use honey as a skin treatment. It has natural anti-bacterial properties, so honey kills bacteria living on your skin, but it can also act as a moisturizer when used in combination with other ingredients (such as carrots and lemon juice). As an extra benefit, it nourishes the skin, too.

Anecdotal evidence also point to honey as a solution for dandruff. Although you might be a little reluctant to spread thick, sticky honey on your head, mixing it with warm water and applying it to the affected areas of your scalp can have positive effects.

Wound Treatment

A longstanding use of honey’s anti-bacterial effects is in the treatment of wounds. Research shows that infected wounds become sterile after a week of using honey on the injury. To get the best effect, between 20ml and 30ml of honey is applied directly to the wound, and covered with sterile gauze. This treatment is repeated every 12 to 48 hours for maximum benefit. You should, of course, always consult your doctor or health professional before trying to treat injuries with home remedies.

Honey: Source of Nutrients

The most obvious use of honey for most people is to eat it. Honey not only tastes great, but contains nutrients that are very good for your body. Unlike sugar, honey does not pile empty calories into your body, since it contains minerals and vitamins such as magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and potassium. So, instead of using sugar as a sweetener, you could switch to honey as an alternative wherever possible.