A seemingly scandalous pair, lime juice and honey actually come from the same side of the tracks. Both are overflowing in antioxidants that heighten the body’s natural ability to heal and both are utilized as alternative medical treatments for an array of conditions. While limes are categorized in sweet and sour varieties, sour limes enhance the flavor and health benefits of honey through citric acid. Mix equal parts of lime juice and honey to capture the benefits this dynamic duo has to offer.
The nagging flutter of hiccups begins with quick muscle contractions in the diaphragm, the muscle separating the abdomen from the chest. T the clacking sound associated with hiccups is actually the cartilage of vocal chords flapping as sudden pops of air rush in and out of the lungs. To stop this chicken-clucking sound, swallow 1 tablespoon of lime juice and quickly supplement with 1 tablespoon of honey. The honey will soothe your vocal chords and help the “medicine go down.”
Honey and lime juice represent one of the more common folk medicine treatments for morning sickness in pregnant women. In an article published in “Naaree,” an online magazine for women, naturopath Dr. Muneerah Kuraishi states that honey and lime are natural hormone-balancers that can affect the endocrine system when taken regularly. The success of honey in treating nausea is attributed to its quick absorption in the stomach.
The power of honey to soothe a sore throat has long been utilized in traditional and alternative forms of medicine. New research has revealed honey to be as equally effective in suppressing coughs as over-the-counter medications. Reduced nighttime coughing and improved sleep were the results of 2 teaspoons of honey given to children age 2 and older before bedtime. Due to its high vitamin C content, lime juice offers antioxidants that compliment honey by working to heal underlying issues at the root of the cough.