While the National Honey Month is still several months away – yes, honey has a whole month dedicated all to itself and is celebrated every September in the U.S. – let us show you the many unbelievable uses of this kitchen staple that goes beyond preparing your favorite meal. Ready?

Increase Libido

Ever wondered where the word “honeymoon” came from? Well, it is said that honeymoon came from a tradition in a number of cultures where newlyweds were given a month’s supply of mead, a fermented beverage made from honey, and drank it until the first moon of their union. Ancient people believed that by faithfully drinking the mead during the couple’s first month, the woman would be able to bear a child within the year. They were right! As it turns out, raw honey is rich in vitamin that supports testosterone production, which can increase sexual desire. It also contains boron, which is used in estrogen production, enhancing female desire.

Relieve Toothache

While this may appear counter-intuitive, honey can actually provide relief for toothache, especially when combined with cinnamon to create a paste. Both ingredients are known to have antibacterial properties capable for destroying the harmful bacteria in the gums and teeth that are causing the pain and swelling.

Cure Hangover

Forget aspirin. If you want to rid the effect of alcohol fast without popping a pill, eat a spoonful of honey. Here’s how it works. According to the Royal Society of Chemistry, honey contains high amount of fructose that speeds up the metabolism of alcohol, thus giving you a clear head faster.

Preserve Fruits

Did you know that you can keep fruits and vegetables edible for months without refrigeration? Yes, before refrigerator was even invented, people in the middle ages preserved foods by putting them in a jar filled with a mixture of water and honey. This preservation technique does not only allow you to enjoy your favorite fruits even when they are out of season but also infuse them with a delicious, sweet flavor.

Lose Weight

While you should avoid indulging in anything sweet if you are trying to lose weight, don’t run away from honey if you want to see fast results. The reason? Honey is high in fructose which, as mentioned previously, can increase the body’s metabolic function. This allows you to burn fat quicker and keeps your sugar level high, stopping sugar cravings that lead to unnecessary eating.