7 Reasons Why Honey is Healthy

7 Reasons Why Honey is Healthy

When you think of honey you may picture a thick, sweet, golden fluid drizzled over cereal, added to a smoothie or mixed with tea and lemon. What you may not realize is the many healing properties honey possess and how various types of this viscous treat are more potent than others.

Before perusing the benefits of honey it is important to note:

  • Never give honey to an infant.
  • Talk to your doctor before ingesting honey especially if on medication or afflicted by a disease.
  • Never eat honey if you are allergic to bees.
  • Use local, raw honey for its best healing effects. If this is unavailable use certified, unpasteurized, raw, organic honey.

Check out these 7 reasons why honey is healthy and you may have a whole new respect for this nectar of the bees.

Wound Healing

Honey is a powerful anti-bacterial which can be applied to wounds and burns instead of an over-the-counter antibacterial ointment.

According to the study ‘How honey kills bacteria’ published  in The Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB vol 24 no 7, 2010),

“All bacteria tested, including Bacillus subtilis, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, extended-spectrum β-lactamase producing Escherichia coli, ciprofloxacin-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium, were killed by 10–20% (v/v) honey”

Spread some raw honey over any wound that has been cleaned and is not bleeding. Cover with a bandage.

Allergies

If you suffer with seasonal allergies from local foliage, eating honey may help. It comes from the like-cures-like approach in the practice of homeopathy.

Eat a daily teaspoon of raw, local honey about two months before allergy season. This builds up a tolerance to various pollens you will be exposed to relieving your body of a pollen onslaught that results in an allergic reaction.

Pimples

There is nothing more annoying than outbreaks of acne pimples. For teens this can be short of horrific. Thankfully, raw honey is an effective quick fix.

Dab some honey on the pimple(s) and cover with a band-aid. You can remove it after about thirty-minutes or go to sleep and remove it in the morning. The antibacterial properties will attempt to kill off a building infection.

Note: Acne is often due to diet and a weak probiotic community.

Bed Wetting

It is believed that a teaspoon of honey before bed can alleviate fear in children while aiding water retention at the same time. This combination could improve or even cure the challenge of bedwetting.

Hangover

Honey has the unique ability to breakdown alcohol by counteracting toxins created due to over consumption that may cause a severe hangover headache. This is due in part to its powerful antioxidant compounds and naturally potent fructose. Drink plenty water mixed with one or two teaspoons of honey per glass.

Natural Conditioner

Tired of paying too much for hair conditioner? Combine honey and olive oil (equal parts) and massage into your scalp. Cover with a warm towel for about half an hour and then shampoo out. Your hair will look and act twenty years younger.

Radiation Therapy

Undergoing radiation therapy for cancer can be very taxing on the body. Manuka honey, a specific strain from bees in New Zealand, has been shown to alleviate some side effects.

According to a study by the Department of Animal Physiology, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia published in the Journal of ApiProduct and ApiMedical Science (9/4/09),

“Topical application of honey may reduce both the severity and duration of radiation-induced oral mucositis and prevent weight loss.”

If you are undergoing radiation therapy, talk to your doctor about using honey for relief.

 

These 7 reasons why honey is healthy once again shows how powerful nature can be. How something so innocent as a sweet treat covers so many healing possibilities.

 



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