“My child, eat honey, for it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste.”
Honey has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians suffering from cataracts were advised to put a few drops of raw honey into each eye.
Raw honey comes straight from the source, bees in the beehive. It is pure, unheated, unpasteurized, and unprocessed. If you don’t have an aviary in your backyard, raw honey can be purchased from a health food store.
When bees gather the nectar from flowers, they carry it back to the beehive in their mouths. The nectar mixes with enzymes in the bees’ saliva and becomes honey. The honey is deposited into cells in the walls of the hive. The fluttering of the bees’ wings provides ventilation which reduces the honey’s moisture content and makes it ready for human consumption.
Honey as a aid to good nutrition has been the object of much research recently. Here are the some of the conclusions that have been drawn:
* Organic raw honey gives a quick energy boost, reduces muscle fatigue and increases endurance.
* One teaspoon of raw honey, grown locally, helps relieve allergy symptoms. It contains all the pollen, dust and molds that caused the allergies in the first place. The daily teaspoon helps the patient build up an immunity. The treatment should continue after the symptoms are under control.
* Honey relieves morning sickness better than the traditional soda crackers.
* One teaspoonful of raw honey is an effective remedy for coughs and sore throats. It may be more helpful than many common cough medicines.
* When honey is used as a topical dressing. it is diluted and mixed with body fluids. This process produces hydrogen peroxide, an antiseptic, which kills bacteria in the wound.
* A salve of raw honey is helpful for diabetic ulcers, eczema, canker sores or bleeding gums. Burns covered with this salve heal up to 4 days sooner and with less scarring than those treated with normal burn ointments.
* A honey-cinnamon mixture relieves bladder infections, arthritis, upset stomach and bad breath. It’s even rumored to slow down hair loss.
* A teaspoonful each of honey and apple cider vinegar mixed in water can help stomach aches, constipation and even migraines.
* The antioxidants in honey are believed to reduce colon damage in patients suffering from colitis.
* For men suffering from impotence, a mixture of raw honey and warm, raw goat’s milk is believed to increase the sperm count significantly. It’s also helpful for women suffering from fertility problems.
* Raw honey possesses a moderate anti tumor effect; it has pronounced value at keeping the primary tumor from metastasizing and it boosts the anti tumour activity of chemotherapy drugs.
* For baby-soft skin, smooth a layer of raw honey over your face and rinse off with warm water.
Raw honey should not be given to children under the age of one year. Their intestinal tracks are not mature enough to inhibit the growth of the botulism bacteria, sometimes found in honey
Raw honey is available all year around but it is a special treat during summer and fall when it at its freshest. As an added bonus, when it is stored in a cool, dark place, in an airtight container it will keep almost indefinitely.