Guest Author - Aimee Wood
Honey has been touted as a highly regarded medicinal cure for thousands of years. It can be used in cooking, beauty treatments, and as a healer. Having this on hand is a smart idea, given the number of things you can use it for.
It takes 60,000 bees visiting over a million flowers to produce one pound of honey. There are over forty different varieties. Examples are: wildflower, blueberry, buckwheat, clover, and manuka. It is important to buy it raw and pure. Raw honey contains all of the vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. The darker the honey, the more antioxidants it has. It is unsafe to feed infants honey, as it can sometimes contain bacteria that would be harmful for them. So, please do not give infants honey.
Seven benefits of honey
1. It is a good cough medicine. The World Health Organization recognizes it as a helpful medicine to alleviate coughs.
Honey Onion Garlic Cough Medicine
1/2 cup of honey
1/2 cup of water
One chopped onion
One clove of garlic (chopped)
Mix ingredients together in a jar and add in sage, thyme, or oregano. Let it sit at room temperature overnight. Strain the mixture the next day and store the liquid in a covered jar in the fridge. Take as needed. All of these ingredients are antimicrobial and will aid in healing.
2. Treats wounds. Honey is antibacterial, antifungal, and contains antioxidants. In particular, manuka honey has been known to treat staph and strep infections. Apply a little to wounds and watch them heal quickly.
3. Itchy dry skin and hair. For a wonderful lotion, combine one teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of olive oil. Apply this to the skin for 20 minutes, then wipe off.
1 1/2 teaspoon of honey
5 cups of water
Mix together. After shampooing add this honey conditioner and let sit on the hair for an hour. Then, rinse clean.
4. Quick energy boost. Honey isn't simply a sugar, it regulates blood sugar because it has an exact combination of fructose and glucose. Need a quick pick me up? Try a teaspoon of honey.
5. Reduces allergy symptoms. Consume one teaspoon of local honey each day two months prior to allergy season. The logic is that you are slowly desensitizing yourself to the pollen that provokes the allergies. Make sure the honey is local to your area.
6. Ayurvedic medicine states that honey balances the five elements. It has been shown to improve eyesight, aid in weight loss, cure urinary tract infections, heal bronchial asthma, and cure nausea.
7. Probiotic benefits. Some types of honey contain large numbers of friendly bacteria such as lactobacillus and bifidobacteria. These are very healing for the gut.
Honey is so very versatile. It's benefits are many. Have it on hand at your house, and make sure it's a local and of the raw variety.