Honey is a 100% natural product, not made by man, but simply collected by us from our beehives. Honey is a versatile, treasured substance that has been used both as nourishment and medicine for thousands of years; pure honey has many known medicinal properties.
Honey helps when you have a cold
Honey contains antioxidants that help the body’s natural defences. A regular user of honey can be spared from many colds. However, if a cold strikes, mix a few spoonfuls of honey and freshly squeezed lemon juice in warm water or tea. Curl up covered by a warm blanket on a comfortable sofa and enjoy a mug of your favorite warm drink with honey. Drinking hot drinks with honey improves your overall sensation, and the presence of honey’s glucose oxidase enzyme helps reduce inflammations.
Honey helps to sooth a cough
A spoonful of honey before bed helps to reduce coughing and helps you to go to sleep. According to research, honey is at least as effective as commercial cough medicines, without the side effects. Its effectiveness is based on natural antioxidants and its antimicrobial properties. Honey´s sweetness triggers mucus secretion as well as expulsion.
Honey is helpful to your stomach
Honey contains prebiotics, which are fiber-like carbohydrates that promote health by balancing intestinal microbiotics. In addition, prebiotics help boost absorption of minerals such as calcium, magnesium and iron in the small intestine.
Honey helps give us a restful sleep
Honey has been used for ages to help induce sleep. Honey promotes the excretion of serotonin, that helps relax the body. Enjoy a small bedtime snack of honey; try a slice of whole-grain bread spread with walnut butter and honey alongside a cup of chamomile tea sweetened with honey.
Honey for minor burns and wounds
Honey relieves burns caused by burning and mild inflammation. As a first-aid procedure against mild burns, wash skin with cold water until the pain stops. Then brush a thin layer of honey over the burn area. Honey releases hydrogen peroxide and which has always been used to kill harmful bacteria from minor wounds.
Honey in modern medicine
Honey has been used in self medication from the ancient times. Modern western medicine still uses honey, mainly for the battle against medicine resistant bacteria. Honey is used as factory made wound dressings for wounds and skin burns. As there is more and more bacteria that do not respond to treatments with antibiotics, there is an urgent need for substances like honey that have antimicrobial effects. A recent study 2012 in Eastern Finland University showed the antimicrobial efficiency of Finnish monofloral honeys
Pollen allergy desensitisation
Honey can be used to enhance the body’s immune tolerance induction for pollen. Because honey contains pollen, daily consumption gradually accustoms the body to small amounts of pollen. As a result, hypersensitivity to pollen might be reduced and the symptoms during the pollen season could be relieved. Be aware that you should use domestic honey because it contains pollen particles that are derived from indigenous plants. Try to start with a small amount. This procedure does not always work, but it sure is worth a try!
Natural first aid instructions for flu treatment
Shred fresh ginger into a cup and pour hot water. Let it infuse for a few minutes and then strain away the ginger. Add lemon juice and honey. This is very effective for sore throats, coughing and general ill-feeling caused by the flu. Also you can:
- Press fresh garlic on honey, and eat with rye bread or a spoonful as needed.
- Drink a mug of warm, sugar-free, natural black currant juice with honey.
- A hot vegetable or chicken soup, with a lot of cayenne pepper or chili. For dessert, honey tea with lemon.
- A spoonful of honey every day.