We LOVE honey! We just began keeping bees this summer. Since the hive was so new, we will not have honey until next season but, we are practically counting the days! Below are some useful ideas and information as to just how good for you raw honey truly is. If you have any other uses for honey please let us know!
“The therapeutic potential of uncontaminated, pure honey is grossly underutilized,” says Peter Molan, director of the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. “It is widely available in most communities and although the mechanism of action of several of its properties remains obscure and needs further investigation, the time has now come for conventional medicine to lift the blinds off this ‘traditional remedy’ and give it its due recognition.”
Honey as a natural energy booster. Do you down an energy bar or drink during your hectic day? Try a spoonful of honey instead; it’s been proven to deliver a significant boost of energy to athletes performing strenuous exercise.
“Numerous studies have singled out carbohydrates as a critical nutrient in endurance exercise,” says Richard Kreider of the University of Memphis Exercise and Sport Nutrition Laboratory. “Most of the studies to date have shown supplementation with glucose to provide the extra staying power. We were pleased to find that honey, a ‘cocktail’ of various natural sugars, performed just as well.”
Forget the fancy facial creams. Raw honey is exceptional for your face and skin, according to research. Try a “Gentle Honey Wash” consisting of a dollop of honey mixed with two tablespoons of warm water in the palm of your hand, then gently massage the mixture into your face or skin.
“Honey has long been valued in Asia for its natural medicinal properties. Combined with rice bran, honey is used there to treat diaper rash and even acne. Honey is also an excellent treatment for dry skin as it stimulates good circulation and helps to seal in moisture,” says holistic skin care expert Ettia Tal.
You can even make your own honey moisturizer, says travel and food writer Anna Brones: “If you’ve got a handful of sweet smelling herbs — think lavender — laying around and ready to be used, why not use them for your own homemade honey lotion? Warm honey over a saucepan until it gets to a liquid consistency. Pour honey over herbs and cap tightly; the ratio you want to use is one tablespoon of herbs per eight ounces of honey. Let sit for a week and then mix one teaspoon of liquid into an eight ounce bottle of unscented lotion.”
Having trouble sleeping? “A spoonful of honey before bed (by itself or in a cup of warm herbal tea) is a natural sleep remedy that can help you relax and fall asleep faster,” writes Natural News‘ Elizabeth Walling.
Suppress that cough and throat irritation. Pure, non-pasteurized honey is an excellent elixir for common wintertime ailments like coughs, colds and sore throats.
“Honey helps with coughs, particularly buckwheat honey. In a study of 110 children, a single dose of buckwheat honey was just as effective as a single dose of dextromethorphan in relieving nocturnal cough and allowing proper sleep,” writes health enthusiast and researcher Diana Herrington.
Boost your immune system with this natural antibiotic. According to recent research, defensin-1, a protein added to honey by bees, possesses antibacterial properties and could be used against drug-resistant bacteria. This bee-produced protein “could one day be used to treat burns and skin infections and to develop new drugs that could combat antibiotic-resistant infections,” says a summary of the research published in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.
Balance the five elements “Honey has been used in ayurvedic medicine in India for at least 4000 years and is considered to affect all three of the body’s primitive material imbalances positively,” says Herrington. “It is also said to be useful useful in improving eyesight, weight loss, curing impotence and premature ejaculation, urinary tract disorders, bronchial asthma, diarrhea, and nausea.”
Raw honey purchased from a local source is an excellent way of treating seasonal allergies. Local honey is preferred for treating allergies because the likelihood is great that it will contain small amounts of the specific pollens an individual may be allergic to.
The differences between raw and pasteurized honey are substantial. Raw honey is an alkaline-forming food that contains natural vitamins, enzymes, powerful antioxidants and other important natural nutrients. These are the very nutrients that are destroyed during the heating and pasteurization process. In fact, pasteurized honey is equivalent to and just as unhealthy as eating refined sugar.
How do you use honey?