Honey is the sweet liquid produced by bees from the nectar of flowers. The source of the nectar the honey is made from determines its color and flavor. For centuries honey has been used as an antiseptic, for external and internal conditions, and as a tonic for overall good health. Each country has a distinctive type of honey, dependent on the local flowers upon which the bees feed. All honeys are complex mixtures of the sugars fructose and glucose with water, organic acids, and mineral and vitamin traces, as well as some plant pigments.
Honey has almost endless healing properties hear are some of the more prominent ones that have been recognized by cultures throughout history and the world. Honey soothes raw tissues and helps to retain calcium in the body. The sticky nectar also helps to balance acid accumulations in the body (because of the significant amount of potassium it contains)
Honey is a sedative, an antifungal and possibly even an aphrodisiac. We all know that it is nourishing, it contains some minerals and vitamins, along with amino acids, but did you also know that it is an antibacterial. For external and internal infections; unpasteurized honey has antibiotic properties
To use honey for yourself you have many options. Honey water can be used as an eye lotion, that is particularly good for conjunctivitis and other infectious conditions. You can gargle with honey water to soothe a sore throat and ease respiratory problems. If you mix honey and lemon together you will have an age-old traditional remedy for coughs.
When you mix honey with apple cider vinegar, you will have made yourself a tonic or "rebalancer." This may also help to relieve the symptoms of arthritis and reduce arthritic deposits. A honey ointment can soothe and encourage healing of sores in the mouth or vagina. If you suffer from dry or stressed skin, honey is an excellent moisturizer, and can be rubbed into the skin as a revitalizing mask.
Looking for a soothing drink before bedtime? Honey warmed with a little milk can be used as a gentle sedative. One fact about honey that very few people know is that eating a little local honey will sensitize you to pollens in the area - acting as a natural remedy for hay fever and all its symptoms. It is basically a natural vaccine in that sense.
To use honey on external ailments, you can apply a honey compress to cuts and bruises to soothe, encourage healing, and prevent infection. Smear set honey on ringworm or athlete's foot several times a day, leave the foot uncovered and you should be itchless in no time. Hopefully one or more of the above tips will help you out at some point in your life. If not, you can always just add honey to your tea!
A few warnings about using honey medicinally should be taken notice of. Un pasteurized honey should never be eaten by a pregnant women and should be used in extremem moderation with children. If you do plan to use honey medicinally make sure that it is cold pressed, heated honey contains additives and loses it's healing and medicinal properties.
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Pizzoino, Joseph Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine 1997