Updated: June 13, 2017 | 14:03
Honey has numerous health benefits and it would take a long time to list them all. However, there are a few benefits we should consider to improve the quality and the duration of our lives.
Honey also has some amazing antiseptic and skin healing properties. It contains antimicrobial agents that prevent infections by killing bacteria in and around wounds.
Many types of bacteria cannot survive in honey so wounds heal, swelling eases, and tissue can grow back. Medical journals cite more than 600 cases in which honey was used to treat wounds. It appears that a lot more research is being done on using honey for burn victims. Honey is being used in Iraq to treat burn wounds in children. Honey also has a wonderful ability to attract water, which makes it great for re-hydrating dry skin. Most individuals know how bad a sun burn hurts. Honey can ease that pain and speed the healing process.
10 Remarkable Facts Honey Could Heal Your Whole Body
Prevent cancer and heart disease
Honey contains flavonoids, antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease.
Reduce ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders
Recent research shows that honey treatment may help disorders such as ulcers and bacterial gastroenteritis. This may be related to the 3rd benefit…
Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-fungal
“All honey is antibacterial, because the bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide,” said Peter Molan, director of the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato in New Zealand.
Increase athletic performance
Ancient Olympic athletes would eat honey and dried figs to enhance their performance. This has now been verified with modern studies, showing that it is superior in maintaining glycogen levels and improving recovery time than other sweeteners.
Reduce cough and throat irritation
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.
Balance the 5 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. 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.
Blood sugar regulation
Even though honey contains simple sugars, it is NOT the same as white sugar or artificial sweeteners. Its exact combination of fructose and glucose actually helps the body regulate blood sugar levels. Some honeys have a low hypoglycemic index, so they don’t jolt your blood sugar. Watch this video Sweetener Comparison where I compare stevia, brown rice syrup, honey, molasses and agave, and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each.)
Heal wounds and burns
External application of honey has been shown to be as effective as conventional treatment with silver sulfadiazine. It is speculated that the drying effect of the simple sugars and honey’s antibacterial nature combine to create this effect.
Some varieties of honey possess large amounts of friendly bacteria. This includes up to 6 species of lactobacilli and 4 species of bifidobacteria. This may explain many of the “mysterious therapeutic properties of honey.”
Its anti-bacterial qualities are particularly useful for the skin, and, when used with the other ingredients, can also be moisturizing and nourishing! For a powerful home beauty treatment for which you probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen already, read Carrot Face Mask.
The Health-Care Survivor’s Comment
I am recovering from a long, and extremely painful, battle to heal leg ulcers — One of which resulted from an injury, and the other, developed while in hospital, having the first one treated. After a battle lasting at least FOUR YEARS, I can say that the ulcers have healed.
Having to convince a team of dedicated, but conventionally-trained community nurses, that I wanted to take a natural approach, took almost as much energy as dealing with the pain, but, in the end, I won. Eventually the healing was down to the use of honey impregnated dressings, and an innovative form of compression, which does not require multi-layered bandaging. In the latter stages of recovery, honey and compression, were supplemented with a form of ozone therapy, thanks to my friend, and mentor, Robert Redfern, and his team, together with the kindness and encouragement of friends from all over the world.
During all this time, I continued to take Serrapeptase, and Curcumin, in the form of Serranol. My aim was, of course, to maintain the rest of my health, and above all, to sustain the remarkable results of My Serrapeptase Adventure. Without the ability to keep my organs functioning and medication free (apart from pain relief, which is now being dropped) I am sure it would not have been possible to win yet another great health challenge.