Honey: A Natural Remedy

Monday, 18. January 2016

Honey: A Natural Remedy

The healing properties of honey have been recognized for a very long time. The secret of its healing effects is in its ingredients.

To produce one kilogram of honey, bees have to work very hard. A single bee would have to travel a distance equal to seven times around the globe to produce this much honey alone, so it really has to be worth the effort. Bees need honey as a food and energy source, and people need bees to survive. On this basis, honey is incredibly valuable for people as well as bees. 

The ancient Egyptians knew about the healing properties of honey long ago. Hippocrates, the most famous physician during days of old, used honey to treat external wounds and appreciated its fever reducing effects. Today, many studies confirm that honey is healthy because it strengthens the body's own healing powers.

Honey works by inhibiting bacterial growth. It also contains the enzyme Glucosidase, which acts as a disinfectant as the body converts it into hydrogen peroxide. In addition, honey also contains many ingredients that support the immune system.

Honey consists mainly of different sugars. Depending on the variety, it also contains 15-23 percent water. Two percent of the honey is made of enzymes that are added by the bees. These proteins are the ones that are responsible for the curative effects of honey. They should keep the honey free from germs and bacteria, and also act as a preservative.

Honey can be used to strengthen the body's defenses and accelerate the healing process. Depending on the type of disease, honey can be used for different types of applications.

Bronchial illness

Milk with honey helps with coughs, colds and sore throats. Tea with honey even works even better. Be careful not to overheat the tea and milk, as once honey reaches 40 degrees, it loses its healthy effects.

External wounds

Honey supports the healing of superficial wounds and can be simply applied to the skin. You can also make your own ointment. Use a teaspoon of honey mixed with three tablespoons of Eucerin lotion and apply three times a day to the wound. This ointment can be kept in the refrigerator for about three months.

Be careful when using honey with deep or infected wounds. You should only use pure, aseptic honey. This type of honey needs to be specially prepared and can be purchased in pharmacies. Contamination can still occur if you use normal honey. These bacteria are completely harmless to consume, but can lead to problems if used in treating deep wounds.

Skin Diseases

Each mix one part beeswax, honey and olive oil and apply to the skin.

Stomach discomfort

Mix milk or tea with honey to help with digestive problems. To reduce flatulence add a teaspoon of honey and three teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to warm water and drink.