“ ‘That buzzing noise means something. If there is a buzzing noise, somebody’s making a buzzing noise, and the only reason for making a buzzing noise that I know of is because you are a bee.…and the only reason for being a bee that I know of is making honey….and the only reason for making honey, is so that I can eat it’. And so he began to climb the tree.” -Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh knows something that most of us don’t – honey is one of the healthiest and beneficial foods that one can consume. In fact, ancient people in Spain, India, Egypt and several other places all over the world knew that honey supplied a unique richness of nutrients. But far from squeezing honey out of cute little plastic containers shaped like bears, these people were eating their honey freshly harvested from local bee hives – untouched and untainted by civilized man. They worshiped pure, raw honey – and for good reason.
Raw honey is a treasure trove of nutrition containing just about all the substances necessary to support life: vitamins, minerals, amino acids, probiotics, and anti-oxidants. In addition, it provides tremendous healing powers for the body that can help you overcome a myriad of conditions.
Some of the uses of honey are:
Wound healing: Since it is a natural antiseptic, if it is applied to wounds, not only does it promote tissue healing, it also kills any bacteria that may cause infection. This includes antibiotic resistant bacteria such as MRSA. It can also be applied to burns since it is a cooling agent, and helps burn heal with minimal scarring.
Digestive Aid: Honey is a panacea for the digestive system helping to aid in poor digestion and heals a number of digestive issues. The probiotic present within its compounds, Bifidobacteria, supports a healthy intestinal tract. It can also inhibit the growth of H.pylori, the bacteria associated with peptic ulcers. And it is a gentle laxative to help “keep things moving”.
Acne: Apply a dab of honey to acne and other skin blemishes for quick healing.
Colds and Sore Throats: The antibiotic properties of honey make it effective for these conditions. Raw honey coats the throat and reduces irritation with its anti-inflammatory abilities. Because it stimulates the immune system, it has been shown to be an effective treatment for chronic and asthmatic bronchitis, along with sinus problems due to allergies. In fact, eating honey helps to reduce allergy symptoms if you start before allergy season gets underway.
Bedwetting: A teaspoon of honey before bed aids water retention and calms fears in children. This has also been shown to prevent insomnia.
Anemia: The minerals in honey help to support healthy blood cell production. The darker the honey, the richer it is in mineral content. Also, the darker it is, the more antioxidants there are, which help to prevent degenerative diseases.
Eye Problems: Dissolve a tablespoon of honey in a tablespoon of water and you have made an effective eyewash that can soothe irritation, dissolve cataracts, and improve night vision.
Osteoporosis: Aids in calcium utilization helping to prevent osteoporosis. Calcium is also necessary for proper muscle and heart function that also benefit from adding honey to your diet.
Longevity: The most long-lived people in the world are all regular users of honey. An interesting fact, yet to be explained, is that beekeepers suffer less from cancer and arthritis than any other occupational group worldwide.
As you can see, raw honey is truly a miracle food that everyone should be eating for better health. But all these benefits are found only in the raw version of the product. The clear, golden honey sold in most grocery stores is pasteurized – a process that destroys anything that raw honey provides. Also, some brands add high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) to cut the honey and increase profits. Of course, HFCS is not healthy by any means.
There is so much more that can be said about the health benefits of raw honey. But as you can see, not only does it taste good but can be used in a variety of home remedies, baking, and beauty recipes.
“When you go after honey with a balloon, the best thing is to not let the bees know you are coming.” Winnie the Pooh.