Many of us have loved honey as a natural sweetener, but how many of you consider honey a medicine? If you never thought of or knew of honey as a medicine, do read on…
Honey is full of health-enhancing enzymes, minerals, and energy-boosting carbohydrates… it is also high in potent anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Honey reduces inflammation and also assists in alkalizing the blood.
Folk medicine throughout the world has references for using honey to accelerate wound healing, skin regeneration, and to fight infections. Honey is considered a pre-digested food and needs almost zero work from our bodies to process, making honey an excellent food to help convalescents and certain cases of energy exhaustion.
Honey has been shown to help some people overcome or reduce symptoms of seasonal allergies – especially when raw local honey is used. The pollen residue present in honey can assist by fortifying the immune system and building a natural resistance to allergies and other immune deficiencies.When choosing honey be sure to only purchase honey from bee keepers who practice sustainable and natural beekeeping. Always choose raw untreated honey.
Honey is considered drying and is an excellent choice for people with a tendency to “dampness” or for the kapha dosha (Ayurveda). Some diabetics can tolerate honey well. People with pain related inflammation have found that a tablespoon of honey mixed with a teaspoon of cinnamon is an excellent daily remedy for decreasing or eliminating inflammation and pain.
According to Ayurvedic wisdom (the ancient natural health system of India), honey should never be cooked. Eating cooked honey can create excess mucus and “ama” – a sticky waste-product of digestion that can build up in the digestive tract, organs, and channels and decrease health.
Here are some more ways honey has been used to help improve health:
*Honey creates a moist healing environment that allows skin cells to regrow across a healing wound flush with the surface of the wound, preventing deformity of the skin. (If a dry scab forms on a wound, the skin cells can only grow across the wound deeper down where it is moist.)
*Honey has been used as a medicine since ancient times. Because of it’s antimicrobial properties, honey has the potential to combat oral pathogens and holds promise for the treatment of periodontal disease, mouth ulcers, and other diseases of the oral cavity.
*Honey has been used to treat infections in a wide range of wound types. These include burns, venous leg ulcers, leg ulcers of mixed aetiology, diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers, unhealed graft donor sites, abscesses, boils, pilonidal sinuses, infected wounds from lower limb surgery, necrotising faciitis and neonatal postoperative wound infection. In many of these and other cases, honey has been used to heal wounds not responding to treatment with conventional antibiotics and antiseptics.
*Scientists claim to have discovered that honey can be used as a natural remedy to hospital infection “superbugs” which are resistant to strong antibiotics.
*Treatment with honey is called apitherapy”, which includes replenishing energy, enhancing physical stamina and improving immune systems. Honey also is considered to have a calming effect on the mind and promotes sleep. Honey also helps indigestion and has sometimes been used to treat cardiovascular disease and respiratory complaints. A thin coat of honey can be applied on the skin to disinfect and heal minor skin wounds and chapped lips
*Honey consumption may have a positive effect on factors associated with heart disease risk. Specifically, honey appears to lower C-reactive protein and may have a lesser impact on blood glucose, insulin, and lipid levels compared to glucose or a honey analogue particularly in diabetic and/or hyperlipidemic subjects
“Apitherapy, the treatment of various conditions using honeybee products, has been around a long time. Honey is one of the oldest medicines we have, with proof of its healing power dating back more than 5000 years. Even Hippocrates found that honey “cleans sores and ulcers of the lips, heals carbuncles and running sores.” It has been a staple ingredient of folk medicines throughout the ages and now, it is even gaining credibility with current medical and scientific communities. British researchers have proven that applying raw honey to fresh wounds prevents infection as well as any medication and often eliminates the need for antibiotics. They have also learned that honey-treated cuts and scrapes heal quicker than those treated with medicated ointments. Other researchers have found that honey can alleviate asthma, calm nerves and induce sleep, ease pain and relieve diarrhea.”
~ American Apitherapy Society
The author, Zahrah SIta Aguila is a professional practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Oriental Bodywork Therapies. She has practiced in several clinics in the US, as well as helped create centers of natural healing in Costa Rica. Her studies, experience, and cutting-edge style of natural healing expand beyond TCM. She incorporates Ayurvedic Healing Therapies, Organ Cleansing, Dietary Therapies, Detoxification, Yoga, Western, Eastern, and Tropical Plant Cures, Energy Healing, and more. Zahrah has trained with master healers and shamans of various modalities, and was raised in a family of healers, learning the craft of making natural remedies and energy healing at a young age. She has an innate talent for accessing her intuitive abilities to see deeper into the root causes of illness and imbalance of health. She works on a very holistic level, addressing body, mind, emotions, and spirit; using various methods and modalities to help empower each person with the ability to access true healing. Zahrah healed herself of an advanced stage of cancer naturally, and now helps many others heal cancer and other difficult diseases through natural methods. She helps lead healing programs at Awakening Soul Natural Healing Center in the Chirripo Valley of Costa Rica. She also is the creator of a line of natural medicines that include organic herbs and medicinal mushrooms. Zahrah also teaches on various aspects of natural healing, medicinal plants, and transforming sickness into empowered healthy living, through workshops, educational healing retreats, and both online and printed publications.
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Honey – precious golden sweetness