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July 12, 2013

Honey: Pleasing to the tastebuds ... and the rest of your body

Ahhhh…sweet honey.  Raw, local honey is a powerful nutritional giant.

As with all medical issues, please consult your health care professional if you have any health concerns such as allergies, diabetes, or other concerns. Honey should not be given to infants.

I eat raw, local honey on a regular basis to help alleviate seasonal allergies. But did you know honey is also an antibiotic agent, can help heal burns, and has many other uses? Honey can kill bacteria, soothe skin and throat ailments.  I remember when I was a little kid, I would take honey for a sore throat, and do so still today.

Recently, I was cooking dinner with coconut oil and although what I was cooking was healthy (roasting an avocado in coconut oil), I wasn’t being careful and splashed some extremely hot oil out of the pan onto my belly and leg.  It was a pretty bad burn and looked like it was going to scar my skin.  After applying honey for a few days and covering the burn, it almost disappeared.  I can still see the marks, but they are healing well and fading fast.

For honey recipes go to: http://naturenates.com/.

I also found a great article (see website below) that lists many more uses for honey:

Here are some more ways to utilize the healing power of honey:

BURNS – Apply freely over burns. It cools, removes pain and aids fast healing without scarring. Apart from being a salve and an antibiotic, bacteria simply cannot survive in honey.

BED WETTING – A teaspoon of honey before bed aids water retention and calms fears in children.

INSOMNIA – A dessert spoon of honey in a mug of warm milk aids sleep and works wonders.

HYPERACTIVITY – Replace all use of white sugar with honey. White sugar is highly stimulating with no food qualities. Honey provides the energy without the “spike.”

NASAL CONGESTION – Place a dessert spoon of honey in a basin of water and inhale fumes after covering your head with a towel over the basin. Very effective!

FATIGUE – Dissolve a dessert spoon of honey in warm water or quarter honey balance of water in a jug and keep in the fridge. Honey is primarily fructose and glucose, so it’s quickly absorbed by the digestive system. Honey is a unique natural stabilizer: Ancient Greek athletes took honey for stamina before competing and as a reviver after competition.

FACIAL DEEP CLEANSER – Mix honey with an equal quantity of oatmeal, and apply as a face pack. Leave on for half an hour, then wash it off. Great as a deep cleanser for acne and other unwanted blemishes.

POOR DIGESTION – Mix honey with an equal quantity of apple cider vinegar and dilute to taste with water. This is also wonderful for the joints – and promotes weight loss.

HAIR CONDITIONER – Mix honey with an equal quantity of olive oil, cover head with a warm tower for half an hour then shampoo off. Feeds hair and scalp. Your hair will never look or feel better!

SORE THROATS – Let a teaspoon of honey melt in the back of the mouth and trickle down the throat. Eases inflamed raw tissues.

FOR STRESS – Honey in water is a stabilizer, calming highs and raising lows. Use approximately 25 percent honey to water.

ANEMIA – Honey is the best blood enricher by raising corpuscle content. The darker the honey, the more minerals it contains.

FOOD PRESERVATIVE – If you replace the sugar in cake and cookie recipes with honey, they’ll stay fresher longer due to honey’s natural antibacterial properties. Reduce liquids in the mixture by about one-fifth to allow for the moisture present in the in honey.

OSTEOPOROSIS – Research has shown that a teaspoon of honey per day aids calcium utilization and prevents osteoporosis – probably not a bad idea for anyone over 50.

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.

MIGRAINE – Use a dessertspoon of honey dissolved in half a glass of warm water. Sip at the start of a migraine attack, and, if necessary, repeat after another 20 minutes.

CONJUNCTIVITIS – Dissolve honey in an equal quantity of warm water. When cooled, apply as a lotion or eye bath.

COUGH MIXTURE – Combine 6 ounces (170 grams) liquid honey, 2 ounces (55 grams) glycerin and the juice of two lemons. Mix well. Bottle and cork firmly, and use as required.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/021506_honey_grocery_healing.html#ixzz2XvHrQozb.

Liz Jones is a wellness professional in the Rockwall, Wylie, Mesquite & surrounding area.  She can be reached via email at liz@lizjones.org.

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