Honey Our Liquid Gold from The Bees
I share my knowledge that I have gained, based on my personal research, others opinions or researched data, and most important, my knowledge/beliefs according to what I have WITNESSED using it. I have personally used non pasteurized or raw honey for most of my life, and have witnessed the benefits of its use. I use it everyday instead of sugar. I use it everyday, and I only use raw honey. Please read and research both, for the pros and cons, but as a family with children and elderly parents, it has been a staple for all listed below, and another natural remedy everyone should be using in my opinion.
Most honey is pasteurized, check your labels, and many bottles of well know brands are is not real honey, so please do your research. I only buy non pasteurized. So what is raw honey? Straight from the nectar, made by the bees, it is the pure unfiltered product. Most of the honey consumed today is processed honey that’s been heated and filtered since it was gathered from the hive. Unlike our store bought processed honey, the raw honey does not lose its magical nutritional value and healing powers. Many farmers have stands of their own honey, and honey that is farmed from the bees of your area.
Honey has long been recognized as a natural remedy and has been used as a medicine for thousands of years. Honey is a sweet treat, and has its very own special flavor,. In fact, it is man's oldest sweetener. It can be a good substitute for sugar in our drinks and food. But it is also good for many other things and treating many other conditions. Manuka honey has a higher nutritional in the honey making.
Raw honey contains flavonoids, which are compounds found in almost all fruits and vegetables. They are associated with many health benefits that both fight and help prevent disease.
One tablespoon of honey contains 64 calories, yet it has a healthy glycemic load around 10 for one tablespoon, which is a little less than a banana. Raw honey does not cause a sugar spike and elevated insulin release like white sugar.
Honey is composed of sugars like glucose and fructose and minerals like magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium chlorine, sulphur, iron and phosphate. Honey contains the vitamins B1, B2, C, B6, B5 and B3 all of which, change according to the qualities of the nectar and pollen. Besides the above, copper, iodine, and zinc exist in it in small quantities and several kinds of hormones are also present in it.
It is know that about one half of the human diet is derived directly or indirectly from crops pollinated by bees. Today honey bees are an essential part of a healthy agriculture economy and are very much at risk.
If you have allergies, honey can be beneficial. Honey that is local to your area, may prevent seasonal allergies. Bees use the pollen from local plants and eventually it ends up in your honey.
Honey may also be good for skin. It has the ability to attract water. You can use honey for your masks because of its high content of the acid. It is also safe for sensitive skin.
Orally if have a sore throat, take some honey. Due to its natural anti-inflammatory effect, it will help to heal wounds more quickly as it can also aid in killing viruses, bacteria, and fungus making it a good substitute for wound dressings. The taste may also take your mind off the pain.
There is also evidence that honey diluted in water will help with your stomach aches and dehydration.
If you have a cut or wound, honey is a natural antiseptic. Medical journals cite more than 600 cases in which honey was employed to treat wounds. By applying honey to your wounds, you prevent infections. Honey contains antimicrobial agents, which prevents infections by killing the bacteria in and around your wounds. When using honey it may help to heat it up before putting it on your wounds, always check heat temperatures.
Many types of bacteria can't survive in honey or sugar packs, so wounds heal, swelling eases, and tissue can grow back. It also rapidly clears any existing infection from wounds.
Honey may also be effective in the treatment of ulcers. In Europe, honey has been used internally to help cure ulcers, particularly stomach ulcers.
Burns, too, heal better with honey, studies show. The advantage of honey is that it not only prevents infections from occurring, it actually accelerates skin healing.. Since the sugar in honey absorbs water it helps to trap some of the moisture so that the bacteria and other microbes can't grow as easily as in other food.
Honey does not stick to the underlying wound tissues, so there is no tearing away of newly formed tissue, and no pain, when dressings are changed.
When the glucose oxidase enzyme introduced to the honey by the bee, comes into contact with body moisture, it does a slow release of the antiseptic, hydrogen peroxide at a sufficient level to be effective against bacteria but not tissue damaging. Not only is honey anti-bacterial, it also draws body fluids and nutrients to the area assisting cell growth aiding in the prevention of scar formation by the drying out of the wound. The osmotic action of the honey draws out and provides a liquid film between the tissues and the dressing, allowing the dressing to be removed painlessly, without the tearing of the re-growing cells. There are reports in medical journals of large bed sores, otherwise needing skin grafts, that have healed without scarring after honey treatment.
In treating diarrhea, honey promotes the re-hydration of the body and more quickly clears up the diarrhea and any vomiting and stomach upsets. Try mixing honey with Slippery Elm, see one of my earlier blogs.
Honey is easily digested because sugar molecules in honey can convert into other sugars and honey is easily digested by the most sensitive stomachs, despite its high acid content. It helps kidneys and intestines to function better.
Honey can plays big role in the prevention of cancer as well as heart disease, especially Manuka Honey. Manuka honey, produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the Manuka bush, is one of the most unique and beneficial forms of honey in the world, research it.
High energy to the body, does add weight due to low calorie level.
When accompanied by mild water, honey diffuses into the bloodstream in 7 minutes. Its free sugar molecules make the brain function better since the brain is the largest consumer of sugar, thus, reduces fatigue.
Honey aids in providing energy needed by the body for blood formation, in addition to helping cleanse the blood.
The bacteria-killing property of honey, named "the inhibition effect" does not accommodate bacteria. Experiments conducted on honey show that its bactericide properties increase twofold when diluted with water. It is very interesting to
note that newly born bees in the colony are nourished with diluted honey by the bees responsible for their supervision - as if they know this feature of the honey.
People have started farming their own bees, and planting plants in gardens it assist bees during the months they are active. Bees are at risk today, so many are dying from pesticide use.
A world without bees is literally a world without fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds, or more easily termed a world without food. Lack of honey would be the least of humanity's problems as one third of the food we east is pollinated by insects, 80% of which are bees.
Amazing..........what does it not do, so get a jar and start using it, and of course our pets can benefit from it too!
As always, soulspirations - Vicky