The word “honey” comes from ancient hebrew and means “enchant.” Rightfully so, as this time honored natural remedy can be found all over the world and serves many culinary and healing purposes.
Honey treatment is called apitherapy and helps to replenish energy and enhances physical stamina, strengthens those weakened by illness or stress. It can help calm the mind and promote rejuvenating sleep. It relieves indigestion, treats cardiovascular disease and respiratory complaints. It can disinfect and heal minor skin wounds and chapped lips.
Bees act as a biological filter, they die if they come into contact with toxins because they do not bring pollutants into the hive. That is why honey contains only very slight traces of residues from industrial emissions, car exhaust, agricultural chemicals or others air pollutants.
Uses of Honey:
Culinary sweetener – Honey is an excellent alternative sweetener, use in place of sugar in food and beverages, honey provides a healthy pick-me-up, the glucose and the fructose in honey has been predigested by the bees that produced it. These simple sugars are quickly and easily absorbed in the digestive tract.
Sore Throat – Take orally 1 -2 spoonfuls of honey to coat the throat when it is sore or scratchy
Skin Treatment – Honey has natural antibacterial properties with a germ-killing substance called inhibine, which helps prevents infections. Apply to skin on chapped and dry lips, minor wounds and cuts or as a mask to help with pimples or blemishes. Honey draws excess water from the tissues and reduces swelling.
Honey Bath – Add 2 oz of honey in a glass with 5 drops of lavender oil, heat it by placing the glass in warm water then apply 1 – 2 tbsps to your bath water for relaxation and to combat insomnia.
Asthma, Bronchitis and Respiratory Ailments – Honey can help with coughs and wheezing, mix 1 tsp of finely chopped thyme and add to honey. Take orally to soothe inflammation in the lungs and airways.
There are many varieties of honey available as each honey is different dependent on the types of flowers from which the bees collect the nectar. It’s important to look for beekeepers that do not feed their bees refined sugars or use harmful pesticides!