Ok, so maybe “cure-it-all” is stretching it a bit, but did you know that honey is not only a fantastic food that tastes great but is also a natural healer?
If you have honey in your pantry, you already have one of nature’s best medicines. Honey has healing properties that are antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antiseptic, capable of fixing many problems. But before you go using it for various ailments, make sure what you have is real honey. Many honeys sold on grocery store shelves are really just corn syrup and sugar and not honey at all. A bottle of honey should contain one ingredient: honey. Once you know you have that, here are some ailments and some of the ways honey can help us heal.
Make a nice paste to massage into aching joints by mixing water and honey in equal proportions along with a teaspoon of cinnamon. For many people, this reduces arthritis pain in 20-30 minutes. You can also add honey and cinnamon to your drinking water to help relieve symptoms from the inside as well as eat a tablespoon of honey each day to help reduce inflammation.
Studies have shown that honey could help your heart health. Honey supposedly slows the oxidation of bad LDL cholesterol in our system, and the antioxidants could be as good at fighting heart disease as some fruits and vegetables. Add a few teaspoons to your favorite beverage each day if your heart needs the help!
The Common Cold & Sore Throats
Warm water with honey not only helps soothe sore throats but it may also help alleviate coughs, too. The antioxidants can’t hurt, either.
As with a regular old cold, honey can help with sore throats and coughing fits. But ginger tea with honey can do wonders to make you feel better when suffering with the flu.
High cholesterol? Honey can help. Small amounts consumed daily can help lower bad cholesterol and raise antioxidant levels. Can’t hurt to add a little honey to the daily diet.
Indigestion and Upset Stomach
Before you reach for that Pepto-Bismol, why not try using honey first? Ginger tea with honey always helps my stomach calm down, and a big tablespoon of honey can help in a pinch if you don’t have any tea available.
Honey can kill bacteria and bladder infections are caused by bacteria. See where I am going here? By mixing honey and apple cider vinegar to drink, you can increase acidity in your urine and help kill the bacteria. Mix one teaspoon of honey with two teaspoons of apple cider and drink once a day until you feel better. Also, try honey and salt or honey and cinnamon, too.
Cuts and Scrapes
Honey is like a natural hydrogen peroxide, so it’s great to clean small cuts and scrapes.
Suffering from acne? Make a mask out of raw honey to kill the bacteria causing those breakouts.
Boost the Immune System
All sorts of antioxidants and antiseptic properties means that honey could help boost your immune system.
Honey fights free radicals with its antioxidant powers, and many cancers are caused by free radicals. Why not give yourself an extra layer of protection from cancer by adding honey to your daily regimen? These days, we all need any help we can get from this terrible, awful disease.
How many drugs and medicines do companies market to us on TV, in magazines, and online that claim to fix all those ailments? A LOT. They don’t really want you to know that honey, widely available almost everywhere and completely natural, can do just as good a job in many cases to fix you up from what ails you.
The loss of honey production is only one of the reasons our declining bee population is of major concern. As bee colonies continue to die off at an alarming rate both locally and around the globe, it could be disastrous for all of life on earth. Without bees, we don’t have food. It’s important we work to help bee populations stabilize and grow, so plant native bee-friendly plants, avoid pesticides when possible, and buy organic food.
As with all medical topics, please seek the professional opinion of your doctor. I am not a doctor nor do I play one on the internet. This list is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition or illness. Also, do not feed honey to babies as it can lead to infant botulism. Yes, you read that correctly. Image by Siona Karen