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For The Best Health Benefits – Know What Are The Uses For Honey

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Honey has been around for longer than mankind and has been used by us for as long as we have been around. It has many benefits and If you want to get the best health benefits from it then you must know what are the uses for honey. It does not just sweeten your tea or make great mead, it has other significant benefits as well.

History Of Our Use Of Honey

There is no evidence of man cultivating bee colonies until 2 400 BC but there are cave paintings that indicate that honey was being used by humans as far back as 8000 years ago.

Honey has been found in medicinal substances for over 4000yrs and it was used in traditional Ayurveda medicine to treat indigestion and other imbalances in the human body. Honey was rubbed onto the skin to treat wounds before the ancient Egyptians used it

Modern medicine has also studied the benefits of honey and has found evidence that suggests that some ancient reputation of honey may in fact be true so, for the best health benefits, know what are the uses for honey.

So What Is Honey

Honey is an incredible viscous liquid made by bees by collecting pollen in the region that they live. They collect it in their special honey stomach and at the hive it is passed to special honey making bees that pass it between them, mouth-to-mouth until its moisture content is reduced from around 70% to 20%. Some of the nectar is stored in cells in the honeycomb before it is passed from mouth to mouth because some evaporation is caused by the 32.5Deg temperature inside the beehive.

When the honey is ready, it is sealed in cells in the hive, ready for the arrival of the newly hatched bees.

Different Types Of Honey

I am sure that you have seen that all the honey in the supermarket is the same colour and quality. It is generally about the Bee Collecting Pollensame price and you don’t get a choice of flavours. It is all Honey so how would there be different flavours?

Well the truth is that the flavour and quality of the honey is dependent upon which flowers the bees collect pollen from. The flowers even determine the medicinal benefits of the honey.

Honey is graded by its color. The clear, golden amber honey often fetches a higher retail price than the darker varieties. The honey is often blended to provide the market with a semi consistent colour and clarity. In some countries it is illegal to sell honey that is not pasteurised.

The reason for pasteurization is tho kill the spores of Clostridium Botulinum.

Now we all know that honey is famed for its antibacterial properties, that it is still used in some areas to dress wounds, and that it can keep for years on end. So why, exactly, do we need to kill bacteria?

According to some sources, children under a year or those with compromised immune systems should only consume pasteurized honey because there are a minimal number of cases each year when spores of Clostridium botulinum in honey have caused botulism poisoning.

These spores cannot grow or make toxin in the acidic environment of the honey but they do lay dormant and can then cause drama once they have been consumed with the honey.

Why Is Honey More Healthy Than Sugar

Sugar has a higher Glycemic Index (GI) than honey and increases the blood sugar levels more than honey. Sugar also has a higher fructose content and has no trace minerals. Honey has more calories than sugar but is sweeter so less honey is required.

Sugar has Glucose and Fructose. Most cells in the body use glucose for energy but only liver cells break down fructose. What happens to fructose inside liver cells is complicated. The end products are triglyceride, a form of fat. Uric acid and free radicals are also formed.

None of this is good. Triglycerides damage liver function by building up in liver cells. Triglycerides can contribute to the Measuring Sugar levelgrowth of fat-filled plaque inside artery walls when released. Free radicals (also called reactive oxygen species) can damage cell structures, enzymes, and even genes. Nitric oxide helps protect artery walls from damage and Uric acid can turn off production of nitric oxide. Another effect of high fructose intake is insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes.

Honey is The Lesser Of Two Evils for Diabetics

The jury is still out in this regard. There are pros and cons.

The PROs

It may lower;

  • “bad” LDL cholesterol
  • triglycerides
  • inflammation

and it raises “good” HDL cholesterol

The CONs

There are some studies have found that it can increase blood sugar levels — but just not as much as refined sugar (Trusted Source).

There are more pros than cons in this regard and honey should still be consumed with caution as with most high carb foods for Diabetics.(Trusted Source).

One thing to remember is that there are many money hungry people out there and many are not adverse to mixing lower grade honey or even other products with the honey to get a better return on their investment{paraphrased}Source).

Benefits Of Honey

Modern science is confirming much of the historical uses of honey.

Healing Wounds And Burns

There have been some cases in which people have reported positive effects of using honey in treating wounds for thousands of years.Minor Burn Wound

The Cochrane Library published a review showing that honey might be able to aid in healing of burns. The lead author of the study said “topical honey is cheaper than other interventions, notably oral antibiotics, which are often used and may have other deleterious side effects.”

There is, however, a lack of evidence to fully support this claim. A study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases concluded that applying medical-grade honey to the wounds of patients has no advantage over normal antibiotics among patients undergoing dialysis.

I would consider the difference in price would be an advantage for some.

Reducing the duration of diarrhea

Research-based reviews have shown that honey can decrease the severity and duration of diarrhea. Honey also promotes increased potassium and water intake, which is quite helpful when experiencing diarrhea.
Nigerian research that took place in Lagos suggests that honey has also shown the ability to block the actions of pathogens that commonly cause diarrhea.

Fighting infections – Honey Kills Bacteria

With the rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria, more attention is being directed to the antibacterial properties of honey byBacteria modern research. Scientists from the Academic Medical Center at the University of Amsterdam discovered that honey’s ability to kill bacteria lies in a protein called Bee defensin-1.

Honey is currently under preliminary research for its potential antibacterial properties. I has been a common belief around the world that honey, especially Manuka honey, has a healing and antibacterial property bu the way that they achieve this is still unknown. If science could determine how honey achieves this then it could be used more commonly as a first line treatment for antibiotic resistant bacteria.

The journal Pediatrics published a study that compared honey to placebos in helping children with nighttime coughs that found that the honey helped the children. The study rated honey better than the traditional Middle Eastern date syrup for the symptomatic relief of their children’s nocturnal cough and sleep difficulty due to URI (upper respiratory infection).

Researchers, published in The Scientific World Journal, confirmed that natural honey was as effective as an antiseptic solution in reducing wound infections.

Relieving Cold And Cough Symptoms

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends honey as a natural cough remedy, as does The American Academy of Pediatrics but, as already stated, they do not advise honey for children under the age of one year.

In 2007, in a study by Penn State College of Medicine, it was suggested that the cough medicine “dextromethorphan” was

less effective in treating children with upper respiratory infection and nighttime cough and improved their quality of sleep.

Replacing Added Sugar In The Diet

Honey, that sweet amber coloured viscous liquid’s sweet flavor makes it an ideal substitute for sugar in our diet. Cane sugar Sugarin the diet provides excess calories with no nutritional benefit. This leads to an increase in body weight, which in turn causes an increased risk of high blood pressure and diabetes.

Honey can be added to food and beverages to sweeten the taste with less negative health impacts of other added sugars. Honey is still a sweetener and it is important to remain aware of how much honey is being used.

Medicinal use

Honey is a wonderful natural product with a range of medicinal uses to treat illnesses, ailments and injuries. It can be used in brews, Drunk, put in food, added to other remedies and used as a soothing paste on the skin.

It is very popular with Practitioners of Ayurveda medicine who often use it for:

Not all uses of honey have been confirmed scientifically as effective but trying it as treatment will not cause harm or make conditions worse.

Traditional Uses For Honey

These are some of the traditional uses of honey in the different cultures around the world and as such, most have not been verified by science.

Children’s Food (not for children under one year old)

Honey’s numerous benefits make it a great way to get healthy nutrients into your toddler. Simply add some honey to warmToddler water and you have a nutritious snack for your child. It is free from preservatives and artificial additives if it is pure honey. A far better snack than all the modern sodium and sugar enriched snacks of today.

Better Immune System

Millions of people from any cultures still use honey with meals because it is still considered to be an effective immune system booster

The reason for the ability of honey to influence the immune system lies in polyphenols and other phytochemicals that are found in the pollen of flowers, from which bees make this substance are the reason for honey’s ability to influence the human immune system. These Polyphenols and other phytochemicals act as a gym for the immune system, to boost its responsive power by triggering low-end immune reactions that are quite harmless.

Improve circulation

The reason for honey improving circulation is the fact that honey drops the negative cholesterol levels which in turn, removes the instances of the bad cholesterol building up on the walls of blood vessels. The more the vessels are free of cholesterol, the better cardiovascular health becomes. Don’t miss this tried and tested way of improving circulation by adding honey to your diet.

Eczema Relief

Honey is a great soothing agent because of its antibiotic properties and it has been used for generations by people who ECZEMAsuffer from eczema. These properties help to reduce the multiplication of harmful bacteria when honey is applied to the affected area and it also hydrates the skin and soothes it. I you or anyone that you know are struggling with eczema, you should really try honey as it has no downsides to its use.

Energy Booster

Honey is a great source of energy as, unlike industrial sugars, It does not have the undesired side effects of these other industrialised sugars, yet is still metabolised quickly giving the quick natural energy boost.

Good Source Of Antioxidants

Antioxidants combat the occurrence of free radicals and lowers the chances of serious and chronic illnesses like cancer and other degenerative medical conditions. As honey is made from natural elements and hold little or no impurities or toxins but is high in antioxidants, it has a great effect on the human body by helping combat these diseases.


Helps With Allergies

Honey is very effective with allergies for the same reason it is as an immune booster. The plant pollen allows the immune system to become more effective and less likely to react to the pollen in the air. Anyone having problems with allergies could benefit from honey.

Helps with Gum Disease

We all know that gum diseases can be painful at best and even life-threatening, but honey can provide some protection, noGum Disease matter how severe. Honey’s soothing aspect is even more pronounced with the skin of the gums, where the honey’s antibacterial traits fight the development of infection in the mouth. Eating honey is a sure way to make sure that gum and oral problems can be at least soothed if not cured.

Lower Cholesterol

As mentioned above in honey improving circulation, it is also great for lowering cholesterol levels. Because of its content of natural sugars, honey actually allows the bad Cholesterol to leave the body harmlessly. With the ever-increasing problem of high-cholesterol, this trait of honey is definitely one of the need to haves in your cupboard.

Memory booster

Thanks to the Antioxidants in honey, it positively impacts your memory and stops or slows down the loss of memory functions over time. These are able to oppose the degenerative process of the free radicals degrading the memory functions in the brain. By using honey, your memory can keep working well in spite of your age.

Moisturiser

Honey is believed to makes it a perfect moisturizer. For ages, honey was used as a moisturizer for the skin of face, hand, and neck. The highly dense nature of honey makes it one of the favorite natural ingredients for the cosmetics industry which still regularly adds it to a range of hydration products.

Reduce Inflammation

Many of the health benefits of honey come down it is anti-inflammatory characteristics. They make this golden product of nature a good choice for both acute and chronic issues with slight inflammation. While it cannot solve serious inflammations as a rule, honey certainly helps with smaller hotbeds of infection.

Relieve Nausea

Honey coats the linings of the digestive tracts and thus helps reduce the symptoms of nausea. The level of acidic reflux and other characteristics of nausea are reduced.

Relieve a Sore Throat

Honey is also favored for relieving a sore throat and is does it in much the same way as it relieves nausea, by lining the throat and mouth with its bacteria fighting ability. This is probably one of the best know properties of honey.

Treat Insect BitesMosquito bite

Relieve the irritation of the miniature creature bites like mosquitoes whether at home or in the wilderness. Your little jar of honey will soothe the skin and possibly even neutralise any remaining poison in the bight area. Don’t travel without your honey, Honey.

Acne Treatment

Most of us have suffered from the dreaded teenage scourge of acne at some point in life. Some of us might even suffer with it into our adulthood. Honey has been trusted to deal with this scourge for as long as can be traced back into history. It is still providing us with that multilayered approach of covering the skin with its anti-inflation, soothing and antibacterial properties. This age-old trusted remedy might not be a new scientific solution to clear up your trouble spots instantly but it will help in improving them.

Burns Treatment

Serious burns will need immediate medical attention, if it is available, but the lighter burns can certainly benefit from the application of honey with its anti-bacterial, soothing relief. The honey will protect the skin from secondary infections and inflammation.

Restorative Sleep

Honey an excellent natural relief from insomnia. This is believed to be caused by the insulin levels rising slightly and releasing tryptophan which then arrives at the brain where it slowly induces the sense of sleepiness. The same sense of drowsiness that is induced after a large meal. A nice warm honey drink before going to bed can be helpful.

Wounds Treatment

Honey has been a traditional treatment for wounds throughout the ages in many different cultures. This is probably because of the belief in its antiseptic properties which would minimise the likelihood of infection. If not other treatment is available, pure honey could be an alternative.

Cure HangoversHangover

A hangover can often feel as vicious as hell and many who have experienced this know it only too well. Honey can be an effective cure for a hangover because it is an easily-accessed source of nutrients which helps settle an upset stomach that had to process all that alcohol.

When The SHTF Medicine

Our supply of modern medicine that we stock pile is not likely to last very long. At some point we will likely have to try to find alternatives. Honey is just one of natures gifts that is available and it would be in your best interest to try to find out more about what resources are out there, freely supplied by nature. We just have to look and learn. So, do it now before the SHTF. Know what you can use and, if possible, get seed of the natural local plants that can be used for medical medicines and stockpile natural medicines.

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12 thoughts on “For The Best Health Benefits – Know What Are The Uses For Honey

  1. What a good learning experience! Thank you for this article. 

    My mother has a problem with insomnia so your suggestion here of using honey to treat his condition is well noted. We got some few bottles of natural honey that are on standby. Now, I’m thinking of what vehicle to use in administering honey to her because you said, it must be a warm honey drink. Can I put honey in warm milk?

    1. Hi Gomer, Firstly, thanks for the visit and the comment.

      Honey will indeed assist with your mothers insomnia but I would not add the honey to milk. Most adults are allergic to milk to some degree. Often, after drinking milk people will have a few coughs for a short time and not understand where it is coming from. It is in fact an indication that they have a mild allergy to milk.

      I would suggest adding it to a bit of warm water  and you could add a few drops of lemon if your Mother enjoys lemmon. you could also add it to some very week tea without milk. I trust this will help.

  2. That is a lot of health benefits I did not know about and some of the uses of honey you have mentioned here are really interesting. For example the one about mosquitos bites, that’s one I’ll think about next time I get a bite. Now, the one thing that was most intriguing was the fact about pasteurization. When I buy honey I usually just look for a dark color one but have not thought about reading if it’s pasteurized or not. One of the medicine mixes I make with honey is a combination of garlic and lemon. I’ve used it for a while now when flu season comes around. Do you have any other mix combination with honey for its healing benefit?

    1. Glad to hear that you took something away from the post Eddie. Thanks very much for commenting on it.

      Raw honey, if you can get it, is the most beneficial because of it not being pasteurised. It is sometimes a challenge to find it. The honey and garlic mixture is quite a popular mixture and there are thousand more. I would suggest you research it on the internet as there are just too many to list. I must caution that you consider these “medications” carefully before use as some have some strange additives and not all the claims might be realistic.

      That aside, honey is an incredible gift from nature with some truly wonderful properties and uses. 

  3. What an extremely thorough explanation of what the uses of honey are for our health. There was a lot of technical information that I was not aware of, and I found it extremely enjoyable and informative to read. I’ve used honey for sweetening coffee and tea, honey and lemon in hot water to soothe cough and flu… all those other uses were new information to me. Thank you very much for sharing. ~ Elaine

    1. Hi Elaine, Most people are only aware of the cold and flu benefits of honey but there is so much more to Honey. It is certainly something that should be in every preppers food store and medicine chest. 

      If the SHTF your medicine chest will not last for ever and one needs to be aware of what else is available to you. We don;t usually carry medicine around when we are out and about and if we are on hikes etc honey is a handy temporary fix until we can get to our medical supplies.

  4. Thanks for this in-depth look at the health benefits of honey. Like most, I had thought no more about honey than it tastes good, especially in tea. As a high school World History teacher I appreciate learning that honey was used 8000 years ago and has been used for medicinal purposes. Funny, we never used honey for wounds or anything when I was a kid but mainly and especially when one had a cold, Yet, you pointed about twenty and even more traditional global use.

    So, as a read it, honey is bee-spit passed back and forth between bees until it loses the majority of its water, then what’s left in the process is placed in cells. Sounds a bit gross but it tastes so good!I liked your explanation of honey pasteurization. I had never thought of that before. As a diabetic, I thought you answered the question of honey vs. sugar. 

    Great information!

    God bless you!

    1. Hi Ronald, Thanks for visiting my page and I am pleased that you were able to take something constructive away with you. There is indeed more to honey than the traditional coughs and cold medicine and we need to understand it’s uses.

      I wrote this article primarily for the preppers because in the SHTF scenario medicines won’t last forever and we need to find alternatives. I will be writing more articles about alternative natural medicines in the future.

  5. Dear Bryan,

    Thanks for the article I really enjoyed it, I must admit I found your article highly uplifting and educational. I can tell you I have taken some great insights from this article.

    In the part of the world where I live Honey is very famous, part of our foods and medicine. As you mentioned we were advised to use honey instead of sugar but we are not doing it because of the high price of honey (original honey) compared to sugar. But I am afraid when I read the damages caused by consuming sugar and going forward planning to take honey instead of sugar or else it’s better to avoid sugar.

    Benefits and Medical use of honey is numerous and mind-blowing. 

    May I not congratulate you on your persistence in writing this amazing article. Any man who devotes that much time must of necessity make discoveries of great value to others.

    Much Success!

    Paul

    1. Hi Paul, Thank you for taking the time to comment on my article. It is really appreciated and I am happy that you were able to take something from the article.

      This amber coloured liquid is truly a miracle of nature which  we have used for thousands of years and yet so few of us have much knowledge of its benefits. If one can get raw honey, the benefits are some what greater and it is then less likely that the honey has been contaminated with other products…

  6. I cannot help but commend you for this explicit content. It covers virtually everything I could think of or ever known about honey and its benefits. I’m on a keto diet plan and I’ve rather replaced my use of sugar with honey and its been such a perfection. I personally like honey for its health benefits. It has helped cure my inflammation and eczema and I couldn’t be more happy for its positive effects. Thanks so much for this post too, you have enlightened me more on things I need to know concerning honey

    1. Thanks a ton for taking the time to leave a comment on this page. It is really appreciated as it helps me deliver posts that are relevant.

      Honey, I believe is an under appreciated natural wonder that, although used by man for over 8000 years, very few people understand  the benefits of honey and what it can be used for. I believe that the prepper world should really take more notice of the properties of honey as they might really need it and all the other natural medicines  if the SHTF.

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