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Benefits of Honey!

10 Aug 15
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Benefits of honey have been seen for centuries, honey has been used for the antibacterial/anti-fungal characteristics.  Honey is a natural antibiotic, which can be used both internally and externally. It has been studied and the benefits of honey have a very high anti-bacterial attributes and some honey like Manuka Tree honey from New Zealand have excessively high antibacterial activity including antimicrobial (an agent kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth) phytochemical activity. Phytochemicals are a large group of plant-derived compounds responsible for much of the disease protection conferred from diets high in fruits, vegetables, beans, cereals, and plant-based beverages such as tea and wine.   The presence of alkaloids, flavonoids, saponins, steroids, reducing sugar and glycosides are also found in honey.   Bees spend their time pollinating all of these different types of food mentioned so it is easy to see why this phytochemical reaction with honey is so vital.

The medicinal uses of honey include allergies, wound healing, burns, sleep-aid, treatment of dandruff and dermatitis, cough suppressants, sleep aids, improved cognitive ability and energy boosts used by athletes prior to and after a workout.  The benefits of honey do not just stop here but honey also offers incredible antiseptic, antioxidant and cleansing properties for our body and health.  There are also valuable beauty and skin care tips for men and women alike.  Amazing healing properties as a head-to-toe remedy from eye infection to athlete foot.

Honey has powerful healing attributes have long been used for thousands of years ago and known to promote and correct health disorders for generation after generation. Raw honey contains up to eighty different substances important to human nutrition.  Honey includes glucose and fructose, B-complex, A, C, D, E, and K, enzymes, minerals and trace elements.  Some of the trace elements include magnesium, sulfur, phosphorus, iron, calcium, chlorine, potassium, iodine, sodium, copper, and manganese.

Raw honey is nectar from flowers processed by bees, which is pure, unheated, unpasteurized and unprocessed.  This is perhaps one of the most important characteristics and health benefits of the final product because it preserves all the natural vitamins, enzymes, phytonutrients and other nutritional elements.  True raw honey is quite different from processed and commercial honey for these main reasons.  Raw honey can be in liquid or solid (creamed) form.  If raw honey is in a liquid form when you obtain it, it will crystallize or solidify over time.   It could be clear, opaque, milky, the color can vary from white, to shades of yellow or even brown. The color is determined by the type of flowers, plants and trees the bees retrieved the nectar from.

Berks and Schuylkill Beekeepers Association - Honeycomb in a pool of honeyHospitals and medical professionals who use honey to treatment of burns or infected wounds, it is important they use sterilized, laboratory-tested honey for medicinal purposes.  Honey produced from Manuka Trees is tested for antibacterial activity and given a potency rating called a Unique Manuka Factor (UMF.) The higher the UMF rating, the greater the level of antibacterial activity. Medical professionals in New Zealand use active Manuka honey with a rating of UMF 10 or higher. Unique Manuka Factor graded honey is also sterilized by gamma irradiation without loss of any antibacterial activity. Gamma irradiation is a physical means of sterilization or decontamination where products are exposed to gamma rays. The gamma rays, which are a form of electromagnetic radiation, acts as a source of ionizing energy to destroy bacteria.

There may be some wisdom in using honey sterilized for the medical community because the benefits of using honey for burns and wounds is amazing.  For me, my personal use of honey for so many of these uses listed here. My honey does not need to treated with electromagnetic radiation to use it for burns or wounds. There is also honey with Bee Venom added to it, which gives it even more powerful attributes. The concentration of Bee Venom in one jar of honey is about half a bee sting in each teaspoon of honey. It is recommended that the first intake should be half a teaspoon of Bee Venom honey taken without food or drink. This initial dose is four times lower than one bee sting, and is accurately specified in accordance with Bee Venom Therapy requirements. If no allergic reaction occurs, increase the dosage gradually. We had a good friend who had a diabetic wound, which was open and unimproved for two years. She started using Bee Venom honey on the wound and although, it was a large wound (almost 2″ in diameter), it healed over completely within one month.

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