Posted by: godshealingplants | July 7, 2018

HONEY BENEFITS

HISTORY

Exactly how long honey has been in existence is hard to say because it has been around since as far as we can record.

Humans have eaten it, bathed in it, took care of their wounds with it and have traded it since the beginning of history. Archaeologists discovered honey comb in Egypt that had been buried with the pharaohs in their tombs, the honey was preserved and was still eatable.

In the Old Testament, the land of Israel was often referred to as the “land flowing with milk and honey”.

God promised Moses to take them out of Egypt and into a land flowing with milk and honey. John the Baptist ate locusts and wild honey. And the Bible states: eat honey because it is good for you – Proverbs 24:13.

The Greeks viewed honey as not only an important food, but also as a healing medicine, and the Romans did the same and used honey to heal their wounds after battles.

Honey has been used for many thousands of years; in fact most of history has references to it. It is an organic natural sugar, has no additives, is easy on the stomach, and if stored correctly will have an almost indefinite shelf life.

ABOUT

Raw honey comes from the flowers of plants and herbs that God created for us. It is the concentrated nectar of flowers that comes straight from the extracting bee.

 

It is an alkaline-forming food, containing ingredients similar to those found in fruits, which become alkaline in the digestive system. It doesn’t ferment in the stomach and it can be used to counteract acid indigestion. Raw honey is the healthiest choice amongst the various forms of honey as it has the most nutritional value and contains amylase, an enzyme concentrated in flower pollen which helps predigest starchy foods like breads.

NUTRITIONAL VALUE

Natural honey contains a number of amazing properties:

  • Amino acidsRaw honey contains approximately 18 essential and non-essential amino acids, the building blocks of protein. These include cysteine, histidine, glutamine, lysine, proline, and tryptophan.
  • Antioxidants – Honey contains many of the antioxidants found in green leafy vegetables, particularly flavonoids that help boost healthy balance, increase your energy, support enzyme activity, and soothe your skin.
  • Enzymes – Raw honey contains acid phosphatase, catalase, diastase, invertase, inulase, and glucose oxidase, which support digestion and assimilation.
  • Minerals – Honey’s mineral profile features calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, selenium, and zinc. Selenium is a mineral antioxidant that helps support your cardiovascular and immune systems.
  • Nutraceuticals – These important nutrients help enhance your immune system and provide you benefits that go beyond those involved in normal metabolic activity.
  • Vitamins – Honey is a good source of vitamin C (an antioxidant) and B vitamins, particularly niacin (vitamin B3), riboflavin (vitamin B2), and pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), which help boost your energy.

Raw honey also helps promote the growth of probiotics or beneficial bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract.

RAW HONEY AS AN EFFECTIVE NATURAL REMEDY

For centuries, honey has been used to treat all sorts of ailments. It can be applied topically to heal wounds and rashes, or it can be taken internally to treat infections and address other health concerns. Although there are numerous applications of raw honey, the following are the most popular for common everyday conditions. 

Allergies: To treat allergies, take a teaspoon of locally harvested raw honey a couple of times a day starting a few months prior to allergy season. 

Antibiotic: Raw honey’s antibiotic properties are effective in treating colds and sore throats. Raw honey coats the throat and reduces irritation. For blocked sinuses, mix a teaspoon of honey in a pot of hot water, put a towel over your head, and just inhale the steam.

Dandruff Treatment: Honey mixed with warm water and applied to the scalp for 15 to 30 minutes and then rinsed, has been shown to stop the scalp from itching and flaking.

Energy Boost: As and energy boost honey being a source of unprocessed sugar, lets the body directly absorb fructose and glucose. This will give you a healthy quick burst of energy whenever you need it.

Memory Boost: Filled with antioxidants, honey helps protect brain cells from being damaged, keeping your brain sharp and your memory great. Honey also aids in the body’s absorption of calcium, which is needed by the body in decision-making and processing thought.

Nausea Relive: When mixed with ginger and lemon juices, it also relieves nausea.

Wound and Burn Treatment: For skin burns, rashes, and abrasions, place a honey poultice over the affected area. 

Sleeping Aid: Honey has properties that promote the release of serotonin, which is then converted to melatonin, the hormone responsible for a good night’s sleep.

HONEY FOR YOUR FACE

Washing your face with honey will leave you with sparkling, clean, soft skin.

When you are doing a honey cleanse for your skin, do the following:

  1. It’s best to do your honey cleanse in the morning
  2. Start by rinsing your face and removing any sweat and dirt accumulated during the night.
  3. With your face slightly damp, the honey will be easier to spread and will go on smoother and be less sticky.
  4. Take a teaspoonful of honey and gently massage it into your face, using a soft sponge if you prefer.
  5. If you’re dealing with a breakout or skin dryness, let the honey sit on your face for five to ten minutes to allow your skin to absorb all of its good properties.
  6. Finally, using water, your hands, a washcloth or sponge, rinse the honey off your face.

Raw honey is also an effective treatment for acne. A small amount placed on blemishes and acne nightly will often clear the skin in a short period of time.  

HOW TO BUY AND STORE

Most of the honey found in the supermarket is not raw honey but “commercial” regular honey, which has been pasteurized (heated at 70C or 158F degrees or more, followed by rapid cooling) and filtered so that it looks cleaner and smoother, more appealing on the shelf, and easier to handle and package. Unfortunately many have additional additives that are not good for your health.

 

Pasteurization kills any yeast cell in the honey and prevents fermentation. It also slows down the speed of crystallization in liquid honey. On the downside, when honey is heated, its delicate aromas, yeast and enzymes which are responsible for activating vitamins and minerals in the body system are partially destroyed. Hence, raw honey is a far better choice than honey that has undergone heat treatment. 

Among manufacturers there exists no uniform code of using the term “raw honey”. There are no strict legal requirements for claiming and labeling honey as “raw”. You may also find raw honey that is unprocessed but slightly warmed to retard granulation for a short period of time and allow light straining and packing into containers for sale. Using as little heat as possible is a sign of careful handling.

 

Comb honey is raw pure honey sections taken straight from the hive – honey bees’ wax comb with no further handling at all. It is the most pure form in which honey comes — the bees fill the hexagon shaped wax cells of the comb with honey and cap it with beeswax. You can eat comb honey just like a chewy candy. Because the honey in the comb is untouched and is deemed to be pure, honey presented in this form comes with a relatively higher price tag, but never the less it is the best for your health.

All honey types, except comb honey, are processed to some extent. Less processed honeys (no heat applied) have more taste but can be susceptible to fermentation from sugar tolerant yeasts which are always present in honey. High temperatures, over 160 degrees used during processing with filtration, tend to reduce granulation and help improve the looks of the products; however, natural enzymes are eliminated.

 

Liquid honey needs to be stored in a cool dry area avoiding sunlight with an optimal temperature of 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit. It also should be kept it in a tightly lidded container as honey easily absorbs moisture. Over time, liquid honey will crystallize (also known as granulating). That is ok.

While it might look unpleasant, you can restore honey to its liquid state by simply placing the container in warm water until the crystals disappear and removing it from the heat source as quickly as possible. Never boil your honey because vital nutrients will be lost. 

HOW TO ENJOY

Mixed into a salad dressing

Over ice cream and nuts

Mixed with peanut butter for a delicious sandwich

Poured over pancakes

As a sweetener for your tea

In crepes with bananas and almond butter

Honey glazed carrots make a delicious dish

ENJOY! 

 

DISCLAIMER:

This article is meant to be informational and educational regarding traditional uses of herbs for medicinal purposes and not as medical advice. Always follow up with your doctor for concerns regarding your health. The FDA approves herbs as dietary supplements only. 

 

SOURCE:

naturalnews.com

mercola.com

benefits-of-honey.com/raw-honey.html

OrganicAuthority.com

MedicalDaily.com

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Responses

  1. Reblogged this on cancer killing recipe and commented:
    Hello everyone!
    Here is something healthy and sweet for you all…
    God bless

  2. I’ve been using honey on my skin for a couple of years. I love it. Great article.

    • Thanks for the comment Nora, it really is great for the skin.


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