Since hundreds of years ago, Honey has been used as both food and medicine. Honey, the viscous amber-hued liquid produced by bees from sugar-rich nectar of flowers. Bees follow a cycle of consuming the nectar, digesting it then regurgitating the same over and over again before storing it in one of the honeycombs inside their hive.
Honey is mainly a made up of sugar. A tablespoon of it doesn’t contain any traces of fat, protein or fiber. It, however, contains trace amounts of vitamins and minerals but not much. You’d have to consume tons of honey to meet your daily requirements (a ton is an exaggeration but you get the point). So, honey.
Before the turn of the new decade, there has been an increased clamor for all things “organic”, “natural” and healthy. One issue that is constantly being discussed is the need to consciously cut sugars in our diet. This is where Honey comes in handy.
Composition-wise, honey may not be any different than your regular table top sugar but make no mistake. Raw Honey has a lot more to offer aside from its sugar contents. Antioxidants can be found in honey and here are a few health benefits we can enjoy when we start to replace sugar with it:
Raw Honey (unpasteurized) contains a range of compounds that act as antioxidants including phytochemicals, flavonoids and ascorbic acid. Antioxidants help your body by combating free radicals (who sometimes cause cancer and other chronic health conditions).
Honey also has inherent antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. It contains hydrogen peroxide and glucose oxidase and has a slightly acidic pH level. This means because of its unique chemical composition, it is not an ideal ground for bacterial and fungal growth (in fact, it may kill them).
Manuka Honey is one type of honey that has exhibited antibacterial effects towards bacteria such as E. Coli (common food poisoning-causing bacteria), S. Aureus (skin infections) and H. Pylori (commonly found in chronic gastric ulcers).
Aside from Honey’s antibacterial effect, it also has anti-inflammatory properties making it a very good alternative to treat minor cuts and burns. The process is simple, you just apply honey over the wound and cover it with a bandage.
These are only three out of hundreds more where Honey can be used as medicine. Ailments ranging from cough, diarrhea, skin infections, etc., can be treated with the use of Honey. Should you decide to try one out, you may try to contact The Honey Ladies and check out what they have to offer.