According to drawings dating from the Stone Age, honey has been used as food and medicine for nearly 8,000 years. Egyptians, Assyrians, Chinese, Greeks and Romans used it for healing wounds and treating diseases.
Almost all remedies used in Ancient Egypt were made of honey, milk, and wine. Modern studies have revealed the antimicrobial, antifungal and antiviral properties of honey, which are impressive. Honey has proven to be effective against 60 species of bacteria, fungi, and viruses.
Honey has an extremely complex chemical composition. It contains about 200 nutrients, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, and antioxidants (flavonoids and phenolic acids).
Recent research has shown the therapeutic value of honey in the treatment of gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, inflammatory and neoplastic disorders.
How to use honey for therapeutic purposes
- Natural laxative
Honey can also work as a natural laxative, thanks to its moisturizing properties. Add a tablespoon of organic honey to a glass of warm water each morning. This will initiate the digestive system and normalize the bowel movement.
- Anemia, fatigue
Honey has a rapid energizing effect, largely due to the rich content in sugars. Its invigorating effects are felt immediately, combating anemia and fatigue. Each morning, you should drink a glass of fruit juice (especially berries) with 1-2 teaspoons of honey.
Honey can also calm chest pain, fatigue, and dizziness (vertigo). Take 2 teaspoons of honey whenever you feel tired and exhausted.
Drink a glass of warm milk with a teaspoon of honey before going to bed. Honey promotes sleep and also prevents nighttime awakenings. The best is linden honey which also has a slightly sedative effect.
- Cramps, eye twitching
Honey is rich in minerals which can prevent muscle spasms. Take two tablespoons of honey before every meal for one week. It is a simple and effective remedy for people who often suffer from cramps or eye twitching.
- Prevents Diabetes
Honey is a good prophylactic for diabetes. It prevents the sudden increases in blood glucose, stimulates insulin secretion, reduces glucose levels in the blood, increases the hemoglobin and improves the lipid profile.
People with high blood glucose levels or at risk of obesity will see the positive effects of replacing processed sugar with honey. Honey can also be used as a sweetener for jams and fruit syrups.
- Nervousness, stress, anger
Here’s a sweet remedy that can calm mental irritability: drink a glass of milk with honey, fennel and/or basil in the morning before breakfast. This drink also prevents an excessive increase in gastric acidity.
- Heal wounds and burns
Honey has antibacterial properties which make it an amazing natural cure for burns and wounds. It is as efficient as silver sulfadiazine.
If you want to benefit from all the properties offered by this super food, make sure that you use only pure, raw honey. Refined honey does not contain enzymes, minerals, and vitamins. It can only be used as a sweetener. Replace sugar with organic honey and you will see its amazing benefits upon your body and overall health.