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Honey has long been known for its amazing healing properties. The ancient Greeks and Egyptians used it back in their time, and since then many people today have adapted the practice. Up to the Second World War, honey was used for its antibacterial properties in treating soldier’s wounds.
However, since antibiotics have surfaced in the world of medicine, the medical properties of honey have been pushed aside as synthetic healers have taken the forefront. Recently, there has been a renewed interest in the medicinal properties of honey.
Native Americans tend to learn from the animals around them. Watching a bear walking through swarms of bees despite being stung several times made them observe the pain and struggle the animal went through just to get a taste of that “sticky substance”, and this led them to investigate on what truly made that “sticky stuff” so special.
When they finally got their hands on honey, they discovered that not only does it taste great but it actually helped in healing their bee stings, in a rather miraculous way! Later on, they spread the use of honey for other needs such as treating the cold, soothing a sore throat or helping to resolve hoarseness. And women weren't left behind: they would use honey concoctions as facial masks for cosmetic reasons.
Other Benefits of Honey
Apart from the above-mentioned wonders of honey, there are several other effects for which honey has been praised. For instance,
A swift decrease in the level of inflammation and a significant reduction of the redness, swelling and pain were quickly noted. Honey also possesses antimicrobial properties, which makes it very promising in the future for the treatment of periodontal disease.
Additionally, researchers have reported that an enzyme in the honey turns into hydrogen peroxide when combined with bodily fluids, such as blood. This also contributes in disinfecting wounds and preventing infections from developing, even when we have a cut. Honey is now used not only as a food additive but also to fight infection, treat wounds and protect your skin.
It can also be used as a potent antioxidant to lessen the effect of the radiation therapy in patients with cancer. Honey is also thought to decrease the risk of developing heart diseases. It lowers our body levels of C-reactive protein and improves blood flow. It may have a lesser impact on blood glucose and insulin levels compared to glucose or another honey analogue, particularly in diabetic patients. It can be used as a healthier sugar substitute.
Additionally, honey is known to enhance the effects of Vitamin A. Vitamin A is the nutrient that fosters better eyesight. Mixing nutrients rich in Vitamin A (carrots for instance) with honey has a symbiotic effect.
Because of all these amazing properties, honey has truly earned its place in our kitchen counters, emergency cabinets and beauty care shelves. Now, with the coming of “Superhoney”, this nature wonders seems to be rising higher in importance.