Here is a fun fact about me… When my sister and I were younger, my mother worked as a beekeeper. She tended the bees and hives, moved hives from place to place, bottled honey, and everything in between. We actually had bees in our backyard and my sister and I helped extract and bottle the honey!
How to use Honey for Healing
When you look for honey in the grocery store, there is an entire shelf, or maybe even several shelves, dedicated to all the different types of honey. When I’m talking about using honey as for it’s healing properties, I am talking about raw honey. Raw honey is honey that hasn’t been sterilized and hasn’t had anything added to it.
There are different types of raw honey too. You can get wildflower honey, tupelo honey, organic honey, and clover honey. Your best option is probably the wildflower honey because it has medicinal properties from a variety of wildflowers, and when you are using honey as a healing agent, you want lots of germ-fighting agents!
How Is Honey Used
One of the best things about honey is the taste! Children are more willing to use honey as a treatment because it tastes so yummy! Here are a few ways you can use honey for it’s healing properties:
* Burns – Honey has been shown in various studies to be an extremely effective burn treatment. It has various antibacterial compounds that have yet to result in bacterial resistance, and its moist nature helps keep burned skin supple and reduces moisture loss. If you use honey to treat minor burns, simply spread honey over the burn and cover lightly with gauze. Honey does not need to be refrigerated, but it feels good on a burn if it’s chilled.
* Coughs and colds – Studies have shown that regularly eating raw honey helps prevent colds. It also helps soothe coughs and sore throats. Its viscous texture coats the throat, and has a cough-suppressing effect. Its antibacterial properties help fight throat infections and upper respiratory infections. By gently heating raw honey and mixing in healing herbs such as sliced ginger, steeping for a few hours, and straining out the herbs, you can create a healing cough syrup.
* Cosmetics – Honey is good for dry skin due to its high moisture content, and its antibacterial qualities may help with skin infections like acne. Plain yogurt mixed with honey makes a soothing cleanser or facial mask. Sugar mixed with raw honey and sweet almond oil makes a moisturizing exfoliant.
* Allergies – Interestingly enough, regularly eating raw honey may prevent allergic symptoms, particularly those of hay fever. Because raw honey contains residual pollen and other plant components, the theory is that the low levels of exposure – such as occurs with allergy shots – may reduce sensitivity to common allergens.
* Wound healing – Some interesting studies have shown that honey is a remarkable wound healer, especially for diabetics who have trouble with minor wounds developing into ulcers. It may even reduce scarring and tends to be less painful than conventional antiseptics.
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