Did you know you have a “wonder drug” in your cabinet? Raw honey, or liquid gold as some call it, is quite powerful.
Forget store vitamins and supplements for the moment. Raw honey contains up to 80 different substances that are beneficial to humans. It is a great source of energy with glucose and fructose, but that’s not all! Compared to the empty energy you obtain from cane sugar, honey has all of the B-complex vitamins, along with A, C, D, E and K vitamins. It also has the following trace elements: magnesium, sulfur, phosphorus, iron, calcium, chlorine, potassium, iodine, sodium, copper and manganese. When raw honey is heated, it is stripped of many of these incredible benefits. In order for honey to be considered raw honey, it cannot be filtered, strained or heated above 115 degrees Fahrenheit.
Honey’s uses are immense and impressive. One of the most common ways people use honey is for sore throats and colds. A dollop in hot tea, with a little lemon, soothes an aching throat. Take a teaspoon or two of it for a natural cough suppressant; it has been found to be as effective as over-the-counter cough suppressants in the store. It is a great source of antioxidants, which help protect your body from cell damage due to free radicals (agents which contribute to the aging process and may also contribute to chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease).
Honey has antibacterial and antifungal properties that can kill unwanted bacteria and fungus. It naturally contains hydrogen peroxide, an antiseptic. Interestingly, hospitals in Europe have used Manuka honey – which comes from bees around Manuka trees — to fight specific types of staph infections that are resistant to antibiotics.
Raw honey is a wound healer and used in emergencies for its ability to kill germs. It is useful for basic skin rashes, burns and scrapes. Raw honey is a digestive rockstar, with its many active live enzymes and probiotic qualities that aide digestion, maintain healthy bacteria in the gut, and soothe stomach ulcer pain. Additionally, honey’s amino acids and vitamin C speed the growth of healthy tissue. Possessing abundant phytonutrients and being a plant-based item, honey is also helpful with inflammation.
Like many things, we are coming back to what we already knew. Honey was considered extremely valuable during ancient times. It was used as a sweetener (especially by the wealthy) and was used for religious ceremonies and for embalming the dead. Today, honey is enjoying renewed appreciation and prominence in the alternative health world and among health food advocates today. As a nutritional powerhouse and substance capable of such profound healing, it is easy to see why.
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