Honey has been called “the gift of the gods” and “nature’s golden medicine”, and for good reason.
Honey has been around for thousands of years and has been highly esteemed for its taste, its medicinal qualities, and its ability to make us beautiful – both inside and out.
Many civilizations have used honey for centuries – the Egyptians, Greeks, and Chinese, to name a few.
But the question is – “Are there any truths to the claims that honey is actually beneficial for us?” Let’s take a look.
Ancient Egyptian records list honey as a major ingredient in prescriptions for conditions such as digestive issues and urinary retention. Honey was used in ointments to treat wounds, burns, sores and ulcers. It was also used for gum disease and skin disorders.
Hippocrates prescribed honey for sores and ulcers. An ancient Greek, Democritus, who is reported to have lived over 100 years of age, shared his secret to longevity and health – a massage of olive oil daily and eating honey regularly.
In the 20th century, antibiotics were discovered and honey fell from grace. Now, because so many infections are now antibiotic resistant, honey is once again brought to the light as a safe way to heal many conditions.
Medicinal Benefits of Honey
Here is a small list of conditions that respond to honey:
1. gum disease
2. sores, wounds, and burns
3. digestive and stomach issues including h. pylori
4. soothes throat and respiratory ailments such as coughs and colds
6. weight loss
10. immune support
11. enhances athletic performance
12. energy booster
13. mental clarity
Cosmetic Benefits of Honey
Honey is a very popular ingredient in many luxurious skin care lines. You will find honey in many spas and wellness centers. It is used as a hair conditioner, scalp revitalizer, skin moisturizer, conditioner and has been used to make soaps, creams, rich lotions, balms, cleansers, scrubs, and tonics.
Culinary Benefits of Honey
Honey is rich and sweet. Nothing is quite as nice as a cup of hot tea with honey. There are over 300 varietals of honey, so you can make endless recipes and concoctions to delight the taste buds. Drizzle it over ice cream or a hunk of fresh bread right out of the oven. Pour it over fresh fruit and cheese. You can use honey in baking, too, for a flavorful and moist offering.
If you want to be adventurous add spices, nuts and other goodies to your jar of honey for a tasty treat. How about making your own signature sauces with honey, or what about drizzling honey over choice cuts of meat to give it that final crispy/sweet flavor to tease your taste buds. The sky is the limit, really, when it comes to cooking and preparing meals with honey.
It Doesn’t Spoil
Honey, if properly sealed, will not spoil and can last for long periods of time. Honey has been discovered in caves and still good to eat, and the amazing thing is that the honey is hundreds of years old!
I’ve only scratched the surface on the many ways honey benefits us. Why not buy a jar and experience it for yourself. You will be both delighted and awed by this sweet gift created for our enjoyment and use.
Please add to my list of honey benefits. What have you found to be effective?
- Honey for burns. New Zealand Medical 5/22/2009;122(1295):47-60.
- Manuka honey’s effect on plaque and gingivitis – J. Int Acad Periodontal, 2004 Apr;6(2):63-7.
- NCBI Resources: Medical grade honey enriched with antimicrobial peptides has enhanced activity against antibiotic-resistant pathogens P. H. S. Kwakman, L. de Boer, C. P. Ruyter-Spira, T. Creemers-Molenaar, J. P. F. G. Helsper, C. M. J. E. Vandenbroucke-Grauls, S. A. J. Zaat, A. A. te Velde Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2011 February; 30(2): 251–257. Published online 2010 October 7. doi: 10.1007/s10096-010-1077-x
NCBI Resources: Iran J Basic Med Sci. 2013 June; 16(6): 731–742. PMCID: PMC3758027 – Traditional and Modern Uses of Natural Honey in Human Diseases: A Review