If you were storing food for future use in case of a disaster, what would you reach for first? For me, it would be honey (after water of course). Why is honey the best survival food for long-term storage?
Well, honey is one of nature’s greatest gifts. First of all, you don’t have to worry about storing it in a refrigerator. That’s right – it can keep indefinitely if sealed properly. Honey has been found hidden in caves and determined to be hundreds of years old, and still good to eat. Let’s examine some of the great things about honey and why you should have a jar or two in your prepper’s pantry.
Honey is a quick source of energy – It contains glucose and this gives an immediate energy boost, while the fructose will give you energy for a longer period of time. Many professional athletes swear by honey.
Honey is a first-aid kit by itself – Honey, when applied to cuts and wounds, keeps them protected and clean. Honey is antibacterial and antifungal, so it helps keep infections away along with swelling and pain. Manuka honey has been clinically proven to help wounds heal faster. In fact, many hospitals are starting to use honey for hard-to-heal wounds and other skin conditions.
Honey helps eliminate respiratory problems like coughs and sore throats – Honey has been shown to be just as effective as many cough syrups when used for this purpose. Also, honey has been known to soothe and eliminate a sore throat. Grandma wasn’t wrong about this one.
Honey is better for you than table sugar – Honey is not an empty calorie like table sugar. Table sugar has been stripped of all the nutrients and the body doesn’t handle it very well. On the other hand, honey has vitamins and minerals, and you don’t need as much honey as sugar because it is sweeter and more dense. Table sugar doesn’t really have a flavor other than its sweet taste, but honey comes in all kinds of flavors and aromas. It tastes great!
Honey can be substituted for skincare and hair care products – If you are in a situation where you don’t have any soap or face cleanser, honey is excellent to use. It will not only cleanse your skin gently, it will leave it moisturized and balanced. Also, in a pinch, you can dilute honey with water and wash your hair with it to remove dirt.
Honey helps soothe that tummy – This rich, golden liquid is great for stomach problems. Ulcer, upset stomach, infections, heartburn, diarrhea, and other digestive upsets respond beautifully to honey.
Honey can be added to water for a nutritious and refreshing beverage – Simply mix hot or cold water with honey and you’ve created a very delicious and satisfying drink that is good for you. You can add lemon, tea or anything else you like to make a cup of drink that is tailored to your own tastes. It is very versatile.
I can go on and on about the benefits of honey, but I think you get the idea. I’m sure there are many prepackaged and canned foods that you could use during a disaster. But honey consumption will make your life “sweeter”. So from what we just discussed here, honey is more than just a sweetener. It is also an excellent survival food. It has stood the test of time. It is the best survival food for long-term storage. So if you are making a prepper’s bag, throw some honey jars in there too. You’ll be glad you did.