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Health Benefits of Honey

For thousands of years, honey has been used to treat a variety of ailments, however only recently have the antiseptic and antibacterial properties of honey been explained. As an antimicrobial agent honey has potential for healing a variety of sicknesses, including MRSA. This is from the result of the low water activity causing osmosis, resulting in hydrogen peroxide, and high acidity.

Long-term health effects – Recent findings indicate consuming honey can have some considerably positive long-term health benefits. In addition to its main carbohydrate content, honey contains polyphenols, which act as antioxidants. Antioxidants in honey have been used in reducing the damage done to the colon in colitis. Additionally, some studies advocate that honey is effective in increasing probiotic bacteria in the gut, which can help fortify the immune system, improve digestion, lower cholesterol and avoid colon cancer. Not to bad. Interestingly these findings are consistent with many ancient folk medicine claims.

Applying to wounds – When used topically on a wound, hydrogen peroxide is produced by dilution with body fluids resulting in hydrogen peroxide being released gradually acting as an antiseptic.

In diabetic ulcers topical honey has been used effectively in a complete treatment of diabetic ulcers when the patient can’t use other antibiotics.

Additional medical applications – A few studies advise that the use of honey can decrease odors, swelling, and scarring.

Pink eye – Applied directly on the eye honey can treat mild forms of pink eye.

Common Colds – Because of its antiseptic properties, honey (when combined with lemon) may be taken orally to relieve common colds.

Allergies – Ok the bad news, from what I understand, although Ive never told anyone this face to face, local honey does not alleviate allergies. Although many people believe this, there is no scientific evidence of this. The main reason may be that most seasonal allergies are caused by tree and grass pollens, neither of which are collected by honeybees.

Honey Keeps – Honey if kept out of heavy moisture will stay good for thousands of years and longer. Honey’s pH is commonly between 3 and 4.5 this relatively acidic level prevents the growth of most bacteria.

Because of the presence of botulinum endospores in honey, infants and young children under the age of one (1) should not be given honey.

Raw Honey – I’m often asked for local honey, and I often share though not for charge. It has become more and more difficult to find local honey directly from a beekeeper, especialy in bigger cities. If your looking for local honey we have done some work for and found some beekeepers near you that may be able to help your quest. Feel free to drop us a line to let us know if this worked out for you.


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