Honey Facts

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These honey facts might surprise you. Honey is the world’s best known treatment for burns, infected wounds and skin ulcers. Honey can kill bacteria in a wound that is resistant to antibiotic drugs. Using honey instead of all the refined and processed sugars will add antioxidant protection to your diet. Honey is also anti-inflammatory.

Honey is made from flower nectar that is collected by the worker honeybees. This happens in the spring, summer and early autumn. Thousands of wax cells form the honeycomb where the honey is stored. This honey feeds the honeybee colony throughout the winter months when the plants are dormant. In an apiculture hive the beekeeper provides the bees with sugar or a corn-syrup solution to sustain them through the winter months.

Honey is 15 to 21 percent water. The rest is carbohydrate. Most of this is simple sugars, glucose and fructose. A small percent of honey consists of phytochemicals which cause an endless variation among honeys. Raw or slightly processed honey retains the flavor and the aroma of the nectar source plants. Raw unprocessed honey is like fine wine. Everything depends on the season, the source plants, where the plants are grown, the climate and the weather, not to mention just plain luck.

The phytochemicals in honey not only influence the taste and aroma of the honey, but they provide antioxidant protection, healing properties and nutritional benefits. Floral honeys tend to have relatively high levels of phytochemicals that, as mentioned earlier, act as antioxidants. The reason for this is that the honey contains some of the antioxidants that the source plant manufactures. Consequently it is important which source plants the bees prefer and are using. If the flowers of the source plant are poisonous to mammals but not to insects it would be good to encourage the bees to enjoy some other plants someplace else.

honey-potHere are some of wound healing properties of Honey:
Honey reduces infection, pain and inflammation.
Honey heals faster than other treatments.
A honey dressing reduces the itching of wounds and softens scabs.
Less scar tissue and better tissue regeneration happens with honey.
Honey promotes the growth of healthy new skin.

There are millions of success stories, whether healing dermatitis, skin fungal infections, treating gastrointestinal disorders, poor circulation, burn wounds and/or inflammatory conditions due to the use of honey. I am going to give you just one example:

In 1991 a clinical trial with burn patients treated with honey was evaluated against a control group. The control group received conventional treatment with gauze soaked in silver sulfadiazine. After 7 days 91 percent of the honey-treated burns were free from infection compared to 7 percent of the control group. After 15 days 87 percent of the honey-treated wounds were healed versus 10 percent of the silver sulfadiazine group. The honey had formed a protective barrier over the burned area which prevented infection, absorbed pus, reduced pain, irritation and odors. It appeared that the enzymes in the honey stimulated the growth of new tissue.

Throughout history apiculture has been just as important for providing medicine as it has food. Apiculture was practiced in Mesopotamia, Greece, ancient Egypt, Rome, India and China. Honey has been revered throughout the centuries by ancient Buddists, Christians, Hindus, Moslems and Native Americans. We are very fortunate that the honeybee, a native to Europe, has been introduced successfully to every continent except Antarctica.
Honey, especially raw honey, is nutritionally superior to white, brown, “raw” cane or beet sugars, fructose and fruit sugar extracts. The sugars in honey are easily digested and all the nutrients aid in digestion and metabolism. Honey keeps for a long time on the shelf and even longer in your refrigerator. If you purchase a large amount of raw honey keep some on your shelf to use daily while the remainder is in your refrigerator.

Article edited from with permission from Jacqui

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