Want a SuperFood with a long list of scientifically proven benefits that tastes delicious? Real Raw Honey. If you don’t keep a jar in your kitchen at all times, I hope you will after reading this.
Raw Honey isn’t just a natural sweetener, it’s a medicine. Since I’m working hard to eliminate toxins in our lives, honey’s become a pretty common go-to for all of us, and not just to sweeten tea.
Here’s what we use honey for in our home:
- Cuts, burns, and topical infections. You can either coat the wound/cut/burn with raw honey and bandage it, or use this product here, which is a combination of raw honey and a natural gel substance that keeps the honey in place. Scientific proof of honey’s healing abilities to both heal wounds and kill bacteria: Here and Here.
- Coughs. Study after study shows Honey is JUST as effective as dextromethorphan (DM), with none of the side effects. By the way, DM is used by teens as a means of “getting high”. What the heck does it do to our brains? Honey alone is incredibly useful against coughs, but combine it with a few other anti-inflammatory and soothing herbs, and you’ve got powerful medicine. Ginger, lemon, marshmallow root, chamomile, and cinnamon pack a whopper punch when used together. Check out this HomeMade Cough Syrup from Wellness Mama; it keeps in the fridge for 2 months. Make this soon so it’s on hand when you need it.
- Herpes – Seriously. Look at this from Green Med Info: A 2004 study published in the Medical Science Monitor, showed that topical honey was far superior to the drug acyclovir (trade name Zovirax) in treating both labial (lip) and genital herpes lesion. “For labial herpes, the mean duration of attacks and pain, occurrence of crusting, and mean healing time with honey treatment were 35%, 39%, 28% and 43% better, respectively, than with acyclovir treatment. For genital herpes, the mean duration of attacks and pain, occurrence of crusting, and mean healing time with honey treatment were 53%, 50%, 49% and 59% better, respectively, than with acyclovir.”
- Healing gastric damage from aspirin, alcohol, and other toxins we put in our gut. Even WebMD – which is about as conventional as you can get, touts the benefits of Honey for killing bacteria and healing cell damage.
Something I think is amazing? Honey induces much less of a Glycemic Index rise than plain sugar in Type 1 Diabetics; which means that for all of us, honey raises blood sugar less than regular sugar does. That’s always a good thing.
And of course, the pollens in Raw Honey, especially if they’re local, pack a powerful punch against allergies. Small amounts of pollen act as an inoculant against large amounts in the air that trigger reactions like the runny nose and itchy eyes of hay fever. Sounds better than allergy shots!
Convinced? Go buy some Real Raw Honey, which is absolutely NOTHING like regular honey in your grocery store. A large study published just this year out of Texas A&M University showed that of the 60 different store brands tested, 76% contained NO pollen, no live enzymes, no live beneficial bacteria, or any of the other dozens of nutrients in Real Raw Honey. As a matter of fact, these 76% contained added sugar, corn syrup, and FLAVORS. You’re going to have to buy Real Raw Honey from a Natural Food Store, a Farmers Market, a Co-op, or something along those lines. (By the way, 100% of honey tested at drug stores had NO pollen or other nutrients, 100%.)
For major anti-bacterial/anti-viral action, buy Manuka Honey. It’s a honey out of Australia made from Manuka Bushes, and this honey’s anti-pathogen action is even stronger than local raw honey. Check out my Super Duper Germ Killer, garlic and honey, here.
Just as with other Real Foods, you can use the resource www.localharvest.com to find Raw Honey in your area.
Making ourselves, and our family, healthy should be one of our biggest priorities. Real Whole Foods are at the top of the pyramid when it comes to health, along with sleep, stress management, and good exercise. The best part about using Real Whole Food as medicine? No nasty side effects, it’s cheaper than drugs, and it tastes delicious.