How to Use Honey as Medicine
The verdict is in! Honey-a-day keeps the doctor away. While this might sound like the old wives tale of an apple a day (which helps with digestion and elimination), honey acts in numerous ways to support your immune system. With winter upon us, colds occur surprisingly frequently. My previous article illustrated how honey can be used in-lieu of a daily multivitamin. Now let’s talk about how it can be used to fight sickness, eliminate disease and slow aging.
Honey is unique in the food world: it is the only natural food substance that will never spoil or go bad. Really. Archeologists have discovered honey locked away in Pharaoh’s tombs that is still perfectly edible. This realization led to research that revealed the antibiotic properties inherent in honey. The natural floral substances locked within honey act together to prevent the growth of bacteria. When ingested, honey can work to rid our bodies of bad bacteria. For instance, an upset stomach can often be soothed by taking a spoon of honey. Not only does the honey help coat the stomach, but it eliminates the bacteria that is causing upset.
In the realm of antibiotic properties, not all honey’s are equal. The darker the honey is, the higher its antibiotic properties are. Poplar and buckwheat are good choices available locally in the US. For even more power, look for Manuka honey. Typically only available online or through mail order, Manuka honey is the heavyweight champion. Derived from the Maunka bush in New Zealand and Australia, the germ-fighting capabilities of this honey is off the chart. Ingesting it will clear up infection both inside and out. Australian nationals often use Manuka Honey instead of antibiotics. Here in the states, that is not quite as common. However, if you are sick, getting sick, or can’t stop being sick, try some Manuka. A tablespoon twice a day will put you miles towards feeling better.
Over the past few years, the media has focused more and more attention on the scourge of cancer. One of the definitive things scientists have discovered, is that the presence of free-radicals in the body, dramatically increases the risk of cancer. In addition, they make people age faster, and have shorter life spans. Honey contains floral flavonoids that actually counteract free-radical activity. Floral flavonoids (bioflavonoids) are more commonly known as antioxidants. Honey contains powerful antioxidants that have the ability to continuously exert pressure on those free-radicals.
It is easy to dismiss this article as sounding like an infomercial. It’s not. The power of honey in the health world has been lost over the past century or two. Natural health has in many ways become unnatural health. Honey is a reversion to using things that your body can naturally absorb and ingest. While honey might not be able to reverse the effects of cancer alone, it can certainly work towards preventing it. Take your daily dose of honey, and your health with thank you for it.
Bryan Aldeghi, CLSC, is a College Transition Coach with the Integrated Pathways Center for Personal Growth. The transition from high school into college and from college into the working world is a challenging time for students, parents and families. By working with the dynamic Integrated Pathways team, Bryan helps clients ease the journey, through enhanced communication, goal completion, and increased self-awareness. Other team members focus on managing stress through Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Massage, and Bodywork. A local beekeeper, Bryan is a graduate of Vassar College and is currently working on his Masters of Mental Health Counseling at Walden University. To learn more, contact Bryan directly at BAldeghi@IntegratedPathways.net or visit www.IntegratedPathways.net.