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Honey as Medicine

By Mindy03
November 28, 2011

Everyone is familiar with honey's value in easing the effects of a cold. It is added to hot tea or warm water with lemon to help soothe sore throats and to calm coughs. It has also been used to treat minor wounds and burns.

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Nov 27, 2011 6:42 PM CST
I had a terrible cold a couple weeks ago. How did I treat that sore throat. I made a tea with honey and cinnamon.
Yep, it helped. Thanks for the article.
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Nov 27, 2011 6:54 PM CST
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SongofJoy
Nov 27, 2011 6:54 PM CST
Good work, Mindy. DH had surgery a few months ago and the incision was slow to heal with a small area infected. I put raw honey on it for several days and it then healed just fine. I swear by raw honey.
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Mindy03
Nov 27, 2011 6:59 PM CST
Thank you Tee. I'm glad the honey helped your DH heal.
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 27, 2011 7:30 PM CST
Such an amazing substance is honey! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby

Thanks Margaret! Nice article. Thumbs up
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wren
Nov 27, 2011 8:02 PM CST
I have used honey for years to treat wounds and burns.
Thank you for the article
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LindaTX8
Nov 27, 2011 8:59 PM CST
And I use it for my allergies. A little honey in my tea...it's better than sugar!
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Nov 27, 2011 9:34 PM CST

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I was happy to see the Rod of Asclepius on your mason jar instead of the Caduceus.
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Nov 28, 2011 5:57 AM CST
Thank you all

Evan the Rod of Asclepius on the jar was compliments of Brenda owner of Zany's Playpen at Cubits.
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Nov 28, 2011 12:49 PM CST
A spoonful of raw honey each day here Thumbs up

GREAT article! Thank you!
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Nov 28, 2011 2:42 PM CST
You are most welcome Vicki
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Nov 28, 2011 2:44 PM CST
We give our dog 1/2 tsp. of raw honey about 3 times per week.
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Sharon
Nov 28, 2011 7:55 PM CST
The benefits of honey are almost too numerous to mention. There is a picture somewhere of a cave painting in Spain that is carbon tested to be about 10,000 years old. It shows two women gathering honey. I remember there is also a sort of wobbly ladder in the painting. I should have looked for that picture before I started writing this, but didn't. So honey has been used long before history was recorded in anything but symbols on a cave wall. I think that's an impressive report card for honey.

And another thing, in New Zealand hospitals are using a honey (from a specific plant) instead of stitches for surgery. It's working very well.

Part of the reason it's so good for healing is that the pH of honey is commonly between 3.2 and 4.5. This fairly high acidic pH level prevents the growth of many bacteria. It's about the only natural commodity we have that prevents or fights bacterial growth.

It's an excellent food, is known to help prevent ulcers and I read something recently about it being effective in treatment of diabetics, but didn't read enough to be able to say much about that aspect. At any rate, along with it being a healthy food source, it also seems to have wonderful and amazing healing powers. A lot of it depends on the flower it comes from, but even so, it still has those antiseptic qualities.

Your articles are always very informative, Magaret, and the best part is they make us think.
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Nov 29, 2011 1:53 AM CST
Thanks for an interesting article, Margaret. I was happy to read the there is no dosage restriction on honey. I usually consume about three heaping tablespoons a day. I put it in my tea, not necessarily for its sweetness, but for its flavor.

I just read recently that one should read the label on a honey container carefully. Some labeling is misleading. It says "U.S. Grade A honey," but that only refers to the fact that a U.S. grading system is used. The honey itself is usually a blend of inexpensive foreign honeys, often from South America, and often containing hazardous contaminants. Thumbs down
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bsavage
Nov 29, 2011 4:25 AM CST
I love honey, but I now realize I absolutely need more in my diet! Ann, why do you give it to your dogs (besides the obvious... it's yummy!)?
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Nov 29, 2011 4:51 AM CST
I let my cats lick it off the spoon. Lions eat honey in the wild. I think it has a lot of the same benefits for them as it does for us. Thumbs up
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Nov 29, 2011 5:53 AM CST
bsavage said:I love honey, but I now realize I absolutely need more in my diet! Ann, why do you give it to your dogs (besides the obvious... it's yummy!)?


Many reasons. Even dogs like something sweet once in a while & we figure it's not going to hurt her if we don't go overboard & who knows? It may benefit her for all the same reasons we humans eat it. We gave our last dog honey also & she lived to be 16. Do I think the honey was the reason she lived that long? No; I couldn't say that but I certainly can say it didn't hurt her any.
We never give our dogs "junk" food. We are very careful with what we feed them; we are far more health conscious of their food than we are of our own so when there's something that's a treat for them that we feel won't hurt them we give it.
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Mindy03
Nov 29, 2011 7:42 AM CST
Thank you Sharon I'm happy to share what I learn.

Larry you are correct in that the honey sold here in the stores is imported honey. US honey is exported to other countries. So if you want to be sure you are getting the best honey possible either set up your own hive or buy from a local beekeeper. All commercial honey is filtered which removes a lot of the beneficial properties. They filter it in order to keep it from crystallizing on the shelf.

Brenda it is benefical to animals as well as humans for the same reasons you just adjust the amount for their smaller size. I have two dogs who don't like honey and one who loves the stuff.
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LindaTX8
Nov 29, 2011 10:41 AM CST
I buy from a health food grocery store. It is supposed to be raw and local. It DOES crystallize easily!
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tarev
Nov 29, 2011 10:44 AM CST
We usually drink calamansi (calamondin juice) with honey and it really works wonders with coughs and colds Smiling

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