If you have not started taking honey, start just now. Try honey and take full advantages of its nutritional and medicinal properties as it is bee-nectar which has a lot of healing agents. Its benefits are science based and doctors are recommending it to their needy patients. Its healing properties have been documented by Romans, Greeks and Egyptians in 384 BC.
One tea spoonful honey contains 64 calories, no fat and cholesterol. It is a better, healthier & nutritive substitute of white sugar. It is a powerful energy and memory booster. Even if honey is not purely organic it still has most of the medicinal properties.
What is organic Honey?
Organic Honey is honey which is free from pesticides, environmental pollutants and is unprocessed. It is raw honey, which is available in local markets and groceries and with farmers who produce locally and sell. Bee-keepers have to meet stringent production standards and conditions to get certified organic seal on honey.
How honey is made?
To prepare one pound of honey about 60,000 bees travel to possibly two million flowers and about 55000 miles to extract nectar. The bees have extra stomachs to ingest their favorite food pollen. In the extra stomach, the nectar from the pollen they gather mixes with enzymes, which the bee regurgitates (vomits) right into another bee’s mouth. It is a natural process though bit unsavory. This process keeps repeating until it is partially digested. It then gets stored in a honey comb. Once in the comb, nectar is still a viscous liquid — nothing like the thick honey you use at the breakfast table. To get all that extra water out of their honey, bees set to work fanning the honeycomb with their wings in an effort to speed up the process of evaporation and make it thicker.
“All honey is antibacterial, because the bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide,” said Peter Molan, director of the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. This contributes to the incredibly long shelf-life of honey.
Benefits: Organic honey is really nectar which includes vitamins, trace enzymes, amino acid and minerals like calcium, iron, sodium chlorine magnesium phosphate and potassium. Some of its benefits are detailed below:
- As it is anti-inflammatory, it helps reduce allergy symptoms such as nose watering and sneezing. It is used in treating sinus issues as it has high carbohydrate load.
- Honey is a wonderful source of unprocessed sugar energy. Sometimes our sugar level falls and energy fluctuates, in such cases you take one or two spoonful raw honey and feel energetic. It regulates blood sugar.
- Honey is powerful memory booster because of its fabulous anti-oxidants which feed the cells of the brain and keeps it sharp. It helps post-menopausal women’s memory stay sharp with taking just one tea spoonful honey daily.
- Honey helps sound sleep. Its sweetness causes insulin level rise which in turn releases the neurotransmitter serotonin which is converted into melatonin a chemical helping our body sleep. Its amino acids producing amino acid tryptophan which converts into serotonin in the brain and helps us sleep better.
- Honey is strong booster of immune system because of its anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties.
- It cleanses and builds up our digestive system. Just take a glass of warm water mix it with one tea spoonful honey and juice of half lemon.
- Honey helps fight and prevent cancer. It has wonderful flavonoids and phenolic compounds which give it anti metastatic properties than can fight tumors and cancer.
- Honey helps in lowering high level of cholesterol though it has zero level of cholesterol.
- Honey helps reduce ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders.
- Honey helps in cough and throat irritations.
- Honey increases athletic performances.
Homemade all Natural Honey Lemon Cough Syrup
Requires: One lemon and some raw, unprocessed honey or Organic honey.
Lemons are great at killing bacteria and, along with honey, soothing your throat.
- To make this cough syrup, simply get a small pan out and heat a pint of raw honey at a low heat level.
- Do not overheat honey, as this will alter its medicinal properties.
- Afterwards, get a second pan and boil the whole lemon for a few minutes. This will kill bacteria that may be on the lemon skin and soften the lemon.
- Once the lemon cools, slice it and add it to the warm honey on the stove.
- Simmer this concoction for one hour and then strain the lemon pieces from the honey mixture.
- Cool the honey, put it in a bottle, and refrigerate.
It can be kept for about two months.
If you have a cough, take 1 tablespoon up to 4 times a day.
Children between 25 and 50 pounds can be given half a teaspoon.
Do not give honey to infants under a year old as the honey irritates their digestive systems.