Healing Magic of Honey
Hi there midweek Tea Lovers, This #wellnesswednesday our co-founder Erica explains the many ways honey is basically magic. Enjoy!
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Honey is used as an anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial agent. Honey also contains amino acids, vitamin B, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, niacin, folic acid, minerals, iron, zinc, antioxidants, enzymes and co-enzymes.
The nutritional values of honey is dependent upon the type of honey bees and their regional and geographical conditions and feeding patterns (Ediriweera and Premarathna). In general, honey contains multiple metabolites including essential minerals, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, enzymes, and co-enzymes, which promote health and healing.
Like antibiotics, honey has bacteriostatic and bactericidal effects against certain bacteria (Mohapatra). Due to its antioxidant properties, honey is preventive for chronic conditions such as coronary artery diseases, inflammatory disorders, and neurological degradation and aging (Kishore). Research shows that lower glycemic index foods are beneficial in the management of coronary artery disease and diabetes. Therefore, honeys with lower glycemic indexes, such as acacia and yellow box honey, are a healthier alternative to sugar as they contain lesser calories while also providing iron, calcium, zinc, potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, manganese, selenium, and vitamins B2, B4, B5, B6, B11, and C (Ediriweera and Premarathna). The use of honey has been correlated with weight loss and improvements in lipid variables (Whitfield). Meo has conducted research related to the fact that in various locations and cultures patients diagnosed with diabetes mellitus use honey, finding that honey decreases the fasting serum glucose.
Raw organic honey, as compared to regular honey, is not processed, heated, filtered, or pasteurized and does not contain any artificial additives or preservatives. Raw honey has been categorized as a demulcent by the World Health Organization, as it forms a protective film to alleviate throat and mouth irritation which helps to suppress coughing and nighttime disturbances due to cough.
Raw local honey is also an effective way to gain exposure to local allergens, which boost the body's immunity and resistance to prevent seasonal allergies and allergy symptoms. Raw honey has a powerful anti-microbial effect and has proven effective against strains of MRSA in clinical trials. It is effective for wound and ulcer healing, including reducing pain and accelerating healing times for labial and genital herpes lesions, due to its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties and its ability to draw fluids away from the wound. The antioxidants found in raw honey help the body eliminate free radicals and prevent cell damage.
Raw, unfiltered honey contains both the bee pollen and the bee propolis, keeping all the components and nutrients intact before consumption. The antioxidants, enzymes, and vitamins that it contains make it an alkaline food substance that aids pH levels in the body. When taken orally, this type of honey is particularly known for improving skin health, reducing under-eye swelling and dark circles under the eyes. Raw, unfiltered honey also moisturizes and softens the skin. It can be applied topically to repair irritated skin due to cuts, scrapes, rashes, sunburns, acne break-outs and allergic reactions to cosmetic products. It reduces itching and dandruff due to seborrheic dermatitis when applied directly to the scalp after being diluted in warm water. This type of honey when combined with apple cider vinegar in tincture form also enhances GI motility to alleviate constipation.
So, friends, add some raw unfiltered honey into your next cup of tea and enjoy!
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