There are basically two types of honey.
The first kind and the one to avoid is the honey you might buy in the grocery store. It has been filtered, and pasteurized, and in some cases cut with water or corn syrup to increase the profitability of the company selling the honey. Never buy this kind of honey. None of the benefits I talk about here come from this honey.
The second kind of honey is Raw Honey. This is taken from the hive strained through a screen and bottled. This is the best form of honey. All the benefits I will be talking about come from this type of honey. It is also preferable to get the honey from a local source. Check health food store and farmers markets. Or raise your own bees and harvest from them. Look for honey that is local, raw, unfiltered, and 100% natural.
Honey is a wonderful gift from our Heavenly Father. It has been used by humans since the beginning of
civilization. It is spoken of in the scriptures at least 60 times. There are several references to a land
flowing with milk and honey in the scriptures. In Isaiah 7:15 he says “ Butter and honey shall he Eat, that
he may know to refuse the evil and choose the good.” and in 22 “And it shall come to pass, for the
abundance of milk that they shall give he shall eat butter: for butter and honey shall every one eat that is
left in the land.”
How Honey Is Made
It takes approximately 60,000 bees, collectively traveling up to 55,000 miles and visiting more than 2 million flowers, to gather enough nectar to make one pound of honey. Each bee makes about 1/12 tsp in its lifetime. Once the nectar is gathered, the bee stores it honey gut or extra stomach where it mixes with enzymes, they then pass it through regurgitation to another bee’s mouth. This process is repeated until the nectar becomes partially digested and is then deposited into a honeycomb.
Once it is deposited into the comb, the bees fan the liquid nectar with their wings, helping the water to evaporate and create the thick substance you know as “honey.” This honeycomb is then sealed with a liquid secretion from the bee’s abdomen, which hardens into beeswax.
“Away from air and water, honey can be stored indefinitely, providing bees with the perfect food source
for cold winter months.”
There are more than 300 kinds of honey in the US, each with a unique color and flavor that is dependent
upon the nectar source. Lighter colored honeys, such as those made from orange blossoms and sage, tend to be milder in flavor while darker-colored honeys, like those made from wildflowers or buckwheat, tend to have a stronger flavor. The darker the honey the more antioxidants in it.
For thousands of years, honey has been recognized as one of the most natural home remedies to treat a wide range of ailments including colds, coughs, dandruff, yeast infection, athlete foot, and allergies. Its antiseptic properties inhibits the growth of certain bacteria and helps keep external wounds clean and free from infection. Honey has been used as a natural cure in first aid treatment for wounds, burns and cuts as it is able to absorb moisture from the air and promote healing. Its antibacterial properties prevent infection and functions as an anti inflammatory, reducing both pain and swelling. It may even prevent scarring.
FIRST RULE OF HONEY IS ALWAYS USE RAW UNFILTERED HONEY
These are some of the things a daily dose of honey can do for you.
1.) REGULATES BLOOD SUGAR
Honey consists of 2 types of sugars at about a 1:1 ratio they are glucose and fructose. Because of this
ratio honey is excellent for regulating blood sugar. Most fruits also have this ratio with added starch. All
cells in the body can metabolize glucose but only the liver can metabolize fructose. Honey is the ideal
food to produce glycogen in the liver.
2.) PROMOTES RESTORATIVE SLEEP
When we eat too much glucose we get insulin resistance. This is the cause of many diseases: diabetes,
obesity, Alzheimer. Insulin is a fat storing hormone. So when we produce too much insulin it causes the
body to store the glucose as fat in the body.
Honey causes only a slight rise in insulin, which liberates tryptophan into the blood, this goes to the brain and is converted into serotonin (the relaxation hormone) When the lights go off this converts to melatonin thus promoting restorative sleep.
The liver needs 80 grams of glycogen in its stores to make it through the night. Otherwise when the
liver glucose is low it sends a message to the brain, the brain alerts the adrenal glands to stimulate
adrenalin and cortisol. The increased adrenalin wakes you up. The cortisol circulates through the blood and breaks down the muscle proteins into amino acids to let them enter the blood stream and send it back to the liver to make more glycogen so it can get through the night. This process will keep you
awake for 30 -50 min. Use the famous Milk and Honey Remedy. Take a glass of hot milk with a
tablespoon of honey to calm the soul and induce sleep. Or, add 2 tablespoons of honey to a cup of
chamomile tea and sip.
3.) REDUCES METABOLIC STRESS
All stresses: emotional, environmental, internal, physical, all effect the adrenal glands. The adrenal get
stressed when we do not have enough glycogen in the liver. The adrenal glands produce adrenalin and
cortisol. When we do not get enough sleep we can get metabolic stress.
To assist with the first 3 take 2 tablespoons of honey right before you go to bed to get you through the
night. Upon waking you should have 1 tablespoon or some fruit.
Here is a link to a great video about honey. the ultimate brain food.
4.)USE FOR SORE THROATS, COLDS AND COUGHS:
One of the better known health benefits of honey is that it is able to help treat sore throats. Thanks to its
antioxidants and antimicrobial properties, honey soothes soar throats and can also kill bacteria that causes the infection. Sometimes professional singers use honey to soothe their throats before
performances. The Chinese believe that excess “heatiness” in the body causes sore throat and taking
a honey drink can be helpful.
Honey can be the all-natural cure when it comes to pesky colds. A persistent cough that won’t go away
can easily be remedied with two teaspoons of honey.(reference to a study published in the journal
Pediatrics 2012). Children between the ages of 1 and 5 with nighttime cough due to colds coughed less
frequently when they received two teaspoons of honey 30 minutes before bed.
Honey’s thick consistency helps coat the throat while the sweet taste is believed to trigger nerve endings that protect the throat from incessant coughing. Honey is believed to be as effective as the common cough suppressant ingredient dextromethorphan. It can be used in treating upper respiratory tract infections.
Take a spoonful of honey to soothe the inflammation or gargle with a mixture of two tablespoons of
honey, four tablespoons of lemon juice and a pinch of salt.
5.) USE FOR WOUNDS CUTS AND BURNS:
Apply topically as a salve. Its antibacterial properties prevent infection and work as an anti-inflammatory, reducing both pain and swelling. It can even help with scarring. Honey is able to absorb
moisture from the air and promote healing. This can be used for deep wounds as well as small ones. Just apply as a salve and cover. Change the bandage once or twice a day. Give it a try and let me know how it works for you.
6.) ALLEVIATES ALLERGIES
Honey’s anti-inflammatory effects and ability to soothe coughs has led to the belief it can also reduce
seasonal allergy symptoms. Honey can act like a natural vaccine. It contains small amounts of pollen from all the plants the bees visit each day. If the body is exposed to small amounts of it, it may trigger an immune response that produces antibodies to the pollen. Then after repeated exposure, you should build up these antibodies and the body should become accustomed to their presence so that less histamine is released, resulting in a lessened allergic response. I suggest 1 Tablespoon daily for at least 6 months before allergy season.
7.) ALL-NATURAL ENERGY DRINK
Honey is an excellent source of all-natural energy it contains 17 grams of carbohydrates per tablespoon. This natural unprocessed sugar,fructose and glucose, enter the bloodstream directly and can deliver a
quick boost of energy. This rise in blood sugar acts as a short-term energy source for your workout.
I would add 1 tablespoon of honey to 1 cup warm water and also add ½ tsp. of Himalayan sea salt or
Redmond sea salt. Drink.
8.) BOOSTS MEMORY
The sweet golden nectar is loaded with antioxidants that may help prevent cellular damage and loss within the brain. Honey has the ability to help the body absorb calcium, this helps aid brain health. The brain needs calcium in order to process thought and make decisions. Eating honey allows us to improve our intake of of vitamins and minerals thus helping us avoid the likelihood of getting dementia as we age.
9.) TREATS DANDRUFF AND IMPROVE SCALP
Honey diluted with a bit of warm water was shown to significantly improve seborrheic dermatitis, which
is a scalp condition that causes dandruff and itching. After applying the solution every other day for four
weeks, “all of the patients responded markedly.” According to the researchers: “Itching was relieved and scaling had disappeared within one week. Skin lesions were healed and disappeared completely within 2 weeks. In addition, patients showed subjective improvement in hair loss.”
Honey can bring temporary relief to the scalp by targeting dandruff. A 2001 study published in the
European Journal of Medical Research found applying honey diluted with 10 percent warm water to
problem areas and leaving it on for three hours before rinsing led to itch relief and no scaling within a
week. Skin lesions healed within two weeks and patients even showed an improvement in hair loss. The
patients did not relapse even after six months of use. See recipes for hair conditioner on the next page.
10.) REPLACEMENT FOR SUGAR
When replacing sugar with honey use half the amount the recipe calls for of sugar. It makes a good
replacement in a lot of things. I do not use it in cookies or brownies but I love it in my fruit pies, cakes,
(reduce temperature by 25 degrees when baking) and in my coconut honey candy.
11.) USE IN BODY SCRUBS, FACIAL MASKS, FOR ACNE, AND CONDITION HAIR
Honey offers incredible antiseptic, antioxidant and cleansing properties for our body and health, it is
valuable for beauty and skin care, and has amazing healing properties as a head-to-toe home remedy.
Here are some of the recipes I have found to be helpful.
Honey Lemon Tea.
1 Cup hot water
Juice of half a lemon
1 T raw honey
dash of cayenne pepper
Stir and drink. For colds and sore throat drink at least 3 cups per day.
Honey Lemon Cough Syrup
Lemon helps promote health by quickly alkalizing your body, and honey will kill most bacteria while
soothing your throat. This is a perfect choice for a quick cough remedy.
Put a pint of raw honey in a pan on the stove on VERY low heat (Do not heat above 110 degrees)
Take a whole lemon and boil in some water in a separate pan for 2-3 minutes to both soften the lemon
and kill any bacteria that may be on the lemon skin.
Let the lemon cool enough to handle then cut it in slices and add it to the pint of honey on the stove. Let
mixture cook on warm heat for about an hour.(do not heat above 110 degrees)
Then strain the lemon from the honey making sure all lemon seeds are removed.
Let cool, store in a glass jar with a lid in the refrigerator. This syrup will keep for 2 months in the
refrigerator. To soothe a cough, take 1/2 teaspoon for a 25 lb. child and 1 teaspoon for a 50 lb. child,
about 4 times a day, or as often as needed. Adults can take 1-tablespoon doses.
Cinnamon and Honey Syrup For Cough and Cold
1 T cinnamon
7 T honey
Take 1-3 Teaspoons as needed. Add to a tea or spread on toast for a healthy cinnamon toast.
Apple Pie Made With Honey
In a glass bowl measure:
2 Tablespoons flour (this can be whole wheat, white or gluten free)
1 tsp Cinnamon (I love Ceylon Cinnamon it has more beneficial nutrients in it.)
1/4 tsp nutmeg
4 cups sliced apples
mix together and poor into the pie crust.
Poor 1/2 cup honey over the apples.
put 4-5 pats of butter randomly on the apples
Top with second crust. Use ice water around the edge to get the 2 crusts to stick together. Press the
crusts together with a fork. Flute the edge. Cut a few slices or a design into the top of the pie. Sprinkle
with raw cane sugar(optional) and bake at 350 for 45-60 min. or until browned.
Salt and Honey Scrub
½ cup Epson salt
1/4 cup Himalayan sea salt or Redmond real salt
2 T olive oil
1 T coconut oil
1 T avocado oil
2 T bees wax
2 T honey
Measure salts into a 1 cup jar. Measure honey, oils and bees wax into another 1 cup jar and place in a
pan of hot water and simmer until wax is melted. Poor oil mixture over the salt and mix.
Avocado Honey Face Mask
½ of an avocado
2 Tablespoon honey
Mash the avocado and add honey. Rub on face and let sit for 20 min.
You can also use this as a deep conditioner for your hair.
Just Honey Hair Conditioner
-1/4 cup of organic raw honey
Mix ¼ cup of organic raw honey with just enough fresh water to thin it out to the point where you can
spread it around your hair (add it tablespoon by tablespoon.) Obviously this depends on how much hair
you have, you can up the amount of honey if you need to. When you’re ready, apply as you would
shampoo to damp hair and let it sit for 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
Honey and Oil Hair Conditioner
Olive oil can create a big difference in moisture after just a few uses, and promotes a healthy scalp and
hair roots. It also helps smooth and coat dry and damaged hair shafts.
-1/2 cup of honey
-1/4 cup of olive oil or 3 Tablespoons coconut oil
Mix together honey and oil. Apply to hair as needed.
Honey Body Moisturizer
Mix 5 tablespoons honey, 2 tablespoons rose infused almond oil, and 2 cups almond oil in a glass bottle. Apply as needed onto wet skin. To infuse almond oil with rose, place rose petals in a jar and cover with the oil. Let sit in a window for 2 weeks.
Honey Almond Scrub:
Mix 3 teaspoons honey, 1 teaspoon olive oil, and 6 ½ tablespoons of finely crushed almonds. Rub the
exfoliating scrub onto your face gently and rinse with warm water.
1 cup fresh organic butter( I use the butter from my jersey milk cow)
3/4 cup raw honey
Whip together with a mixer. Serve.