Honey can cure what ails you

From healing wounds to calming an upset stomach, honey is a miracle food that can do wonders. Photo: Ancient Egyptian papyrus on a honey cure

FREDERIC, Wis., December 14, 2011 — During the 2nd millennium things were really hopping. The world population explodes to 50 million. The alphabet is developed, prompting the Greeks to start writing plays and tragedies. And Egypt records medicinal uses for honey, a royal substance the Pharohes could not live without and so they carried it into their afterworld.

That sweet medical discovery in Egypt has come down through the ages and civilizations. Today the curative powers of honey are still being used by people all over the world.

“4,000 years ago the Egyptians wrote about mixing honey on cotton fibers and applying it for wound dressing materials,” said Professor Peter Molan, of the Honey Research Unit at University of Waikato in New Zealand, in an exclusive Communities interview from his home.

“The Egyptians also used honey in their eyes to treat diseases,” said Dr. Molan, who is renown in the field of medicinal use of honey and has researched the topic for over 30 years. The Egyptian eye drops worked then and it works now.

“I use it myself,” he said. His modern-day eye formula is mixing 50 percent honey and 50 percent coconut oil. A soothing drop or two in the eyes clears things right up, he said.

“It works well for nasal blockages too,” he said. Honey has strong anti-inflammatory properties that reduce nasal swelling.

Honey also has strong anti-bacterial properties, a fact that is applied in treating wounds. “We have been using honey at the Wound Center for five years,” said Cindy Pugh, clinical nurse manager at Union Hospital Wound Healing Center in Indiana. “We use FDA approved Medihoney mostly for diabetic foot ulcers and other hard to heal wounds.”

Honey on biscuits makes the day

Medihoney is a brand product by Derma Science, Inc. of Canada. Its key ingredient is from the tree species Leptospermum, a unique plant species found in New Zealand.

The FDA did not return several calls seeking comment on the curative elements of honey.

But the staff at the Indiana hospital was very pleased to comment on the healing power of honey in its overall treatment of wounds. And the Hoosiers were not alone. “Most wound centers use it throughout the country,” Pugh said.

Even regular folks are turning to honey to treat all kinds of health issues on various parts of the human body. “I do a lot of work with my hands,” said Paul Davis of Terre Haute, Ind., a Department of Defense environmental manager. “I soak the cuts and scratches in warm dish water and then apply honey on them. It works! Honey has remarkable properties.”

Of course the healing powers of honey also goes beyond skin deep. Honey is effective for many aliments inside the body.      

“When taken orally, honey can be used to treat conditions like stomach aches, stomach ulcers, sore throats, strep throat, acid reflux disease, irritable bowel syndrome, any kind of gastrointestinal disorders,” said Frank Buonanotte, CEO and president of Honeymark International in Boston. “It can also help boost the immune system, as well as boost energy.

Honeymark sells a super-duper honey called Manuka Honey, which also comes from New Zealand’s manuka bush. The honey from the manuka bush-tree has strong antibacterial properties due to its non-hydrogen peroxide contents.

And when swallowed and ingested, this wonderful honey from Down Under can do wonders for plaguing American ailments like acid reflux.

Government and private studies show that Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease is the most common digestive disorder in the US. About 20 percent of Americans suffer with gas once a week. And we spend billions yearly on harsh pharmaceutical pills to stop it.

So you may consider an alternative to chemical pills. Try honey, a sweet gentler way.

New Zealand bee on a manuka flower

“Our recommendation for acid reflux disease is to take a teaspoon of Manuka Honey about 30 minutes before meals,” said Buonanotte. “Some people think acid reflux is an over-abundance of acid in the stomach. That’s not true.”

It’s not the acid in your tummy that’s causing the national problem; it’s the little flap in your esophagus.

“Where the esophagus meets the stomach is a muscle and a little flap,” said Buonanotte. “That flap opens to allow food into the stomach, but it’s supposed to close. Now when that flap opens unnecessarily, it kind of allows the stomach acids to creep up into the esophagus.”

By eating a spoon full of honey about a half hour before a good meal, it will help relax the muscle in the esophagus and allow it to shut the door on all that burning ascending acid.

The preventive and curative elements of honey don’t just stop in your throat. It can help you from head to toe, day and night. Take a look at these tips I gleaned from Earth Clinic:

  • Instead of an afternoon cup of coffee or a can of Red Bull, “drink 1/2 tablespoon of honey in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder. Energy will increase within one week if taken daily.”
  • Are you ready to flip out or yell at the kids after work? “Honey is said to calm a nervous, high-strung person. It can also help you sleep at night. For insomnia, take 1 tablespoon of honey at dinner; take 2 teaspoons before bed.”
  • Need a little boost in bed? “An old ayuverdic remedy has men taking the same dosage, 2 tablespoons of honey before bed to treat impotence.” Ayurvedic medicine is an ancient system of traditional medicine native to India. It is reported working for both men and women. Last year India’s population reached 1,170,938,000.
  • Now after feeling so good, you may want to live longer and try the Longevity Tea: “Boil 3 cups of water with 4 teaspoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Drink 1/4 cup, 3 or 4 times a day. Said to give steady energy and keep the skin soft!”
  • Besides soft skin, honey is great for a hangover: “Eat honey on bread or crackers. The fructose in the honey helps to flush out the alcohol in your system.”

 The news for the last 4,000 years is clear: Honey is one of the wonders of the world. And it’s so good for you. You’ve got nothing to lose by enjoying a spoonful every day, except maybe heart burn.

You can email Wayne Anderson at wayneanderson@centurytel.net or get a wider understanding of him on his website at www.theandersonreport.com.





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Wayne Anderson is a warm beekeeper in northwest Wisconsin, who travels the world as a freelance news correspondent for Communities at The Washington Times and other fine media, covering the wars in the Middle East, reporting on and running from pirates off the coast of East Africa and sharing with readers the wonders of beekeeping in the strangest places around the world. 

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