15 Amazing Healing Properties of Honey

 

At a time when we only need to turn on the TV to hear the side affects associated with this drug or that one, it is no wonder that people are turning back to gentler healing remedies and alternative medicines. Certainly, western medicine has it's place in times of trauma. However, perhaps many of us could agree it's better for our health to work on the side of prevention of illness and disease.

One of the oldest remedies, of which western society is unaware, is the amazing healing properties of honey. A recent scientific study showed that honey worked well as a wound dressing. Honey not only cleared existing infection, but protected the wound from additional infection. Besides honey's anti-inflamitorial effects, it reduced scaring, speeded healing and stimulated growth. Scientists at the University of Bonn have been experiencing these positive results from the medical use of honey. Even when dealing with multi-resistant bacteria many times healed within just a few weeks.

Healing wounds with honey goes back to the ancient Egyptians. It was used on soldiers wounds as early as the last two world wars. It was phased out in preference to the rise of the use of new antibiotics. However, as we are faced with the "new germs" that seem to be resistant to any chemical antibiotic, perhaps it's time to take another look at this old remedy.

In addition to the above mentioned amazing healing properties of honey, it can be used to treat digestive problems, stomach ulcers and gastroenteritis. It's also a fast remedy for athletes foot. But use raw honey, organic if it is available as the heating during manufacturing destroy nutrients and enzymes.

Other Benefits of Honey

Affective against coughs with no side effects or worries about administering it to children.

Mixed with ground almonds, it makes a great facial scrub.

For dry patches on skin: combine 1 tsp. honey with 1 tsp. olive oil and ½ tsp. lemon juice. Apply to skin and wash off after 15 minutes.

For shiny hair: Mix 1 tsp. honey with 4 cups water and use as a conditioner.

Use as a lip balm. It's anti-bacterial qualities will heal chapped lips.

Use on acne, again because of it's anti-bacterial effect.

As a mouthwash, mix 1 tsp. honey with 1 cup warm water. It kills germs.

Although sweeter than table sugar, honey is low on the Glycemic Index because it is gradually absorbed into the blood stream.

The natural minerals and vitamins in honey help metabolize the "bad" cholesterol in our bodies.

And, there is nothing better than hot cornbread, right out of the oven, slathered in honey.

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Patty Inglish, MS profile image

Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America

I can attest to honey remedying dry skin. Works very nicely Thanks for the Hub! Thumbs Up.


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Karen Ellis 8 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks for stopping by, Patty.


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cgull8m 8 years ago from North Carolina

Karen, that's wonderful to hear about honey, I use them a lot for my sandwiches and tea, but will try for other remedies. I am bookmarking this article. Thanks for sharing.


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Karen Ellis 8 years ago from Central Oregon Author

cgull,

Don't forget to get the RAW, ORGANIC honey.


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

I love Hawaiian and Tahitian honeys because they have a special taste. Thanks for sharing this hub.


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Karen Ellis 8 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Hi SweetiePie,

The interesting thing about honey is the differnet tastes when it's from different locations and different crops.


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funride 8 years ago from Portugal

Great hub. I always buy my honey directly from the producer and I´m glad I know this one who already won two medals in European honey contests. Honey it´s really one of the healthiest foods.


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Karen Ellis 8 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Hi funride,

thanks for stopping by. I've read that honey is considered the perfect food.


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Constant Walker 8 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

Great hub. I've always considered honey a "power food." Very healthy. It's also perfect with peanut butter & banana sandwiches.


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Karen Ellis 8 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Great combo - remember to get raw honey for the best effect on your body.


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healthmiracles 8 years ago

i had a nasty injury when i was travelling in mexico, a very deep cut in myinner ankle I slathered on honey everyday and it healed up quite nicely! never used antibiotic creams, etc.


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Karen Ellis 8 years ago from Central Oregon Author

It is a secret ingredient that everyone should know about, Afterall, it's usually just sitting in the cupboard. I would be interested to know if you used raw honey or processed honey.


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Denny Lyon 7 years ago from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

Great hub about the much overlooked honey jar! Blogging this on over to my healing blog (check my profile for address if you want to see where your writing child went for a visit) so others can benefit! Thanks again for a good read! Joined your fan club too as you write about subjects my blog readers will enjoy.


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Karen Ellis 7 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by.


Organic Tea 7 years ago

Wow, never heard of this, sounds like it is worth a try


Victoria 7 years ago

I used to use honey on my son's cat scratches (he and the cat don't get along). It worked well. I use a spray now because it's less messy. I can't remember the name of the spray off-hand, but I order it with my diaper service. Anyhow, honey is a staple in our family because of its healing properties--it's wonderful to see others getting use out of it too!

Victoria,

Gresham, OR


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Karen Ellis 7 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks for your comments and for stopping by, Victoria.


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Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Great information. Thanks! I never knew honey was used as a mouthwash!


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fiona_33 6 years ago from UK

I love honey. Lots of sugar but who cares! Great hub.


kims3003 6 years ago

very well written with a lot of useful information. I like your writing style by the way - thumbs up!


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Karen Ellis 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks for your comments Green, Fiona and Kims.


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Cute Teddy Bear 5 years ago

I really liked your article.

Very interesting information about honey.

It really shows that you are a great knowledgeable writer.


massage business 5 years ago

Hi Karen,

Lots of great info here. I certainly have tried honey as a face treatment and it is great - especially if there are granules in the honey which you can use to exfoliate afterwards.

Also - did you know that as a more natural contraceptive there is such a thing as the honey cap - the honey diaphragm? Of course you have to see a specialist doctor for this as most regular doctors and family planning clinics don't know about this one.

All the best.


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delrond 5 years ago

Awesome little hub!


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

I find honey to be very good for my skin. Very good hub.


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Karen Ellis 4 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks for your comments, delroad, Pamela99 and cute teddy bear.


Gerald Smith 3 years ago

outstanding


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poetryman6969 19 months ago

Honey flavored mouthwash definitely sounds interesting.

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