It is said that the 60,000 or so bees in a beehive may travel as much as 55,000 miles and visit more than two million flowers to gather enough nectar to make just one pound of honey!
Nature's Energy Booster
The benefits of honey go beyond its great taste. A great natural source of carbohydrates which provide strength and energy to our bodies, honey is known for its effectiveness in instantly boosting the performance, endurance and reduce muscle fatigue of athletes. Its natural sugars play an important role in preventing fatigue during exercise. The glucose in honey is absorbed by the body quickly and gives an immediate energy boost, while the fructose is absorbed more slowly providing sustained energy. It is known that honey has also been found to keep levels of blood sugar fairly constant compared to other types of sugar.
Honey is Anti-Cancer!
Honey does NOT cure cancer however what many people don't know or have overlooked is that honey possesses carcinogen-preventing and anti-tumor properties!
Immunity System Builder
Antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties can help improve digestive system and help you stay healthy and fight disease. Start every brand new day with this cleansing tonic if you want to see this health benefit of honey:
Before breakfast, mix a spoonful of honey and lemon juice from half a lemon into a cup of warm water and drink it.
Raw, local honey contains bits and pieces of bee pollen, propolis and even beeswax. The reason you have an allergy to a particular plant, tree or grass is because you’ve been overexposed to it at some point. Our immune system either under or over-reacts to invaders, harmless or not. Your overexposure to this pollen developed into an over-reaction and now your immune system regards this pollen as an invader.
Honey has very strong immune modulating (balancing) properties. One study in the International Archives of Allergy and Immunology found that patients reported 60% less allergy symptoms and 70% fewer days with severe symptoms while consuming a local honey over a five month period. It seems exposing yourself to tiny amounts of pollen that you are allergic to through honey, your immune system becomes less sensitive to the allergen.
Honey Remedy for Ailments
For Cuts and Burns:
For thousands of years, honey has been recognized as one of the most natural home remedies to treat a wide range of ailments and complaints including yeast infection , athlete foot and arthritis pain. Its antiseptic properties inhibit 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 agent, reducing both swelling and pain, and even scarring.
Unable to sleep? Use the famous Milk and Honey Remedy:
Take a glass of hot milk with a teaspoon of honey to calm the mind and induce sleep. Or, add 1 or 2 teaspoons of honey to a cup of chamomile tea and slip into dreamland.
When you get a hangover from drinking too much alcohol, combat its effects by applying a honey remedy. Honey is gentle on the stomach and contains a mix of natural sugars such as fructose which is known to speed up the oxidation of alcohol by the liver, acting as a 'sobering' agent. Follow this recipe:
15ml of liquid honey with 80ml of orange juice and 70ml of natural yogurt. Blend them together until smooth.
For Sore Throats:
One of the better known health benefits of honey is that it is able to help treat sore throats. Thanks to its antimicrobial properties, honey not only soothes throats but can also kill certain bacterium that causes the infection. Professional singers commonly use honey to soothe their throats before performances. The Chinese believe that excess "heatiness" in the body causes sore throat and taking honey drink can be helpful. Directions:
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.