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Monday, April 26, 2010

Honey

It seems like honey goes way back; cave paintings have been found from 10,000 years ago, showing women hunting for honey and honeycombs. It was used as a sweetener by the ancient Egyptians and as payment in the Roman Empire.

What about the health benefits of honey? I hope you have some time because they are extensive:

Honey

Honey consists of sugars like glucose and fructose, magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium chlorine, sulphur, iron, phosphate, copper, iodine and zinc. It also contains vitamins B1, B2, C, B6, B5 and B3, complex carbohydrates, amino acids and antioxidants.

Honey can help cure the following conditions:
Take a tablespoon of honey twice a day to treat seasonal allergies (local, raw honey found at the farmers market or in the health section of the grocery store works best). One to two teaspoons of honey deluded in water and taken about half an hour before meals helps against stomach aches, stomach ulcers, diarrhea, upset stomach, vomiting, dehydration, coughing, sore throat and fatigue.

It improves brain function and is an effective treatment in preventing cancer and heart disease. Due to the fact that it is easily digested it is also very beneficial as a treatment for some pathological conditions of the intestinal tract, respiratory organs, nerves, capillary problems and arteriosclerosis.

It cleanses the blood, supports blood formation and helps with the regulation and facilitation of blood circulation. It is low in calories and does not cause any weight gain, but does provide lots of energy.

Honey is a natural antiseptic and its natural anti-inflammatory effect makes it very suitable for topical applications as well:
It helps healing wounds, cuts and burns more quickly and is good for treating diabetic ulcers. The different phytochemicals in honey kill viruses, bacteria, and fungus which makes it an excellent substitute for wound dressings usable on even the most sensitive skin. Mixed with olive oil, honey is also good as a moisturizing mask and conditioner for your skin and hair.

It is best to buy local, raw honey because this is not treated or heated like the honey you can purchase in the stores which causes a loss of many of the health benefits. As mentioned before, you can find raw honey at the farmers market and in the health section of the stores.

Always keep honey in closed containers and store in a dark place. Should it eventually crystallize and turn to sugar, then you can warm it up in the microwave. Don't heat it up too much because it will cause a loss of many good qualities.

I found one warning against the use of honey and that was NOT to give it to infants under the age of 1 year old. Their digestive system is not fully developed yet and they can contract infantile botulism from it. Although the likelihood this will occur is small, I would head the warning! Ages up are fine because their digestive system kills any spores which might cause it.

The question was if honey had any health benefits. I suspected it did, but I was not prepared for the huge list of all the good properties this sweet treat possesses. It may sometimes be painful and certainly not an easy task fighting the bees to retrieve the honey, but it is well worth the effort.

Changing your life and walking in Jesus' footsteps is not an easy task either. It can be painful at times and you will have to fight your sin nature in order to gain happiness and everlasting life. It is well worth the effort though and we will soon experience the positive effects in our lives.

We don't have to do it alone; God gives us everything we need and even then some!

Isaiah 7:15
Curds and honey He shall eat, that He may know to refuse the evil and choose the good.

5 Comments:

Blogger Susan said...

Wow I did know about some of the benefits of honey, like how eating honey made by local bees can help your allergies. But I did not know about the other benefits. Thank you so much for sharing. I have a few ailments at 60 years old, one being emphysema and another diverticulitis, so I can use all the help I can get. I know now I will be eating more honey. Thank you for letting me visit.

Susan
http://amazingcouponanddiscountdeals.blogspot.com

April 26, 2010 12:07 PM  
Blogger Corry said...

Susan,
Thanks for the visit and the nice comment. You are most welcome to visit anytime!

I hear ya! We can use all the help we can get and if that is all natural then that is even better.

The recommendation for local 'raw' honey is because that honey contains pollens from your area which cause the allergy. There is too little pollen in the honey to aggravate or cause the allergy, but it is enough pollen to prod your immune system to build up resistance against it. Makes sense, huh?

I am grateful this post was of some help; that is encouraging. Thanks! :-)

God's Grace.

April 26, 2010 3:50 PM  
Blogger Karen A. Castevens said...

Thank you for all your comments Corry....I desire your prayers. Lots going on here....Much love to you.

April 26, 2010 9:41 PM  
Blogger Corry said...

Karen,
You and yours are in my prayers!

I hope y'all are well and may God grant y'all a quick relief from all that is going on.

Romans 8:28
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.


Love and (((HUGS)))

God's Grace.

April 27, 2010 5:15 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

I thought I was coming to a site about arthritis. I didn't expect it to be a Christian site. The web address gives no indication this is a Christian site. Very misleading and deceptive.

July 07, 2012 8:25 PM  

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