The Many Medical Uses of Honey

September 20th, 2012 Marshallshoney

 

Honey, although delightfully sweet and tasty, also has a classification as a super food.  Basically honey can be applied for many reasons medically with positive results.  It’s interesting to see how many ailments, prevention and healing can be done with honey, yet many people don’t even realize its capabilities.  Historically it’s been used for ages in different forms of treatment.  Only recently has it been chemically explained why honey is able to do the things it does medically through ingestion or topical application.  Different honeys have different properties.  This is not a new concept, but just recently has scientific research been done to explain and find out just what it can do.  Antibacterial properties of honey are the result of the low water activity causing osmosis, chelation of free Iron, its slow release of hydrogen peroxide, high acidity, and the antibacterial activity of methylglyoxal. To sum it up, honey creates more iron and releases more chemical fighting agents to fight bacteria.

Here are some of the other benefits you may find in honey.  Topical honey has been used successfully in a comprehensive treatment of diabetic ulcers when the patient cannot use topical antibiotics. Antioxidants in honey have even been associated with reducing the damage done to the colon in colitis. It’s also been used for centuries as a treatment for sore throats and coughs. Perhaps one of the most common uses however is the ability to fight allergies.

By buying honey from local apiaries, you expose yourself to the pollens produced by trees, flowers & grasses of that area.  Your body can build up antibodies to allergies by exposing yourself to trace amounts in the honey you eat.  For us, we have over 100 farms producing honey in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.  In fact, we produce, package and distribute allergy relief honey in jars and gift baskets.

If you’ve always had issues with allergies and none of the normal medication is working for you.  Try something new.  At least it tastes better.




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