Honey has been used in medicine for over 5,000 years. One of the oldest honey samples found was found in an Egyptian pyramid over 3,000 years ago and it was still edible. While honey contains all of the nutritional elements necessary to sustain life, it is also naturally antibacterial, and delicious. It can be a powerful tool to keep in the medicine cabinet. Here are some examples of how to use honey as a medicine:
Honey can be found in many commercial-made lozenges on the market, but it’s also just as easy to use honey to sooth your throat on your own (and they’re healthier). In a saucepan over medium heat, stir 1 cup of herb-infused water (peppermint or ginger are delicious), with 1 1/2 cups honey until the mixture reaches 300 degrees when measured with a candy thermometer. Drop, by the teaspoonful, onto waxed paper-lined cookie sheets and allow to cool until hard. Take 1 lozenge whenever a sore throat comes on.
Studies have shown that honey, all by itself, can act as an effective cough suppressant; 2 teaspoons of honey given at bedtime can stop a dry, hacking cough just as well as over-the-counter cough medicines can. As always, do not give honey to children under 1 year of age. In rare cases, honey has lead to infant botulism, a rare but serious form of food poisoning.
Cuts, Scrapes & Burns
Honey is naturally antibacterial, making it an ideal dressing for a variety of wounds. One study showed that honey applied to a wound, then wrapped with a bandage has been shown to not only rapidly clear the existing infection, but protect the area from any additional infection. It also reduces any bad odor that may result and lessens the likelihood of scarring.
While dry, winter skin may be helped by commercial lotions, honey might be a better option because it is a natural humectant; this means it attracts water. When applied, allowed to sit for a while, then rinsed off, honey provides relief from dry skin and even eczema. It also has the added antibacterial benefit of healing acne-prone skin.
Preventing Acid Reflux
Honey lines the esophagus and stomach and help reduce the upward flow of undigested foods and stomach acids. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can cause heartburn, acid reflux and inflammation symptoms which can be alleviated by drinking honey.
The Health Benefits of Honey
The use and benefits of honey has withstood the test of time. Throughout history, there has been evidence of many cultures using it for medicinal purposes. Today, honey is revered as power food that may sit in your cupboard but should also be in your medicine cabinet.
~To Your Survival