The healing properties of beekeeping products have been known for a long time. Not only folk but also modern scientific medicine uses honey in the treatment of various diseases. Honey restores and gives strength, mobilizes the protective functions of the body, raises immunity. Hippocrates, who widely used honey in medical practice, advised to use it daily. Honey, according to Japanese doctors, is the king of natural products that have a beneficial effect on the human body.
Even in ancient times, people noticed that hunters for wild honey did not suffer from diseases of the joints, the vascular system, had good health, and were long-livers. And oddly enough, this was because they were often stung by bees. Bee venom has proven to be an excellent medicine. Traditional medicine has long used bee stings in the treatment of rheumatic and other diseases associated with the common cold. Bee Venom was also effective in the treatment of diseases of the nervous system and changes in the heart muscle. It also reduces inflammation.
People say about bees: “Whom they sting, that one they favor.” From time immemorial, another saying has come down to us, when people wished health, they often said: “Let the bee sting you.”
What you need to know about honey?
The highest grades of honey (containing the least amount of moisture) are obtained when it flows out of the honeycomb under the influence of its own gravity (gravity honey) or when centrifuged in special apparatus. The lowest grades of honey (high humidity) are obtained by melting honey from the honeycomb on a fire.
The most popular is a natural flower, honey. Especially such varieties of it: linden, buckwheat, acacia, sweet clover, mustard, cotton, sunflower. Honey gets its name from the plants from which the bees collect nectar. Light varieties of honey (acacia, linden, etc.) are most valued, with the exception of buckwheat. Darker varieties are richer in minerals that are valuable to the body.
The chemical composition of honey
Honey contains about 60 different substances. The main constituent of all varieties are carbohydrates: glucose (grape sugar) and fructose (fruit sugar). 100 g of honey contains 0.3 – 3.3% protein, 77.2% carbohydrates and gives the body 335 calories of energy.
Honey contains a number of enzymes that significantly accelerate metabolic reactions in the body. Of the minerals, honey contains salts of calcium, sodium, magnesium, iron, sulfur, iodine, chlorine, phosphorus. Honey also contains trace elements: manganese, silicon, aluminum, boron, chromium, copper, lithium, nickel, lead, tin, zinc, osmium, and others. Honey includes a number of organic acids: malic, grape, citric, lactic, oxalic, and vitamins.
Storage of honey
Bee honey keeps very well. Candied honey, if desired, can be easily turned into liquid honey. To do this, place a vessel with honey in hot water (temperature up to 60 ° C).
In conditions of high humidity at a temperature of + 11-19 ° C honey can turn sour. Store honey at a temperature of + 5-10 ° C in a dry, well-ventilated area. The most convenient for storing honey is glassware, as well as barrels of linden, aspen, alder, poplar. Honey darkens in oak barrels. Do not leave honey in galvanized or aluminum dishes.
Honey consumption rate
With the benefit of the body, using honey as a food or dietary substance, an adult can eat it per day, 100-150 g in several doses. To make honey better absorbed, it should be taken 1.5-2 hours before meals or 3 hours later. The most useful is the use of honey with warm boiled water, tea, or milk, although a small amount (2 – 3 teaspoons) can be taken with carbohydrate foods. Each person is different, so the amount and method of using honey are unique for each person.
It is better to give honey to children together with porridge, fruit, or tea. In this form, honey is best absorbed. 1-2 teaspoons a day is enough for a child.
Contraindications for use
Some people are prohibited from consuming honey due to their hypersensitivity to it. From honey, they get hives, itching, runny nose, headaches, gastrointestinal disorders. Honey is contraindicated for such persons.
Honey can also be used for diabetes mellitus, in moderation, but after consulting a doctor. It is necessary to consult a doctor before giving honey to children with scrofula and exudative diathesis.
Basically, honey has practically no direct contraindications, so it can be used by everyone – healthy and sick.
Honey as a remedy
Being a source of easily digestible carbohydrates – glucose and fructose, containing a unique set of vitamins, minerals, organic acids, enzymes, trace elements, antibacterial substances, biogenic stimulants, honey can be called an amazing natural medicine that has a unique effect on the human body. Manuka honey is also one of the high-quality honey used as a remedy for many diseases. Have you ever wondered how much benefit this product can bring? What diseases can be cured or prevented if you know how to use honey correctly? Surely, there are many interesting and useful properties and facts about honey. you haven’t even heard.
The effects of honey on wounds
The property of honey is to increase blood and lymph outflows, which wash the wound and create good conditions for nourishing the cells in the wound area. Honey also has a detrimental effect on microbes (intestinal and dysentery bacilli, streptococci, staphylococci, etc.).
In folk medicine, honey is added to decoctions of medicinal herbs, vegetable juices used in the treatment of various wounds and ulcers.
The effect of honey on the gastrointestinal tract
Daily moderate consumption of honey has a positive effect on the intestines:
Use honey as a mild laxative. Take 50-100 g of honey in pure form or dissolved in water. Apply an enema with 10 – 20 g of honey.
It is recommended to use honey for stomach ulcers and duodenal ulcers. To do this, dissolve honey in a glass of warm boiled water, take 30-60 g in the morning and evening, 40-80 g in the afternoon, 1.5-2 hours before breakfast, lunch, and 3 hours after dinner. Dissolved honey liquefies mucus in the stomach, relieves pain, eliminates nausea, heartburn.
To activate the emptying function of the intestines, you need to pass through a meat grinder 400 g of dried apricots, 400 g of pitted prunes, and one pack of Alexandrian leaf. To this mass add 200 g of natural honey in a liquid state and mix well. Take 1 teaspoon at dinner with warm water.
If you want to improve your metabolism and lose weight, then honey is an irreplaceable product for you. By consuming it regularly, in certain quantities, and according to a special recipe, you can put your body in order. In addition, it is worth considering that we are an all sweet tooth, and sometimes it is so difficult to refuse sweets (especially when you are on a diet). And honey is a great (and very healthy) alternative to pastries, sweets, and cakes. In the book “Secrets of Bee Honey” you will find 5 ways to lose weight with honey. Thanks to such simple recipes, you will not only lose weight but also improve your health.