HONEY – The Cure

HONEY – The Cure

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–Deborah Thomas

–Natural therapy is a topic that will always pose conflicting questions between scientists and herbalists all over the world. With several agreeing to disagree on natural cures for several ailments. One thing agreeable to all and proven scientifically is that honey has medicinal properties and promotes good health.

I am always on the hunt for natural remedies from exotic fruits, vegetable to herbs and spices. Honey, my favourite natural remedy as been around for over 150 million years and its versatility is endless. Known as the ‘Nectar of Life’, it’s uses dates back to the ancient considered as nature’s energy booster. Used for centuries not only as a remedy but also as an offering to the Gods, trading currencies and a symbol of love. According to Aristoxenus (320 B.C), consuming honey as part of your daily breakfast prevents you from getting a host of diseases. Besides its consumption as food, raw honey in its natural form has several medicinal uses that are used topically to treat several ailments. Here are some interesting facts you should know about using honey as a cure:

–1.To Soothe Sunburn

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Applying a thin layer over the skin has been known to relieve and soothe the skin affected by a sunburn. Honey is so versatile that it is used in several skincare products including anti-aging skin treatments and the treatment of acne

–2. For Wound Treatment

Honey has always been an ancient remedy for the treatment of infected wounds and has been recently discovered by the medical profession as a remedy when applied topically for some wounds. The antibacterial properties of honey and its antiseptic properties make it effective in the treatment of wounds has been proven.

–3. Cancer Treatment

honey possesses carcinogen-preventing and anti-tumour properties. Published studies thus far have shown that honey improves immune status, has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties and promotes healing of chronic ulcers and wounds and scavenge toxic free radicals. Recently honey has been shown to have anti-cancer properties in cell cultures and in animal models.

–4. Treatments of Coughs & Colds

Most people know that there is no real cure for colds and coughs. Several viruses cause various colds that are occurring more during different weather seasons. Medical studies have proven honey as effective as a common cough suppressant ingredient. Drinking lemon water mixed with honey soothes a sore throat and in most cases the symptoms last for about 10 days.

–5. Fights Indigestion & Constipation

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Constipation is uncomfortable and exceptionally embarrassing and in most cases better treated with natural remedies. Raw honey is recommended as a mild laxative and when added to boiled water, a cure for diarrhoea. It is also known to relieve constipation if a few teaspoons are taken per day or added to a warm cup of tea.

–Sources:
Honey and Cancer: Sustainable Inverse Relationship Particularly for Developing Nations—A Review – Honey and Cancer: Sustainable Inverse Relationship Particularly for Developing Nations—A Review

Does honey have the characteristics of natural cancer vaccine? Honey as a potential natural anticancer agent: a review of its mechanisms.
Ahmed S, Othman NH.
Honey as a topical treatment for wounds – Clinical Trials Research Unit, University of Auckland

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