Homemade Healthy – Honey

Yes, I’m definitely milking the whole Honey month thing, but as I have mentioned to you all so many times, it’s probably one of my favorite staples to keep on hand. Yes it’s great for cooking, and {as you learned last week} in beauty products, but have you ever wondered why?

Ok, so maybe I’m the only one that’s crazy enough to actually wonder. Either way, today I’m going to share with all of you what the big deal about honey is.

It’s far more than a sticky sweet substance that we use on our food (or faces even)! Few people realize the true benefits of honey.  For starters, let’s be clear, you don’t need to consume barrels of it, small amounts are sufficient. It’s not the cheapest sweetener out there, so be creative where you look for it and stock up when you find a screaming deal.

Please do NOT forget that it is absolutely not ok to feed honey to infants under 12 months old! Botulism is present in a lot of honey and an infant’s system cannot fight this off, making it potentially deadly!

I grew up drinking Honey-Lemon tea whenever I had a sore throat or cold and it always made me feel amazing while I was drinking it. No, it wasn’t an instant cure, but the amazing properties in both the honey and lemon work wonders on the common cold…and many other things.

Not only does honey coat the throat soothing those irritating cold symptoms immediately, but is also has some pretty incredible antibacterial and antimicrobial properties! It’s even been suggested that honey (Manuka in particular which is actually a Medical grade honey not available on store shelves) is capable of shutting down MRSA which is a drug resistant staph (see this article).

So far we know it’s antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral, but it’s also been shown to have enzymes and antioxidants that actually fight off cancer and tumors (see articles here and here though there are many others).  Be aware however, that as mentioned before, not all honey is created (or processed) equally and there are medicinal and food grades of honey.

In the case of cancer treatment, honey is not meant to replace traditional methods, but rather to compliment it. As with anything using it in conjunction to your physician’s recommendations is always best.

At this point, I definitely believe that honey qualifies as a superfood! Keep plenty on hand for everyday cooking and even some beauty products, but you might want to even do a little more research and invest in a bit of medical grade honey and give it a try :).

Note: Did you know that you can double click on any word in any of my articles and then choose the “define” option to pull up a dictionary screen for that word? It’s a fun feature and as I get into some of the more informative, teaching type posts you may find plenty of opportunities to use this option :).

Disclaimer: Ladies and Gentleman, this information is provided as purely informational. It is in NO way intended to be used as medical advise or to be used in the place of a physician’s care. Please use this information wisely, do your own research.