We are constantly advised to reduce the consumption of sweets, but honey is a sweet product with super powers. is a unique product of swarms of bees that can fly within a radius of ten kilometres to collect the nectar of flowers. But anything that involves so much work to be produced can only be good. Honey is sweeter than sugar, with 65 calories per teaspoon, compared to 48 in sugar. But in addition to calories, honey has many health benefits. We have a honey and black pepper soap in an amazing gift set, wildflower honey and organic oats soap, and a second one right here.
Where does honey come from?
The bees collect the nectar from the flowers and transport it to the hive where they store it in hexagonal cells with wax walls (honeycombs) to feed the young bees. Liquid nectar turns into honey when the liquid evaporates. The finished product is rich in sugars - fructose and dextrose - as well as small amounts of pollen, wax, protein, vitamins and minerals. The clover honey that can be found on store shelves is the most pleasant form of honey. The most fragrant types of honey are obtained from lavender, citrus flowers and raspberries.
Honey does not have great nutritional value. It contains small amounts of the complex of B vitamins, amino acids and minerals, but has no higher nutritional value than normal sugar. Honey came to the attention of doctors for other reasons. Its viscous structure makes it easy to administer to relieve sore throats when added, especially with lemon in hot teas.
A sweet antiseptic
Before the antibiotics, infections were treated with honey, even the smallest scratches or bruises were cured in this way. This explains why doctors often carried a little honey in their first aid kit. Honey contains hydrogen peroxide and propolis, a nectar compound that kills bacteria. Even today, when antiseptic ointments are found in any medical office, there are some doctors who believe that, in certain situations, honey is better for healing wounds. Indeed, it has such a good action that there are manufacturers who sell bandages impregnated with honey for wounds that are harder to heal.
The high sugar content of honey determines the elimination of moisture from wounds, thus disappearing the humid environment conducive to the development of bacteria. Honey also protects against contamination with external pathogens. Because it is not expensive, honey is an ideal remedy in countries where access to modern antiseptic creams is limited.
Some studies in India have shown that burns smeared with honey healed faster than those using silver sulfonamides, a conventional burn treatment.
Honey is even used to cure superficial eye conditions including conjunctivitis and chemical burns. In a study of more than 100 patients with eye problems who did not respond to conventional treatments, doctors tested a honey-based ointment. In 85% of cases there were improvements. Applying honey to the eyes (DO NOT DO THIS WITHOUT DOCTOR'S ADVICE) may initially cause a stinging and redness in the eye, but is unlikely to have other side effects.
Our ancestors used honey to cure various digestive disorders. Currently, there is clear evidence that honey has these properties.
Relieves gastric ulcer
Honey can alleviate the symptoms of ulcers and speed up healing. It appears to reduce inflammation, stimulate blood flow and speed up the growth of epithelial cells, which line the walls of the stomach and intestines. There are studies that have shown that honey destroys H. pylori, the bacterium responsible for most ulcers. Natural honey (found in health food stores or private producers) is better than processed honey because by pasteurization it loses some important compounds.
Regulates intestinal transit
High concentrations of fructose in honey can cause occasional constipation. Undigested fructose is a source of food for beneficial bacteria in the gut. By fermentation, water is obtained that reaches the large intestine and thus has a laxative effect.
Do not give honey to children under the age of one because it may contain a small number of spores called Clostridium Botulinum, microorganisms that can cause a disease called botulism. These spores are not found in the intestines of adults or older children, but in the body of babies under one year they can cause a serious form of food poisoning known as infant botulism.
*This article has no intention in advising to treat or cure any illness nor has any intention to persuade readers into taking any action following the facts in the article.