Honey, well known as nature’s original sweetener, is being rediscovered as a natural way to better health. Honey has always been prized for its delicious sweetness and flavor, but did you know that through the centuries honey has been valued for therapeutic and medicinal uses?
- The ancient Egyptians used honey to treat cataracts, open wounds, cuts and burns.
- Hippocrates, the Greek physician, praised honey’s healing powers and formulated many honey-based cures for ailments like skin disorders, ulcers and sores.
- Physicians in ancient Rome used honey to help their patients fall asleep.
- In World War I, German doctors used honey mixed with cod liver oil to surgically dress soldier’s wounds. Raw honey can be used as an emergency medical dressing. In fact, wounds that will not heal often will do so if treated with honey.
- For years, opera singers have used honey to boost their energy and soothe their throats before performances.
Honey is a miracle food, an instant source of energy that contains all the essential minerals necessary for life, a wide array of vitamins including seven of the B-complex group, amino acids, enzymes, antioxidants, plus antibacterial and antimicrobial agents. Like royal jelly, bee pollen and propolis, some substances in honey cannot be identified, hence they cannot be chemically reproduced.
Honey is the only natural sweetener that doesn’t have to be refined. It is the only predigested sugar in nature. Honey DOES NOT contribute to “fat” as white sugar does. Many athletes use honey-water solutions instead of salty, mineral sports drinks for INSTANT ENERGY.
Information above provided by The National Honey Board.