Honey is can be used to assist and prevent conditions becoming more severe such as coughs, colds, ulcers and cuts. It's packed full of an antioxidant, Pinocembrin which is only present in Honey and Bee propolis. Honey is a carbohydrate rich syrup that is produced by bees, mainly from floral nectars. It is one of the easiest forms of carbohydrates to digest, as it enters the blood stream, directly and efficiently, and due to its dextrin content, it becomes an instant energy boost. It's two main components are fructose and glucose, yet it also contains many other trace minerals and vitamins such as niacin, calcium, copper, riboflavin, iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc. Honey also contains antibacterial properties, which inhibit microbial growth, particularly bacteria.
Until the 20th century honey was commonly used for wound care until antibiotics were discovered, and been used as a versatile and precious gift. Of late, the misuse of antibiotics and the discovery of resistant bacteria strains have re-established the use of honey as a broad spectrum, antibacterial agent, which is non-toxic to human tissue. The darker in colour the honey, the higher the antioxidant levels. Some of the uses for healing with honey range from nappy rash, acne, respiratory infections, coughs, colds, eye infections, gastrointestinal conditions, ulcers, burns, wounds and hay fever. Healing with honey has proven to be a major advantage in developing countries as it is a low cost effective treatment.
With thanks to M Fenton
Nannup Brook Farm natural Western Australian Honey