Last Modified on Feb 19, 2016
Often considered a sweet treat, honey is much more than just a natural sweetener. With approximately the same relative sweetness as granulated sugar, honey possesses a variety of nutritional benefits that typical sugar does not. With a medicinal history that dates back to ancient Egypt, honey can be used to treat and prevent a wide variety of health conditions.
What is Honey?
A sweet liquid, honey is made by bees from the nectar of flowers. While other varieties of honey exist, the most common form is that produced by honey bees. Honey bees transform flower nectar into honey using a process that involves regurgitation and evaporation. As it is created, the bees store the liquid in wax honeycombs inside the beehive as a primary source of food.
Organic honey is collected from wild bee colonies or domesticated beehives. The honeycomb is carefully removed from the hive, and then the honey is extracted from that, typically using an extractor. Following extraction, the honey is filtered and then stored for use.
Health Benefits of Honey
An effective concept to live by is Hippocrates’ statement, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Honey is one such substance that exemplifies this statement. Considered nature’s energy booster, honey is a natural remedy that has been used for centuries. A rich source of natural sugars, honey also contains a host of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Riboflavin, Niacin, vitamin B12, vitamin C, calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus and magnesium are among honey’s most prevalent nutrient resources. However, the golden liquid contains a variety of others as well. As such, honey can be thought of as one of the most effective yet simplest forms of nutrition and health support.
The substance is effective for treating variety of conditions including skin disorders and ulcers, the common cold, sore throat, acne, eye infection and others. Consumed daily, the substance also helps prevent heart disease, diabetes, weight gain and inflammatory diseases.
While the sweet liquid actually contains more carbohydrates and calories per serving compared to regular table sugar, honey possesses a variety of health benefits whereas sugar has none. Used as a medical treatment and preventative, honey is considered the simplest yet most effective option available.
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just having a spoon or 2 of raw honey every time the burning starts and just before you go bed seems to work for me but eating everything slowly and not drinking coffee alchahol (dunno spelling) or soda and always follow a meal with a glass of water and if it goes away which it did for me u can resume your normal diet and if the reflux comes back just go back to doing all of these and you should be fine.
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Posted by Terry (Big Lake, Maine) on 01/08/2010
Local Honey Cures Allergies
I have been taking local honey for years and just recently moved to the great state of Maine and have begun a regimen of local raw honey here.
I use to suffer from allergy problems most severely, I took most sugar out of my diet and replaced it with local honey. Not only am I allergy free, I do not get colds or flu- even as my children were growing up and bringing home all kinds of contagious ailments from school, social activities- folks could be around me dropping like flies from viruses, colds etc.(For many years I worked in an orthodontic office dealing mainly with children with all kinds of germs floating about) I did not succumb because I believe local honey boosted my immune system to the point of immunity from most common ailments. I am 47 years old and have not gone a day without consuming local honey- I cannot recall the last time I became ill with a cold or flu. I believe in this statement most whole heartedly-Local Honey cures allergies. (I do believe it should be local honey consumed and all the better- raw local honey.)Also- raw honey cures many skin ailments, slow healing sores covered with raw honey heal more speedily and have little scarring.
I should mention that I am a sustainable farmer, growing most of the food I eat- I do not have health insurance and have relied on natural aids to healing. I have had lacerations that should have required stitches heal up well before the physicians of today would recommend by using raw honey and epsom salt soakings. I am a firm believer in natural cures- not because of what ifs but because of what is...all that the earth naturally provides can cure most ailments. One last comment- I would not be without Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar in my cupboard. It cures almost everything from headaches to sinusitis to dry skin.
Thank you for this wonderful alternative site to RX's that cost an arm and a leg and often provide horrible side effects. To get to the root of any ailment, one should start naturally...
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Posted by Martha (Waxhaw, NC) on 06/09/2008
Better But With Side Effects:
I came across your site one night when I was having a terrible sinus/congestion problem and could not sleep. I read where local honey would help my allergies. I also read that ACV would help. I started using the ACV and finally found some local honey. I have been using 16oz. water, 2 tbs of ACV, 1 tbs honey twice a day. I have seen an improvement with my sinuses/allergies. Normally I would be on antibiotics by now. But the only problem I have had is it is giving me stomach cramps and diarrhea. I have for some reason trouble using the honey. Can anyone explain why?
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Posted by Racheal (Irvine, CA) on 07/02/2007
Honey has healing properties. Using local honey from where you live should relieve your allergies. I live in a polluted place and recently tried the local farm honey. To my surprise, I have stopped coughing and my sinus has been healed. I can breathe better. In addition, dates and walnuts are a better source of fiber and iron.
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Posted by Heather (Ashville, NC) on 02/22/2007
It was recently suggested to me that I try the "Honey Therapy" for my severe allergies. Honey therapy being- RAW honey that is made locally with local bees. That being bees that take pollen from the same sources that I am apprently allergic too. I started this and two days later noticed a difference. While getting a SEVERE allergy attack, the same person suggested adding ACV apple cider vinegar to the honey. I mixed 3 oz. acv and 3 oz raw honey. Hard to drink, but then realized adding a bit of spring water helped the taste. I instantly got relief from my allergy symptoms, it lasts about 12 hours and then I repeat. Only drinking about 3 oz of the mix at a time. I am going to continue with this therapy and try some of the ACV/Honey/Baking soda mixtures for my acne and see how they work. I will repost to let everybody know how that and the acv/honey taken internally is working. Good luck to everybody. Am now a FIRM believer that God gave us what we need to cure what ails us.
Posted by Bob (North Carolina)
Better But With Side Effects:
Yes honey worked for me but--- I progressed through three sources of increasingly "raw" and minimally processed to totally unprocessed honey & honeycomb. Each time, I experienced allergic reactions and several days of mild vertigo, that could only be abated with large doses of pure powdered MSM. My third experience was with totally wildwood honey & comb that had never been heated, nor had the bees been fed any sugar water. In combination with organic apple cider vinegar (with the mother), I conquered and eliminated all of my allergies (yes I had allergy testing) and stopped taking all antihistamines.
Posted by Sandy (Bethlehem, PA) on 09/28/2007
I have found that nothing works better for me for a bee sting than pure raw honey. Just dab a little bit on the sting and cover with a bandaid. The enzymes in the honey neutralize the bee venom and the pain from the sting will subside within 1-5 minutes. No lie! It also helps to draw out the stinger. Works for wasp and hornet stings as well.
Posted by Kamal (Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India) on 01/21/2009
Honey as a burn remedy is simply excellent. You will be astonished honey ameliorates the pain from burns almost instantly. I have tried and recommended honey to dozens of friends for the treatment of burns by local application of honey with excellent results. It not only does away with the burning instantly but also takes care of the treatment. Keep applying for as long as the injury is not healed.
Posted by Rose (PA) on 11/25/2006
I burned my hand by taking a pan out of the oven and I had a keloid by the same area. Well, I apply it directly to both areas and cover with a bandage before bedtime every night and within a week or 2 I saw it disappear. I also applied it to my keloid scar after surgery. It does wonders. I thank God. God is good.
Posted by Stephanie (Salt Lake city, Utah) on 05/26/2008
I can't say enough about the benefits of raw honey. My ten and four year olds woke up this morning with chicken pox. I couldn't leave them here alone and run to the store for anything to help the itching, so I mixed raw honey and cinnamon in a little bowl and dabbed it on their blisters. My four year old had been crying because she was so itchy, but after dabbing on the honey-she smiled is now resting comfortably. I have other things I am going to do for them to see if it helps the severity of their symptoms. I'll post results.
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Posted by Devin (Roseburg, Or) on 01/17/2012
Here are easy, effective, and cheap facial cleansers and moisturizers using honey:
Cleanser: mix 1/8 cup honey, 1/4 cup glycerin, and 1. 5 tsp castile soap(I love Dr. Bronner's Almond). Pour into a container that has been sterilized (boiled, vinegared, or bleached) and is airtight and you've made enough cleanser for a month for under a buck. Massage into your skin and then rinse with warm water. Skin is smooth, radiant, supple, and clean.
Moisturizer: mix 3 Tbs. Food grade veggie glycerin and 1 tsp. Honey. Store in an airtight and sterilized container. Massage into skin VERY sparingly; a little goes a long way. Feels a little weird at first, but your skin will look and feel AMAZING! And again you've made enough for more than a month for well under $1.
I have fallen in love with honey for my face. So much in fact that I give these concoctions as gifts to friends and family.
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Posted by Sheilagh (Austin, TX) on 09/06/2007
I take issue with the requirement for using local honey. My mom found the Dr. Jarvis folk medicine suggestion of taking honey to alleviate sniffles. Works great! To test this, mom & dad brought me honey from Spain. *SAME* wonderful effect. It isn't the local part of the honey that works, it's the *honey* part, irrespective of origin!
Posted by Gail (Powell, Wyoming) on 11/15/2005
I struggled with severe constipation for years, and it was getting worse. I tried many natural products and had always tried to stay away from harsh laxitives. I had a colonoscopy several months ago just to see if there was anything wrong. I did have 2 pre-cancerous polyps but no blockage. I had resorted to taking Golytely twice a day per my physician's recommendations, with poor results. (Golytely is used as a bowel prep!) My chiropractor said I should try honey, 2 teaspoons, three times a day. I thought, yeah, right! It works! (Do not give honey to babies, it can cause botulism in infants).
Posted by Ani (Ontario, Canada) on 11/26/2008
This remedy is especially good for kids but works for adults as well. It is mainly for coughs due to colds (not pneumonia or bronchitis - those require antibiotics). The honey is to be gently warmed so it's easier to spread on the chest, rub on chest like you would Vicks, and cover with cloth or towel. Best done at bed time so that you are laying down and not moving too much. Remove in morning. The honey causes the cough to ripen much quicker and releases all the mucous built up in the chest so you can expel it. It will not make you cough LESS, it will just allow your body to release the mucous quicker and hence get over the cough much faster. You can repeat the honey procedure every night until cured. My family has used this remedy for many years. Reminder, this is not like a cough syrup which simply suppresses your urge to cough. This is a method that allows enables your body to heal faster by expediting the process.