Health Benefits of Honey

| Modified on Jun 07, 2023
Multiple Cures
Posted by Dee (Taft, Tennessee) on 03/13/2010

I was suffering from anemia, restless leg syndrome, insomnia, horrible acid reflux, fatigue, heart palpitations,( I would have to go to the ER about once a week for injections to convert my heart) anxiety and obesity. My body was in such an awful condition. My mouth was cracked on both sides to the point I could not get a spoon in my mouth. I had became so frustrated with going to the doctor, trying at all these medicines and still feeling horrible. I spent so much money but was only getting worse. I had went for a week without eating from pain in my stomach. Laying in a bed ridden state I began to pray about 3:30 one morning. I remember praying and saying that if God didn't help me I was going to die. I remember asking God to lead me to something that would help me. I got up, staggered to the computer and typed, how to build your blood quickly. I was due a blood transfusion. I was directed to Earth Clinic and the healing properties of honey. With my legs weak and shaking I went to the cabinet, found a little bottle filled with the sweet golden honey.. I took a dose as I prayed, Lord. please help me.

That was Saturday morning at about 3:45. Saturday I took about 3 doses of the golden liquid. I went to bed Saturday night... I slept 11 hours. I felt instant relief in my stomach. Sunday I ate glazed ham, potato salad and buttermilk pie! I went into the hospital for a transfusion... my blood had increased from a 7.1 to a 7.5 in 72 hours! I was so happy that I put the honey on the corners of my mouth....24 hours later... no cracks! I am a believer! Honey works. I take it daily and I've also lost 20 pounds in a month. I am able to eat full meals now without any abdominal pain. The anxiety is gone, I've not had any heart palpitations. I feel stronger and my mind seems clear. I've been a nurse for over 20 years and I did NOT support the use of herbs or home remedies...until I had ran out of hope. Since I started taking the golden miracle, many of my family, friends and church family now take honey as well. My restless leg syndrome has completely stopped and I rest so well. All my symptoms have stopped!! I encourage you to try this. It's inexpensive and it taste wonderful however, before starting any home remedy or natural herbal supplement ...CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR!! EARTH CLINIC, you are an answer to my prayer.. thanks for being here.*smiling

Honey Comparisons
Posted by Mama To Many (Tn) on 04/28/2017

Dear Kt,

Regarding which is better, clover or wildflower honey....

For taste, I prefer clover. It is lighter. But some say that the wildflower honey is preferred, especially if you can get it local because it can help with allergies since the bees are using pollen that is from plants that may cause allergies. (Kind of like vaccine theory or homeopathy theory.)

But the truth is, no beekeeper has complete control over where his bees get the nectar they use for making honey.

A 3rd generation honey guy brought his extractor from his home to ours to extract honey from our hives a few months ago. Truly fascinating. Some areas of the large combs were dark and others light. Because things flower at different times, so that changes the honey results and color. We just mixed it all together and it would be called "wildflower" though a good bit would be from tree flowers as well.

So here is my order of preference of important things to consider with honey.

Glass over plastic - at least one poster here at EC found that she had results when using honey in glass containers over plastic. For many reasons I prefer glass storage for things, though don't always do it.

Local versus not local - the closer your honey has been produced to you, the better it is supposed to be, especially if you are using it for allergies.

Raw versus not - you do want raw honey over pasteurized/filtered etc.

All that said, when my mother had bedsores the nurses were using cheap honey from a dollar type store and it was working better than anything else they did for the sores.

I think the best place to get honey is from a local farmer or farmer's market. These often come in glass jars. Some health food stores carry local honey.

I recently got some "local honey" at Costco. It came in a plastic container. It was produced in another state. Not exactly local. Not in glass. But I am using it to sweeten hot tea. (I like to save my home grown for medical needs since we don't have a ton of it yet. Raising bees is harder than I thought it would be. - no pun intended.)

So that is my 2 cents on honey. :)

~Mama to Many~

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...

Take care-

Multiple Cures
Posted by Winnie (Washington, DC) on 04/03/2008

Thank you earth clinic. we're all in this together. I spend lots of time reading about remedies and testimonies, the yes and the nays, its all good. I am pleased to read the nays that come from people who understand that even though the product didn't work for them, doens't mean the other testimonies are fake, just as we all are individuals, we get different responses. it's all good, learn from it and ask your higher power to send you what works. that's what i did; I have been trying lots of things, every time I read a testimony, I run out and buy the stuff and start using, and a week later, I decide, this thing is not working, and sometimes get angry because I have a cabinet full of ingredients I don't want to use anymore; then I started reading the testimonies from my heart, and listening to how I really feel about a product.

What happened is that ideas started coming to me, and one of them is honey, I decided to try honey on my acne face, I had half a jar of manuka honey at home so I started using it along with baking soda and lemon juice, and imediately I could see a glow. I also had pain in my gum, and have been using OP with some results, but still had soreness with brushing, then today I DECIDED TO USE THE HONEY in place of oil, put a tsp in mouth for about 5 to 10 minutes, then spit it out and brush, wow! no pain or soreness, I also had a bump on my face, i put a dab of honey and went to bed, this money bump gone. I took the honey jar and spoke into it, thanking all the bees that gave me this wonderful product, I thanked the farmers, the store keepers and last but not least this wonderful site, earthclinic. thank you for taking us back to earth, now i know everything works, at the right time with the right attitude. Love always.

Multiple Cures
Posted by Deirdre (Asheville) on 03/15/2023

Manuka honey does NOT delay the healing of wounds, in my experience. Manuka honey bandages were incredible at healing a 2nd degree burn when nothing else was helping a number of years ago. AND, more recently, when I sliced open the top of my fingertip on an oven door. Should have gotten stitches on that but opted not to because I promptly went to the pharmacy and bought small manuka honey bandages. Stopped the excruciating pain almost immediately. Same with my burn. I used one a day. After a few days, I opted for liquid bandaid on my fingertip, but could not have done that without the first few days of a manuka honey bandage. Highly recommended for tricky wounds and burns.

Raw Honey Sources
Posted by Mama To Many (Tn) on 06/20/2018

I was in a Ross clothing store yesterday. They usually have a section of random and assorted food products. Perhaps things that were overstocks or discontinued. I found some raw honey, in glass jars, from Germany. It was $7 for a 17 ounce jar.

You never know where you might find a quality product. It pays to just take notice.

I used the honey today. My 7 year old ripped his toenail off in a bike accident and had pain and a wound.

After an overnight plantain poultice, I am using a drop of iodine plus a smear of honey on a bandage to promote healing and prevent infection.

~Mama to Many~

Raw Honey Sources
Posted by Tim (Georgia) on 06/21/2018 21 posts

Thanks to Mama to Many posted here.

Some additional info - here is the simple way to check the natural honey: you need to drop honey on paper and set it on fire. Natural product does not burn unlike honey "boosted" with sugar syrup.

Multiple Cures
Posted by Kim (SD, CA) on 03/12/2009

i love that you thanked the bees! a heart full of gratitude and faith will go a long way towards keeping you healthy and happy:)

Multiple Cures
Posted by Michelle (West Palm Beach, Florida) on 03/05/2008

Preferably organic, Raw Honey (unprocessed) helps get your energy back, kills germs of all types, halts diarrhea and intestinal cramps, (including firming stools) helps coughs and lung congestion and aids in the growth of healthy intestinal bacteria. It is a good source of B vitamins and minerals containing potassium, calcium and magnesium. It is quite literally the "perfect food" and can sustain life all on its own! It does not take any energy to digest it because it is predigested form from the bees. They do all the work, we reap all the benefits!

My eight-year-old got the flu, I gave him Raw Honey, 1 heaping teaspoon as soon as he finished vomiting, then nothing for three hours, unless they want more honey. He vomited twice total, and was completely well in a matter of hours! My husband got it, would not eat the honey, has been vomiting for two days STRAIGHT, can't keep food down! Then my four-year-old started vomiting. I gave him 1 tsp. honey, he stopped vomiting and ate honey about 1 tsp every two hours. He felt so much better in four hours, he (against my warning) ate Goldfish crackers and drank a Capri Sun! He vomited one more time and then by dinner, was completely well and ate a light dinner!! Amazing! So, now it's Tuesday, my ten-year-old gets it. Fever, body aches, headache, nausea! Wow, of course, I get the RAW HONEY, I give her a nice big tsp., she mixes it with water (she hates honey but has learned her lesson) I keep her home from school and send her to bed with a fever and no medicine. My husband calls, he is leaving work sick because he can't stop vomiting! Third day, he is in bed all day, eats nothing, and feels terrible. He comes home and sees our daughter, all better in a matter of two hours! (I think we caught it early enough, she is at school celebrating her Birthday!) He eats the honey! Today he is back to work, amazed at the benefits of the honey. You will be too. Special note: My six-year-old (who has autism) and I take the most supplements, eat mostly organic, don't drink soda, etc. we are the only ones in the family who didn't get this FLU!

Colds, Flu, Viruses
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 Honey (Midway City, Ca) on 01/27/2011

First and foremost, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this entire thread! Everyone's input and advice and expertise were very informative and non-critical or judgmental. I love how you are all here to help each other. KUDOS to Richard, Lisa, T, Dr. Shaheen, Ivory Coast AND Janie D!

This thread has made me want to throw out any and all products made with artificial sweeteners and or refined sugar and only use Raw Organic Honey for everything! I believe Honey is Liquid Gold, Serum from God, Nature's Miracle Elixir. I also believe that the old adage, "An apple a day, keeps the Doctor away" is true! Thus, the many healthy benefits of ACV! Apples have to be the ultimate fruit in the Garden of Eden!

I want to suggest to Janie D, or reiterate what Richard and one other said about the pollens and antigens from allergens that honey bees are exposed to.

Raw Organic Honey works like a vaccine. It exposes the body to a small amount of the allergen which is too small to cause a reaction to the individual whom has a particular allergy to that pollen. (There are significantly fewer spores in the honey, compared to sniffing a flower or plant directly.)

The cause of your itching could be that the particular honey that you are eating has significantly higher amounts of the particular trigger that you are allergic to. However, this reaction of severe itching is a rather severe reaction to an allergy and I would definitely suggest getting tested by an allergist.

The test is fairly simple. You go in to the office, lie on your stomach and the Practitioner will write approximately 60 numbers on your back. They will then drop a single drop of each different plant based reactor on your back and slightly scratch your skin. (This is more of a tickle than a prick, since they do not have to break the skin for it to react. ) They also put a control drop in a separate area on your back, which will definitely positively react with your skin. They will wait 20 minutes and come back to see which number reacts and that is what you are allergic to! I guarantee it will be the plant that was visited by the honey bees that produced the organic honey that you are reacting to! Problem solved.

Solution, DO NOT GIVE UP HONEY! Find another brand of Organic Honey, or stick to Raw honey. The only difference is Organic honey must be produced, processed and packaged in a way that follows the regulations for organic guidelines. Natural honey is produced using traditional methods. Both are good.

Raw honey is the best, it has not been pasteurized, filtered or heated. Pasteurization is Americas way of making the Honey 'pretty & smooth' by overheating it. Thus, removing the honey's natural capability to crystallize (which is not a bad thing, meaning, crystallized honey is GOOD! ) Pasteurization also removes many of the natural enzymes, antibodies and antigens that honey is known for it's positive benefits. America has a weird thing with ruining natural foods, like milk, oats, wheat, flour, sugar, etc. by over-processing it.

Just try raw, natural, organic, (even crystallized) honey. To make it pour better, heat the 'glass jar' that it should come in, in hot water. (NOT MICROWAVE! )


~Erin, a Honey advocate!

Posted by Aries (Greenville, Sc) on 08/15/2010

To the lady talking about local honey and some side efects such as diarrea (sp). Honey is God's gift to man - remember the land of milk and honey and that the Israelites lived on manna (bread) and honey for 40 years. Honey is also an immediate appetite supressant, as well as a natural upset stomach suppresant. It also is a natural cleanse throughout your digestive system through the small intestines and large intestines. If you have been having stomach cramps/nausea/constipation, honey is excellent to relieve that. When it cleans the colon, it is ridding your body of all kinds of collected garbage in there. I have IBS, and I need the liquid produced to have a normal stool. Remember to also eat your vegetables and fruits with some protein to produce the results you want. Good luck to you! Honey and apple cider vinegar have saved my life! BTW: Apple cider vinegar (1 TBLS) midday has been the only thing to lower my tricylerides and my chloresterol is perfect now. Statin drugs and Lipitor did nothing for me. Aries:)

Posted by Mona (Norfolk, Nebraska) on 04/27/2008

I'm passing this on from someone else who told me about it a month or so ago. Honey will take the redness out of your eyes and also return the whiteness to the whites of your eyes. If you put one drop of pasturized honey ( like Sue Bee honey) in your eye right before you go to sleep, in about two weeks the redness will be gone and the whites of your eyes will be nice and white. The honey burns for a minute so get ready but this really works. It is an old Indian remedy that has been used for centuries and will work for cataracts as well.

Bee Stings
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 Em (Southampton, Hampshire England ) on 10/09/2012

I got glass in my eye whilst on holiday a few years ago and wasn't treated correctly by the doctors. By the time I got home around 36 hours later I couldn't see anything out of the affected eye, I had a major infection, high pressure in the eyeball and had developed a cataract... The doctors told me I was very unlikely to see out of the eye again and that it was very possible that I would lose the eyeball altogether.

I had 3 lots of various surgery and was on eye drops, steroids and antibiotics but still told that it wasn't great. Anyway just before one of my surgeries the anaesthetist insisted that I ask someone to go to the shops and buy me as much honey with royal jelly that they could get their hands on and eat as much of it a day as I could (on toast, in water etc). I did as he said as I had nothing to lose and some days even just squirted the honey straight into my mouth! I continued with the routine for a good few months.

Now over 3 years later my eyeball looks normal and with a strong prescription contact lens (as my lens was removed) I can see almost exactly as I did before!!

I'm not saying it was all down to the honey but if I had to go through the whole thing again I would certainly do exactly the same!

Posted by Tom (Kane, Pa) on 10/31/2009

I got an ulcer a few years back in the upper part of my stomach. The pain was so bad, it kept me awake at night. My doctor told me it was angina and that i was just getting old. I was 38! So I looked it up online and all the symptoms pointed to an ulcer. So, I looked up home remedies and found honey as one for ulcers. I made peanut butter and honey sandwiches for my lunches for a week. In one day I felt relief and in three days all symptoms were gone. During the past 3 years, I have felt the symptoms returning twice. Both times I drank honey right from the bottle, twice a day for 2 days, and it cleared right up. I use regular honey, you know the kind in the plastic squeeze bears, and it works for me. Thanks, earth clinic, love the site.

Multiple Cures
Posted by Nichole (Stanton, Ca) on 12/07/2008

Honey Rocks!!

I came down with the flu one day while eating dinner, it hit me pretty fast. I had just started eating and felt very nauseous, within minutes I was feeling very warm and had a fever and my body began to ache all over. I went upstairs and laid down to try and sleep but I couldn't I just felt so awful... finally I asked my hubby to get me a biscuit and the jar of honey. I dipped the biscuit in the honey trying to get as much down as I could, probably a quarter cup. I laid down again and fell asleep, a few hours later my fever broke and I woke up at that point I felt fine, great even! So I was so excited about how fast the honey worked but of course I began to be doubtful, thinking maybe it was just a quick flu. Well a month and a half later my husband came down with a stomach flu he was nauseous and had the runs for a couple days, he didnt take any honey. Then I came down with it, again I felt horrible really quick so I went downstairs feeling faint and nauseous and grabbed the honey and some soup. I filled my mouth with as much honey as I could and swallowed, then ate my soup and again swallowed a big mouthful of honey. Within a few hours I was feeling great again! My husband was still sick! So now I know for sure it was the honey I took! Just so you know I took Sue Bee's Raw honey, I can get it here for only $5 for 2 pounds... I have become an advocate for all things natural and tell everyone about some remedies I've found on here and others I found at different sources on the net.

A couple other honey stories to share, I use honey on my daughters diaper rash and its gone sometimes by the next diaper change and others the next day! I also used it on myself after I gave birth for the tearing and it not only felt soothing but it did indeed help my tears to heal much faster.

My sisters friend Chante was in a very bad accident 6 months ago and had a severe injury to her foot. The did surgery on it but it wouldnt heal closed, so they did a skin graft and again it wouldnt close, in fact they did 4 skin grafts that wouldnt take. So for 6 months she's been going through this and I told my sister to tell her about Manuka honey, she did but Chante didnt want anything to do with it. Well after this last graft they told her if it didnt heal they would amputate!!!! So she finally conceded to try it. She put it on at 4pm and checked it at 8pm, already the skin was healing! She was so excited she applied a new bandage with more honey and checked it in the morning. Again it was looking even better! I cant tell you how amazing her foot looks now and its only been three days! I have pictures of before and after and after again and again, if anyone is interested email me and I will send you the pictures!

Go HONEY!!!!

Posted by Martha (Waxhaw, NC) on 06/09/2008


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?

Multiple Cures
Posted by CP (Huntington Beach, California, USA) on 04/22/2008

Manuka honey is an amazing remedy for M.R.S.A. wounds, as well as for diabetic skin ulcerations. It comes in several strengths, so contact customer service on websites to see which is best for you. It is a little pricey, but I think it is worth it. It's delicious and healthful when taken internally and is wonderful when applied externally to the face. I am taking one teaspoon of Manuka honey and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon each morning and evening. It has lowered my blood pressure from 156 to 125 in a very short period of time. It also improves my sleep! I love this website and it makes me happy to give back for all the help I've received. Good luck to all.

Posted by Dina (Hot Springs, AR) on 03/10/2008

I am a single mother and full-time college student. I don't have time for my 2-year-old daughter to get sick so: first thing every morning, instead of juice, I give her honey water in her sippy cup. We use the good, unfiltered honey. Though kids have gotten sick at her daycare, my daughter has remained healthy. I don't have time to get sick either, so I drink Apple Cider Vinegar three times a day and sweeten it with the same type of honey.

Diabetic Ulcers
Posted by Omar (Khobar, Saudi Arabia) on 02/23/2008

Hello, My name is Omar, and I am from Saudi Arabia. First of all I'd like to express my appreciation for such valuable rich site. What I want to share with you is about using honey on the skin of a diabetic. As you know, an injury could be very fatal for a diabetic. My father developed a very late stage of diabetes. Once he had an injury in his hand, and the wound developed very badly. The doctor put him under a very strict diet with daily dressing for the wound, by water and salt. We know from our relegion that Honey is a cure, in general, and for specific health problems like dierea. So we tried to apply honey, after washing the wound and surrounding area with water and salt, on the wound(externally on the skin) that had 1.5 cm height full of buzz. We did this every day, continously for 10 or 15 days. We were amazed to see the wound noticably decreased in height and buzz material started to disappear from the first day of application. The wound was completely healed with no scars or a trace that there was a wound in that area.Thank you for readig and hope this was useful. Omar, Saudi Arabia.

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.