I am thrilled to read about remedies on this website, especially the article about honey and cinnamon - HOWEVER BE CAREFUL - HONEY SHOULD ALWAYS BE RAW TO BE BENEFICIAL! Heating, boiling, cooking or baking honey creates toxic bi-product and is not safe.
Quebradillas, Puerto Rico, United States
Thousand Oaks, Ca, USA
Tip: Make sure to use raw unfiltered honey. This honey has not been heated and the bees' enzymes and healing properties are untouched. Unfortunately, when you buy honey at the supermarket, it is likely that it has been filtered and heated to make it more attractive to the consumers, but many of the nutrients have been removed (B1, B2, C, B6, B5, B3, magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium chlorine, sulphur, iron, phosphate, propolis, wax, pollen). In addition, using Manuka honey instead of regular honey will give you better results when dealing with internal/external infections, skin problems and even wrinkles. Manuka honey comes from the nectar of tea trees.
In the article about honey it has been mentioned multiple times that honey should not be given to infants since it can have a toxic reaction in them. I think that's untrue since in India, honey is the very first thing that we give kids after they are born. That is to enable them to excrete the first time without any problem. Also we feed the babies with honey quite often in their first year to soothe their upset tummies or to cure cough/cold. For very little infants (less than 4 months old), like everything else, honey is also given in very small portions...2 drops at a time and not more than 2 doses a day, and it really helps them. I think it's only a myth that honey affects infants. But I do agree that honey should not be heated or added to very hot liquids since it'll become toxic.
West Palm Beach, Florida
Davis, California Usa
I tried the honey for a hangover after discovering your website by chance last week. I am not a heavy drinker but last night had a little too much red-wine. I woke up this morning with a slight hangover so I took two tbsp. of local raw honey I keep in my pantry; at first I had heartburn and a burning sensation in my throat but then after about an hour I felt much better. I hope to use this site for more often for insight on natural cures than taking the usual Tylenol or asprins I usually take for just too much of a good thing. Thanks for our Global friends who want to share natures remedies.
Honey is a wonderful mask. I get a hot bath ready with epsom salts. Then just before I get into the bath I rub about a tblsp of raw honey on my face and then soak in the bath for at least 30 min then I rinse my face witg the bath water do the rest of my body gets some benefit from the honey, too and its no longer sticky after that. I've just started oil pulling with coconut oil and might do that at the same time, too! Coconut on the skin as a nightime moisturizer is amazing as well.
Just as one added comment about Hydrogen Peroxide.
It is great at killing anaerobic bacteria (bacteria which needs to have no oxygen). However, it tends to increase inflammation. It is a bit too rugged. So, don't use it every day. It should just be a thing which is used if you think anaerobic bacteria might be the problem (as a quick mouth swish when things were caught deep in your teeth for days and you now have a slight toothache - didn't floss right or didn't water pic on time).
The right way of using hydrogen peroxide is with the use of honey. Honey has hydrogen peroxide at about 1000th the dose of 3% hydrogen peroxide.
I have stopped using ointments when I get a cut. I just use one drop of honey. When it's REALLY BAD, I use my really expensive jar of "Kiwi Kosher Pareve Manuka Honey - Bio Active 5+"
It reduces inflammation. Unfortunately, over time, old remedies for treating wounds proved not very good. Sometimes the old method is the good method, but sometimes it is the bad method:
Mercurochrome had mercury in it and was banned. Codeine used in everything until people found that it was highly addictive.
Turpentine used to be used in many things until people started getting chemical pneumonia from gasping it into their lungs.
Gentian violet was oftentimes used... which creates big open sores in many people. I tried it one time, and that exact thing happened. Also turns you purple. The purple bear:
If one thing we are dealing with on this site is what is termed 'Mucocutaneous Candidiasis'... which is what really is the underlying cause of 'diaper dermatitis'... Here it shows that gentian violet can, "lead to irritation and ulceration".
And, a final mention about honey. Honey is a wonder. It is the only food which you can leave open on the table FOREVER without anything growing in it. Get any hints from that? No other food, including garlic, you can do that with. Garlic, even though they say it is antifungal, will grow fungus on it quite easily. Not so with honey.
In brief: "Honey has an antimicrobial activity that is effective against all types of bacteria and some fungi. It is fully effective against antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria (the so-called "superbugs") It is effective against bacteria in biofilms and prevents formation of biofilms. The antimicrobial activity is partly due to the high sugar content and the acidity of honey, but mostly to hydrogen peroxide formed by enzymic activity when honey is diluted.
Some honeys also have antibacterial activity due to non-peroxide components. Manuka honey can have a high level of this. Some honeys have as much as 100 times more antibacterial potency than others. There is much clinical evidence for honey clearing infection in wounds. Honey is effective only when in localised contact with bacteria, not after infection has penetrated into the blood-stream. The antimicrobial action of honey is also used for treating eye infections and has potential for treating nasal infections, gum disease, gastroenteritis, fungal infections of the skin, and mastitis in dairy cows and goats".
Re: Clover versus Wildflower Honey
Which is better and why?
America, New York
Hi Ted, I am very curious as to why honey is so damaging to the health of some folks. Please explain or point me in the right direction. Thank you very much.
I have been having a strange response to honey as of late. I used to take about 1 TBSP of Trader Joes' Mesquite or Clover honey in tea about 3-4 times a day. However, a month ago, after 10-20 minutes of drinking or eating something with honey, I would get a popping sensation in my heart area, then a racing heart, then light headedness. After that passes, I feel a bit funky for the rest of the day. I stopped the honey for the last month, then today I had some Sweet and Spicy Mustard (also from Trader Joe's) and had the same reaction about 10 minutes after finishing eating. Didn't realize it had honey in it. It does. This is a weird question, but do you think the fungal infection killing off the honey bees had anything to do with this? I have eaten honey for years with no problem. Now it's a no-no. Regular sugar (well, organic brown sugar) is fine for me, no reaction. Any comments would be great, thanks. P.S. I haven't tested other brands of honey to see if the same thing happens
Sandusky , Ohio
St. George, UT
Sun City, Az
Honey pure and unheated, will never spoil and has been found in the pyramids of Egypt after thousands of years - intact.
Be weary of statements like "do not feed honey to newborns as there may be contamination of botulism, etc". That very source injects metallic poisons and unspeakable things into babies even before birth! Fact is, all bees would be dead as well as their queen, if they carried botulism, etc dirt with them. How ignorant! Spiritual scriptures record how thousands of years ago, babies were fed wild honey upon birth, and you know what? it is being done to this day in India. They are so informed with inherited wisdom so they know there are different honey bees with honey for specific needs and illnesses.
Honey in Ayurveda and Tibetan medicine is being used as a means to transport medicine deep into the body where it is needed. No, not for flavour but as a means to make herbs more effective. Furthermore honey , unheated, cures diabetes. The Samhitas which are collections of old medicals texts, say diabetics can have honey.
I set myself on research about this online a few years ago. What I found was hidden and only on a page two, about an engineer in the US, I believe, who upon retirement was rejected by the docs who diagnosed a very serious case of diabetes and proclaimed no hope. This engineer set himself to heal himself for an entire year, keeping a diary about his diet and food intake. Vegs were always followed by honey. After a year he was free of sugar imbalance and well. I would do the same regimen, and it is online, but as I am taking auto urine myself, which cures diabetes, have honey and cinnamon daily and no synthetic drugs, needles, etc. I am well. I hope this will clear doubts and disinformation that all of us have to encounter all the time these days.
...I have been eating raw organic honey and honeycomb which I swallow. I often swallow a couple of tablespoon fulls of organic molassas. Usually, I stay pretty healthy. When stressed or feel a cold coming on, I usually realize that I have forgotten one of the 3 above mentions items in my diet. I eat the honey straight from the jar or in Raspberry leaf tea or African Roobis.
The more raw food that I have in my diet the better. I am a pre-naturopathic med student and have learned non of this in school, just in books written by doctors. I look forward to helping others find nature's remedies that God has given us. Look in the Bible for honey, vinegar, pomegranate, almonds... When head fills with mucous, it often happens after eating non-whole grain breads and cheese, such as a non-health food pizza. I get sore throats a few times a year... I gargle with cider vinegar diluted with bottled spring water.
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.
I have been under treatment for years for Herpes Whitlow on my right hand, which occasionally manifests itself on my pallette and genitals. I have always tested negative for herpes 2, and assumed my outbreaks are weird manifestations. Doctors here have never seen this combination of symptoms. They were debilitating until I started self imumnizing my cat and pollen allergies with daily dose of different honeys, and cutting out practically all refined sugars in my diet. Whereas I would have an outbreak every twelve months on a maintenance dose of 500mg of Zelitrex daily (quadrupled during outbreaks) the last two outbreaks have been restricted to my finger and palette - a great improvement over previous ones. I feel the honey is helping my immune system suppress the virus, perhaps by keeping my immune system on alert all the time. I hvae upped my daily dosage of Zeleitrex to 15 mg, and would appreciate any comments from others who have found Honey a satisfactory paliative.
I was being driven crazy at midnight last night by an itching foot which, I think, is a side effect from a prescribed medication. I have tried so many remedies including those suggested by my doctor. Well, last night I came across your site and in desperation smeared my poor old foot with Manuka honey and lo and behold it stopped almost instantly ! The relief is exquisite so thank you for the great information. I will be passing it on. Kia ora. Em, New Zealand.
Further to my previous posting on the potential pitfalls of purchasing Manuka honey of dubious authenticity and pedigree, it would NOW appear that at least some of the scoundrels may be lurking closer to home!! I would not like to think that Earth Clinic members are being ripped off whilst laboring under the misapprehension that what they have purchased, at considerable cost, is some sort of "wonder food" inherently superior to regular honey, when all along it is indeed regular honey, that in any event can also be quite healthy for you. Sorry about the long sentence there but I am a bit worked up about the injustice of it all.