The Healing Benefits of Honey
Did you know that a honeybee can only produce about 1/12 teaspoon of honey in her lifespan? Also, a colony must visit approximately two million flowers to produce one pound of honey! Honey is a miraculous thing, not only in how it is made but in how it benefits our health and wellness while also providing a tasty treat. Let’s take a closer look at some of the healing benefits of honey.
Healing Health Benefits of Honey
Honey in Canada is known widely as some of the highest quality honey harvested globally and Okanagan Valley honey is some of the finest found in the region. There are several honey farms and apiaries offering a variety of local organic honey, each having incredible health benefits.
Some of organic honey’s health benefits include:
- Reducing hypertension
- Contains antioxidants
- Promotes healing of wounds
- Used as a remedy for sore throat and coughs
Organic honey is known to have far more health benefits than non-organic honey. Raw organic honey has many antioxidants that have been shown in studies to moderately reduce blood pressure. Decreasing your blood pressure can, in return, decrease your risk of heart disease, stroke and can even help protect your kidneys.
Speaking of antioxidants, researchers say substituting honey in foods for other sweeteners may be a healthier option because honey is rich in polyphenols, a disease-fighting plant compound. Regularly eating these polyphenols is said to improve digestive and brain health and offer protection against type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and several types of cancers. These antioxidants are also thought to have anti-inflammatory properties and may lower blood sugar levels.
Honey as a Topical
Topical honey treatments can be dated back thousands of years and are still very much used today to treat wounds such as diabetic ulcers, burns, and even infected wounds. Another great aspect of honey is the sugar inside, which can draw out moisture from a wound, reducing swelling and preventing the growth of bacterial cells. Medical grade honey is typically used when dealing with wounds, and you should consult with a wound-care specialist before trying this on yourself or others.
Honey as a Throat Soother
Do you like to drink tea or other hot beverages when you are sick? Try adding a little honey to your beverage to help ease your throat soreness and stop that insistent cough. In some cases, organic honey has been found to be more effective in soothing a cough than some over-the-counter medications containing dextromethorphan (DM). You can also go one step farther and combine honey with lemon to help with congestion or just a nice refreshing drink.
Do you have a favorite way to use honey as a health benefit? We’d love to read it in the comments!