10 Amazing Facts About Honey
TODAY’S PROVERBS: Pleasant words are honeycomb—sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16:24
Honey is mentioned 60 times in the Bible. Honey was used as food, as a means of trade, and was synonymous with prosperity. What may not be as widely known are its healing properties*:
- Honey has natural antibacterial healing effects. Everything from wounds, to burns, to chronic leg ulcers. A honey from New Zealand, Manuka, is the basis of Medihoney and was approved by the FDA in 2007 and has become a standard for wound care.
- Honey aids in digestion. From morning sickness, to constipation, to bloating (ahem gas), honey and lemon together in your tea can help those wobbly tummies.
- Honey can reduce inflammation and slow down tumor growth. Honey has proven to be effective in treating inflammation in the lungs (for coughs and asthma), throat and brain.
- Honey can be just as effective as the dosage of dextromethorphan in cough suppressants. Simply enough, honey coats the throat and provides relief from the irritation from coughing. We know from above it reduces inflammation, so that makes sense. If a sore throat is what you’re suffering from then try mixing ½ cup of water with 1-teaspoon of grated ginger, ½ a lemon and 1-teaspoon of honey.
- Honey is loaded with antioxidants. Antioxidants are great for heart health, because they help lower the risk of heart disease.
- Honey’s antioxidant compounds have been linked to lowering blood pressure.
- Honey’s antioxidants have also been linked to reducing that “bad” cholesterol, our LDL, while simultaneously elevating our “good” cholesterol, HDL.
- Honey’s anti-inflammatory properties can also give us relief from those pesky mosquito bites. Dabbing a little bit directly on the bite allows the antimicrobial properties to relieve the symptoms and prevent any infection.
- Honey gives scientists a smile. A group of scientists fed 25 subjects four tablespoons of honey a day for 29 days and at the end of the study, their blood samples were taken which showed the honey increased their levels of disease-fighting polyphenols. Other studies which show honey contains “disease-fighting antioxidant flavonoids pinocembrin, pinostrobin and chrysin.”
- No expiration date. Honey does not go bad. In fact, it’s recognized as the only food that doesn’t spoil. It will, however, crystallize (becoming thick and cloudy) over time. If this happens, just remove the lid from the jar, place it in a pan of water, and warm it over low heat until the honey returns to its original consistency. If your honey is in a plastic container, pour it into glass jar. It can be microwaved for 30 seconds or so, but you lose some of the enzymes.
There is quite a bit of evidence that other medicinal and health properties. There are also a wealth of beauty aids from honey as well.
We shouldn’t be surprised, honey from its source is as close to an everyday miracle in nature that we can get. And, our Heavenly Father made it taste good!
So what does all this have to do with today’s proverb? For most of us, we had no idea of the wonderful benefits to honey. In many ways, our pleasant words to someone can be the same way. We may have no idea the healing value they will have in their lives. And, those pleasant words have no expiration date. And that’s a sweet thing.
May our words be sweet and healing to the soul, my friends.
*NOTE: THIS IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. TO FURTHER INVESTIGATE SEEK OUT YOUR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS. FOR FULL ARTICLE GO TO THIS SITE: Portions taken from https://www.activebeat.com/your-health/women/10-health-benefits-of-honey/?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=bing&utm_campaign=AB_BNG_US_DESK-SearchMarketing&utm_content=o_c_1177576998647029&cus_widget=kwd-73598612967519:loc-190&utm_term=honey&cus_teaser=&msclkid=3e4d0264e0ab166090965ee1c0f66e31