“Eat honey, my son, for it is good; honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.” (Proverbs 24:13)
“…a land flowing with milk and honey, the most beautiful of all lands.” (Ezekiel 20:15)
“If you find honey, eat just enough–too much of it, and you will vomit.” (Proverbs 25:16)
According to the Bible, honey is good to eat, it increases land value, and too much will make you sick.
Besides adding sweetness to foods and beverages, honey belongs in God’s pharmacy because of its many health benefits.
Honey kills bacteria and has been used to disinfect wounds and help in cases of diarrhea.
Archaeologists unearthed an ancient Egyptian scroll that listed honey as a primary ingredient in more than 500 treatments.
British scientists tested honey in the 1970s as an aid in healing surgical wounds. The wounds not only healed faster than those treated with antibiotics, but there were also fewer secondary infections.
A study in South Africa involved two groups of children with an intestinal infection that caused diarrhea. One group of children received fluids mixed with honey, and the other group was given fluids mixed with sugar. The children who got the honey recovered 40% faster than those who got the sugar. How often have we given our children sugar-laden beverages when they had stomach problems?
One long-time remedy is honey mixed with lemon juice or vinegar and used as a cough aid and gargle for sore throats. Honey coats the throat in a soothing way, and its sweetness stimulates the brain to produce endorphins, which are natural mood enhancers and pain killers.
Research indicates that honey has proven beneficial for many suffering from allergies, asthma, and conjunctivitis due to the pollen that naturally occurs in honey. It helps desensitize people with allergies.
Honey has also been used topically on burns, as a sleep aid, and to help boost memory.
The key to getting its health benefits is to buy raw, unfiltered honey, preferably from local bee keepers or honey producers (especially if you have allergies). Just like any other food, it can be highly processed (Grade A), which removes valuable nutrients, including the pollen, which is full of B vitamins. (one reason for its calming properties). Look for pollen on the label.
Some companies add corn syrup to make honey cheaper to market. It won’t be listed on the label.
Before refined sugars became so abundant, people used to enjoy honeycomb as a real treat.
Honey can be stored at room temperature indefinitely, because it protects itself from bacteria, viruses, and mold.
Try stirring a little raw honey into a cup of warm chamomile or holy basil herbal tea before bedtime, or add it to peppermint or ginger herbal tea as a digestive aid.
Allergy-Reducing Green Tea Recipe:
Brew a cup of organic green tea.
Stir in a teaspoon of raw, local honey and a dash or two of cayenne pepper.
Drink one to three cups throughout the day.
If you’re not sensitive to dairy, buy a good organic, plain, unsweetened yogurt (preferably, from grass-fed cows or goats), with live cultures, and stir in some raw honey for a delicious sweet treat. The one I bought today is made by Kalona Supernatural.
Check out this information on Really Raw Honey.
If you know of a good local source for buying raw honey, please share it with our Learning to be Healthy Facebook Group.
To be safe, it is recommended to not give honey to children under one year of age, since their immune systems may not be fully developed.
Keep learning to be healthy!
Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist & Health Coach
1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. It does not take the place of any medical care that you may need. Consult your health care provider about making dietary and lifestyle changes that are right for you.