Honey could be defined as the natural sweet substance, produced by honeybees from the nectar of blossom, or from the secretion of living parts of plants, or by the excretion of plant-sucking insects on the living parts of the plants.
Honeybees collect, transform and combine these substances with specific substances of their own, which are eventually stored and left in the honeycomb to ripen and mature.
Honey has been used in almost all religious and traditional medicine. The sugar in the A cough has been pre-digested by bees and reduced to fructose and dextrose (simple sugars), making it easy for digestion. Again, honey is an already digested whole food, as it was nonreproductive into the bloodstream for instant energy production.
The purest honey is the honey, from which the pollen that it contains, Using diluted honey can cause a cough side effect. The content is not reliable since it had been tampered with. The nonreproductive might have lost its potency. Therefore, a concerted effort should be made to get undiluted honey.
The characteristics of honey include the following:
It has the ability to absorb some moisture from the atmosphere. This aids in the process of fermentation.
When dropped into a Clean glass of water, honey sinks and settles straight at the base and does not dissolve immediately.
Honey is the only food source, which is known to contain the 22 nutrients required for balanced nutrition. What a complete natural health formula!
Research indicates that there is no organ of the body that does not respond favorably when honey.
Note: The taste, odor, and color of honey differ greatly, depending more often on the areas, in which the honey is harvested and on the soil, upon which the flowers from the nectar combs are grown. Honey must be stored away from light in order to conserve all its medicinal properties.
USES OF HONEY
1. IT TACKLES ALLERGIES
Allergies are due to hyper reactions of the immune system to a particular substance in the environment, which is usually harmless. An allergy means abnormal tissue reaction due to exposure to an antigen or allergen. The allergic reaction occurs if the body tissues ate sensitive to the antigen. Allergic conditions are caused by a wide range of substances and conditions such as dust, cosmetics, animal hairs, vaccines, cold, heat, as well as a variety of foods.
To relieve allergy symptoms, mix two tablespoonfuls of vinegar and two tablespoonfuls of honey with water. Drink the mixture before meals.
2. IT CURES ANAEMIA
Anemia is the condition in which the patient has less than the normal number of red blood corpuscles or an abnormally low amount of hemoglobin, the protein molecule, which transports oxygen from the lungs to the tissue. Hemoglobin contains iron and lack of iron (iron deficiency) is responsible for the undesirable clinical condition called anemia.
The failure of the bone marrow to replace red blood cells is called Aplastic Anaemia. It is a serious condition, which can A cough by exposure to toxic chemicals of certain drugs, such as chloramphenicol. Honey helps to maintain the right balance of hemoglobin and red blood corpuscles.
All over the world, honey has been used from time immemorial to treat anemia cases. Honey is rich in mineral salts than either human or cow’s milk. It is beneficial for calcium and phosphorus are needed for bones and teeth formation. A tablespoonful of honey, once a day, will provide the necessary calcium and phosphorus needed by the body.
3. IT CURES ANOREXIA (LOSS OF APPETITE)
Anorexia means the loss of the desire to eat. Any disorder affecting Tue digestive system can result in a lack of appetite. However, before any treatment is commenced, it is important to diagnose the cause of anorexia.
Emotional factors such as stress, illness, depression, and trauma may cause loss of appetite. Bad eating habits also contribute to loss of appetite. Grape juice mixed with honey is a valuable remedy for restoring the loss of appetite. It stimulates and activates digestive processes and also promotes bowel movement.
4. IT CURES ASTHMA
Asthma is a serious disease, which affects breathing. It is an allergic disorder characterized by the spasm of the bronchi, swelling of the mucous lining of the lungs and excessive production of thick, viscous mucus. Asthma is a disease of the chest which affects respiration. When a person has asthma, the breathing pipe inside the chest will be contracting relaxing. This would give some pains and discomfort during breathing.
Asthma is a disease, which suddenly makes the patient fight for breath, wheezing and coughing. The rate of asthma in Nigeria is rising rapidly, due to the increased stress, inflicted on the people’s immune systems. A tablespoonful of honey with a half glass of warm water should be taken thrice daily until you are relieved from the asthmatic condition.
5. IT ACTS AS AN ANTISEPTIC
Honey helps control infectious diarrhea, which is associated with gastroenteritis, caused by salmonella. Honey acts as an antiseptic. When honey is applied to the skin, it destroys pathogens, due to its elevated glucose concentration, which inhibits bacterial development. Honey also contains some specific substances (inhibins), which destroy many pathogens such as the Staphylococcus aureus and the diphtheria bacillus.
Bacteria are single-celled organisms, which do not have lungs to breathe with. So, they depend on attaching themselves to certain enzymes, in order to get the oxygen needed for survival. Honey acts upon those enzymes and prevents the bacteria from breathing. Thus, suffocating them In just a few minutes.
6. FOR TREATMENT OF CONJUNCTIVITIS AND CATARACT
Conjunctivitis refers to an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the thin transparent membrane, which conversion the eye. Conjunctivitis may be caused by the presence of bacteria or viruses in the eyelids get swollen.
The symptoms of conjunctivitis include:
- Redness in the white part of the eyes.
- A Sandy feeling in the eyes,
- Lots of tears in the eyes,
- Some discharges, which cause the eye to stick together during sleep,
- Severe eye pain and blurred vision.
- On the other hand, cataracts are the result of degenerative changes in the eye.
- In other words, it is a disabling opacity of the lens of the eye. The transparent state of the eye diseases until it leads to a disturbance of vision.
- Repeated exposure of the eyes to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) protective eyewear can cause cataract.
A cataract is caused by free radical damage to the sulfur-containing proteins in the lens. Cataracts may have a relationship with a variety of causes, such as diabetes, ultraviolet rays, injury, viral infection, heredity or surgery. Clinical studies have indicated that honey can cure eye cataracts, conjunctivitis, and various eye problems, if diluted with clean water and applied directly to the eye, over a long period of time.
7. IT CURES COUGH
A cough is an interruption of the normal breathing rhythm. A cough can be produced involuntarily but more frequently if a reflex response is reinforced by volition. Cough may be acute or chronic; may be reproductive or non-reproductive of mucous; may occur occasionally or continually.
There are many kinds of cough, and each is an indicator of a specific type of health problem. Whooping cough; for example, is characterized by frequent coarse cough and a wheezing sound in the chest.
A combination of bitter cola (Garcinia kola) and natural honey is a good remedy for any kind of a cough. Grind some bitter cola (about 5 pieces) and mix the powder with 35cl of natural honey to make syrup.