One of nature's remedies - Honey
I don't know about you, but shortly I will begin the season when my hay fever will start to act up. It will be a time of sneezing, swollen eyes and a never ending running nose. I love spring, but it is also a time of suffering. You could imagine my delight in reading material sent to me from the International Masters Publishers explaining some of the therapeutic effects of honey. Perhaps you will find the information helpful too.
The principle constituents of honey are the simple sugars fructose and glucose. Other ingredients include water, pollen, organic acids, enzymes and various proteins. Honey provides a healthful pick-me-up. The glucose and fructose in honey have been predigested by he bees that produced it. These simple sugars are quickly and easily absorbed in the human digestive tract, and they have an overall soothing effect. Honey may be a healthy treat, but take care using it as a sweetener: Just 1 tbsp. of honey has 64 calories, compared to 46 calories in 1 tbsp. of granulated sugar.
Don't give unpasteurized honey to infants. It contains a type of bacteria that, though harmless to older children and adults, can be very dangerous to those younger than a year.
Applied externally, honey is useful for healing minor cuts and abrasions by drawing excess water from the tissues and reducing swelling. In addition, honey contains a germ-killing substance called inhibine, which helps prevent infections. Spread the honey directly on the wound and cover with a sterile bandage.
Help for Hay Fever: Honey contains grains of pollen that, over time, may have a desensitizing effect, making it useful for the relief of allergies. Hay fever sufferers are advised to eat honey that has been harvested locally. In addition to this, honey is an outstanding household remedy that can be used in combination with various medicinal herbs. For relief of coughs and wheezing associated with bronchitis, whooping cough or other minor respiratory ailments, mix 1 tsp. of finely chopped fresh thyme in a little honey. Take the mixture orally as needed to soothe inflamed lungs and airways.
Of course, we are always reminded that this information is intended to complement, not replace, the advice of your physician.
Submitted by Larry B. Wickham, Wellness Committee