Hey honey! Yes, you. That innocent looking little bottle in the pantry… Who knew you could do so much?
Honey has been used in Ayurveda medicine for at least 4,000 years and is considered to be useful in improving eyesight, aiding in weight loss, curing bronchial asthma, and even nausea. Honey contains flavonoids, those antioxidants that help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease. It provides the body with incredible antiseptic, antioxidant and cleansing properties. Its antiseptic properties have been shown to reduce ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders, while offering relief from coughs and throat irritations. Used topically, honey heals wounds and burns. It is reasoned that the drying effect of the simple sugars as well as honey’s anti-bacterial nature, when combined, aid in healing wounds.
Honey is delicious and very sweet, but it is not like refined white sugar or artificial sweeteners. It has a combination of fructose and glucose which actually help the body regulate blood sugar levels. Some varieties of honey have large amounts of friendly bacteria, including up to six species of lactobacilli and four species of bifidobacteria. Although there are over 40 different types of honey, depending upon the floral source of the nectar, all have healing properties. Darker honeys have higher antioxidant levels and honeys from a single plant species tend to have a lower glycemic index.
No matter which honey you enjoy, make sure you use a pure and raw honey. Raw honey contains vitamins, minerals and enzymes not present in refined honey. One caution: do not feed raw honey to a baby under the age of one. Some raw honeys contain spores of clostridium botulinum which, while harmless to older children and adults, can be very dangerous for babies.