Super-foods and Natures Antibiotics: Honey

Raw Honey

Honey (nectar from flowers) that is pure, unheated, unpasteurized and unprocessed, preserving all the phytonutrients, enzymes, vitamins and other natural elements. Honey as it exists in the beehive or as obtained by extraction, settling or straining; honey that has not been heated above 118 degrees Fahrenheit during production or storage and has not been pasteurized. Raw honey has been used by humans for at least 10,000 years and has played a vital role in health and healing. Ancient Romans, Chinese medicine and Ayurveda medicine are known for using honey to treat wounds and infections. New Zealand’s Manuka honey has been proven to have very high levels of antioxidants and curative powers. An enzyme fond in honey releases a natural hydrogen peroxide which helps prevent the growth of bacteria and helps fight the infection. Honey mixed with cinnamon helps the liver function better.

The two key beneficial components of truly raw honey are bee pollen and propolis. It is normal for raw honey to be liquid or solid (creamed) form, opaque, milky in color and vary from white to yellow to even brown depending on the type of flower that the nectar came from. It may crystalize or solidify over time. It is normal for raw honey to contain bits and pieces of honeycomb, bee pollen and propolis.

Raw honey contains antioxidants called phenolic compounds. Antioxidants help to protect your body from cell damage due to free radicals. Free radicals contribute to the aging process and may also contribute to the development of chronic disease such as cancer and heart disease.

Raw honey does not ferment in the stomach and can actually be used in aiding upset stomachs and nausea, it’s not known to aggravate things like indigestion or acid reflux. It has also been linked to helping with Candida problems. Raw honey is alkaline forming unlike processed honey which is acid forming.

Raw honey is a source of carbohydrates, both fructose and glucose; each tablespoon contains 17 grams of these natural sugars. Glucose provides instant energy, while fructose, which is more slowly absorbed, provides sustained energy. Makes a great source of quick energy to active children and athletes. Also a natural source of minerals such as calcium, iron, potassium as well as Vitamin B complex.

It always best to consume honey from your local area for the most optimal health benefits especially if you are taking honey for pollen allergies, asthma, hay fever and seasonal allergies.

Benefits of Raw Honey

Heals wounds when applied topical (dates back to ancient Egypt and Greece)

Quick source of energy due to it being a natural sugar

Prevents heart disease

Wound dressings (less tissue damage, reduced pain)

Kills microbes

Helps with digestive issues

Soothes a sore throat

Antibacterial and antifungal properties

A good source of antioxidants called phenolic compounds

Nausea

Upset stomach

Healing ulcers

Antioxidants called phenolic compound protect you from cell damage due to free radicals

MRSA, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (True Manuka honey, used in Europe)

Bee pollen

Bee Pollen is a super nutritious compound, containing all the nutrients required by the human body. It is a source of proteins, vitamins, minerals, beneficial fatty acids, amino acids, B-complex, folic acid, carotenoids and bioflavonoids which are antiviral, antibacterial and helpful to cardiovascular health. Bee pollen is made by honey bees and is the food of young bees.

Bee pollen is richer in proteins (approximately 40% protein) than any animal source. It contains more amino acids than beef, eggs or cheese of equal weight. One teaspoon dose of pollen takes on bee working for an entire month of eight hour days to gather. Each bee pollen pellet, contains over two million flower pollen grains and one teaspoon contains over 2.5 billion grains of flower pollen.

Bee pollen is a food and acts faster and more effectively when taken at mealtime and especially with fruit, which lets it gently perform a cleansing of intestinal flora, the fruit fibers (raw hemicellulose) reinforce the activity of fresh pollen.

Benefits of bee pollen

Psoriasis & Eczema (skin soother)

Energy booster (Carbohydrates, Vitamin-B and Protein)

Preventing asthma, respiratory system (anti-inflammatory effects on the tissues of the lungs)

Treating Allergies (pollen reduces the presence of histamine)

Sinus issues

Digestive System

Immune system booster

Inhibits Cravings by suppressing impulses.

Weight management (inhibits cravings)

Cardiovascular system support (contains Rutin; an antioxidant bioflavonoid that helps strengthen capillaries, blood vessels and corrects cholesterol levels)

Prostate issues (Reduces inflammation which stops frequent urges to urinate)

Infertility problems (stimulates and restores ovarian function)

Aphrodisiac

Hormonal booster

Propolis

Propolis(Pro-before, Polis-city = defense of the city), a resinous (bee resin) substance collected from the buds of certain trees by bees and used as a cement or sealant in construction of their hives to build panels, seal cracks, works as a micro biocidal agent and disinfectant.  Ithas antibacterial and antiviral qualities as well as antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Propolis has many health benefits used both internally and externally.

Benefits of Propolis            

Abscesses and minor wounds (Ancient cultures)

Powerful natural antibiotic against many bacteria, including Staph

Minor burns

Supports immune system

Middle ear infections

Candida (yeast)

Cough suppressant

Blood sugar regulation aid

Cholesterol regulation

Bacterial infections

Fungal infections (nails)

Vaginal herpes (application on active outbreak shown to prevent spread of infection to other areas)

Oral health (natural alternative to fluoride)

Inhibit tumor growth (Red Brazilian and Brown Cuban propolis used to hamper cell growth in cervical and prostate cancer)

Blood Sugar (may inhibit enzymes that increase blood sugar)

Natural Antiseptic

Cancer prevention

Rich in amino acids

Bioflavonoids are powerful antioxidants

Anti-inflammatory

Precautions when taking Raw Honey, Bee Pollen or Propolis

Unpasteurized food is not recommended during pregnancy which would include Raw Honey.

Honey should NEVER be given to a child under 1 years old. Honey is very low in water content and very high in sugar content, this makes it undesirable for microbial growth. However, in rare cases spores of bacteria that can cause botulism have been found.

Be mindful of your serving sizes and number of servings. Honey is high in sugar 40% fructose, 30% glucose, carbohydrates including maltose, sucrose and other complex carbohydrates, containing 64 calories per tablespoon.

Regular or high consumption of any sugar can cause various imbalances.

Using Honey In the Kitchen

Salad dressing Use an old salad dressing jar 1 Tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons fresh Lemon Juice 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard or Fresh or dried spices of your choice. 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 tablespoon minced jalapenos (optional)

Sweeten your keifer with a teaspoon of Honey

Sweeten oatmeal with a teaspoon of Honey

Great way to sweeten homemade energy bars, rolled oats, nut butter, cocoa chips, raw honey, chill for 1-hour roll into balls, roll balls in rolled oats & cinnamon. Store in refrigerator.

Drizzle on fresh fruit topped with coconut cream whipped cream

Raw Honey and Nut Butter on a teaspoon for an energy boost, on a sandwich, with organic bananas

Use Honey to sweeten tea or coffee

On top of yogurt

Add to smoothies or ice-pop blends

Try my Friend Bernard’s Midnight Brew 2 cups Almond milk 1 tsp Organic dark chocolate powder Fresh grated Turmeric Start with 1/2 Tsp and add more to taste Raw Honey up to 1 tablespoon Splash of black pepper Fresh grated ginger Start with 1/2 teaspoon and add more to taste Warm Milk on stove then whisk all ingredients until there is no powder chunks left, add hot water then honey

Spicy Latte ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon ground turmeric ¼ teaspoon ground ginger Pinch of ground cloves and black pepper 2-3 tablespoons coconut milk 1 tablespoon raw honey 1 teaspoon Coconut oil or Ghee 1 cup boiling water

Warm Spicy Milk Before Bed 1 cup warm milk (coconut, almond, cashew, flaxseed, quinoa) ½ teaspoon organic dark chocolate powder ½ teaspoon ground turmeric ½ teaspoon ground ginger ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper Raw honey to sweeten 1 teaspoon Coconut oil or Ghee Whisk all ingredients until smooth

Disclaimer: The strategies, suggestions and techniques expressed here are intended to be used for educational purposes only. The Author, Kira Miller, is not rendering medical advice nor is she trying to diagnose, prescribe or treat any disease, condition, illness or injury.
If you are under the care of a physician, it is imperative that you consult their advice before beginning any new exercise or nutrition program.
Kira Miller claims no responsibility to any person or entity for any liability, loss or damage alleged to be caused directly or indirectly as a result of the use, application or interpretation of the material presented here.

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