Honey, nature’s sweet home remedy
Dr. Julie Gatza of Nature’s Sources reviews 10 surprising
uses for this amazing golden super food
Honey has a long and fascinating history in promoting human health.
The first written reference to the medicinal use of honey was found on a Sumerian tablet dating back to 2100-2000 BC describing its use as a drug and topical ointment for open wounds. Ancient Egyptians later discovered honey to be an effective embalming agent able to prevent the decay of corpses. Reportedly, jars of honey found in the tomb of Tutankhamen have not spoiled after thousands of years and are still edible.
Today, as alternative medical protocols gain more acceptance, many people are cutting back on their use of antibiotics and turning to traditional natural alternatives like honey. Holistic practitioners consider it one of nature’s best all-around home remedies.
Through the centuries, honey has been reported able to help the body battle dozens of health challenges, including:
Wounds and burns
There are clinical studies and volumes of anecdotal reports on the effectiveness of honey in sanitizing wounds and reducing inflammation.
In a recent study, honey’s viscous property was found to promote normal digestion.
Honey has been used to decrease appearance of acne inflammation
According to studies, honey reduced plaque and “can be used as an alternative to traditional remedies for the prevention of dental caries and gingivitis following orthodontic treatment.”
Initial human trials showed beneficial effects for several gastrointestinal conditions. Honey reduced colitis in animal studies.
A traditional remedy for coughs and sore throats, honey helps soothe tissues. Children age 2 and older with upper respiratory tract irritation were given 2 teaspoons of honey at bedtime which stopped their night-time coughing as effectively as OTC cough medications.
In a Finish study, patients treating allergies with honey reported a 60% lower total symptom score, twice as many asymptomatic days, and 70% fewer days with severe symptoms
Studies have indicated that Manuka honey stimulates immune cells and triggers cytokine production
Adding honey to milk at bedtime helps the body release melatonin into the brain, which is necessary for deep sleep
Honey as a future medicine
Further study of Manuka honey from New Zealand could lead to new treatments for a variety of health challenges, researchers say.
ABOUT NEW ZEALAND’S CERTIFIED MANUKA HONEY BY BIOHONEY
While nearly all types of honey bring health benefits, the honey many researchers feel delivers the most health benefits overall is Manuka Honey which is only found in New Zealand. Made by bees collecting nectar from flowers on the Manuka bush, Manuka honey contains a powerful naturally occurring substance called methyglyoxal (MG).
Produced by New Zealand’s premier honey processor, Biohoney, each batch of Manuku honey is carefully tested by an independent laboratory to precisely establish its health supporting methyglyoxal content.
Listeners can visit www.NaturesSources.com to see the entire line of Biohoney products.
SAMPLE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
1. How long has honey been used medicinally?
2. What makes honey an effective topical dressing for wounds?
3. For health and medicinal applications you recommend Manuka honey from New Zealand. What is Manuka honey – and what makes it such a powerful functional food?
4. Brushing your teeth with honey seems like an invitation for cavities, yet there are studies that say otherwise. What’s the story?
5. Brushing honey on one’s face seems like it would cause acne, not cure it. How does honey zap pimples?
6. What’s the nutritional profile of honey? Does it provide any vitamins or minerals?
7. How can listeners learn more about the many Manuka honey products available from New Zealand’s premier honey maker, Biohoney?
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ABOUT DR. JULIE GATZA, D.C. (Dr. Julie) Co-founder of the Florida Wellness Institute
Health educator Dr. Julie Gatza is one of the nation’s top chiropractic physicians with more than 26 years of clinical practice during which she assisted thousands of patients resolve a wide variety of physical ailments. Using her understanding of the nervous system, nutrition and alternative therapies, Dr. Gatza’s mission with each patient is to enhance their body’s potential to heal itself. Dr. Gatza regularly lectures and educates audiences on how to maintain optimum health with a focus on the role that digestion plays in maintaining a healthy immune system. She currently serves as spokesman for Nature’s Sources Dietary Supplements. www.NaturesSources.com