– Honey has some interesting therapeutic properties:
– it helps the body assimilate calcium;
– it alleviates symptoms of ear, nose and throat disorders;
– it soothes symptoms of bronchitis;
– it contains flavonoids that strengthen the immune system.
– Aside from the sugar it contains, honey is not really nutritious. It should be avoided by diabetics and persons who are overweight.
– Honey is an excellent antiseptic. In 1970, an eminent British surgeon informed his astonished colleagues that he had been using honey to disinfect wounds for years, claiming he preferred it to antibiotics! Following his report, honey was tested on colonies of bacteria – it destroyed them all!
– Honey can be used as a mild laxative, as well as a remedy for diarrhoea, since it destroys bacteria in the intestines responsible for certain types of diarrhoea (colibacillus and salmonella).
– Experiments conducted in Germany (Heidelberg) showed that bee pollen can desensitize children suffering from hay fever and bronchial asthma. Children were given daily doses of bee pollen diluted in water during spring and summer, and three times a week in winter. The intensity of symptoms (runny nose, red teary eyes, etc.) were significantly reduced in 84% of the subjects treated. To make the treatment even more effective, obtain your pollen from a local beekeeper, made from plants in your area, which your children are more likely to be allergic to.
– Like sugar, pure honey has a calming effect that promotes sleep. Unfortunately, it also promotes tooth decay (even more than sugar, since it sticks to teeth). Always brush your teeth after eating honey.