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Honey and health

Bernice Clark |
Easy access to doctors, wide range of drugs and aggressive campaigns of pharmaceutical industries put aside folk medicine and knowledge of benefits of the nature collected by centuries.

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People in ancient times considered honey as a precious substance and with a reason. Cosmetic industry knows: if you want soft, smooth and glow skin, use honey. But when it comes to medical use and honey's benefits for our health, the first thing that comes to mind to most of us is to stir it with milk or tea and drink it that way. Then we say: "I feel much better now." And this is just a drop in "the honey sea" because it can do much, much more.

One of the characteristics of honey is its ability to enhance absorption of drugs and remove waste from an organism. One of the most respectable honeys is acacia honey. It helps with insomnia, benefits our nerve system and removes stress. It should be used in the evening before sleep.

Chestnut honey is good for people who have intestinal problems and it makes that our liver and gall works easier. It's recommended to be used with chamomile tea, wild thyme tea and rose hip tea. Lime honey brings relief in common cold and helps in the case of inflammation of respiratory and intestinal organs and to some kidney diseases. Dark honey is rich with minerals. It raises level of haemoglobin in blood and makes our heart stronger and immune system more resilient. And those are just some of numerous advantages of honey.

One tablespoon of honey, 1 teaspoon of bee pollen and 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice stirred in one cup of hot water will heal common cold more efficiently. One can make the mixture of 200g olive oil, 200g brown sugar, 200g honey and 6 lemons (peal lemon's skin first and grind it in meat grinder) and then leave all ingredients to rest 10 days on a cold place and use it after that. This syrup also benefits people with asthma because it helps to cough out easily. And instead of artificial cough drops to decrease coughing, chew honey capping. It's much cheaper way, and even better it's natural.

People who have anaemia and feel exhausted can try this admixture: 1/2kg meadow honey, 1/2kg crushed walnuts and 1/2kg lemons. Mix all ingredients together, keep it on a cold place and eat one teaspoon every 3-4 hours. If you have small kidney stones or sand, stir half a glass honey, half a glass olive oil and juice of one lemon. Keep that mixture in a cold place and take one soupspoon three times a day.

If one has problems with lungs she should regularly take a mix of honey and chopped young leaves of plantain, a perennial herb. Honey stirred with water and drank on an empty stomach keeps intestinal from constipation. Honey taken before sleep with luke-warm milk or water acts relaxing on the nervous system. It also awakes appetite and it is good to be given to the children who don't like to eat regularly.

Folk medicine suggests the next simple recipe to all who work hard, regardless physically or intellectually: 2 teaspoons of honey and 2 teaspoons of apple vinegar stirred in 2dl of water. This beverage is full of minerals and it increases blood's ability to transport oxygen to body organs. You can make it one or several times a day depending on how tired you feel.

No drug has immediate effect, speaking about honey the key word is persistence.

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