The healing qualities of honey

A recent article on NewsTarget discusses how some honeys, in particular the Manuka honey from New Zealand and the Australian Leptospermum polygalifolium (see Medigold below) are being used to treat drug resistant bacterial infections.

These honey produce what is called the 'unique manuka factor' (UMF). As a dressing, UMF honey reduces inflammation, swelling, and pain quickly; this healing occurs much faster in conditions where standard antibiotic and antiseptic treatment was not working. Another benefit is that while antiseptics cause tissue damage, honey doesn't, and additionally, honey promotes healing.

According to information released by the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato in New Zeland, there are many reports of Staphylococcus being completely inhibited by UMF honey.

In addition to antimicrobial properties, honey is also an antioxidant containing flavanoids with anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties. However, it is now clear that these properties may not exist in all honeys in all conditions, so we need to be choosy about our honey.

It is advanced by the unknown author of the article below that everyday honey (not necessarily just those with UMF) and cinnamon have incredible healing qualities. There is no imperial evidence I have been able to find to support the claims made in this article, and byronbodyandsoul.com does not recommend taking any of these mixtures as an alternative to mainstream medical advice or treatment.

However, it is just honey and cinnamon and as far as I can tell, cannot do any harm, and maybe there is some truth in these claims. Should you have any experience of these remedies by all means leave a comment at the bottom of this article. There are also many types of medicinal honey, some of which have gained acceptance in mainstream medical institutions such as hospitals where the antibiotic nature of these honeys of proving important in treating antibiotic resistant infections.

In Australia, one honey, Medigold, which has been tested at up to 16 times as strong as regular antibiotics, is used in hospitals for burns vistims while in the UK it is used in nursing homes for bedsores. My personal experience is that this honey is fabulous for most skin conditions, included tropical ulcers, as well as for internal ailments
. (Ed)

Honey, nature's medicine cabinet


Honey is the only food on the planet that will not spoil or rot. It will do what some call turning to sugar. In reality honey is always honey. However, when left in a cool dark place for a long time it will do what I rather call "crystallising". When this happens I loosen the lid, boil some water, and sit the honey container in the hot water, turn off the heat and let it liquefy. It is then as good as it ever was. Never boil honey or put it in a microwave. To do so will kill the enzymes in the honey.

Cinnamon and honey

Bet the drug companies won't like this one getting around.

Facts on honey and cinnamon

It is found that a mixture of honey and cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also accept honey as a 'Ram Ban' (very effective) medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without any side effects for any kind of diseases.

Today's science says that even though honey is sweet, if taken in the right dosage as a medicine it does not harm diabetic patients.

Heart diseases:

Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply on bread, instead of jelly and jam, and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack. Also, those who have already had an attack, if they do this process daily, they are kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as you age, the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalise the arteries and veins.

Arthritis:

Arthritis patients may take daily, morning and night, one cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. If taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon honey and half teaspoon cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week, out of the 200 people so treated, practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain, and within a month, mostly all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis started walking without pain.

Bladder infections:

Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder..

Cholesterol:

Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of cinnamon powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water, given to a cholesterol patient, was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, if taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol is cured. Apparently pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

Colds:

Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and clear the sinuses.

Upset stomach:

Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from the root.

Gas:

According to studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that if honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

Immune system:

Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacteria and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacterial and viral diseases.

Indigestion:

Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.

Influenza:

A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

Longevity:

Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Take four spoons of honey, one spoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of water and boil to make like tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans also increase and even a 100-year-old, starts performing the chores of a 20-year-old...
Pimples:
Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water. If done daily for two weeks, it removes pimples from the root.

Skin infections:

Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections.

Weight loss:

Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. If taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

Cancer:

Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder for one month three times a day.

Fatigue:

Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens, who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts, are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M. when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, increases the vitality of the body within a week.

Bad breath:

Some people of South America, first thing in the morning, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water, so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

Hearing loss:

Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing. Remember when we were kids? We had toast with real butter and cinnamon sprinkled on it!

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