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« Topic Start: January 08, 2008, 06:30:26 pm »

In the News "Honey Makes Medical Comeback"

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22398921

I swear by honey and lemon in tea at the first sign of a sore throat. I also use it against laryngitis. I had never heard of applying it to wounds before though.

How do you use it for healing? Any other honey uses to share?


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« Reply #1: January 08, 2008, 06:50:19 pm »

How do you use it for healing? Any other honey uses to share?

Our own Syrbal is a beekeeper.  We had a member a while back (can't remember if you were here then) named Chavi.  Syrbal sent her honey for her radiation burns from cancer treatments.  It's good stuff.  Acts as both a sort of bandage and an antiseptic.

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« Reply #2: January 08, 2008, 07:23:52 pm »

How do you use it for healing? Any other honey uses to share?

I've used it as a salve over wounds when I didn't have anti-bacterial creams available... spread on a layer and bandage over top.  I've also mixed it with aloe gel for burns that blister for its anti-bacterial effect.

Other uses:
  • Mix with brown sugar as a face scrub (really good with a tiny bit of peppermint and tea tree oil). 
  • Add 1/3 to 1/4 cup to a hot bath for a silky moisturizer.
  • Pat on your face and leave on for five minutes.  Acts as a toner and moisturizer.

Of course my favorite use is to mix it with nuts and phyllo dough and make baklava!  Wink
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« Reply #3: January 08, 2008, 07:44:12 pm »

How do you use it for healing? Any other honey uses to share?

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I heard that it was used in Ancient Egypt as an antiseptic.  I can't say that i ever used honey outside of the obvious culinary purposes so my favorite uses for it are to dip chicken nuggets in and in loukoumades
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« Reply #4: January 08, 2008, 07:56:44 pm »

Our own Syrbal is a beekeeper.  We had a member a while back (can't remember if you were here then) named Chavi.  Syrbal sent her honey for her radiation burns from cancer treatments.  It's good stuff.  Acts as both a sort of bandage and an antiseptic.

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It acts as an antiseptic because in connection with moisture in a burn or wound, it produces an extraordinarily potent hydrogen peroxide reaction. It also is full (if raw un-heat treated honey) of antioxidants and micro-nutrients that facilitate healing.  The ancients not only used it on its own, but mixed it with wine to wash serious wounds clean.  Taken internally, it has been used to treat pre-ulcer and other stomach ailments; it seems to target for destruction things like the buggies that cause a lot of ulcers. 
There is an entire book be someone named Joe Traynor, I think it is titled "Honey, the Gourmet Medicine" or something like that.  It has a host of ideas ...I can't find my last copy, so I must have given it away. 

BTW...with summer bound sooner or later, honey makes the best rehydration mix---with water, a bit of lemon juice and sprinkle of potassium chloride (salt replacement) at a fraction of the cost of Gator Aid. 
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« Reply #5: January 08, 2008, 08:11:14 pm »

It acts as an antiseptic because in connection with moisture in a burn or wound, it produces an extraordinarily potent hydrogen peroxide reaction. It also is full (if raw un-heat treated honey) of antioxidants and micro-nutrients that facilitate healing.  The ancients not only used it on its own, but mixed it with wine to wash serious wounds clean.  Taken internally, it has been used to treat pre-ulcer and other stomach ailments; it seems to target for destruction things like the buggies that cause a lot of ulcers. 
There is an entire book be someone named Joe Traynor, I think it is titled "Honey, the Gourmet Medicine" or something like that.  It has a host of ideas ...I can't find my last copy, so I must have given it away. 

BTW...with summer bound sooner or later, honey makes the best rehydration mix---with water, a bit of lemon juice and sprinkle of potassium chloride (salt replacement) at a fraction of the cost of Gator Aid. 

I believe the book Where there is no Doctor mentions honey and sugar for bedsores and wounds. I have also been told by some really old nurses (back when I was a young little nurse) about dressing bedsores with sugar.
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« Reply #6: January 08, 2008, 10:21:29 pm »

How do you use it for healing? Any other honey uses to share?

There's a book called "Honey, Mud, Maggots and other Medical Marvels" that talks about honey (and the other stuff, including things like the baths at Bath and various other spas with mineral rich waters) that got me started on the honey-on-wounds thing.

I spread a tiny bit on, cover lightly with a bandaid or gauze to stop it sticking to everything in reach.

Honey, lightly applied, also makes a marvelous face mask. I've had long-term mild to moderate acne that (now we're finally dealing with the hormone stuff sanely) appears to be mostly hormonally triggered - but honey masks have greatly helped the healing process. (Also, quite cheap compared to most face products.)

A friend also introduced me to a bath soak using it that's heavenly in dry skin weather. (Take two cups of oats, grind in your blender until fine. Add enough honey to make them start clumping together a bit, and add a handful or so of dry milk powder. You can add dried rose petals or lavender buds if you want.) I stick mine in a large tea ball and stick in the tub, but you can also just tie it up in cheesecloth (or just dump it in: depends on your interest in cleaning the tub out after: the flower petals tend to stick in weird places.)
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« Reply #7: January 08, 2008, 10:24:07 pm »

In the News "Honey Makes Medical Comeback"

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22398921

I swear by honey and lemon in tea at the first sign of a sore throat. I also use it against laryngitis. I had never heard of applying it to wounds before though.

How do you use it for healing? Any other honey uses to share?

I read an article somewhere (can't remember where) that honey acts as a natural antihistamine, which explains why it helps my dad's allergies.  He started taking it believing that it was the equivalent of natural allergy shots because it contained pollen.  I don't know if there is anything to that theory or not.  If so, it would be important to buy local, unpasteurized stuff for treatment.

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« Reply #8: January 08, 2008, 10:43:34 pm »

I read an article somewhere (can't remember where) that honey acts as a natural antihistamine, which explains why it helps my dad's allergies.  He started taking it believing that it was the equivalent of natural allergy shots because it contained pollen.  I don't know if there is anything to that theory or not.  If so, it would be important to buy local, unpasteurized stuff for treatment.

I swear by honey as an allergy medicine. A tablespoon a day, of local (can be pastureized) honey, is better than alavert or allegra. It's amazing. And like others say, it's amazing for sore throat.

I've never tried it for the other medical purposes. But I swear by it for allergies.

Honey and aloe, the miracle drugs!

(And moth balls and orange zest for all those household ailments... yay!)
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« Reply #9: January 09, 2008, 12:20:19 am »

I swear by honey and lemon in tea at the first sign of a sore throat.

I love Stash's lemon blossom herbal tea with honey in it when I'm sick.
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« Reply #10: January 09, 2008, 01:52:14 am »

Any other honey uses to share?

Here are another couple of my favourite uses for honey. Wink
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« Reply #11: January 09, 2008, 07:12:06 am »

Our own Syrbal is a beekeeper.  We had a member a while back (can't remember if you were here then) named Chavi.  Syrbal sent her honey for her radiation burns from cancer treatments.  It's good stuff.  Acts as both a sort of bandage and an antiseptic.

No, I don't belive I was, but that is interesting. Would you know if it helps to reduce scarring?

A friend also introduced me to a bath soak using it that's heavenly in dry skin weather. (Take two cups of oats, grind in your blender until fine. Add enough honey to make them start clumping together a bit, and add a handful or so of dry milk powder. You can add dried rose petals or lavender buds if you want.) I stick mine in a large tea ball and stick in the tub, but you can also just tie it up in cheesecloth (or just dump it in: depends on your interest in cleaning the tub out after: the flower petals tend to stick in weird places.)

I use an oatmeal mask, think now I will add a bit of honey to it too.

Are the weird places in the tub or on your person?  Grin  Sorry, had some odd visions of myself on that point.
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« Reply #12: January 09, 2008, 07:18:37 am »

Of course my favorite use is to mix it with nuts and phyllo dough and make baklava!  Wink

Oh, yes!

I read an article somewhere (can't remember where) that honey acts as a natural antihistamine, which explains why it helps my dad's allergies.  He started taking it believing that it was the equivalent of natural allergy shots because it contained pollen.  I don't know if there is anything to that theory or not.  If so, it would be important to buy local, unpasteurized stuff for treatment.

Never concidered unpastueurized vs pastereurized like you and others pointed out.  Good point.

Just curious, as a beekeeper, have you had trouble with hive collapse?  I never know how much stock to put in the media reports of how wide spread it really is.
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Are the weird places in the tub or on your person?  Grin  Sorry, had some odd visions of myself on that point.

Yes. Though more the tub than me. (Though I've got long hair, and no shower/shower head, so a few bits ended up in my hair, too.)

The honey for allergies thing is something I've heard from a bunch of other people, and on my list of things to do next year. (My understanding is that it's got to be as local as possible, but no more than 25-30 miles away, as you want the tightest overlap to the pollen allergens you're exposed to. Part of why I haven't done this yet is that while I can get raw honey at our farmer's markets, many of the honey sellers come from further than that - outside the Twin Cities metro into Wisconsin, mostly - and I need to do some research on locations.)
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« Reply #14: January 09, 2008, 07:42:56 am »

The honey for allergies thing is something I've heard from a bunch of other people, and on my list of things to do next year. (My understanding is that it's got to be as local as possible, but no more than 25-30 miles away, as you want the tightest overlap to the pollen allergens you're exposed to. Part of why I haven't done this yet is that while I can get raw honey at our farmer's markets, many of the honey sellers come from further than that - outside the Twin Cities metro into Wisconsin, mostly - and I need to do some research on locations.)

Ahh, glad you should mention that. I was just told by an acquaintance that we now have an indoor farmer's market in town and she was praising the local organic honey she got there - she called it Crack Honey because it was so addicting!

Never thought about distance in relation to pollen!
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