01 Apr Honey for health. ‘honey cream’
Honey is again being used as treatments, substitutes, and as part of a healthy diet (Egyptians were using honey in this way, and now scientific research is proving them right).
- Reduce health problems
Raw honey is antibacterial and anti-fungal (by the bees adding enzymes to their nectar and propolis). Honey treatment may help reduce disorders such as ulcers and bacterial gastroenteritis. It also helps fight cough and throat infections by boosting the immune system – by targeting bad bacteria in the gut whilst not affecting the good –disease-fighting bacteria.
- Increases athletic performance: raw honey has been proven to restore and maintain glycogen better than any other form of sugar
- Prevent disease: Raw honey contains flavonoids, antioxidants, which prevent the risk of heart disease.
Now for the topical treatments: you can add raw honey to your regular cream or hair conditioner.
Recipe for honey topical cream: ‘honey cream’ The best proportion is to use 30% raw (untreated) honey to a cream base. I use a paraffin free/mineral oil free Australian made sorbelene cream (bought at the supermarket). The proportions for this recipe were shared to me by Dr. Shona Blair of the Wheen Bee Foundation.
- Scars and discoloured skin and birth marks: Honey has a bleaching effect so when it is applied to the area of an old scar/skin blemish, it will help it fade.
- Acne: Due to honey’s anti-bacterial properties, it can help eliminate acne. Apply ‘honey cream’ to the area in which contains the most acne for 15 minutes then rinse. Do that several times a month.
- Dark Circles: Honey helps face dark circles under your eyes. Use the ‘honey cream’ and after a few weeks, the dark circles will fade.
- Eczema and other rashes: Anyone who suffers from this skin condition has probably tried everything. Honey’s anti-inflammatory properties help calm the eczema and will in most cases alleviate eczema. Apply the ‘honey cream’ (recipe as described above).
- Razor Bumps, scratches, scrapes – open wounds: Helpprevent bumps and rashes after shaving. Apply some honey cream after shaving.
- Anti-aging: Honey is high in antioxidants and by applying a mask of honey every 2-3 weeks you are preventing wrinkles and other blemishes.
- Soft, shiny hair. Honey contains moisturizing and softening properties and adds shine to dull hair. But because of honey’s natural bleaching properties it can naturally lighten your hair so beware (or go nuts)!
- Candida, Tinea, Jock Itch, and Nail health: raw honey has anti fungal properties (made into the ‘honey cream’) helps nail health and prevents infections and fungal nail problems.
- Golden staph, burns and wounds. Raw medical grade honey products are being used in hospitals to treat wounds, burns and ‘super bugs’ like Golden staphylococcus. Make your own ‘medical honey – with the ‘honey cream’ recipe above.
Honey bees have been in existence for at least 150 million years (as found in fossils) and cave paintings in Europe show the earliest records of beekeeping from 7000BC.