How is honey good for you?

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So we’ve all heard the hype about manuka honey and its healing properties. But what about all other honeys? Is any honey good for you?

See the first post about what is in honey.

Honey has been used in healing ways since man’s (and woman’s more likely) early days on this earth. Even as recently as WW1 and WW2 honey was used for wound healing in the hospitals. And no, this is not manuka honey, as its special properties were not discovered till later. This is all honey. Any honey.

So what is it about honey that makes it good?

Honey “has been found to possess antibiotic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anticarcinogenic, expectorant, antiallergenic, laxative, antianemic, and tonic properties. It is also antifungal and an immune stimulant” (1)

Phew! That’s quite a lot of anti’s.

And this book goes on to say that it is also good for the bacteria that causes stomach ulcers, is good for wound healing as it is antibacterial, and “is exceptionally effective in respiratory ailments”.

My family has a story about my supposedly crazy grandfather, who was a master beekeeper. He would spread honey on any cut or graze, to the great chagrin of my mother and her brothers. How embarrassing! Turns out, he knew a thing or 2!

So yup, honey is good for you. All honey.

(1)  Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers: The secrets of ancient fermentation Stephen Harrod Buhner - from Elkins, Bee Pollen, 48 and Root-Bernstein, Honey, Mud and Maggots, 41.