Honey As Medicine
Honey and Heart
The muscle of the heart is working continuously and needs glucose in order to make up the energy expended. When a small quantity of glucose is added to the physiological saline in which an isolated heart is immersed, the heart will continue working outside the body for four days. Honey has a beneficial effect on the weakened muscle of the heart in various types of cardiac diseases. In all cases where a cure depends on the activity of the heart, honey should not be forgotten, so that the heart will not only be stimulated, when given digitalis, but also receive nutrition. Honey causes the veins to expand and improves circulation through the coronary arteries. Take 70 grams of honey daily for one to two months. Patients with heart trouble will feel better in themselves, the composition of their blood will return to normal, their hemoglobin level increases and cardiovascular tonus will improve.
Honey and Bad Cough
For bad cough: 500gm finely chopped onion, 50 grammes honey and 400 grammes sugar boiled in a litre of water on a low flame for three hours. The liquid is then cooled, bottled and tightly corked. The patient takes 4 to 6 times a day. For a sore throat do gargling with honey and onion brew or onion juice five or six times a day. For chest complaints, coughs and hoarseness in the elderly, an onion and honey prepared as follows: a grated onion is soaked in a glass of vinegar and the mixture strained through wool and mixed with an equal amount of honey. A teaspoon full is taken every half an hour. Raddish juice and honey is also good for cough and hoarseness as it stimulates the secretion of sputum. A tablespoon of radish juice and honey three times a day for cough.
Honey And The Eyes
Honey has long been considered a most effective remedy for many eye diseases. Ibne-Sina recommended honey mixed with onion juice, clover or wheat grass for the eyes. Honey is an excellent cure for inflammation of the eye Only sterile honey from honeycomb should be used in the eyes and then only under the supervision of a doctor or ophthalmologist.
Honey And Children
A sensible diet is most important in a child’s development. As we have already mentioned it is better for children to take honey with their food than sugar. It is advisable to give them teaspoon of honey two or three times a day but the dose should not exceed 30 to 40 grammes daily.
Honey and Burns
Apply honey to burns and see its magical effects. Honey contains hydrogen peroxide which is excellent in case of burns. Presently 80 to 90 percent burn patients are being treated by Honey application.
Honey And Tea
Tea contains no less than 120 to 130 chemical substances. Including essential oils, tannin, albumin, alkaloids, vitamin B1,B2,PP,C,R,K and provitaminA.. Tea also contains flourine and can therefore be used as an effective means of averting tooth decay. But this property is lost when tea is drunk with sugar. Tea should be drunk with honey.
Honey and Digestion
Two tablespoon of honey taken regularly instead of supper help in case of insomnia. The honey is best taken on rye or wholemeal bread an hour or hour and a half before going to bed. It has a soothing effect on the nerves and beneficial effect on normal intestinal function. Honey in hot milk before bedtime contains the protein element L-tryptophan which gears the brain for sleep.
Honey And Teeth
Dentists have no doubts about the harmful effect of sugar on the teeth. It has been established that the remains of sugar in the mouth breakdown, under the effect of bacteria to form acids particularly lactic acid which leads to slow but considerable decalcification of the teeth and to caries. Honey on the other hand has active antibiotic properties and in fact disinfects the mouth.
Honey And Insomnia
An old saying has it that
” Honey is the stomach’s Best friend “
Food remain in the stomach for two to three hours, even longer, after eating, during which time it is subjected to the action of the gastric juices. Honey reduces hyperacidity of the stomach when taken with other food. Barium meal with honey remained in the stomach an hour or two longer than barium sulphate on its own and the outline of the organ was much sharper on the X-ray plate. Honey brought acidity and the secretion of gastric juice back to normal and saved patients from heart burn and belching ended cramps and so on. When honey is used to treat ulcers it has a dual effect: (a) a local effect helping the surface of the gastric mucosa to heal and (b) a general effect building up the organism as a whole and particularly the nervous system (which is extremely important since gastric and duodenal ulcers develop when the receptors of these organs cease to function properly).
For ulcers honey should be taken 90 minutes to two hours before meals, or three hours afterward, preferably an hour and a half or two hours after the evening meal. Honey should be dissolved in warm water. In this form it dilutes the mucus in the stomach and lowers acidity and is rapidly assimilated without irritating the intestine. A cold solution on the other hand increases acidity, slows down digestion of the contents of the stomach and irritates the intestine. When taken just before meals honey stimulates secretion of the gastric juice. People with kidney trouble should use honey with radish juice. People suffering from gravel in the kidneys are advised to take a tablespoon of olive oil, honey and lemon juice three times a day.