Honey is a sweet liquid made by bees using the nectar of flowers. It is classified by color, and honey light amber and golden.
The taste of honey will vary depending on the types of flowers from which nectar has been extracted.
Both raw and pasteurized honey forms are available. Raw honey is extracted from the hive and bottled directly, and as such will contain traces of yeast, wax and pollen. Consumption of local raw honey is thought to help combat seasonal allergies due to repeated exposure to pollen in the area. Pasteurized honey has been heated and processed to remove impurities.
Honey also has antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Modern medical science has managed to find uses for honey in the treatment of chronic wounds and in the fight against infections.
Quick facts about honey
Honey is linked to the healing properties of wounds and antibacterial action.
It has been used in medicine for more than 5,000 years.
Honey can replace sugar in meals, providing a healthier option. However, you can also add coloring and excess moisture to a dish.
Wound and burn healing
There have been some cases where people have reported positive effects of honey use in wound treatment. Honey could help cure burns.
Reducing the duration of diarrhoea
According to research-based reviews of honey, it has been shown to decrease the severity and duration of diarrhoea. Honey also promotes increased potassium and water intake, which is particularly useful when experiencing diarrhea.
Honey research has also shown the ability to block the actions of pathogens that commonly cause diarrhea.
Acid reflux prevention
Recent research has shown that honey can reduce the upward flow of stomach acids and undigested foods by covering the stomach.
There is many evidence to support the use of honey as a remedy against infections.
Relieve cold and cough symptoms
Honey is recommended as a natural cough remedy. However, they advise that honey is not suitable for children under one year old.