Is honey really a miracle cure for coughs and colds?

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For seeming millennia, it has been known that raw organic honey can provide you with numerous excellent health benefits, in addition to supporting organic cultivation of honey bees in your region.

One of the most substantial benefits of raw organic honey from your area is that it contains immune stimulating properties from the area where the bees collected pollen. If you are new to an area, eating local raw organic honey can help your body adapt to new allergens and bacteria that is in that area. That latter is especially key for those who suffer from seasonal allergies and with lessening the runny nose, itchy eyes and coughs due to post nasal drip (PND).

Organic honey also offers many other health benefits and is produced using no antibiotics or pesticides on the bees. Organic beekeepers also strive to allow their bees to naturally forage for pollen in the local area, taking advantage of the local flora and fauna in your area.

Organic honey is also effective in relieving morning sickness for pregnant mothers. It can be an excellent natural remedy for sore throats and laryngitis. It is also an effective natural remedy for bladder infections when combined with cinnamon. This natural remedy also works for upset stomachs and bad breath problems.

Raw honey is also an effective natural remedy for fertility issues. It can be combined with raw goat milk to increase sperm counts in men. In women, it can increase chances of successful fertilization.

With reports going back to the ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians*, honey is alluded to in the Sumerian and Babylonian cuneiform writings, the Hittite code and the sacred writings of India, the Veda. Raw organic honey has been used as an antibiotic and topical treatment for abrasions and cuts. For people with diabetic ulcers, which often strike the feet, it can be an effective treatment when many other topical treatments are unsuccessful. Topically, raw organic honey is also good for bleeding gums, eczema and canker sores.

European settlers introduced European honey bees to New England in about 1638. Honey was used to prepare food and beverages, to make cement, to preserve fruits, to concoct furniture paste-polish and varnish and for topical medicinal purposes.

If you prefer the sweetness of honey as an alternative to refined sugar, look for raw organic honey from local producers. Not only will you be supporting your local honey producers, but you will also be promoting this vital but often overlooked element of our local food production system.

Honey is a complex substance, and several factors contribute to its extensive shelf life: its acidity, its low water concentration, and the presence of hydrogen peroxide. To explain why there is hydrogen peroxide in honey, it’s important to understand two key ingredients that make honey: one of those is nectar, and the other is a secretion from the bees themselves.

Nectar, by the way, is a glandular secretion produced by plants. It’s collected by bees in their honey stomachs, and painstakingly dehydrated by the fanning of their wings. The nectar is mixed with glandular secretions from the bees. These bee secretions contain an enzyme that reacts with the glucose in the nectar. This reaction produces two important components that give honey its preservative properties:
1) hydrogen peroxide, which is an antibacterial agent
2) gluconic acid, which lowers the honey’s pH

Finished raw honey has the proper balance of these two products and will keep almost indefinitely. The key to maintaining honey’s long shelf life is to keep it well-sealed, because it is hygrophilic. What is hygrophilic? If honey is exposed to air it will gradually absorb water in the air, and it will ferment and eventually spoil.

In Egypt there are hundreds of similar documented ancient remedies, explained in their hieroglyphics, using honey. While I have no medical training, some of the modern medical or dietary claims are potentially more compelling. For example, honey is known to be a useful dietary antioxidant, like fresh berries like blueberries and raspberries. Antioxidants are compounds found in some foods, usually plants, that can halt or slow down cellular damage by eliminating damaging waste products in cells (free radicals).

Honey was also used by the ancients for wound care, and it seems in this case that they were onto something genuinely useful. Early medical healers cleaned wounds and then packed them with honey or sugar-honey mixtures, either as a slurry or as a compress. In modern times, honey has been found to obstruct about sixty species of bacteria, including several staph and strep species. The acidic, bacteria-inhibiting and bacteria-killing properties of honey as well as its super-saturated sugar concentration are harmful to many flesh-destroying bacteria. Some modern surgeons in both human and veterinary medicine are successfully reviving this ancient practice. This is not quackery but proper wound care management, and in an era of evolving antibiotic resistance, perhaps honey will offer another line of defense against dangerous microbes in wounds like the dreaded Pseudomonas. The one that most often causes infections in humans is called Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which can cause infections in the blood, lungs (pneumonia), or other parts of the body after surgery.

The medicinal importance of honey has been documented in the world's oldest medical literatures, since the ancient times in man's earliest writings, it has been known to possess antimicrobial property as well as wound-healing activity. The healing property of honey is because it offers antibacterial activity, maintains a moist wound condition, and its high viscosity helps to provide a protective barrier to prevent infection. Its immunomodulatory property is relevant to wound repair too. The antimicrobial activity in most honeys is due to the enzymatic production of hydrogen peroxide. However, another kind of honey, called non-peroxide honey (viz., manuka honey), displays significant antibacterial effects even when the hydrogen peroxide activity is blocked. Its mechanism may be related to the low pH level of honey and its high sugar content (high osmolarity) that is enough to hinder the growth of microbes. The medical grade honeys have potent in vitro bactericidal activity against antibiotic-resistant bacteria causing several life-threatening infections to humans. But, there is a large variation in the antimicrobial activity of some natural honeys, which is due to locations and temporal variation of the sources of nectar. Thus, identification and characterization of the active principle(s) may provide valuable information on the quality and possible therapeutic potential of honeys (against several health disorders of humans).

The use of traditional medicine to treat infection has been practiced since the origin of mankind, and honey produced by Apis mellifera (A. mellifera) is one of the oldest traditional medicines considered to be important in the treatment of several human ailments. Currently, many researchers have reported the antibacterial activity of honey and found that natural unheated honey has some broad-spectrum antibacterial activity when tested against pathogenic bacteria, oral bacteria as well as food spoilage bacteria. In most ancient cultures honey has been used for both nutritional and medical purposes. The belief that honey is a nutrient, a drug and an ointment has been carried into our days, and thus, an alternative medicine branch, called apitherapy, has been developed in recent years, offering treatments based on honey and other bee products against many diseases including bacterial infections. At present a number of honeys are sold with standardized levels of antibacterial activity. The Leptospermum scoparium (L. scoparium) honey,the best known of the honeys, has been reported to have an inhibitory effect on around 60 species of bacteria, including aerobes and anaerobes, gram-positives and gram-negatives. Tan et al reported that Tualang honey has variable but broad-spectrum activities against many different kinds of wound and enteric bacteria. Unlike glucose oxidase, the antibacterial properties from Leptospermum spp. honeys are light- and heat-stable. Natural honey of other sources can vary as much as 100-fold in the potency of their antibacterial activities, which is due to hydrogen peroxide.

The manuka, jelly bush and pasture honeys are capable of stimulating the monocytes, the precursors of macrophages, to secrete TNF-α. On the other hand, glycosylated proteins can induce TNF-α secretion by macrophages, and this cytokine is known to induce the mechanism of wound repairing.Furthermore, the ability of honey to reduce ‘reactive intermediates release’ may well limit tissue damage by activated macrophages during wound healing. Thus, the immunomodulatory property of honey is relevant to wound repair.

Proteus spps.​
Septicemia, urinary infections, woundinfections​
Molan​
Agbagwa and Frank-Peterside​
Serratia marcescens
Septicemia, wound infections​
Molan​
Vibrio cholerae
Cholera​
Molan​
S. aureus
Community acquired and nosocomial infection​
Taormina et al
Chauhan et al
Sherlock et al
E. coli
Urinary tract infection, diarrhea, septicemia, wound infections​
Chauhan et al
Sherlock et al
P. aeruginosa
Wound infection, diabetic foot ulcer, Urinary infections​
Chauhan et al
Sherlock et al
Mullai and Menon​
S. maltophilia
Pneumonia, urinary tract infection, blood stream infection, nosocomial infection​
Tan et al
A. baumannii
Opportunistic pathogen infects immunocompromised individuals through open wounds, catheters and breathing tubes​
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10.1016/S2221-1691(11)60016-6
Antibacterial activity of ulmo and manuka honeys based on the ZDI produced for clinical (C) MRSA and standard (S) MRSA, E. coli and P. aeruginosa isolates.

In a study conducted by Times of India, it was revealed that 1 out 8 Indians are hit by chronic sinusitis. Sinusitis is the inflammation of the nasal cavaties and the air spaces around the area of the nose and eyes. Sinus is caused due to a virus and the infection can sustain even if the upper respiratory symptoms are over. There are many cases that shows sinus has plagued many individuals since they were kids. Also, several cases have been reported where honey was consumed for about a year which helped in curing acute sinus problems. Moreover, it was found that the rate at which honey killed the bacteria was way higher than other prescribed drugs. (https://www.daburhoney.com/benefits-of-honey/honey-for-health/using-honey-for-sinus)

Honey’s long shelf life makes it a convenient sweetener, and it has been widely used in the ancient world both as a stand-alone or as an ingredient in breads, cakes, and other foods.

Diluted honey does make a first-rate diet for yeasts that can convert sugar to alcohol. Mead is an alcoholic drink that was made all over Asia and Europe for thousands of years, created from fermented honey-water and airborne yeasts, and it is the oldest known alcoholic beverage, reaching at least as far back as 9,000 years ago in northern China and 5,000 years ago in Egypt.

There were many regional twists on the basic mead recipe, crafted by blending the mead with herbs or fruit bases, or including malt and/or hops in the process to produce mead beer. Oenomel is an ancient Greek drink made from fermented honey and grape juice.

See: https://www.murdochs.com/learning-center/beekeeping/historic-uses-of-honey/

See: https://honey.com/newsroom/presskit/honey-history-facts

See: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3609166/

* Honey is not only delicious, but it will keep practically indefinitely, adding to its value to humans. In one of the great pyramids in Egypt, archaeologists retrieved and tasted honey from ceramic jars, stored 8,500 years ago in a tomb, to provide the owner with food and antiseptics in the afterlife. The scientists reported that the honey tasted fine, like ordinary, fresh honey. Honey is such a good preservative that food items like fruit, when immersed in honey, have been preserved for centuries.

See: https://www.thealternativedaily.com/the-many-miracles-of-raw-organic-honey/

Honey haas been shown to be an effective anti-microbial agent for thousands of years. Interestingly, the Times of India study indicates that the ingestion of honey and lemon juice, along with other items, is an effective treatment for sinusitis.
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