Honey and Healing

Honey as a Cure

Honey has been used for beauty and medical treatment for 5,000 years. Used for healing wounds for centuries, honey is one of the oldest medicines. Hippocrates regarded honey as a vital substance like air and water and found out that it heals lip ulcers, boils and infected wounds.

Codes of law in the era of Mehmed the Conqueror, Suleiman the Magnificent and Selim the Grim, which contain provisions regarding beekeeping, are proof of the importance the Ottomans attached to this profession as a source of healing. As a matter of fact, Turkish villagers have regarded honey as a medicine and a curative food, and served honey to patients for centuries.

Benefits of Honey:

Honey is a natural sweetener thanks to its 69% glucose and fructose content.

Since most of the sugars it contains are in the form of monosaccharides, it can be easily digested by even the most sensitive stomachs, does not stay long in the stomach, is easily absorbed in the intestines, and can be stored in the liver following a brief process.

Thanks to the carbohydrates in its composition, it is a unique source of energy, and also contains vitamins, enzymes, minerals and many substances whose composition has not been explained.

Honey prevents constipation when consumed with warm water, and diarrhea when consumed with cold water.

When consumed with hot water, honey enters the bloodstream in eight minutes and ensures the elimination of body fat. Likewise, consuming honey with nutrients such as lemon juice or cinnamon helps weight loss.

Honey can be used as a tranquillizer against insomnia and nervousness.

It can be consumed plain or mixed with orange juice to get extra strength and reduce tiredness. In addition, honey can be consumed to increase athletic performance since it has been proven that it increases the performance of athletes, maintains blood sugar levels, and facilitates muscle recovery and post-exercise glycogen restoration when consumed regularly.

Honey has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal characteristics and can thus be used as a natural antiseptic. It eliminates toxic substances from the body and keeps the body fit and fresh.

Moreover, it strengthens the immune system of the body since it is a major source of antioxidants.

Honey in the Treatment of Wounds

Honey contains enzymes that foster the renewal of cells. It kills bacteria and prevents their reproduction thanks to the hydrogen peroxide it forms slowly and at low levels besides its high sugar content, does not lead to tissue damage during this process, and helps with the removal of dead tissue. Besides its wide use against wounds and bruises, honey is also used for circumcision in some regions.

Curative honey products create a humid environment around wounds. This humid environment reduces the pain and accelerates tissue regeneration. Anti-inflammatory effects of honey help decrease swelling and normalize blood circulation. Medical honey has yielded successful results when consumed with certain plant roots for healing wounds on feet and legs.

Honey has the following major effects in curing wounds and scars:

Accelerates the removal of dead tissue and foreign substances from the wound.

Has a deodorant effect that eliminates unpleasant odors from the wound.

Accelerates the healing of dormant wounds.

Helps with the healing of moist wounds.

Plays a curative role in treating stomach ulcers and wounds.

A Special Mixture: Milk and Honey

In skin care: Honey and milk, as a duo, soothe and soften the skin. They help us have smoother and younger skin. Both honey and milk have antimicrobial and cleansing effects. These effects further increase when honey and milk are consumed together. Many skin cleansers are prepared using honey and milk. This is because this combination brightens the skin. It is a good idea to enjoy a milk and honey bath mixing the two in certain amounts. While milk does not dry the skin since it cleanses the skin deeply and does not damage the sensitive epidermis, honey refreshes the skin with its invigorating effect when consumed once a week. This combination is used in various spas around the world.

Increasing resistance: It is known that honey, consumed with a glass of milk in the morning, makes the metabolism more resistant. While milk contains proteins, honey contains important carbohydrates necessary for an efficient metabolism. Milk and honey make a wonderful mixture that everybody can benefit from.

Anti-aging effects: The combination of milk and honey rejuvenates the skin and the body alike, and postpones aging. In several ancient civilizations including the Greeks, the Romans, the Egyptians and the Indians, people used to drink milk with honey to stay young. This combination was known as an elixir of life since it guarantees a long life.

Anti-bacterial effects: Research has shown that concomitant consumption of milk and honey has a bigger impact on bacteria compared to their separate consumption. It is also known that honey added to warm milk is effective against constipation, flatulence and intestinal problems. In addition, it is used for the treatment of respiratory problems such as cold and coughing.