Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Wendy RN., BA

10/27/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Honey is not only yummy, it has wonderful health benefits.

Honey has been used as a medicine for thousands of years. In ancient Egypt, Greece, China, India and countless other cultures, honey has been seen as a cure for colds, infections and allergies.

Honey is natures miracle medicine.

Honey is natures miracle medicine.

Highlights

By Wendy RN., BA

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

10/27/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Blog

Keywords: medical, honey, wound, cough, health, cure, colds, infection, allergies


LOS ANGELES, CA (Rise Above Health Blog) - Honey is natural and considered harmless for adults. But The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and pediatricians strongly caution against feeding honey to children under 1 year old. This is because of the risk of botulism. The spores of the botulism bacteria live in the dust, soil, air and may be present in honey. Infants under 1 year of age do not have a developed immune system and may become ill with botulism.

The National Honey Board, which the USDA oversees, also agrees that infants should not be given honey. "The concern for babies stems from the fact that infants lack the fully developed gastrointestinal tract of older humans," the Board's web site states.

The use of honey as a household treatment for various illnesses is growing in popularity. And recent studies are starting to lean in the favor of honey over conventional medical treatment for wound care.

In 2007 the FDA approved the use of "Medical Honey" for would healing. Medical honey is purified with ultraviolet light and gamma irradiated to inactivate any possible spores that can cause botulism.

Studies have shown that Medical Honey works differently than antibiotics. Antibiotics attack the cell membrane of the bacteria, or inhibit intracellular pathways. Honey dehydrates the bacteria because it is hygroscopic, which literally means it absorbs moisture.

The average pH of honey is 3.9, but can range from 3.4 to 6.1. Bacteria prefers to grow in environments with a pH of >7.3. It has been demonstrated that when wounds pH is lower or more acidic, the healing process has been faster. [1,2]

I could go on about the oxygen off-loading from hemoglobin and the suppression of protease, but the bottom line is honey is acidic and bacteria does not like to grow in acidic environment.

Busy bee making honey


In Germany, at the Children's Hospital Medical Center, University of Bonn, pediatric oncology department, a 12 year old patient was admitted with Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) in his wound. He was on isolation, waiting to receive chemotherapy once his infection cleared up. He was treated with local antiseptic for almost 2 weeks without improvement. The doctors decided to use a medical honey from Australia, and the patient was free of bacteria within 2 days and was able to receive his much needed chemotherapy. [1]

The type of medical honey that was used was leptospermum honey or manuka honey. This honey is made from the hives of bees that collect nectar from tea tree, manuka and jelly bushes in Australia and New Zealand.
 
We have just begun to explore all of honeys magical qualities. More studies are needed to confirm and to convince the medical establishment of its benefits as an essential adjunct to modern medicine.

The health benefits of honey include:

1.  Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Viral and Anti-Fungal properties helps skin ailments including insect bites, pimples and wounds.

2.  Buckwheat honey is especially effective as a cough suppressant, with a single nighttime dose. [4] This is very important because the FDA has recommended that children younger than six should not be given over the counter cold medication. Once again I caution on giving honey to babies younger than 1 year old.

3.  May prevent acid reflux (GERD) and act as a probiotic.

4.  Minimizes seasonal allergies when local honey is consumed.

5.  Boosts immunity with its antioxidant properties, and can also contribute to heart health as well acts as a cancer inhibitor.

Footnotes:

1.  US National Library of Medicine; Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2009
2.  WebMD
3.  Medical News Today
4.  Penn State College of Medicine
5.  Medscape Medical News

Sign up now for your FREE Rise Above Health Record

A birth foretold: click here to learn more!

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2015
Universal:
Scientists: That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
Evangelization: Contribution of women: That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Blog

Christians Must Get in the Game and Testify to Truth Watch

Image of Ignatius of Loyola was a Spanish knight from a local Basque noble family, hermit, priest since 1537, and theologian, who founded the Society of Jesus or Jesuits and, on 19 April 1541, became its first Superior General.

By by Tara K. E. Brelinsky

Chaos is at an all time high for sure in the midst of this on-going battle between good and evil. Before the age of internet, it took time to respond to a differing view. A letter to the editor or a phone call to your representative required you to invest real ... continue reading


This Beautiful Prayer is For You

Image of Never underestimate the power of prayer.

By Jackie Stammen

Years ago after a retreat I attended, the Lord gave me a prayer which I've since remembered, which is kind of amazing because if there's anything I'm not so great at it's memorizing things word for word. Thank God it's a short prayer and that He knows my shortcomings ... continue reading


Through Suffering You Can Find God

Image of By God's grace, no cross He sends will ever be too heavy.

By Michael Seagriff

Let me repeat some obvious truths. God is more powerful than any of us. He draws each of us to Himself. He wants to excite our hearts. He longs to fill our minds and souls with the Truth. He desires that we yield ourselves totally to His will. CANASTOTA, NY - We are ... continue reading


11 Reasons why Eggs are the Healthiest Food on Earth. Watch

Image of One little egg is packed with several vitamins essential to your health!

By Wendy RN., BA, MBA

Eggs contain small amounts of almost every vitamin and mineral required by the human body. including calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, manganese, Vitamin E, Folate and many more.One large egg contains (1):Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin): 9% of the RDA.Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): ... continue reading


Thank you God for gifting me your relentless love.

Image of Domino Effect:  a situation in which one event causes a series of similar events to happen one after another.

By Jackie Stammen

There are consequences to every decision we make. With the decisions we make that are not pleasing to God, our loving Father tries to hold back the wrath that we bring upon ourselves as a result from those sins. However, as we sin more and more and as the sin goes ... continue reading


My Mangy Cat and Me

Image of Cats have a way of making their way deep into our hearts.

By Tara K. E. Brelinsky

My heart leaped as I raced barefooted across the cold mudroom floor. Pulling the door open, I found our little old mangy cat sitting just on the opposite side. Bending down to run my hands across her dirty winter coat, she rewarded me with a deep satisfied purr. ... continue reading


What does Pray without Ceasing Mean? Watch

Image of 'Nowhere on earth are you more welcomed, nowhere on earth are you more loved, than by Jesus living and truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament. The time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time that you will spend on earth. Each moment that you spend with Jesus will deepen your union with Him and make your soul everlastingly more glorious and beautiful in heaven, and will help bring about an everlasting peace on earth.
~ Saint Teresa of Calcutta

By Deacon Ian VanHeusen

In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, St. Paul writes that we should 'pray without ceasing.' This word from scripture can have two very different effects on our lives. Either we can reject it as a pious sentiment that is 'not practical,' or we can allow it to transform how we ... continue reading


I Have The Perfect Time For You!

Image of Each moment you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament brings joy, pleasure, and delight to his Sacred Heart!

'My joy, my pleasure, my delight is to be with you.' (Prov 8:31)

By Michael Seagriff

I still remember Nina walking toward the pew where we were seated - nearly 25 years ago - with that challenging, inviting, loving, mischievous, welcoming, smile on her face. CANASTOTA, NY - 'I have the perfect time for you,' she announced.I glanced quizzically at my ... continue reading


You Knit Me In My Mother's Womb

Image of Psalm 139:13-16, A hymnic meditation on God's omnipresence and omniscience.

By Jackie Stammen

I journal a lot. In the past few years I've started to turn my journaling into more of a conversation. A conversation with God. This may seem odd or impossible to some people. Yet, I know many of you do the same. So for those who are a bit uncomfortable or skeptical ... continue reading


If there is any good in me at all, it is God. Whatever is left, that is me.

Image of Nurture your relationship with Him so you can see Him and know Him more profoundly.

By Jackie Stammen

Our pride likes to tell us that the good within us is because we are so great on our own accord. As we allow ourselves to increase, and God to decrease our egos inflate and we become convinced and deceived that we are actually the center of our own universe and we ... continue reading


All Blog News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Acts 6:8-15
8 Stephen was filled with grace and power and began ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 119:23-24, 26-27, 29-30
23 Though princes sit plotting against me, your ... Read More

Gospel, John 6:22-29
22 Next day, the crowd that had stayed on the other ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for April 20th, 2015 Image

St. Marian
April 20: When St. Mamertinus was Abbot of the monastery which St. ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter