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    Smiley Honey News — honey and medicine

    Use Honey for a Natural Cough Remedy

    Wintertime means colds and nagging coughs. When you’re looking for some relief, look to all-natural, raw honey. The National Honey Board calls honey “nature’s cough suppressant.”  Research from Penn State University actually showed that honey is a better alternative to childhood coughs than over-the-counter medicines. Here are some ways you can integrate honey as a natural cough suppressant to get you feeling better.

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    Raw Honey: The Natural Way to Heal Wounds

    Raw Honey: The Natural Way to Heal Wounds

    Raw honey has wonderful anti-bacterial properties, and has been used for wound care for centuries. How does it work? Raw honey contains small amounts of the enzyme glucose oxidase which, under the right conditions, can produce hydrogen peroxide, a well-known disinfectant.


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    Healthy Honey Water

    An article by Kristiena Sartorelli, which is posted on lifehack.org, explains the "9 Benefits of Honey Water You Never Knew." 

    1. Honey can help you lose weight
    2. Warm water and honey improves digestion
    3. Gives your immune system a boost
    4. Reduces allergies
    5. Boosts energy
    6. Soothes sore throats and reduces coughing
    7. Helps to flush toxins
    8. Helps to neutralize gas
    9. Improves hydration, increases good cholesterol and reduces cardio strain

    Read the full article at: http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/9-benefits-honey-water-you-never-knew.html

    How Does Honey Heal Skin Wounds?

    In the summer of 2013, I got a nasty 2nd degree burn on the inside of my forearm while moving a hot pan of melted beeswax. The affected skin area was about 2 inches in diameter. As an experiment, I treated the wound with raw honey, applying small dab of honey each morning when I changed the dressing.The burn healed quickly and completely. Today, it is almost impossible to see where the burn was. While I was grateful for the healing properties of honey, I did not really understand how it worked. Today, while reading the book Honey: The Gourmet Medicine, I learned how honey treats and heals skin wounds.

    Raw honey contains small amounts of the enzyme glucose oxidase. Under the right conditions, glucose oxidase breaks down into gluconic acid and hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide has long been used as a disinfectant, but it tends to lose its effectiveness fairly quickly when exposed to air and light. Raw honey solves this problem by producing small amounts of hydrogen peroxide directly in the bandaged wound.

    Two things are required to convert glucose oxidose into hydrogen peroxide -- a pH of 6.1 and at least 2300 ppm of sodium. Neither of these conditions are present in raw honey, which has a pH level of between 3.2 and 4.5, and traces of sodium in the 20 to 40 ppm range. Human skin and body fluids solve this problem. As explained in Honey: The Gourmet Medicine: [W]hen honey comes into contact with human skin or wounds, the dormant enzyme - glucose oxidase - becomes highly active at the interface of the honey and skin or wound, as bodily fluids raise both the pH and the sodium concentrations to the optimum range of enzyme activity. Thus, minute doses of hydrogen peroxide are continually released from the honey, directly to where they are most needed. Could man devise a more perfect, slow-release antimicrobial product for treating wounds? If a billion dollar, biomedical company gave their research and development scientists unlimited time and resources, it is doubtful they could equal what nature has already provided in honey."  Honey: The Gourmet Medicine by Joe Traynor, at pages 11-12,