Honey: 4 More Reasons to Love It

Recently I have been schooled, once again, at the power of good ol’ Mother Nature.

Our dog Dexter had to get surgery at the beginning of May to remove a tumor from his leg that was cancerous.  It left quite the incision to begin with and then….well then it got infected.

That meant an emergency vet visit, re-opening of the incision, removal of MORE skin and he was left with a gaping wound the size of a large orange on the inside of his upper leg.  (I’ll spare you the visual on that one)

Nightmare!!  Poor guy.  He underwent another procedure a couple weeks after surgery in hopes that it would help the wound heal.  Well, that didn’t go exactly as planned.  The location of this hole is SUPER finicky because it’s right where he bends his leg…..so, 2 weeks later, stitches came out and we were back to square one.

Then, the vet suggested we start putting honey on it.  I thought, ok….strange, but I’m pretty much willing to do anything at this point to get poor Dex healed up.

What do you think happened??

If you guessed that it started to work, YOU ARE RIGHT!!  After two days of putting unpasteurized honey on it……..it STARTED TO HEAL!!!  It was so incredible to see and I just kind of giggled to myself and thought….don’t doubt her Nicole, that Mother Nature has some serious tricks up her sleeve.

After doing some research I learned that Manuka honey is the beesnees of healing honey’s so that’s what we have been continuing to use on Dexter.  It’s antibacterial strength is very high, which makes it a powerhouse when it comes to healing.  That being saw, it is not a necessity.  Raw, pure, natural honey from your local grocery or health food store should work just fine as well.

There are so many valuable lessons and solutions right at our finger tips and sometimes I think we need to get back to the basics and leave it to nature.

Lesson (not restricted to dogs):  When modern medicine isn’t quite working and you are not seeing or feeling the healing results that you need to thrive, don’t give up…..there ARE natural options too!!

So lets chat about honey for a minute.  Aside from being a gloriously sweet golden gift from heaven, it actually has a bunch of other amazing benefits that you may be interested in.

It’s considered a “functional food” because it’s completely natural and has health benefits galore!
That being said, don’t go downing a jar a day or anything…moderation my friends.

“Raw honey contains 22 amino acids, 27 minerals and 5,000 enzymes.  Minerals include iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and selenium.  Vitamins found in honey include vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and niacin.  In addition, the nutraceuticals contained in honey help neutralize damaging free radical activity.” (1)

As if we needed more reasons to eat it!

To start off with you want to make sure you are purchasing raw, unpasteurized honey.  Most honey sold in the super markets have been refined, meaning they have been heated and filtered which removes most of the beneficial properties so make sure you read the label before you throw it in your shopping cart

4 MORE Benefits of Honey

1.  Use as a Sweetener:  Honey has that sweet delicious taste without the refined completely nutrient void characteristics of white sugar.  It can be lower on the glycemic index depending on the purity.  So if you don’t want your blood glucose levels to spike, stick to the good stuff.  I like to use honey to sweeten my oats, tea and baked goods.

2.  Energy:  You know that time of day, when your eyes start to get heavy and your head starts to sink a little and motivation seems to just float out the window?  Well, that my friend is a perfect time to get a dose of honey in to your system.

“Honey is composed of a unique carbohydrate composition of natural sugars and trace amounts of antioxidants, enzymes, minerals, vitamins and amino acids, making it a smart, natural energy-filled afternoon snack.” (2)

Pair a little honey with nut butter and your favourite whole grain cracker or toast, drizzle it on your plain greek yogurt and use it to sweeten you energy bites.

So next time you are contemplating hitting up the vending machine, STOP, DROP and HONEY!

3.  Wound Care: just like it helped out our fur buddy Dexter, it can do the same thing for humans!  Honey works on wounds because of it’s natural antibacterial properties.  You’ll want to make sure that you rinse the honey off every 24 hours because that application will have soaked up all the yucky stuff that leads to infection, and then slather on a new layer to go to work for another 24 hours.  I’m telling yah, next time I trip and scrap my knee, I’m definitely going for the honey (and my essential oils OF COURSE for an added support)

4. Cough Suppressant:  Instead of reaching for  the over the counter cough syrup, why not give honey a try?!  It tastes delicious, so you are pretty much guaranteed that your kids won’t turn their nose up to it when you hand them a spoon full to take for their cough.

“Increasing scentific evidence shows that a single dose of honey can reduce mucus secretion and coughs. In one study, honey was just as effective as diphenhydramine and dextromethorphan, common ingredients found in over-the counter cough medicines.” (3)

Another awesome trick is to add a drop of lemon essential oil to the honey for an added purifying boost!

So there yah have it folks, honey can be used for way more than just smearing on your toast!  Though I don’t suggest you stop doing that….cuz that’s just crazy talk.

Honey for the WIN!

 

 

Sources:

1.  Dr. Josh Axe (2017). The Many Health Benefits of Raw Honey. (article) Retrieved from https://draxe.com/the-many-health-benefits-of-raw-honey/
2  Proctor, Malle (2017).  Boost Your Energy Naturally With Honey. (article) Retrieved from http://www.active.com/nutrition/articles/boost-your-energy-naturally-with-honey

 

 

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