Honey is primarily composed of fructose, glucose, and water. It also contains trace enzymes, minerals, vitamins and amino acids, which keep the immune system functioning well. Typically, the darker the honey, the higher the level of antioxidants.
Honey has been used over the centuries as an energy food, to increase strength and stamina, for sweetening and as a preservative. It has medicinal properties: both internally as a hot, soothing drink for coughs, colds, and the relief of stomach pain and indigestion, and externally to heal wounds and cuts.
It also has a gentle laxative effect, easing constipation naturally, and the digestive bloating caused by a diet rich in processed foods and low in fresh fruit and vegetables. Honey is a natural diuretic and removes excess water from tissues and joints, thereby reducing inflammation in any part of the body.
Honey has been used as an effective antimicrobial agent, for treating minor burns and scrapes, and for aiding the treatment of sore throats and other bacterial infections. Honey can be used to treat symptoms of low immunity - such as fatigue, repeated infections, allergies and colds. To make a warming, immune boosting drink, mix together 1 tablespoon of good quality honey with some fresh lemon juice and a small piece of fresh ginger (or as much as you can take), in a mug of boiling water.
Honey comes in basically five different forms: comb honey, cut comb (liquid honey that has chunks of comb in it), liquid honey, crystallized honey, and whipped or 'creamed' honey (with the consistency of honey).
All forms of honey have medicinal benefits, but raw honey is superior to processed honey. Raw honey contains much more nutrients and beneficial substances like propolis and bee pollen, which are not usually found in honey that has been pasteurized, filtered or clarified.
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