Updated: 1st April 2020
Nowadays, many of us have memories of receiving warm honey and lemon for a cold and a cough – either given to us by parent on a spoon or in a drink, or administered to us via cough sweets and medications. But was the honey only present to make unpleasant-tasting medicine more palatable, or was there some other benefit to the health?
Regardless of taste, the use of honey on wounds is well documented and researched. But why is honey thought to be so beneficial? We’ll look at that in just a moment with links to information on popular themes below…
The use of honey for promoting health can be traced back to ancient times, when it was also used for treating all manner of illnesses and injuries. Even the ancient philosopher, Socrates, is reputed to have said:
Although it's worth mentioning a note of caution here - age-old remedies are not always good remedies, after all, it was thought by the ancient Egyptians that mixing honey with fly's blood and a number of other curious things, could be used to treat a swelling on the neck.
I have examined various claims made about honey and I tend to believe that they are not always balanced. In addition, not all research is good research - if it were, scientists would never change their minds, refute old ideas, or make mistakes (including some serious ones made in medicine, such as thalidomide).
On the page links below, I hope I have provided a balanced view and fair summaries, but I am always open to receiving new information.
Everyone knows that honey is made by bees, but what is honey?
Honey is more than sugar, and more than nectar, because it has a further vital ingredient: the efforts of the bee, not just in terms of the bee enzyme, but also their efforts in creating unique honeys, by gathering nectar from a variety of different flower sources.
So what does this mean in real terms, and is honey good for you? Let's take a look at some popular queries and areas of interest:
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