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As early as 2400BC honey has been used as a sweetener. The ancient Egyptians, Romans, Greeks and others used honey as a gift to their gods, was used extensively in cooking and was used not only for its sweet nature, but also for its healing medicine.
1. Sore Throat or cough –
Honey is an excellent demulcent, a substance relieving irritation in the mouth or throat by forming a protective film. One study showed how the use of honey was just as effective, if not more, than the use of Dextromethorphan (a substance commonly found in over the counter cough syrups). Not to mention, this superfood is cheap, popular and safe (after 1 yr of age).
Honey was commonly used as the conventional therapy in fighting infections up until the 20th century when penicillin made its debut. Now honey is making it’s come back as an antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant superfood it is, ideal for treating wounds through the release of hydrogen peroxide and other properties.
Local honey can often be used to help build your immune system to local allergens that cause the dreaded allergy symptoms. However, honey is only helpful for pollen allergens. It is recommended to take a teaspoon-full of locally produced honey per day, beginning a few months prior to the season you react to most, to allow some time for the immune system to build up. Make sure it is local, raw honey, otherwise it may not be as helpful.