Honey jarThis wonderful gift from the bees is both nutritional but also has health benefits. It is a powerful antibiotic that has been recognised since ancient times and is now it is being recognised that honey should be used for wound and burn healing as a first line of attack rather than a last resort with honey impregnated dressings becoming available. It is also well known as part of home remedies for colds and sore throats and recently studies in America has shown it to be more effective at relieving night time coughs in children than proprietary cough suppressants containing dextromethorphan and even the WHO recommends honey to soothe sore throats. Here at Richard Linton Herbals we use honey all the time for cough and cold remedies and in children’s tinctures to make them more palatable.

One of the other uses of honey that is not often discussed is that honey that has not been industrially processed is both pre and probiotic. That is it contains probiotic bacteria and also provides the right balance of nutrients to promote the growth of our “friendly” bacteria in the gut.

Local honey has long been used as a preventative for hay fever with its micro dosage of local pollens desensitising people to that local environment.

And of course honey is a great foodstuff and natural sweetener and can be used on its own or added to dressings, marinades, breads etc adding flavour, moisture and preservative properties.

And there is only one way to get honey and that is bees so lets all make sure we look after them and they will look after us.

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