Honey, Apis mellifera L, a sweet golden, liquid that many of us enjoy with our food as well as the main product produced by bees. I, myself, enjoy honey in my tea, with cinnamon on toast, and sometimes a good drizzling on my chicken. Naturally, therefore, I wanted to know if I got more than just a soothing satisfaction out of using honey in my day to day life and yes there are many medicinal uses for it.
Allergies. Not only can honey assist as an anti-inflammatory it can also act as an antihistamine for pollen allergies (Coe, 2008). It is from the fact that bees make honey from the nectar of flowers, so the honey is thereby infused with the pollens of wherever they harvest the nectar from to make their honey. It also is how we can distinguish, sometimes, between honeys by region. So the more local you get your honey, the better off you may be if you have any allergies to local plant life.
Cold symptoms. Congested sinuses, sore throat, swollen tonsils (if you still have them), fever, headache, chills, coughing, and more when you are dealing with an upper respiratory infection like a cold. The cool thing is that honey can help soothe those symptoms, not to mention possible reduce the number of days it may take for your body to recuperate (NYTimes, 2020). Ever had someone say put some honey and lemon in hot water, well as for honey it isn’t just sweet is possesses anti-bacterial, as well as anti-inflammatory properties in its composition to make it medicinal when you have the cold virus (Combarros-Fuertes, 2020).