As Sweet As Honey

honey“Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.” (Proverbs 16:24)

There is so much civil unrest in our world today it’s sad. If only some thought before they spoke, their words could be as sweet as honey and how much different this world could be! Many walk around as grumpy as can be  Perhaps a spoonful of honey would make them happier.

But some people will sneer and state that honey has too much sugar to be healthy. I counter with, “What’s my mantra?”  Eat for nutrients, not for calories!  I say, if you’re not allergic to bees, what have you got to lose?

Honey’s chocked full of nutrients!

Honey contains vitamins riboflavin, thiamine, niacin, B 5 & 6, C and minerals: magnesium, calcium, phosphate, potassium, sulphur, iron and in smaller quantities, copper, iodine and zinc. The general rule: the darker the honey, the more powerful it is. (Illinois buckwheat honey at one time had the highest antioxidant activity but perhaps they’ve discovered even better ones now.)  Honey contains a lot of 50 cent words like polyphenols, salicylic acid, oligosaccharides, alpha-tocopherols and other amazing properties benefiting health. Trust me, God wouldn’t have created it and then said, “Whoops, don’t eat this.”

Excellent medicinal properties:

Honey is anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial. Doctors historically, have used its over 180 curative properties to assist with respiratory illnesses, yeast infections, ulcers and arthritis. And of course we’ve all heard that honey with lemon will soothe a sore throat. It was even used during the Civil War as a natural antiseptic to promote wound healing. Honey has an incredible amount of antioxidant abilities to ward off illnesses, even cancers. Bacteria cannot live in honey so it virtually never spoils!

Raw honey is one of the best ways to rid yourself of  vegetation allergies!  Not just in northeast Ohio, but anywhere. The reason raw honey’s proclaimed to work is that bees use the flowering plants that contain the local pollen to which you are allergic.  This unfiltered raw honey, gathered through local pollination, also contains incredible antioxidant properties. TIP: Search for a honey produced closest to your area.  After a while, you’ll build up an immunity to allergy attacks.

Another Benefit: It keeps us looking younger!

Try a honey mask to clear up skin blemishes. Honey attracts water to the skin, so it hydrates, becoming a wonderful moisturizer. (Wouldn’t mind if it got rid of a few wrinkles in the bargain, would you?)

How to consume it?   Honey can be used in recipes all day long!

  • Drizzle it over your oatmeal, yogurt or on whole grain toast with peanut butter and cinnamon.
  • Create a honey-mustard salad dressing, BBQ sauce, or a low-fat cream sauce using plain yogurt.
  • Baste it on chicken, fish, shrimp or pork recipes.
  • Add to smoothies or different teas.
  • Create an after school yogurt/honey dip for apples, bananas or other fruit.

Simply use your imagination and you’ll find many ways to add honey’s natural nutrients two or three times a week.

Caution: Use common sense

Proverbs 25:27 proclaims,  “It is not good to eat much honey,” 

Remember anything’s fine in moderation, so don’t overdo! If you’re allergic to bees, don’t consume!  Diabetic? Consume a small amount and always with high fiber items. And DON’T give honey to children under a year due to possible botulism effects. Consume intelligently!

 

 

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9 thoughts on “As Sweet As Honey

  1. Hi dg, well that’s the usual rule of thumb for almost every nutritional item and yet I heard Dr. Oz speak about dark roasted coffee isn’t as antioxidant-infused as lighter. (Guess I’ll have to research that or ask Sally Cronin, hm?) How could we possibly join the day without dark rich coffee??? (If I wanted dishwater coffee I’d eat at a diner, (no offence meant to Diners, it’s just a joke.) 🙂

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  2. Thank you for sharing this shout out for honey. I love all the benefits (except I don’t believe it will make me look any better :>). We go through about 48 ounces a week at our house. We drizzle honey on salads and all the other things you mention, except meat. We don’t eat meat. I’ll have to try the salad dressing. Hadn’t thought of that. Honey’s a staple at our house.

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