Healing properties of honey are known to mankind alreadynot one century. But does everyone know why honey has such useful properties, and in what cases should it be given special attention? After all, honey can help a person get rid of not only colds, but also of a huge number of other, very different diseases. And besides, honey can become an excellent ally of a woman in the eternal struggle for beauty. Honey has long received a well-deserved recognition both among doctors and among cosmetologists. It is used by pharmacists for the manufacture of various medicines, is prescribed by doctors for the treatment of certain diseases, cosmetologists - for cosmetic procedures, nutritionists - in dietary nutrition. It is about the useful properties of honey and will be discussed in this article.
Nutritional properties of honey
Regular use of honey is the most positiveway affects the state of the body, gives health and longevity. And this is not surprising - after all, the composition of honey includes more than 180 useful nutrients, vitamins and macro and microelements, proteins, organic acids. The composition of honey can vary greatly, depending on which plants the small toilers collected pollen from. As a rule, honey contains about 80% of fructose and glucose. These sugars are very well absorbed and consumed by the body as needed. Also natural honey can be considered a kind of biologically active additive, which replenishes most of the body's needs in vitamins and other elements. By the way, we can not fail to mention that all useful substances are stored in honey for a very long time - 5 to 6 years. So what substances are contained in honey? Let's look at this issue in more detail. So: iron, aluminum, zinc, silver, molybdenum, chrome, tin, titanium, copper, silicon, phosphorus, osmium, iodine salts, sulfur, chlorine, lithium, cobalt. Thanks to all these elements, the body functions fully, all metabolic processes are normalized, the process of hematopoiesis is improved. Well, thanks to the content of proteins and amino acids in honey, the work of all internal organs improves, including the immune system. In addition, honey has a very beneficial effect on the state of the central nervous system, increases the elasticity of the blood vessels of the circulatory system, and cleans them. And another amazing feature of honey is its powerful antimicrobial property. This property people noticed many centuries ago and successfully used honey to treat various wounds. To date, no one in the world product has such qualities.
And a little fly in the ointment in this barrel of honey
As they say - there is no thin without good. But good is not always without a bad time. This is also true for honey. Despite all the useful properties of honey, doctors abstain from it categorically do not recommend. And this is justified by several reasons:
- High caloric value
Honey is extremely caloric - in 100 grams containsmore than 400 calories. According to its nutritional value, honey can be compared with lamb or condensed milk. Honey is about 30% sweeter than sugar. You understand that this calorie content in large quantities will not lead to anything good.
- Allergic reactions
In addition, honey is a very powerful allergen. It is capable of provoking a wide variety of allergic reactions, from usual urticaria to Quincke's edema. Therefore, before applying honey, be sure to check if you are allergic to it. This is very simple - eat one teaspoon of honey and carefully observe the reaction of your body. If you have any rashes on the skin, or breathing difficulties, drink a pill of any antihistamine and seek medical help as soon as possible.
How to choose the right honey?
Before you begin the story of how you canapply honey to get the maximum benefit for your body, let's try to figure out what kinds of honey are, how to choose it and how not to run into falsification. Unfortunately, this happens very often. As already mentioned above, honey can be different, depending on which plants the pollen was collected from. It is different in smell, color and taste. Variations of color can be striking - from white to dark brown. Incidentally, this is what unscrupulous sellers are trying to sell under the guise of natural honey. But the fake may be different:
- Sugar syrup, diluted with natural honey or herbal decoction, to give the appropriate "herbal" smell.
- Honey bees, which are exclusively sugared sugar syrup.
- Early removed honey from the hive, diluted either with flour or with starch.
It is quite obvious that there is no such forgeryThere is no use. Well, except that you can add to tea, for giving sweetness. Therefore, when buying honey, you need to be vigilant. In order to reduce the likelihood of buying a fake, going for honey, stock up the necessary information:
- Consistency of honey
This natural honey in its consistencyis very similar to liquid resin. Dip a honey in the spoon and slowly scroll on its axis - in the event that you have real honey in front of you, it will be wound on a spoon with thick layers, somewhat resembling creases. Leave honey from the spoon will be a tight, thick and very viscous mass. If it is a fake before you, honey will flow off the spoon very quickly, with thin trickles.
- Presence of starch
Going for honey, take with yousmall capacity and honey. Dissolve a teaspoon of honey in water and add a couple drops of iodine. In the event that starch is added to honey, the water will very quickly turn blue. Of course, this method of verification is suitable only if you go to the market. Because in the store to conduct a similar procedure, by itself, will not succeed.
- Maturity of honey
In the event that you acquire honey,in the honeycomb, make sure that the honey is mature. To do this, check that the cells are tightly sealed. Of course, there is nothing to worry about if some cells are scratched. But here in the event that the cells are completely absent, honey is unequivocally immature. And buy it is not worth it, because unripe honey does not contain any nutrients, except glucose. So, you bought honey. But you are unlikely to eat it for a week, which means that the honey will have to be stored. And it's very important to do it right. In order that honey does not lose either its taste qualities or its useful properties, it is recommended to store it in a tightly closed glass bowl in a cool and dark place. If all the rules are met, honey can preserve its properties very, very long. However, remember that any natural honey crystallizes over time. This is a completely natural process, because honey contains very little water. Incidentally, this crystallization indicates a very high quality of honey.
Honey for health
It's time to talk about what you can doapply honey for medical purposes. But before that I would like to reiterate that it is necessary to make sure that you do not have an allergic reaction to honey.
In the event that you have a toothache, you cantry to take pain off with honey. This is done as follows - dissolve in a glass of warm, brewed tea, one tablespoon of honey. Rinse the mouth with this mixture, then put on the tooth fleece, on which you must first apply a small amount of honey. As a rule, the pain recedes after 20 minutes. And honey in honeycombs is very effective to protect you from the possible development of caries. It is enough to chew a few hundred times a day once a day. This measure not only cleans the teeth, but also disinfects the entire oral cavity. But do not forget to rinse your teeth thoroughly afterwards - forget about the sugars contained in honey, also not worth it.
- central nervous system
Honey is a wonderful soothing. Is there always a valerian or a motherwort in your medicine cabinet? Try replacing them with a glass of warm water with two tablespoons of honey diluted in it. As a rule, the effect is stronger than from pharmacological sedatives. No less useful for honey and for those who suffer from insomnia. Are you used to drinking a pill of sleeping pills for the night? And you did not think about the fact that this entails very negative consequences for the whole organism? Try to replace the tablets with a glass of milk with two tablespoons of honey.
- The cardiovascular system
Honey very effectively normalizes the levelblood pressure, regardless of whether it is lowered or increased. To do this, prepare the following tool. Melt 100 grams of natural honey on a water bath. While the honey is heating, chop the sprig of aloe. Carefully mix aloe, honey and one hundred grams of plain butter, place in a glass container. Take this mixture should be one teaspoon before each meal, but at least three times a day. The course of treatment should last at least 14 days. After this, you need to make a five-day break. If necessary, the course can be repeated. As a rule, the pressure is normalized after the first course of treatment. However, pay attention - in the event that you are taking any pharmacological drugs prescribed to you by your doctor in charge, stop using them in no case it is impossible. This can lead to a significant deterioration in the well-being of a sick person. Therefore, always consult with your doctor. And in the event that the doctor told you that the problem of high cholesterol level also touched you, the next mixture will help to cope with it. Press five tablespoons of beet juice, and mix thoroughly with two tablespoons of natural honey. The resulting mixture should be drunk on an empty stomach, immediately after awakening. The course of treatment should last 50 days, after which it is necessary to make a one-month break.
In the event that you caught a colddisease or flu, you can normalize the body heat with honey. Just add a few teaspoons of honey to the hot tea. Honey leads to a very strong diaphoretic effect, so prepare dry linen. In the event that in addition to high temperature you have received a complete kit in the form of a cough, sore throat, chills, muscle pain, the following remedy checked by years will help you. Boil a glass of milk, dissolve in it two tablespoons of honey, one tablespoon of butter and a third of a teaspoon of baking soda. The resulting remedy should be drunk in small sips and immediately climb under the blanket.
- Gynecological diseases
It has already been said that honey isan excellent disinfectant. In addition, honey perfectly removes inflammation. Therefore, honey has become so widespread in the treatment of various gynecological diseases. If a woman is concerned about any inflammatory diseases, douching with honey solution is recommended. It is prepared very simply - dissolve in a glass of warm water two tablespoons of honey. Douching should be done twice a day - in the morning and before bedtime. The course of treatment should last until full recovery. By the way, this recipe perfectly suits and for treatment of thrush, which annoys a huge number of women. And in the event that a woman has cervical erosion, she will be helped by honey with royal jelly, the medicinal properties of which will help get rid of the problem very quickly. To do this, prepare a mixture of royal jelly and honey, mixing them in equal proportions. Saturate this mixture with a tampon and place it deep in the vagina. The tampon should be left for a day. The course of treatment is 10 days. As a rule, erosion disappears without a trace after the first course of treatment. But if necessary, the course of treatment can be repeated. However, remember that honey, whose medicinal properties are indisputable, can only serve as an addition to the basic treatment, but in no case can replace the doctor's visits and the treatment that will be prescribed to a person. We advise you to read: