Honey is neutral, sweet and moistens dryness. Honey (and all bee products) correlate to the Earth Element, which governs the Spleen and Stomach. It strengthens Qi (energy) and Blood and creates vitality. Our ‘delicate’ Lungs can get dry easily and honey’s slick nature quickly lubricates and moistens the tissues of the Lungs. Use for chronic dry coughs and other ‘dry lung’ disorders. Honey also helps to treat constipation if the cause is dryness. Chew on honey comb for a sweet treat. But be warned, due to its sliding nature honey is damp and is therefore contraindicated in damp and phlegm conditions like candida and obesity. Read more on sweet.
Nutritional makeup of honey – the western view
Honey is packed with vitamins and minerals including iron and manganese. It is particularly high in riboflavin and B6. One tablespoon gives you 60-65 calories, 17 grams of carbs and .1 gram of protein. Honey is highly antioxidant and studies are finding that regular consumption prevents blood lipid build up and improves circulation. Honey is also considered a superior sugar form for helping athletes maintain blood sugar levels and aiding in recuperation after endurance events.
Raw honey for wounds and scars
Raw honey is antiseptic (fights toxins) and analgesic (counters pain). Use raw honey to relieve pain from burns, scratches and bug bites. Yep, a little raw honey will ease the pain of a bee sting after the stinger is removed. Honey has long been used to heal new scars and soften old, hard scars. A recent study pitted honey against a standard combination of iodine and alcohol for healing C-section and hysterectomy wounds. The honey group healed faster and with less incidence of infection and less scarring. It is also widely used now to treat acne scarring.
Saving our pollinators
Bees are responsible for pollinating more than 3/4 of our food supplies and the fact that our bees are vanishing is greatly concerning. Colonies are collapsing due to toxins in pesticides–specifically those derived from nicotine. Although this view was suspect for many years, new proof is out and several nations have banned the use of these toxins. Sadly, America is not yet convinced that these pesticides need banned. The loss of bees would, literally, collapse our food production–not a good thing. Lists of pesticides that are known killers are readily available online.
Know what’s in your flowers
Many of us like to plant flowers to encourage the bees to come around. However, many commercially purchased blossoms may be genetically laced with herbicides that actually kill off our black and yellow friends. Make sure you know your source and seek out organic and sustainable plants. For more information on bees, check out John Hurt’s More Than Honey.