April 7, 2012

Honey-Sweet Relief

From Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree:

Winnie the Pooh:
Hum dum de dum, hum dum de dum,
I am so rumbly in my tumbly.
[hits head] Ooh!
Time to munch an early luncheon.
Hum de dum dum dum,
Oh, I wouldn't climb this tree,
If a Pooh flew like a bee,
But I wouldn't be a bear then,
So I guess I wouldn't care then,
Bears love honey and I'm a Pooh bear,
So I do care, so I climb there,
I'm so rumbly in my tumbly,
Time for something... for something...
[branch breaks] ... sweet! To eat!

HONEY has held a place in human culture since ancient times. Greek mythology tells of a tale in which the life of Zeus is saved by bees feeding him honey, in Celtic mythology mead was the drink of immortality, and in more recent times, Disney brought us Winnie the Pooh, always following his rumbly tummy to the honey pot. Though it is possibly the yummiest creation on earth, honey contains tons of healing properties hidden in its gooey goodness.

Apitherapy is the treatment of various conditions using honeybee products. Honey (now I'm talking raw honey straight from the comb, unheated, unfiltered, un-messed with) is one of the oldest medicines we have, with proof of its healing power dating back more than 5,000 years. On skin, it heals wounds, infections, burns, bites, stings (yes, bee stings, too), dry/chapped skin, and is wonderful for wrinkles and softening hair. It heals allergies and a variety of stomach complaints including indigestion, diarrhea, and ulcers; it helps soothe sore throats, hangover (even helps sober you up!), metabolism, lethargy, mix it with cinnamon and you lengthen this list (See Honey and Cinnamon)

Add to this the healing benefits of propolis (Check this out: Newly Discovered Thai Propolis Show ANTI-CANCER Activity), pollen, and royal jelly, and you can't help but kneel to these buzzing miracle workers! 

More articles on the power of honey:

The Healing Power of Honey--wound care for diabetics
Milk and Honey for Good Health
Manuka Honey Research


  1. Ah, the time of year when a young woman's thoughts turn to bees . . .