Wise Woman Ezine with herbalist Susun Weed
September 2006
Volume 6 Number 9

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Be Your Own Herbal Expert Part 8
Healing sweets: herbal honeys, syrups,
and cough drops

by Susun S Weed c. 2006

Be Your Own Herbal Expert - Part 8
Healing sweets: herbal honeys, syrups, and cough drops - Part 1
Herbal medicine is the medicine of the people

by Susun S Weed c. 2006


Read the other Be Your Own Herbal Expert articles
(part 1 - part 2 - part 3 - part 4 - part 5part 6 - part 7)



Herbal medicine is themedicine of the people. It is simple, safe, effective, and
free.Our ancestors used -and our neighbors
around the world still use - plant medicines
for healing and health maintenance. It's easy.
You can do it too, and you don't need a degree
or any special training.

Ancient memories arise in you when you begin
to use herbal medicine. These lessons are
designed to nourish and activate those memories
and your inner herbalist so you can be your
own herbal expert.



HONEY

Honey has been regarded as a healing substance for thousands of years. Greek healers relied on honey water, vinegar water, and honey/vinegar water as their primary cures. An Egyptian medical text dated to about 2600 BCE mentions honey 500 times in 900 remedies. What makes honey so special?

First, honey is antibacterial. It counters infections on the skin, in the intestines, in the respiratory system, or throughout the body.

Second, honey is hydroscopic, a long word meaning "water loving". Honey holds moisture in the place where it is put; it can even draw moisture out of the air. A honey facial leaves skin smooth and deliciously moist. These two qualities - anti-infective and hydroscopic - make honey an ideal healer of wounds of all kinds, including burns, bruises and decubita (skin ulcers), an amazing soother for sore throats, a powerful ally against bacterial diarrhea, and a counter to asthma.

Third, honey may be as high as 35 percent protein. This, along with the readily-available carbohydrate (sugar) content, provides a substantial surge of energy and a counter to depression. Some sources claim that honey is equal, or superior, to ginseng in restoring vitality. Honey's proteins also promote healing, both internally and externally.

And honey is a source of vitamins B, C, D and E, as well as some minerals. It appears to strengthen the immune system and help prevent (some authors claim to cure) cancer.

Honey is gathered from flowers, and individual honeys from specific flowers may be more beneficial than a blended honey. Tupelo honey, from tupelo tree blossoms, is high in levulose, which slows the digestion of the honey making it more appropriate for diabetics. Manuka honey, from New Zealand, is certified as antibacterial. My "house brand" is a rich, black, locally-produced autumn honey gathered by the bees from golden rod, buckwheat, chicory, and other wild flowers.

Raw honey also contains pollen and propolis, bee and flower products that have special healing powers.

Bee pollen, like honey, is a concentrated source of protein and vitamins; unlike honey,it is a good source of minerals, hormonal precursors, and fatty acids.Bee pollen has a reputation for relieving, and with consistent use, curing allergies and asthma.The pollens that cause allergic reactions are from plants that are wind-pollinated, not bee-pollinated, so any bee pollen, or any honey containing pollen, ought to be helpful. One researcher found an 84 percent reduction in symptoms among allergy sufferers who consumed a spoonful of honey a day during the spring, summer, and fall plus three times a week in the winter.

Propolis is made by the bees from resinous tree saps and is a powerful antimicrobial substance. Propolis can be tinctured in pure grain alcohol (resins do not dissolve well in 100 proof vodka, my first choice for tinctures) and used to counter infections such as bronchitis, sinusitis, colds, flus, gum disease, and tooth decay.

WARNING: All honey, but especially raw honey, contains the spores of botulinus. While this is not a problem for adults, children under the age of one year may not have enough stomach acid to prevent these spores from developing into botulism, a deadly poison.



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