Honey is a liquid gold medicine. History tells us that the ancient Egyptians used it to heal wounds, and in the medical world, it is shown to be extremely useful even today.
If you suffer from a sore throat or cough, buckwheat honey has been shown to relieve cough better than over-the-counter medications. Its healing properties for wounds have been proven so that Medihoney has created its own line of medicinal grade honey treatments for the medical world. You can enjoy some of these benefits on your own. Here are 6 ways you can benefit from natural liquid gold.
1. Sore throat lozenges.
Honey is great for soothing sore throats and helps soothe coughs at the same time. You can make your own throat lozenges. Pour 1 1/2 cups of boiling water over 6 tablespoons of marshmallow root. Leave to stand for 20 minutes, then drain. In a saucepan, mix the tea with 1 cup of buckwheat honey. Bring the liquid to a boil, then simmer until your candy thermometer reaches 300 ° F. Pour the liquid onto a wax-lined cookie sheet and let it stand for 15 to 30 minutes until cool enough to touch. Using scissors or a knife, to cut the “candy” into drop-size pieces and roll them into a powder: tapioca flour, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, or ground cinnamon. Put all the drops in a jar with some of the coating powder, then shake the jar making sure all the drops are thoroughly coated. Shake out all the powder and store the drops in a well-sealed jar.
2. Cough drops.
Buckwheat honey is best for soothing coughs. If works even better than dextromethorphan and diphenhydramine at suppressing coughs and helping people sleep. Cough drops by putting slices of 1 lemon, 2 inches of fresh ginger, and 2 cups of water on the pan and bringing it to a boil. Leave to cook on low heat for 20 minutes, and then strain out the ginger and lemon. While the tea is brewing, place a 1-inch layer of powdered sugar in a cookie sheet and use a curved side of a teaspoon to form circular molds. Add 1 cup of buckwheat honey to the tea and bring it to a boil. Once it boils, reduce the heat to medium and let it cook until it reaches 300 ° F. Pour the liquid into the molds and allow to cool. It takes about 1 1/2 hours. Sift the powdered sugar off and store it in an airtight jar.
3. Cough syrup.
If you want to take cough syrup at night, then combine 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon zest, 1/4 cup peeled, sliced, fresh ginger, and 1 cup water. Boil for 5 minutes. Strain the lemon and ginger and add 1 cup of buckwheat honey. Store the syrup in a jar.
4. Eczema ointment.
Manuka honey is the best honey for wound healing. To treat eczema, melt 1/2 cup of shea butter and 1/4 cup of cocoa butter in a double boiler until it becomes a liquid. Remove from the heat and add 2 teaspoons of Manuka honey and squeeze the oil out of a vitamin E capsule. Stir well and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Once the time comes, remove and whip with a hand mixer until it becomes white and creamy. Add 10 drops of your favorite essential oil and mix well and place it into hand cream jars.
5. Wound treatment.
Manuka honey can be used directly to treat cuts and scrapes. Honey should be applied directly to the wound. If the honey is too thick, warm it a slightly to make it runnier. Once the wound is covered, put a bandage over the top to keep the honey from getting on anything else.
6. Wound ointment.
If you want something that is not so sticky, you can combine honey with the healing properties of olive oil. Melt 1 cup of beeswax in a double boiler. Add 1 cup olive oil and 1 cup Manuka honey and stir. Pour into tins and let stand. Use liberally on any wound.