Posted by Self Reliance Outfitters on May 28, 2013
Honey is mentioned in the Bible and found in ancient Indian, Greek, Egyptian and Arabic literature—honey is one of the oldest sweeteners on earth. It’s also one of the most complete foods you can find in the wild. The benefits of homey include natural energy and a host of other self-
Twelve health benefits of honey
Honey not only tastes good, it offers a myriad of health benefits and works as a natural remedy for many conditions. Below are just a few self-sustainability tips and natural remedies attributed to the nectar of bees:
- Helps to prevent cancer and heart disease. Honey contains flavonoids, which are antioxidants that have been shown to help prevent cancer and heart disease and improve self-sustainability.
- Acts as an anti-bacterial agent. Honey contains the same enzyme that is used to make hydrogen peroxide and has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, just another good reason to include a jar of natural honey with your survival gear.
- Helps relieve ulcers and gastro-intestinal distress. Recent research indicates that honey helps to relieve stomach distress due to ulcers and other ailments. This is perhaps related to honey’s anti-bacterial properties.
- Helps to regulate blood sugar. Unlike refined, white sugar, honey breaks down slowly and enters your bloodstream slowly, avoiding the blood sugar peaks and valleys associated with most other sugars. Blood sugar levels are absolutely vital to self-sustainability.
- Acts as a natural healing agent. Honey is effective in treating cuts and burns. The anti-bacterial properties combines with how honey hardens when it dries helps to keep a wound clean.
- Is a probiotic. Honey has six species of lactobacilli and four species of bifidobacteria, both forms of “good” bacteria that help to aid digestion for self-sustainability.
- Moisturizes. Honey is also a natural skin moisturizer, a good thing to keep in mind when spending time out in the wild.
- Reduces coughs and sore throats. Honey, particularly buckwheat honey, is effective as a cough suppressant and helps to ease the pain of a sore throat.
- Enhances physical stamina. Athletes have used honey for centuries because it helps increase endurance, physical stamina and improve self-sustainability.
- Eases allergies. Honey has been shown to ease allergy systems caused by pollen.
- Increases calcium absorption. Using raw honey helps the body absorb calcium, helping to promote good bone health and improve self-sustainability.
- Helps insomnia. Many people have reported that a few teaspoons of honey at night before bed helps them to get a good night’s sleep.
As wonderful a food as honey is, there is one caution associated with using honey for medicinal purposes. Never give honey to a baby less than one year old (because their immune system is not yet equipped to handle the substance.)
About The Pathfinder School
The Pathfinder School offers a variety of classes in survival, bushcraft, self-reliance and self-sustainability skills. They also sell a complete line of survival items, from survival apparel to survival kits to that survival knife you’ll need to harvest honey. Make The Pathfinder Store your first stop for survival gear.