Honey in remedies
Thanks to its numerous properties, honey can be put to advantage in all sorts of ways, either internally or externally.
An Austrian surgeon, after experimenting, considered honey to be among the best healers, for the following reasons.
Ripe honey is treated by the bee in a way that allows it to keep almost indefinitely, she gives it the elements which guarantee its keeping qualities. For this reason and also because of its density and its sugars, no unhealthy germ is able to live in honey. Even living, dangerous germs, such as typhoid bacillus (which thrives in most food) perish if they are placed in honey. Also, we may safely use honey for wound dressing, for burns and boils.
When we leave a pot of honey exposed to the air in a humid environment, we notice that the level of the honey steadily rises. It is because it is drawing water from the atmosphere.
In the same way, if we place bandages which have been coated in honey on a wound, the honey draws fluid from the tissues. This lymph carries with it the pus and poisons, and even attacks the microbe. The honey kills them through its antiseptic action.
In addition, honey contains two sorts of natural sugar, some mineral salts and the important vitamins. It is very probable that the cells and tissues of the wound absorb them when we apply the honey. If it is the case, then its curative power is even more understandable.
In order to effect a cure, wounds must be left undisturbed as much as possible. Honey softens and does not irritate the skin and, because of its consistency, sticks to the wound and softens everything. Not being greasy, it does not leave any excessive discharge, it does not dry out and the bandages do not stick.
Coughs, bronchitis, hoarsenessTake a coffee-spoon of warm honey every two hours throughout the day; one spoonful an hour before dinner and another in the evening before going to bed. If you mix the honey with a little goose grease, it will make the remedy more effective.
Mouth ulcers, thrushRub with honey to which you have added alum or borax. Or alternatively use rose honey made of honey and rose oil.
InfluenzaTake some weak tea strongly flavoured with honey and a little rum and lemon.
Digestive problemsHoney, with its refreshing, gently laxative and purgative properties, prevents constipation and is very good for inflammation of the stomach, and even the bladder. According to Dr Guerin, there is no better treatment for gastrointestinal upsets, and he adds that honey would be the most important food for those with excitable constitutions.
Intestinal wormsGive children honey mixed with a little garlic. Constipation
Take frequent doses of warm milk sweetened with honey. Insomnia
Take two or three spoonfuls of honey before bed to calm the nerves. Inflammation of the eyes
Dissolve some drops of pure, clear honey in a little warm water and bathe the eyes with drops of the liquid, four or five times daily, the last time just before going to bed. Some minutes afterwards, remove the secretions which leak out from under the eyelids, without however, cleaning the eyes themselves.
Ulcers, abscessesUse an ointment made of heated honey kneaded into rye flour or boiled onions. Burns
Make compresses of honey or honey water. Cracked skin, scurf
Make lotions of honey diluted with water; or late evening, rub the hands with honey and wear gloves. Use honey soap.
Honey soapKnead 50 g. of good white soap (grated) with 130 g. honey, 16 g. cream of tartar and 70 g. orange flower water.
Skin inflammationsMake lotions of honey diluted in water.
Shaving rashMake lotions of honey water or rub with a little honey before wiping clean.
Skin careThe much vaunted cosmetics and soaps do not surpass honey water for giving skin whiteness and softness.
Honey does not burn the skin as glycerine does. It does not block pores with impurities as do fats. But glycerine and fats occur in all commercial preparations.
To give skin whiteness and softness, nothing surpasses the following recipe. It has only one fault and that is it is so easy. Mix liquid honey and cornflour to form a thick paste. Before washing yourself, spread this paste on the skin. Rub for as long as possible, rinse off and wash.
Cod liver oilCod liver oil can be replaced by honey-butter comprising two parts fresh butter and one part honey beaten together. This cream with a white glaze, fresh tasting with a hint of Sauternes, is more easily accepted by children.
WhitlowTo heal whitlows or suppurating wounds, take one egg yolk, an equal quantity of honey, a teaspoonful of camphorated alcohol and a soup-spoonful of really fresh turpentine; mix well and make into a paste with a clear consistency. Spread a thin layer on the wound and keep cool. This paste has an amazing power to draw and remove pus; healing is very quick.