People have been enjoying honey as a natural sweetener for a long time. According to CNN Health, there are rock art images of honey harvesting that date back to 8000 B.C. Since then, there is evidence of honey being used in pottery and as a treatment for wounds and ailments. In fact, there is a wide range of benefits that honey is believed to have. Many of these benefits are not scientifically proven in relation to humans, however there are a few pluses based in science. The main benefits of honey are that it actually offers antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
For example, Manuka honey can be used to treat sores or ulcers; it is the primary product of Medihoney, which can be used to stimulate healing. Manuka honey has antibacterial properties that are effective against a number of bacteria, such as E.coli.
Although this hasn’t been studied extensively thus far, many people believe that honey is a great natural solution to soothe sore throats. Warning: do not give honey to children under the age of one year old, as their digestive systems are not yet able to handle botulism that can contaminate honey.
If you are interested in adding honey to your diet, try to source it locally. In fact, if you live near Vernon, BC, we suggest you check out Planet Bee for tons of local honey and other bee products! Planet B is committed to running an environmentally sustainable business and has been happy to teach the public about bees for over 20 years.
To learn more, check out these resources: https://www.webmd.com/diet/features/medicinal-uses-of-honey#1 & https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/15/health/honey-health-benefits/index.html