Ok, so who does NOT like honey?!!

 

I certainly love it, I spread it on my toast in the morning, I put it in my yogurt in the evening, I sneak a teaspoon of this wonderful treat off and on during the day—whenever no one is looking!!

I used to feel sort of guilty about this, and worried about the calories involved, though there are hardly as many calories in honey as in ice cream or candy etc., mind you! In fact, a teaspoon (or two!) of honey mixed with yogurt makes a great after dinner desert, or a late evening (“go happily to bed”, I call it) treat.

And the benefits of honey hugely outweigh any negatives (like calories)!

Stephen Harrod Buhner, a very well known leader in the promotion of Herbal Medicine, says:

“I have used honey in healing for over 20 years and there is nothing comparable for treating wounds of any sort, no matter how infected or bad they are. It is THE premier wound healer on this planet.” (HERBAL ANTIBIOTICS)(great book, by the way!)

WOW!! Stephen also calls honey “a potent antibiotic against all known forms of resistant bacteria that infect the skin and wounds.”

Born in Greece, I grew up with mostly honey rather than sugar. Honey has been a sacred food in my country since very ancient times.

In Greek-Minoan mythology, “Melissa” (bee) was a nymph who discovered and taught the use of honey and from whom bees were believed to have received their name! She was one of the nymph nurses of Zeus, the Greek Head of the Olympian Gods/Goddesses. But rather than feeding the baby milk, Melissa, appropriately for her name, fed him honey! Or, alternatively, the bees brought honey straight to his mouth! (Stephen Buhner, and my own Greek mythology sources).

Honey is extracted—by the bees—from wild flowers which grow plentifully everywhere in Greece, almost all year round.  Other products that come from plants and are collected by the bees are propolis and royal jelly—all very effective as antibiotics. But definitely Honey is the strongest of all.

 

Some of the most important actions of Honey are:

  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-allergenic
  • Anti-carcinogenic
  • Anti-viral
  • Immune Stimulant
  • Tonic

 

WOW!!! So, for those of us who have some land/garden/or field nearby, (one that is left alone to grow all the local wildflowers in our area—and here, in the Ohio heartland, we have MANY!), I would definitely encourage you to get out there and observe the bees collecting their beloved honey.

Here at the farm, we do have some Bee Hives, a friend comes to collect the honey which we then share. It is incredible to go and watch the bees buzzing around and know that the honey I eat on my toast or in my yogurt comes right from this land, is pure, and sweet as can be, and contains absolutely NO chemicals—it is pure and Organic!

Organic Honey is widely available, and I would strongly suggest that you ONLY buy organic honey.  Or get a hive or two, grow a flower garden, and produce your very own honey!

 

Bless the Bees!!!

 

 

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Thanks for reading!

Charoula Dontopoulos
Certified Herbalist
Holistic Health Advisor
BC Polarity Therapy Practitioner