Spring is in the air and as flowers start to bloom you
might notice an increase in the bee population as well. Bee products have long
been used in medicine and cooking as a healthy alternative.
Honey contains the
vitamins and minerals that are lacking in refined table sugar, making it a much
healthier sweetener. As a folk remedy, honey has traditionally been taken for
heartburn and stomach ulcers. Read on to find out what they can do for your
Self-Healing With Honey: The Natural Antibiotic
In fact, Western research indicates that honey may halt
the growth of H. pylori, the bacteria responsible for most gastric ulcers, and
the caffeic acid found in honey may also prevent colon cancer. The only warning
for this delicious, bacteria-fighting sweetener is that it should never be
given to a child under the age of one because raw honey may contain botulism
Here are some home remedies for common
ailments, in which honey takes center stage!
1) First aid for wounds. Honey can also be used
topically. Honey-soaked gauze can be wrapped around burns and wounds to help
healing and applied to insect bites to soothe and prevent infections.
2) Soothe a sore throat. Eat a teaspoon of honey to
soothe and coat the throat.
3) Remedy your allergies. One teaspoon of
unfiltered and unprocessed honey taken daily can do wonders for allergies.
4) Cure a cough. Core and peel one Asian pear, adding
one tablespoon of honey to the center, and steam or bake for 10-15 minutes. Eat
this two to three times a day to nourish your lungs and soothe a cough.
5) Counteract constipation. When you wake up in the
morning, on an empty stomach, drink a 12 oz glass of lukewarm water
with one tablespoon of honey.
Be Healthy With Bee Pollen And Propolis
Here are two bee products that might surprise you with
their beneficial properties: bee pollen and propolis. Bee pollen, rich in
vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and amino acids, gives your energy and vitality a
boost. It also protects the liver from toxins and benefits men with enlarged
Propolis is a resin that’s secreted by the bees to
repair their hive and it acts as a protective layer against invading microbes
and other organisms. Propolis stimulates immune functions and is full of
flavonoids with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It also contains
terpenoids, which possess antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal agents.
Similar to certain prescription antibiotics, propolis
can prevent bacterial cell division and break down the cell walls of invading
organisms. Of course, never stop prescription medication without checking with
your doctor. Get this substance in propolis-enriched honey or capsules.
All Hail the Queen Bee!
Another bee product that you may have heard about is
royal jelly. In Asian cultures, royal jelly is considered a powerful longevity
tonic; it has been touted to stimulate immunity, vitality, and virility.
Royal jelly is rich in vitamins and collagen – a protein
that we lose as we get older. Royal jelly has also been found to effectively
fight tumors, particularly the sarcoma type. An antibacterial protein in the
substance, called royalisin, is powerful protection from certain bacteria,
including streptococcus and staphylococcus.
This incredibly therapeutic jelly is the food reserved
for queen bees. Here’s where it gets interesting: the queen bee lives five to
seven years while the worker bees live only five to seven weeks. When the queen
bee is fed the same food as the worker bees, she has the same life span of five
to seven weeks. It’s no wonder that royal jelly is celebrated as a longevity
tonic throughout Asia!
May you live long, live strong, and live happy!
Dr. Mao Shing Ni,
best known as Dr. Mao is a bestselling author, doctor of Oriental Medicine and
board certified anti-aging expert. He has recently appeared on “The Ricki Lake
Show,” “Dr. Oz,” and contributes to Yahoo Health and The Huffington Post.
Dr. Mao practices acupuncture, nutrition, and Chinese medicine with his
associates at the Tao of Wellness in Santa Monica, Newport Beach, and Pasadena.
Dr. Mao and his brother, Dr. Daoshing Ni, founded the Tao of Wellness more than
25 years ago in addition to founding Yo San University in Marina del Rey.
To make an appointment for evaluation and treatment please call 310.917.2200 or
you can email Dr. Mao at email@example.com. To subscribe to his
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