We have always known that bees make a precious nectar: honey! Honey is delicious on a pancake, in an infusion or simply in a pot! But not only is it good for the taste buds, it’s also good for your health …
And this practice is called apitherapy! Whole food par excellence, honey offers many benefits: antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant … A true and absolutely natural ally of health … But not all honeys have the same properties … Obviously related to foraging and flowers therefore have due to their properties, they do not all have the same health effects. Here is a little guide to help you find your way.
Honey for what ailments?
We all know the honey candies that our grandmothers made us suckle for sore throats … But honey has been the subject of numerous studies showing its health benefits. Apitherapy is not yet recognized as an alternative medicine in France, but it is already recognized in Australia, England or New Zealand. It is even recognized as forensic medicine in Cuba, according to Psychologies magazine.
Honey is a popular food among athletes because of its energy capacity (310 kcal per 100 grams). It also improves hemoglobin levels in the blood, magnesium and calcium retention. There are many healing ointments that are used in hospitals made on the basis of Manuka honey.
Which honey do you choose according to your needs? Photo credit: Shutterstock / Nitr
Which honey do you choose according to your needs?
Acacia honey: bowel regulator Sea buckthorn honey: laxative cherry tree honey: diuretic chestnut honey: blood circulation, healing, tiredness. Rich in minerals: potassium, magnesium, barium, manganese. Oak honey: Supplement of the trace elements Rapeseed honey: rich in calcium Lavender honey: Used in cosmetics for soaps and shampoos. But useful for healing and relieving insect bites. Alfalfa honey: energetic, the honey used by athletes and people in a state of fatigue or recovery. Dandelion honey: diuretic rosemary honey: indigestion. Rich in calcium Fir honey: sore throat, the famous honey candy! It is also antiseptic and diuretic Buckwheat honey: sore throat, a Breton specialty! Linden honey: calming (ideal with infusion), fear. Rich in Potassium, Calcium and Manganese Sunflower Honey: Promotes blood circulation, contains calcium, silicon and boron. Thyme honey is used to sweeten evening infusions as it promotes sleep. It is also rich in copper. Garrigue honey: tonic and fortifying properties thanks to its richness in trace elements. Orange honey: a murder in oriental cupcake recipes!
Contraindications to the use of honey
Even if it is a natural product, it is contraindicated and even prohibited in certain people suffering from pathologies.
Excessive consumption in children under 12 months of age can cause botulism, a rare but serious paralytic disease. People who are allergic to pollen or bees and who consume honey can cause serious reactions such as vomiting, diarrhea, or anaphylactic shock. Anaphylactic shock, which can lead to death. Obviously, diabetics shouldn’t consume honey. This naturally sweet food can increase blood sugar levels dramatically. The only time diabetics can consume it is in the case of hypoglycemia and again no more than 50 grams per day and consumed very slowly. Finally, excessive consumption of honey, and therefore sugar, could promote pancreatic cancer or heart disease. Honey promotes insulin production and can also cause diabetic disorders.
In any case, this article is not a prescription and is never a substitute for informed medical advice. Like all natural products, honey has advantages, but it must be consumed in moderation … And with the assurance that we will not have any pathologies that contradict its use, and only a doctor can confirm it.