Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Honey

  • Honey works extremely well as a cough suppressant.  In one study, children with respiratory tract infections were given two teaspoons of raw honey directly before going to bed.  Another group were given recommended doses of dextromethorphan, which is a common cough suppressant.  The children who were given the honey showed marked signs of decreased coughing in the night, which matched almost perfectly the decreased coughing in the children who were given dextromethorphan.  So if you don’t have any cough medicine around, honey seems to be a good natural alternative to synthesized medicine in this case.
  • In 2007, a group of researches studied the effect of creating an eye drop solution made with 20% honey and 80% normal artificial tears.  They then tested this against 100% artificial tears on 36 patients, 19 given the honey solution, the rest given the artificial tears.  Each person was instructed to use the eye drops three times a day.  The results indicated that those who used the honey had improved state of their cornea and significant overall improvement of their eye health.  They also reported less discomfort over those who used only artificial tears.
  • In order to make a honey solution suitable for treating eye infections, do the following:  take raw honey and distilled or boiled water and mix them together in equal parts.   Use an eye dropper to put two or three drops of this solution in your eye three to four times a day (obviously if using boiled water, best to wait for it to cool down a bit before applying to your eye.) :-)  Such a solution has even been shown to be effective at curing pink-eye in cattle.  In his particular study, a herd of cattle had pink-eye and one half were given the above solution regularly, while the other was given the veterinarian prescribed medication.  The group given the honey solution were pink-eye free in about half the time the group that used the prescribed medication were.
  • Honey has also been traditionally used to treat sore throats, even commonly used by opera singers and voice actors, generally mixed with lemon and water to create a tonic.  Like so many other traditional honey remedies, this one has only been scientifically researched recently to see if the anecdotal evidence matched with reality.  In one study, done at the University of Waikato in 2000, they confirmed that honey does indeed make a decent sore throat remedy, even as a treatment for strep throat, caused by Streptococci bacteria.  Indeed, they showed in the absence of saliva altogether, honey was drastically more effective than Dequadin and Strepsils at killing the bacteria that cause strep throat.  With saliva present, it was just as effective as Dequadin and two and a half times more effective than Strepsils.
  • Garlic also works well on sore throats, though not necessarily on strep throat (hasn’t been proven yet on strep throat, as far as I can tell).  According to a study done by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, eating garlic while you have a sore throat will significantly shorten the duration of your sore throat.  Further, it was found that eating garlic on a daily basis will significantly reduce your likely hood of contracting a cold and will reduce the number of days you’re sick, if you do get the cold.
  • As mentioned, honey’s antibiotic capabilities are based partially on which type of plant the nectar was harvested from. On the flip-side, there are plants that bees can make honey from that will make you sick, sometimes fatally. For instance, honey made from rhododendrons can cause dizziness, weakness, excessive perspiration, nausea and vomiting shortly after you ingest it. In rare cases, a person can show symptoms including low blood pressure; low heart rates; and lethal heart rhythms, mimicking Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome.  It can also create first, second, and third degree heart blocks. The cause of the illness is the grayanotoxin present in the rhododendron.
  • Honey’s potential to help with a worldwide decrease in medical expenses is huge (which is why very little research has been done on it until recently; no profit in it for the pharmaceutical companies). Currently, chronic wounds account for up to 4% of health care expenses worldwide.
  • A 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide is effective at removing blood stains.  Before washing the clothing that is stained, apply the solution.  Next, rinse the clothing with cold water and soap.  Repeat as necessary until the blood stain is gone.  Do not dry the clothing or apply heat before the stain is completely gone or it will “set” it in the cloth.
  • Small amounts of hydrogen peroxide mixed in water is often used by horticulturists when watering plants.  This solution helps prevent root rot and stimulates the plant’s root system development.
  • Hydrogen peroxide can be used to remove skunk odor when mixed with baking soda and a very small amount of hand soap.
  • For you DIY electronic enthusiasts out there, hydrogen peroxide mixed with vinegar and table salt works well for etching printed circuit boards, rather than using ferric chloride or the like.
  • A mixture of hydrogen peroxide with baking soda works well for cleaning the grout in tiled floors.

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