Research shows that honey has more nutrients than milk and egg. It contains 40.5% fructose, 34.0% glucose, 17.7% water, 1.9% sucrose, 1.5% dextrin and gums, 1.2% ash and traces of lecithin. According to a researcher of the Central Luzon State University Bee Research Project in Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, honey can cure the following:
1. Cataract, colds, cough, sore throat, sinusitis, anemia, arthritis, rheumatism and even athlete’s foot and pimples. Taking in pure honey regularly may also minimize colds, cough, sore throat and sinusitis. Chewing and finally swallowing honey soothes the throat and nostrils.
2. Honey is also good for anemic persons or for those who have low blood pressure. It hastens the production of red blood cells.
3. Pure honey contains lecithin which dilutes or dissolves the cholesterol in the heart’s blood vessels. People who use to eat fatty foods may likely suffer from heart disorders mainly due to cholesterol accumulating in the heart’s blood vessels. When cholesterol gets thicker, supply of blood to and from the heart becomes limited, resulting in heart attack.
4. Honey can also be used as a facial cleansing cream. It prevents pimples. It can also cure athlete’s foot (ringworm of the feet), a contagious disease caused by fungus. Before going to bed, wash your feet with soap and lukewarm water. Let your foot dry and then apply honey over the infected portion and wrap with bandage. The following
morning, remove the bandage and wash your feet clean. Do this every night until your feet heals.
Pureness of honey: Pure honey contains 7.7 percent moisture. This can be determined by using a thermometer. Another simple method is to use an onion skin coupon bond. Drop a little amount of honey on the paper. If it tears the paper, then the honey contains more than enough water and is therefore adulterated. If not, it is pure honey. Also, soak the head of a match stick in honey for five minutes. Thereafter, strike the match. If it sparks, the honey is pure.
Source: Phil. Farmer’s Journal September 1980