Last week Oxford University's Medical School & Nuffield Dept. of Primary Care Health Sciences released a study that says "Honey may be a better treatment for coughs and colds than over-the-counter medicines and could provide a safer, cheaper and more readily available alternative to antibiotics" reported by CNN and the journal BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine.
Honey has been used for centuries in treating common illnesses. Holistically we are all aware of honeys healing properties. The problem is that it has never been heavily researched. That is now changing! Physicians and Scientists from Oxford have been analyzing evidence of symptoms of respiratory infections and how it responded to honey treatments. "Honey was superior to usual care for the improvement of symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections," they wrote in the journal BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine. Previous research has proven that honey has the power to kill bacteria. Studies have now shown that it is effective against dozens of strains, including E.coli and salmonella. Another study says that honey did a better job of easing nighttime coughs and improving sleep than both popular suppressants (dextromethorphanand & the antihistamine diphenhydramine (often sold under the brand name Benadryl).
"Since the majority of URTI's are viral, antibiotic prescription is both ineffective and inappropriate," the study's authors wrote. "A lack of effective alternatives, as well as a desire to preserve the patient/doctor relationship, both contribute to antibiotic over prescription." Certain honeys have also been shown to fight staph and digestive bacteria associated with peptic ulcers and H.pylori.
This is excellent news people! Science is finally getting onboard with the natural healing properties of honey! Tim & I have been taking our Cold and Flu honey mixtures for years and have not had the flu or been sick in almost 4 years. Nothing works the same for everyone, but medical research is catching up to what we have known for centuries. Sometimes you just shouldn't mess with Mother Nature! A side point to all of this is that nowhere in these studies does it mention the kind of honey to use. RAW, UNFILTERED HONEY is the best honey for helping you medicinally! Unlike the usual store brands that pasteurize the honey to keep it shelf stable (they boil out the moisture so it doesn't crystallize). What you have to remember is that when they do that, they are also boiling out all the natural enzymes and antioxidants that make honey a healing natural!
Do yourself a huge favor before this Cold & Flu season starts. Check out our "Treat Me Naturally" Honey line of products! I also use the Arthritis Inflammation formula everyday to help keep me moving. Stock your medicine cabinet with products that are healthy, good for you, good tasting, and actually WORK! We are very excited about this news report from actual scientists and physicians from Oxford. More studies are being done as I write this. This report was based on 14 different research studies, of which 9 included children! We have a Children's Formula! Help your little ones naturally!
As always...use your common sense and call your doctor if your symptoms continue without improvement for many days. We are not against the medical profession! We just like to start holistically and work from there. I hope you will join us and DO THIS HONEY!
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