Greetings, nerdlings! Welcome to level 2 of my new segment, “CraftasaurusRex’s Mana and Health Bar!”
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today, boys and girls, we are talking about:
Mankind has been using honey for thousands of years, but not necessarily how you think. It has always been prized for its use as a sweetener, but it has also been prized for its healing properties. Aristotle claimed honey was “good as a salve for sore eyes and wounds.” It is even said that Roman soldiers used honey to treat their wounds in battle.
But why would this work? Surely plastering yourself in honey is an easy way to get infections, or worse!
Wrong! It turns out that magic amber elixir is antiseptic, antibiotic, antifungal, and antibacterial! It actually doesn’t even spoil! I tend to buy local honey in quart-sized jars, and always try to have extra on hand.
There is plenty of information out there on the benefits of honey. It can even be used to treat antibiotic resistant strains of Streptococcus pyogenes, but how does it work?
according to http://www.aschoonerofscience.com, there are 5 main ways that honey is able to work its’ magic.
Firstly, honey contains an Enzyme called glucose oxidase that produces hydrogen peroxide when honey is diluted with water. Remember when you were a kid, and you scraped your knee, and your mom would pull out that brown bottle of stinging, fizzing liquid and tell you that it wouldn’t hurt, but you knew it would? And no matter how many times she tried to convince you that the bubbles tickled and didn’t hurt and were good because they were killing bad germs, your dang knee was stingy and itchy for like an hour after she doused it in that stuff? Yeah, honey makes that.
Second, honey contains so much sugar, that it isn’t a moist enough environment for bacteria to grow in. Any canner will be able to tell you, sugar preserves food! Why not people? They’ve even found ancient mummies buried with honey that is still edible, and in some cases the mummies themselves were preserved in honey!!!!
Third, scientists recently discovered that New Zealand Manuka honey contains Methylglyoxal, which happens to be an antibacterial compound.
Fourth, honey contains Bee defensin 1, which is a protein also found in Royal Jelly that also works as an Antibiotic.
Lastly, with a PH level of about 3.5, Honey happens to be acidic enough to inhibit the growth of bacteria.
It is even rumored that eating local honey exposes you to small amounts of pollen, and can help boost your immune system to fight off seasonal allergies. Like a delicious flu shot!
Not to mention it is super yummy, and can be used to replace most sweeteners!
So, if you are looking for a super long lasting, sweet treat to add to your medicine cabinet, thank those busy, buzzy bees, and stock up on some Honey!