The honey bee is irreplaceable. Without it, we would not have any fruit or vegetables, because it pollinates around 80 per cent of all plants. And honey, bee propolis and beebread make the beehive a real medicine cabinet.
Humans have been using the healing power of honey for thousands of years. For ancient Egyptians, honey was the food of the gods. Hippocrates, the most famous doctor of ancient times, developed a catalogue with 300 different honey recipes against diseases. Even today honey is used medicinally. It is not an all-round cure, but it can relieve some discomfort. If you combine honey with chopped onions, you can create a natural cough medicine.
Tea with ginger and honey will relieve you from a runny nose. It has even been scientifically proven that a spoonful of honey, during radiation therapy in the head area, reduces inflammation in the mouth. It means that patients can eat better during treatment and regain their strength more quickly.
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