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Cold weather and stress lower our immune defences, leading to coughs, colds and other unpleasant winter illnesses.

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Luckily, there is an all-natural way to help compensate for the weather: Honey.

I’ve heard bits and pieces about its medicinal properties, and we all know the old hot water with lemon and honey trick for soothing sore throats. But does it really heal?

Turns out the answer is yes. An amazing study shows honey is an incredible antibacterial agent that protects against everything from E. coli to MSRA to ulcers.

It’s fascinating, and not too technical, so read the whole article if you have time. Otherwise, here are the highlights:

Honey is an ancient remedy for the treatment of infected wounds, which has recently been ‘rediscovered’ by the medical profession, particularly where conventional modern therapeutic agents fail. The first written reference to honey, a Sumerian tablet writing, dating back to 2100-2000 BC, mentions honey’s use as a drug and an ointment. Aristotle (384-322 BC), when discussing different honeys, referred to pale honey as being “good as a salve for sore eyes and wounds”. Manuka honey has been reported to exhibit antimicrobial activity against pathogenic bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) and Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) making this honey a promising functional food for the treatment of wounds or stomach ulcers.

The support for using honey as a treatment regimen for peptic ulcers and gastritis comes from traditional folklore as well as from reports in modern times. Honey may promote the repair of damaged intestinal mucosa, stimulate the growth of new tissues and work as an anti-inflammatory agent,. Raw honey contains copious amounts of compounds such as flavonoids and other polyphenols which may function as antioxidants.

There’s some big words in there, but the point is, honey is actually an incredible healing substance that can help soothe your skin, ease your digestions, and protect against bacteria. For ideas for how to add it to your winter health regime, try these articles:

25 ways to use honey as a home remedy

A dozen ways to use raw honey

Honey-related recipes, tips or suggestions? Share in the comments!