The first references to honey as medicine date back to prehistoric paintings. Also the Egyptian people benefited from their properties, having found documents Egyptian medicine where the honey as an ingredient in various recipes are highlighted.
Its virtues are known from classical antiquity; were knowledgeable of the great value of this good product, doctors and priests Greeks and Romans and the Gauls druids, who used frequently in the composition of their remedies, potions and prepared. Also present in many dishes and was the sweetener par excellence, who did not know sugar. It also elaborated the famous honey and mead mulsum (it was the favorite drink of Julius Caesar).
Also, to the Islamic civilization, honey is a sacred delicacy, much more than just food. The Koran, the sacred book of Islam devotes a sura (chapter) whole bees (nahl in Arabic), and numerous quotes, like this: “You, Lord God, have inspired the bees: Establish therefore Room the mountains, trees and human constructions. Then eat of all the fruits and walk meekly in the ways of your Lord. Your belly comes a drink of varying color wherein is healing for men. Verily in this is a Sign for those who reflect. ” And this even today enjoys unique appreciation in Muslim countries and is present in many recipes rich cuisine.
Finally, you should know that it is one of the few food products that perfectly resists the passage of time. In fact it is as effective as natural preservative salt. For example, you can put a piece of meat into a pot of honey and leave it in the closet. Within a year it out of there in perfect condition … but, yes, very sweet.
Today it is best known popularly is directed to the improvement of the respiratory system: it is very common to take it for colds, because it relieves cough, airway protects, soothes sore throat and acts as an expectorant. Furthermore, steam inhalation is effective against the nasal congestion.
It is also common use to relieve minor burns and promote wound healing, since it is a natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. It also stimulates the growth of new tissue.