Monday, August 30, 2010

Straight Buzz From The Hive

It could be that the bees pollinating my veggies are trying to communicate telepathically with me. I don't know what it is, but it seems all I have been reading lately are tips about bees or honey. Since I'm long overdue at posting here, I thought I'd share a few with you.

One thing I read was that a simple spoonful of honey could substitute for cough syrup. Since I am in the midst of a miserable summer cold right now, I thought I would test this one out. I ran out of cough syrup last night, and every time I lay down to sleep I would get that tickle in the back of my throat and start coughing. After awhile, I threw back the covers in frustration and made my way to the kitchen. Plundering my collection of honey packets from cups of restaurant tea (I never use the packets when I'm out because they make my fingers all sticky) I found a couple and ripped them open. I squeezed a couple directly into the back of my throat. This did relieve the tickle long enough to let me drift off to sleep. Would it work for a really bad cough? Probably not. Would the effects be terribly long lasting? Not likely. Could honey substitute for cough syrup in a pinch? Sure!

This brings me to my second tip. Honey is also a natural antiseptic. Try it out on those summer cuts and scrapes! People swore by it before Neosporin was invented! Researchers have even found one type of honey (Manuka) to be effective in treating some MRSA infections.

I had never heard this tip before the other day. Someone said their doctor recommended taping a penny to a bee sting. The copper would make the swelling go down and neutralize the reaction. There were several people that claimed to have tried this with success. Since I don't relish the thought of deliberately going out and getting stung to test this one out, one of you will have to let me know if this works. I can't wait to hear (not that I'm wishing a bee sting on you)!

One fun fact: honey is the only food that never spoils!  Fruit has been found in Egyptian tombs, preserved in honey, which is edible today.  Hope you find these tips to be the bee's knees! At least one of them ought to come in handy at some point if your house is anything like mine.


Preeti @ Heart and Mind said...


Honey sure has many benefits. I have given up on honey for some time, as trying to be vegan path!

Honey is lot better compared to corn syrup and processed sugar though.

Betsy Bargain said...

What would the vegan sweetener be, Preeti? Beet sugar or maple syrup maybe? Some herbs that I've heard are good for a cough are slippery elm bark, licorice root, and marshmallow root. There is probably a vegan cough syrup alternative available using those herbs, or you could probably make your own.

Anonymous said...

One of the best benefits of honey is that it turns hot tea into the most delicious beverage ever!

Betsy Bargain said...


Not only is it delicious, but it's healthy too!

Preeti @ Heart and Mindh said...


I use vegan sugar, agave necter, or molasses, maple syrup for vegan choices. I used to love honey in tea once upon a time!

Anonymous said...

There should be a national BEE APPRECIATION DAY...there's a national holiday for just about everything else!