Honey has been used for centuries as a home remedy to soften a sore throat, reduce the symptoms of cold and flu, and to help heal scrapes and wounds. Scientific research helps backs up these uses, but more research is needed. Plus, honey is a great tasting ingredient to add to home remedy recipes. Look for local varieties in stores. Many types of honey exist based on the region and types of flowers pollinated. Manuka honey comes from Australia and has shown to have antimicrobial actions. Click here to read more manuka research.
Store sealed in a cool cupboard. Interestingly, according to the Smithsonian Magazine, honey has an indefinite shelf life. Click here to read more about the science of how honey can last forever.
Honey is not recommended for children under the age of one year; there is a risk of infant botulism. Further, raw honey that has not been pasteurized may include unsafe bacteria and toxins.
In a powerful blender or food processor, combine the water and thyme. Pour into a sauce pan, add honey, and heat on low for thirty minutes. Store in a glass jar (once cool) in the refrigerator for up to two months. Adults take one teaspoon up to three times a day for up to one week as needed. Discontinue use if there are any concerns.
In a double boiler or on very low heat, combine the first three ingredients. Once melted, immediately remove from heat. Add the lavender essential oil, stir, and pour into glass jars. Once cool, seal with a lid. Use about 1 teaspoon as needed on wounds. Lasts about six months. For serious wounds, consult a Doctor. Discontinue use if any irritation occurs.
For more information, click here for a WebMD review: Medical Uses of Honey.