As per request, here are the recipes from Honey Fest at Bertram's Garden yesterday:
Honey has been used medicinally for centuries. Historically, honey was counted on to treat all manner of complaints including stress, disturbed sleep, bad breath, poor eyesight, diarrhea, asthma, stomach ulcers, eczema, low sperm count, morning sickness, and arthritis to name a few. Below are some common current uses.
Using local honey in small doses every day before and during allergy season can help reduce symptoms of pollen allergies, in part because of its anti-inflammatory action. In a 2008 study of birch pollen allergies, the patients who were ingesting birch pollen honey had 60% less symptoms, and used 50% less antihistamines than those not using the birch pollen honey. I recommend a teaspoon of local honey twice a day.
Allergy honey: Cover the following herbs with local honey: Stinging nettle leaf (Urtica dioica), Goldenrod leaf and flower (Solidago canadensis), Turmeric powder (Curcuma longa), and Reishi powder (Ganoderma tsugae). Take 1 tablespoon 2x daily.
Honey is an excellent topical dressing for wounds. It creates a moist environment to promote healing, a protective coating to prevent further infection, and is anti-microbial. Unlike anti-biotics, honey has a broad spectrum of antimicrobial activity against bacteria, viruses, and fungi. A 2015 review proved honey to be more effective at treating post-operative infection than antiseptics and gauze.
Honey is a great topical treatment for all manner of burns, from mild to very serious. A 2015 review shows honey to be more effective topically for dressing wounds than conventional hospital treatment. Many hospitals now use honey to treat burns, applying it 1-3 times a day, and covering the area with gauze.
Colds and Flu
Honey is anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, fever reducing, and soothing to irritated tissue. Add honey to a tea for a sore throat, fever, or general cold symptoms.
Four Thieves honey: This honey was used during the plague because it’s extremely anti-microbial. Cover the following herbs with local honey: Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Sage (Salvia officinalis), Thyme (Thymus vulgaris), Oregano (Origanum vulgare). Take 1 tablespoon 3x daily when you feel a cold coming on. Strain the herbs out if you like or chew them and eat them.
Ginger honey: Grate 3-4 inches of fresh ginger root. Cover in local honey. Take 1 tablespoon 3x daily when you feel a cold coming on. Or add it to tea when you have a sore throat.
Onion syrup: Chop 1 white onion into half moons. Cover in local honey. Put on the stove at a low heat for one hour. Store in the fridge. Take 1 tablespoon 3x daily when you feel a cold coming on.
Elderberry Syrup: Elderberries are strong anti-viral medicine. A study showed people taking Elderberries during a flu recover 66% faster than people not taking Elderberries. Cover 1 cup elderberries in water in a pan. Bring to a boil, lower heat, simmer 45 minutes. Smash the berries and strain through a wire mesh strainer. Add 1 cup of local honey. Add ½ cup brandy as a preservative (optional). Store in the fridge and take 1 tablespoon 6x / day when you feel a cold coming on. Additions to the elderberries: ginger, elecampane root, lime or lemon juice.