Two Million Blossoms:
Discovering the Medicinal Benefits of Honey
Two Million Blossoms: Discovering the Medicinal Benefits of Honey details the new scientific findings from around the world on how honey heals chronic wounds, beats antibiotic-resistant superbugs, eliminates tissue scarring, reduces brain damage, improves memory and minimizes the harmful side-effects of cancer treatments. An easily assimilated antioxidant, honey proves more effective than over-the-counter cough medicines, acts as a natural laxative, stimulates good intestinal flora, and alleviates spring allergies.
This ancient remedy has recently been rediscovered by the medical community. As conventional therapies increasingly failed to clear infected wounds, doctors started applying honey dressings with astounding success. Chronic wounds that refused to mend for many years using standard medical care costing over $300,000 suddenly started healing when treated with honey.
In 2007, the FDA approved medical honey for diabetic foot ulcers, leg ulcers, pressure ulcers, 1st and 2nd degree burns, donor sites, traumatic wounds and surgical wounds. Two Million Blossoms lets you discover the remarkable healing properties of honey.
Two million blossoms in a jar.
The scent of spring, fresh, sweet
with a hint of citrus,
spills over your tongue,
wafts delicately through your nostrils,
as you taste nature’s first sweetener—
pure, natural, honey.
We all crave sweets; delicious, sugary, satisfying rewards. Evolution has hardwired our brains to seek out tasty treats. Long before we had a written language, we hunted and searched for our daily
food. Observation taught us what we could and couldn’t eat. Bitter, rank tastes implied poison while sweet foods screamed at our ravenous prehistoric ancestors, “Eat me, eat me, I’m ripe and safe to
swallow!” In the past when provisions were scarce, naturally sweet foods provided the caloric binge our bodies needed to survive.
Mass production of sugar and high fructose corn syrup is a blip on our evolutionary timeline. Our bodies have not had a chance to adapt to the onslaught of cheap sweeteners and rewire our brains. Seeking to avoid the extra calories and still satisfy our sweet tooth, we down artificial
sugar-free substitutes and guzzle gallons of diet soda. These artificial sweeteners creep into a vast array of products from salad dressings and yogurts to bread and pickles. But are they good for us? New research has found that artificial sweeteners do not truly satisfy our sweet cravings, causing us to eat more.
Gathered by tens of thousands of bees from millions of blooming plants, honey contains an impressive array of beneficial properties. Throughout time honey has helped cure a wide range of disorders. Up until World War II doctors wrapped infected tissues of the battle wounded with honey dressings, saving countless limbs from gangrene and amputation. This sweet, mercurial concoction even relieved opposing ailments, alleviating both constipation and diarrhea.
Cultures as far apart as Polynesia, Russia, Sri Lanka and Mexico soothed sore throats with a spoonful of honey. Honey solutions dipped into the eyes prevented cataracts and scarring. Sailors were often fed a ration of honey to prevent scurvy. We think of contraceptives as a fairly modern invention, but our early ancestors used honey as an effective ingredient in an ancient spermicide to avoid unplanned pregnancy.
Sadly with the advent of modern medicine and antibiotics many natural remedies fell out of favor and much of the herbal healing knowledge of ancient doctors was lost. They may not have understood the science of why a particular ingredient worked, but they certainly knew that it produced the desired results.
Long before Sir Alexander Fleming discovered his famous antibiotic penicillin, Egyptian doctors knew particular molds healed wounds. Archeologists have even uncovered antique metal Roman stamps, which were used to press names into blocks of medicines. Some of these stamps contained the Latin word penicille, which translates into mold. For a long time researchers disregarded this simple word, for why would doctors used mold as medicine.
Just as the mysteries of penicillin were unraveled in the last century, many of the secrets surrounding honey have recently been laid bare. In the twenty-first century we are coming to the end of the antibiotic age. Multiresistant bacteria wreak havoc in our operating rooms and hospitals,
turning routine care into deadly disasters. Grappling for new solutions in the face of such rapidly evolving pathogens, doctors have rediscovered the healing touch of honey.
As scientists examine nature’s first sweetener with the machinery of modern medicine, they revive the knowledge of our ancestors. Case studies, laboratory research and clinical trials confirm honey heals many ailments and has revealed surprising new insights:
- Consuming honey instead of sugar reduces weight gain, improves memory and reduces anxiety
- Diabetic ulcers and infected wounds that stagnate under traditional care heal rapidly with honey
- Burn victims and amputees, including civilian casualties during the Iraq war, respond well to honey bandages, making painful skin grafts unnecessary
- A spoonful of honey helps alleviate side effects of head or neck radiation in cancer patients
- Honey proves more effective and safer than children’s cough medicines
- Functioning as both a prebiotic and probiotic, honey stimulates intestinal health, eliminates diarrhea and functions as a natural laxative
- Cataracts respond well to stingless bee honey from South America
Although our predecessors knew honey healed, they were unable to unravel how it worked. With the help of technology and new scientific knowledge, we can start to answer this question, unearthing the elusive temperament of two million blossoms in a jar.
Two Million Blossoms
Chapter 1: Honey, the Ideal Food
Chapter 2: The History of Healing with Honey
Chapter 3: Unraveling the Secret of Honey
Chapter 4: The Honey Bee Creates her Pharmacy
Honey for your Health
Chapter 5: Complementing Cancer Therapy
Chapter 6: Can Diabetics Safely Enjoy Honey?
Chapter 7: A Spoonful a Day Keeps Allergies at Bay
Chapter 8: Cough No More
Chapter 9: Feeding the Flora
Chapter 10: Sweet Diet
Chapter 11: Stress Buster and Clear Thinking
Chapter 12: The Better to See You with My Dear
Chapter 13: Natural Laxative
Chapter 14: Fast Recovery from Diarrhea
Chapter 15: Ideal Fuel for Exercise
Chapter 16: Farewell Hangover
Chapter 17: Babies and Botulism
Honey for Wound Care
Chapter 18: Rediscovering an Ancient Cure
Chapter 19: Eliminating Ulcers
Chapter 20: Chronic and Surgical Wounds
Chapter 21: Skin Grafts
Chapter 22: Soothing Solution: Honey Against Burns
Chapter 23: Healing Fournier’s Gangrene
Chapter 24: Honey for Wound Care in Developing Countries
Honey for Pets
Chapter 25: Pampering your Pets