Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Like honey to my lips...

As an avid fan of honey, I cannot help but adore the references in Scripture about the Lord's words being sweeter than honey. In addition, the fact that the promise land was called "the land flowing with milk and honey" has struck vivid images in my mind since I was young. Mmmmm!

As I was reading over Psalm 119 last night, I was reminded to check up and learn about honey's medicinal and healing properties. I knew the right place to go: my ever-growing herbal library.
The book? Herbal Antibiotics by Stephen Harrod Buhner (one of the most valuable books I own on that topic).

Here's what he has to share about honey:

Honey (concentrated nectar of wildflowers of various species)
Actions: Antibiotic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anticarcinogenic, expectorant, antiallergenic, laxative, antianemic, tonic, antifungal, immune stimulant, cell regenerator.

Contains, among other things, a complex assortment of enzymes, organic acids, esters, antibiotic agents, trace minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, hormones, and antimicrobial compounds.
One pound of the average honey contains 1333 calories, 1.4 grams of protein, 23 milligrams of calcium, 73 milligrams of phosphorus, 4.1 milligrams of iron, 1 milligram of niacin, and 16 milligrams of vitamin C, and vitamin A, beta carotene, the complete complex of B vitamins, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, magnesium, sulfur, chlorine, potassium, iodine, sodium, copper, manganese, high concentrations of hydrogen peroxide, and formic acid. Honey, in fact, contains more than 75 different compounds. Many of the remaining substances in honey are so complex (4 to 6 percent of the honey) that they have yet to be identified.
Honey has outperformed antibiotics in the treatment of stomach ulceration, gangrene, surgical wound infections, surgical incisions, and the protections of skin grafts, corneas, blood vessels, and bones during storage and shipment.
It is effective in improving chronic bronchitis, asthmatic bronchitis, bronchial asthma, chronic and allergic rhinitis, and sinusitis
It is effective in the treatment of colds, flu, respiratory infections, and general depressed immune problems.

It's incredible how strong and full of nutrients and vitamins and minerals it is! If honey, being so sweet, is this strong for our bodies, how much more is the Word, being called "sweeter," strengthening and vital to our souls?

The law of the LORD is perfect
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the LORD is sure,
making wise the simple;
the precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the LORD is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the LORD is clean,
enduring forever;
the rules of the LORD are true,
and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and drippings of
the honeycomb.
~ Psalm 19:7-10

How sweet are your words to my taste,sweeter than honey to my mouth! ~ Psalm 119:103