As an antiseptic, honey is renowned for calming coughs and fevers. One of the most common surviving folk remedies is a drink made with hot water, honey and lemon for treating colds and other respiratory ailments. Honey also helps relieve coughs, catarrh and sinus problems. Its antiseptic and antibacterial properties protect against numerous infectious diseases that affect the digestive tract.
Rather unexpectedly, perhaps, honey can help with hay fever. Naturopaths believe that taking a tsp of honey containing some of the wax from the honeycomb cells every day will build up your resistance. It is important, though, to buy honey that has been produced locally and which is natural, unprocessed and organic.
Honey stimulates production of serotonin, which has a relaxing and mood-enhancing effect. It also contains a wealth of minerals, as well as vitamin C and numerous B vitamins. It's healing properties are believed to speed up recovery in some widely varied conditions, including liver and kidney ailments, circulation problems and arthritis.