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The One Food Item to Include in Your Survival Food Supply
Whether you are packing a bug-out bag or creating a survival food supply, there are certain foods which are better to have available than others. Honey is one of those foods. Not only is honey laden with nutrients, but it also an excellent source of immediate calories. It has many other benefits that are beneficial if there is a long term disaster. Even in the short term, if the disaster is wide spread, where many people are affected, honey is extremely helpful.
1. All honey is antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-microbial
However, not all honey is created equal. While Manuka Honey is praised as the ultimate in honey, it is processed, which means it is exposed to heat that destroys many of the bio-active compounds, except for methylglyoxal—MGO. MGO is a natural antibacterial substance and it is higher in Manuka Honey. Bees that make Manuka Honey feed on the pollen and nectar from the Manuka tree to make the honey. While it is good because it consistently contains the MGO in high amounts, local raw honey is even better. Raw honey contains bee-defensin, which helps protect the hive and has antibacterial properties.
2. Using honey for wounds
Honey contains natural hydrogen peroxide, which helps kill bacteria. It also has properties which have been proven to help heal wounds rapidly. Remember, this is not the normal type of honey found on your grocers’ shelf. It is Manuka, or raw honey. Most of the honey found in the grocery has been highly processed and may be more like putting high fructose corn syrup on your wound, which could actually promote infection, and has been found to contain many strains of bacteria.
3. Honey helps heal wounds faster
Pure raw and Manuka honey can also help speed the time it takes for wounds to heal. Studies show it helped heal incisions from cesarean section and another showed it was helpful for difficult to heal lower extremity wounds. It also helps to heal chronic rhinosinusitis—chronic sinus inflammation or infection. One study showed it helped people with chronic problems and killed the bacteria that caused it.
4. Honey is a humectant
That means honey draws water toward it. It helps draw fluid off the wound, which slows the growth of bacteria. It then provides the antibacterial properties from the natural hydrogen peroxide to destroy the remaining bacteria. You will even notice the wound smells good. That is because of a chemical reaction the tissue has with the honey.
5. Honey is good for other health issues
If you have a sore throat, there is nothing more soothing than lemon and honey to cool the burn and help you feel better again. Honey is also good for ulcers when taken internally. It has been used for other digestive issues such as diarrhea. It has plenty of phytonutrients which can also act as antioxidants or anti-inflammatories. One word of caution before giving every member a spoon a day. If you have an infant under the age of one, do not give them honey. Like soil or dust, honey contains botulism spores. These are so miniscule they do not bother anyone with a more developed digestive system. However, they do affect babies.