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One of the purest natural substances that you can use as a therapeutic remedy is honey. Because bees die when they are contaminated by toxins, such as chemicals and air pollutants, they act as a biological filter for the honey that they manufacture in their hives.

Honey has been used as a sweetener and household remedy as far back as the time of the ancient Hebrews. Honey in Hebrew means "enchant". It is known to relieve indigestion and headaches, boost energy and stamina, and reduce stress by promoting revitalizing sleep. It can even be used to disinfect and help heal minor wounds. Together with other medicinal herbs, honey is effective in the relieving discomforts associated with minor respiratory ailments like colds, bronchitis and whooping cough.

The basic therapeutic components of honey are glucose and fructose, which are readily absorbed by the digestive system for its soothing effects. Other therapeutic components include pollen, enzymes, and some proteins.

Here are various ways to use honey as a natural remedy:

To relieve discomforts from asthma, bronchitis, and minor respiratory ailments: Mix 1 tsp. of honey and 1 tsp. of finely chopped fresh thyme. Take orally as needed to help clear airways and dissolve mucus.

To heal minor cuts and abrasions: Spread thinly on wound and cover with a sterile gauze. Honey disinfects because it contains a germ-killer called "inhibine", and it will reduce the swelling by drawing excess water from the skin.

To promote relaxation and stress-relief: Mix an ounce of honey with 3 drops of lavender oil in a small container. Pour the mixture into your bath water for a relaxing, sleep-inducing soak.