Honey with cedar resin: medicinal properties, how to use
Even the children are aware of the healing properties of honey, therefore it is not surprising that this product can be used in a wide variety of spheres of human activity. To enhance its positive effect on the body, a variety of components are added to it, which themselves are famous for a considerable amount of useful compounds.
In this article, we will talk about one of the most valuable varieties of such mixtures - honey with resin, which is able to saturate the body with a large number of healing substances. How exactly to use it and when it will be appropriate - read on.
Does cedar honey exist
Gum (or cedar) honey is not a product of beekeeping, but the result of human activity. In its pure form, it does not exist in nature, therefore, to obtain the finished product, any available variety is simply mixed with resin, in order to be used as a medicine in the future.
Since the name "gum honey" has taken root among the people, then when describing the final product of such a combination, it is worth using it. It is noteworthy that absolutely any honey can be used to create a sweet gum product: acacia, chestnut, clover or buckwheat, but cedar substance is usually used as gum.
Sometimes cedar is called honeydew honey, produced by bees from the sweet pad that appears on the needles and branches of conifers. Despite the fact that the usual pollen and nectar are practically absent in such a substance, this does not make it less useful.
Zhivitsa: description, origin, composition
Zhivitsa is a resin secreted by conifers when the bark is damaged or the wood breaks. To obtain the substance by artificial means, incisions are specially made on the cortex, stimulating the appearance of tar.
Then it is collected in a prepared container and used in the production of turpentine, ointments, creams and balms. Outwardly, it is a colorless viscous substance with a characteristic coniferous smell, but if you leave it in the open air, it will quickly thicken, since a significant part of the essential oils will simply evaporate. In this case, the color of the resin can change to light or dark brown, as a result of which frozen streaks of this color appear on the trees.
The scientific name of the resin is turpentine, but its chemical composition will depend on the type of tree on which the resin appeared. The main ingredients of fir, larch or cedar are slightly different, so the following components will be present in any resin:
- volatile substances (approximately 32–35%), including monoterpenes (for example, karen, limonene, camphene) used in the preparation of turpentine;
- diterpenes, sesquiterpenes and derivatives from them (“neutral substances”), the amount of which will vary for different types of resin;
- resin (rezinol) acids in an amount of 60–70% of the total volume (represented by abietic, pimaric, palusturic, sapic, dextropimaric and others, which, when boiled, form rosin);
- colorless tar alcohols (resins);
- rezinotannols (colored alcohols);
- vitamins C and D;
- succinic acid;
- fatty acids (including lauric, oleic, palmitic, stearic).
Given that honey contains more than 300 different compounds, it is not surprising that when mixing products, these constituents of resin are favorably supplemented with natural carbohydrates (for example, fructose), essential amino compounds, active bee enzymes and many other useful elements.
Did you know? The name resin "resin" appeared even in the days of Ancient Russia and is due to the scope of its application. Folk healers and doctors of that time used the substance to heal wounds and relieve inflammatory processes, so it turned out that it healed, revitalized and even gave life.
Features, healing properties of honey with resin
Cedar gum has a lot of positive properties, providing a strong antiseptic and anti-inflammatory effect. In addition, its use improves the general condition of the body and activates its protective functions.
- Bee honey is characterized by the same abilities, which means combining these products with each other, you can get a strong therapeutic agent, characterized by the following healing properties:
- anti-inflammatory effect, which is often used in dentistry in the treatment of periodontitis and diseases of the oral mucosa;
- strengthening effect during exacerbation of viral and colds;
- relief of coughing spasms, including improvement in bronchitis;
- antiseptic effect in the treatment of throat ailments;
- increase the efficiency of the body, its rapid recovery after illness;
- a decrease in elevated body temperature due to a good diaphoretic effect;
- elimination of toxins in enterovirus infections;
- a positive effect on the skin in the presence of acne and a reduced tone of the skin (prevents the appearance of wrinkles);
- successful treatment of wounds, cuts, bites and other skin lesions.
In addition, there is evidence of the successful use of gum honey in the treatment of diseases of the liver and urinary tract.
Given the large number of valuable components of cedar honey and the extensive list of its beneficial effects on the human body, it is not surprising that traditional medicine adherents and professional cosmetologists became interested in using the product. There are many problems that can be solved with such a sweet mixture.
Important! Whatever problem you encounter, the appropriateness of using the described product should be discussed with your doctor, which is especially important for allergy sufferers.
In folk medicine
In traditional medicine, recipes based on cedar honey are used in the treatment of various diseases, among which, first of all, the following are distinguished:
- gastric ulcer (the product promotes regenerative processes in the mucous membrane);
- bronchitis (the product is mixed with sunflower oil and washed down with hot milk);
- viral infections;
- cardiovascular diseases;
- respiratory problems;
- diseases of the musculoskeletal system.
Sometimes honey with gum is included in the treatment plan for infections of the urinary system, inflammation of the kidneys, thrush, sinusitis, pharyngitis, sinusitis and otitis media.
External use of a sweet product with coniferous aroma will be relevant in the presence of mechanical damage to the skin, psoriasis, eczema, various types of dermatitis, acne.
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With colds and a strong cough, honey is taken orally and inhaled by its vapor during inhalation. An aqueous solution is used to create compresses (for example, for arthritis, muscle pain or gout), and the resorption of solid pieces of the frozen mixture helps to eliminate the problems of the oral mucosa and reduce nervousness.
There are a lot of recipes for creating healing infusions and decoctions, but in any case, you can always use cedar honey in its pure form, starting with small portions.
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For cosmetic purposes, a solution of gum honey is often used, which wipes the face, add it to various masks, as well as to baths to soften the skin of the hands. Dressings with honey are effective in the treatment of boils, carbuncles and acne. As in the case of respiratory problems, steam treatments are used in cosmetology - with their help they soften the skin for further, better cleaning.
Did you know? Honey helps to remove alcohol from the body, so during a hangover it is recommended to drink honey water or just eat a piece of bread with this sweet product.
Cedar honey is a potent remedy, so if there are the slightest contraindications to health, there is every chance to harm yourself, only exacerbating the existing problem. The use of the product should be metered out, taking into account all the possible consequences.
Treat it as a remedy, not as a treat, starting with small doses. An adult should not consume more than one teaspoon of honey per day, mainly in the morning.
In the future, the used amount of the medicinal drug can be brought up to two tablespoons per day, but it is better to start with half a teaspoon. After a daily monthly course, take a short break (1-2 weeks), and then repeat the reception again.
How to choose and verify authenticity upon purchase
Cedar honey is incomparable with any other pure version of such products. The main distinguishing characteristic is the presence of coniferous notes in the aroma and a slight tart aftertaste.
The color of the mixture will depend on the color of the selected variety of honey, however, as well as the main taste of the composition. There is also one secret - if you leave the genuine product for a while in an open container, it will become more viscous, and with a high concentration of resin - semi-solid. A thin crust with a resinous sheen may appear on the surface. You may also be wondering how to verify the authenticity of honey with iodine at home.
How to make cedar honey at home
If you do not trust the sellers and want to be as confident as possible in the quality of gum honey product, then the best solution would be to independently prepare the mixture. The proportional ratio of gum to honey should correspond to 1:60, but if you are going to use the mixture for external use only, then you can increase the concentration to 1:20.
To prepare a natural medicine, first melt the thickened cedar resin in a water bath, and as soon as it becomes more plastic and fluid, mix it with cooked honey. Mix the ingredients for at least 10 minutes, while maintaining their constant temperature within 60 degrees.
Important! Try not to cook a large amount of gum-honey mixture. With prolonged storage, it may lose some of its benefits, so it is better to mix a new portion of the healing potion every day.
Product Storage Rules
The best container for storing sweet gum product is a glass jar, tightly corked with a lid. As for the place of storage of honey, it is better to give preference to dark and cool pantries, with a low level of humidity. The optimum temperature values in such a storage will be a range from 0 to +10 ºС, so you can leave the can in the refrigerator, each time melting a small amount of the mixture before use.
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Despite the rich healing composition of cedar honey, it also has certain contraindications, most of which are associated with the body’s tendency to allergic reactions. Even if past manifestations are not related to a sweet product, allergy sufferers should always be on the alert, starting consumption with very small doses.
Given the sweetness of gum-honey mixture, diabetics should be careful with its use. Such a treatment is unlikely to be suitable for insulin-dependent people, but with the second type of disease, a small and short use of the product inside and regular use as an external agent is possible.
For the preparation of Bashkir honey with resin, 99% of the first component should account for only 1% of the second. After thorough mixing, the finished product will be an excellent way to relieve nervousness, eliminate cardiovascular problems and increase the overall tone of the body.
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A huge number of medicinal plants grow on its territory, which means that the nectar collected from them for honey will have the same healing properties. In addition, the beekeeping secrets of this area are passed on by residents from generation to generation, therefore, a finished bee product of this quality is not found in any other regions.
Taiga honey with resin
This variety is harvested in Altai, in the cleanest meadows and fields. Given the large number of plants growing there, the composition of such a product is very multifaceted, for which many beekeepers are appreciated. In a mixture with cedar resin, it will be an excellent tool for the treatment of colds, pulmonary and gastrointestinal diseases. Sometimes the drug is also used in the treatment of gynecological ailments, in particular ovarian or thrush cysts. As in the previous case, for 99% of honey you need to take 1% of gum.
Honey with resin and propolis
This version of gum product has a good antifungal and antibacterial effect, enriching the body with a large number of vitamins and minerals necessary to restore its strength after any illness.
Usually, to prepare a honey-propolis mixture, 95% of the first ingredient and 5% of the second are necessary to be mixed, but since this is a gum variety of honey, pure bee product and gum are mixed in advance to prepare it (60: 1). For those to whom the indicated proportions seem to be of little effect, you can slightly reduce part of the honey, while increasing the amount of resin.
With the proper preparation of the bee product and the dosed further use of the finished composition, it will only bring benefits to the body, therefore, when faced with any of the aforementioned ailments or simply wanting to improve the body’s immune forces, always consider using the described natural components, especially since you do not make medical compositions based on them so already difficult.