Raw Organic Honey and Cats
by Elisa Black-Taylor
Raw Organic Honey
Good day everyone. Today I'd like to talk about raw organic honey. Many of you already know the benefits of local honey in fighting allergies. But some locally purchased honey may have been cooked to deepen the flavor of the honey and that can substantially reduce the benefits I speak of here.
It's an inverted sugar, which means it is easily absorbed by the body without any of the secretions needed to digest table sugar. This is one of the reasons raw honey is considered the perfect food and has been used for thousands of years. This is NOT the honey you buy at the grocery store. That honey has been cooked to make the honey sweeter and that removes a lot of the enzymes, proteins and vitamins and minerals that are present in its raw form. Amino acids are also stripped when cooked. As with most health foods, raw and organic is better.
It also contains calcium, iron, zinc, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, copper, chromium, manganese and selenium. As I said before-a multivitamin and mineral supplement
Raw organic honey can be used externally on cats.
This doesn't mean to offer raw honey to your cat as a tonic. This can upset the overall cat diet and is advised against. There is one internal treatment honey is good for when treating cats. Hairballs. If your cat is trying without success to cough up a hairball a small amount of honey may help. It acts as a lubricant and may induce vomiting. The hairball should be expelled at this time
The main use for raw honey I'd like to inform everyone of for cats is as an ointment. Asian doctors have known for years of the many skin conditions raw honey can treat. Acne, eczema, rashes and ring worm are a few. Cuts and burns also benefit from substituting raw honey for antibiotic ointments. Again, this should be done with care. I mention it as a first choice mainly because I'm more likely to have it handy than tubes of chemical creams3.
Raw organic honey has been shown to prevent the growth of pathogenic bacteria which occurs in wounds. It also acts as a bandage, which means cuts and sores can be covered with it for a period of time. Hydrogen peroxide is generated by the enzymes the bees add to the honey.
What most impressed me is the treatment of burns. While most topical medications dry out the injured area, honey does not. It also doesn't stick to a wound when removing a bandage. Here are instructions on treating a burn with honey.
Since cats are extremely clean and love to lick, an Elizabethan collar may be needed to keep the honey on the skin where it can do some good. I'd also like to stress purchasing raw organic honey as opposed to just raw honey. The organic beekeepers do not use any chemicals so the honey the bees produce is safer. There is a very small chance of contaminated honey from an organic beekeeper.
This is another reason store honey is cooked. It does get rid of the bacteria that may be there when the source of the bees is unknown. The main concern here is botulism.
Do you believe this honey is expensive? Not really. I order mine from discount vitamin companies and the price isn't any higher than honey found in the grocery store. The consistency is almost that of a paste. In other words, nothing happens when you turn the jar upside down. It's also available at most health food stores.
It's very tempting to eat this with a spoon right out of the jar. Just put the jar up after you get a spoonful out or you'll consume the who jar at one sitting. It takes about a teaspoon for a slice of toast.
There are countless uses for raw honey on the internet. I mainly wanted to tell of a few used on cats.
My suggestion for conditions suffered by us animal lovers is search by typing your condition into the search engine and add raw honey after the condition. That will tell you specifically if it's good as a treatment.
I hope everyone enjoys this article. Please feel free to let everyone know if you have another use for raw honey. I just love having food items on hand that can be used as medicine. It's so much safer than keeping a cabinet full of creams, ointments, POISONS, to use in case of a small injury of mild skin condition.
I would like to add please use common sense for serious wounds. Go to a vet. This is only an option and shouldn't replace a vets advice and treatment.