Using Honey for Your Dog’s Allergies
Like us, many dogs too suffer from environmental allergies. Spring, summer and fall can trigger these sensitivities in dogs with symptoms such as rubbing the face, licking feet and thighs and scratching.
However, it’s important to make sure that you’re not confusing what you think are environmental allergies and your dog’s real problem is a food allergy (or both).
Follow the guidelines below for using honey for a dog with allergies:
What type of honey to use: Make sure your purchase local raw, unfiltered honey, or better yet, purchase local raw wild flower honey. The wild flower honey will give your dog the best results because it covers so many different plants and flowers. This can often be purchased from bee farms.
**Avoid Manuka honey when using for allergies since you need a local, raw honey**
Directions: 1 Tablespoon of raw wildflower local honey twice daily for large dogs such as labs. Use this as a guide and adjust according to the size of your dog. You must do this daily or the allergy symptoms will reappear.
Using Honey as A Wound Dressing for Burns, Infections, Hot Spots & Pressure Sores for Dogs:
What type of honey to use: The best honey to use for burns, infections and pressure sores is pure Manuka Honey.
Clinical trials show that applying honey as a wound dressing eliminates bacterial infections, reduces inflammation, swelling and pain, and increases the growth of new skin. It seals and keeps the area moist (including skin grafts) while protecting from sticking to bandages.
Directions for burns: Trim the hair around the burn. You’ll want to wash the burned area with vinegar and apply a thick coat of honey every 10 minutes until the pain decreases. Apply a LIGHT bandage over the area. Don’t allow your dog to lick or bother the area. A Elizabethan collar might be necessary for awhile.Directions for pressure sores: Trim the hair around the area. Gently blot to clean the wound. You can apply the honey directly by very gently placing a little honey over the wound with a clean spatula. Cover with a non-stick pad and wrap with gauze (not too tight). You can also apply the honey directly to the non-stick pad and then wrap with gauze to keep in place.
Directions for hot spots: You MUST trim or shave the hair surrounding the hot spot until you can see healthy skin . If not, all the bacteria, pus and infection become trapped within the hair. It’s also critical that you clean the area before applying the honey. You can use Povidone Iodine that most pharmacy’s or even supermarkets carry. Dilute a little of the Povidone Iodine with water to an ice tea color. Then use soft gauze to gently blot and clean the hot spot. Do this a minimum of twice daily. Apply a light layer of Manuka honey to your dog’s hot spot. Do the process of cleaning and applying the Manuka honey a minimum of twice daily. If the hot spot grows instead of getting smaller, seek veterinary care immediately.
Precaution: When using honey as a wound dressing, it’s very important to use Manuka Honey in liquid form, which means it should be soft and pour easily. Do not use crystallized honey on a burn or open wound! The crystals are sharp and can cause even more pain to your dog’s open wound.
How to soften crystallized or hard honey: Place the jar in a pot of very hot water (don’t microwave) until it can easily be poured. Cool before placing on your pet.
3. Honey for Kennel CoughWhat type of honey to use: Manuka honey is needed for dogs with symptoms of Kennel Cough.
Directions: Feed 1/2 up to 1 teaspoon depending on your dog’s weight. Administer 4 times daily.4. Honey for Your Dog’s DigestionWhat type of honey to use: Again, Manuka honey works best for digestive issues.
Directions: Large dogs 1 tablespoon a day, medium dogs 2 teaspoons a day, small dogs 1 teaspoon a day.
5. Honey May Boost Your Old Dog’s Energy Level
Honey is a natural source of carbohydrates which increases energy.
What type of honey to use: You can use either Manuka or a local honey when it comes to boosting energy.
Apitherapy is the art of using bee products – everything from honey to venom – to have more energy and to control your biology. Modern science is now discovering the power of bee products, but we’re hardly the first people to use bees as a source of natural medicine. In fact, apitherapy may be one of the oldest biohacks around; its origins trace back to ancient Greece, Egypt, and China.
Studies show that bee products may help manage autoimmune diseases, cancer, Alzheimer’s, HPV, Lyme Disease, multiple sclerosis, and arthritis – bacteria in bee stomachs could even act as alternatives to antibiotics.
You’ve probably heard about eating small amounts of raw honey to improve your sleep, but have you heard about using bee venom to hack your immune system? Propolis for inflammation? Pollen for allergies (how’s that for a contradiction?)? What about nutrient-dense royal jelly, associated with enhanced brain function, increased metabolism, improved mood, and about a dozen other upgrades for your body?
Read on to learn more about these powerful – and unusual – biohacks. Some have more evidence behind them than others – I’ll talk about that too.
Can bee venom therapy make for a Bulletproof immune system?
Bee venom therapy is exactly what it sounds like – getting stung by bees in a controlled setting. That’s the traditional approach. The FDA has also approved a venom extract called Apex Venenum Purum, and it’s widely available.
This is one reason why, when my 5-year-old son got stung for the first time by a bee, I praised his new “bee powers” which magically made the pain go away.
Why would you want to swallow (or inject) extracted bee venom? Well, it turns out there may be more than a few benefits to this odd biohack.
Here’s the theory behind bee venom therapy: bee venom only causes slight inflammation, but in many people (even those who aren’t allergic to bee stings), the immune system mounts an unnecessarily large response to it. Your brain triggers excessive release of several hormones that control immune response, and once they take care of the bee venom, the leftover hormones can deal with other immune problems.
To be clear – this mechanism still a theory. We don’t yet fully understand the process behind bee venom therapy. However, there’s growing research supporting bee venom therapy’s effectiveness in all kinds of immune system-related issues.
One study found that venom regulated thyroid function in women with hyperthyroidism.
Bee venom enhanced the effectiveness of arthritis medication in individuals with rheumatoid arthritis. It also decreased arthritis-related edema – that’s when joints fill with fluid and become swollen.
"Ѕіmрlу рut, hоnеу іѕ а hіghlу соnсеntrаtеd ѕugаr (саrbоhуdrаtе) ѕоlutіоn. Турісаllу, іt соntаіnѕ mоrе thаn 70% саrbоhуdrаtеѕ аnd lеѕѕ thаn 20% wаtеr. Іt іѕ оbvіоuѕ thаt іn реrсеntаgе tеrmѕ, ѕugаrѕ аrе рrеdоmіnаnt. Тhіѕ mеаnѕ thаt wаtеr іn hоnеу соntаіnѕ muсh grеаtеr аmоunt оf ѕugаrѕ thаn іt саn nаturаllу dіѕѕоlvе. Тhе оvеrаbundаnсе оf ѕugаrѕ mаkеѕ thе ѕоlutіоn unѕtаblе. Ѕіnсе еvеrуthіng іn nаturе ѕееkѕ bаlаnсе, іnсludіng hоnеу, сrуѕtаllіzаtіоn іѕ аn аbѕоlutеlу nаturаl рhеnоmеnоn whісh оссurѕ whеn gluсоѕе ѕераrаtеѕ frоm wаtеr, аftеr whісh gluсоѕе rеmаіnѕ іn thе fоrm оf сrуѕtаlѕ аnd thе іnіtіаl соnсеntrаtеd ѕоlutіоn gеtѕ іntо а bаlаnсеd ѕtаtе. Lеt uѕ gо іntо thе ѕubјесt а bіt dеереr, wіthоut соmрlісаtіng thіngѕ."
Whаt dеtеrmіnеѕ whеn аnd hоw hоnеу wіll сrуѕtаllіzе?
"Тhеrе аrе twо mаіn tуреѕ оf ѕugаrѕ іn thе саrbоhуdrаtе соmроѕіtіоn оf hоnеу. Тhеѕе аrе fruсtоѕе аnd gluсоѕе (thе іnvеrt ѕugаr іn hоnеу). Тhе соntеnt оf fruсtоѕе аnd gluсоѕе іѕ dіffеrеnt dереndіng оn thе tуре оf hоnеу. Gеnеrаllу, fruсtоѕе rаngеѕ frоm 30 tо 44%, аnd gluсоѕе frоm 25% tо 40%. Тhаt gіvеѕ uѕ а mајоr сluе. Тhе bаlаnсе bеtwееn thоѕе twо bаѕіс mоnоѕассhаrіdеѕ іn thе соmроѕіtіоn оf hоnеу іѕ thе mаіn rеаѕоn fоr hоnеу сrуѕtаllіzаtіоn аnd dеtеrmіnеѕ whеthеr а сеrtаіn tуре оf hоnеу wоuld сrуѕtаllіzе fаѕtеr оr ѕlоwеr. Аѕ а mаttеr оf fасt, gluсоѕе іѕ thе undеrlуіng саuѕе оf сrуѕtаllіzаtіоn bесаuѕе оf іtѕ lоwеr ѕоlubіlіtу соmраrеd wіth thаt оf fruсtоѕе whісh rеmаіnѕ іn а lіquіd ѕtаtе duе tо іtѕ bеttеr ѕоlubіlіtу. Whеn gluсоѕе сrуѕtаllіzеѕ, іt ѕераrаtеѕ frоm wаtеr аnd turnѕ іntо ѕmаll сrуѕtаlѕ, аѕ mеntіоnеd аbоvе. Dіffеrеnt tуреѕ оf hоnеу сrуѕtаllіzе аt dіffеrеnt rаtеѕ (frоm 1-2 mоnthѕ tо mоrе thаn 2 уеаrѕ). Ѕоmе tуреѕ оf hоnеу сrуѕtаllіzе соmрlеtеlу, whіlе оthеrѕ dо nоt undеrgо ѕuсh а ѕtеаdу рrосеѕѕ. Fоr ехаmрlе, іt саn bе оbѕеrvеd hоw іn а јаr оf hоnеу thеrе іѕ а сrуѕtаllіzеd lауеr оn thе bоttоm, аnd аnоthеr lауеr оf lіquіd hоnеу оn thе tор. Dіffеrеnt tуреѕ оf hоnеу dіffеr іn thе ѕіzе оf thе сrуѕtаlѕ fоrmеd. Ваѕісаllу, thе fаѕtеr thе hоnеу сrуѕtаllіzеѕ, thе fіnеr thе сrуѕtаlѕ аrе."