BEE POLLEN, HONEY AND VINEGAR
Barbara J. Andrews, Master Breeder, TheDogPlace.org Publisher
Honey for burns, bee pollen for allergies, apple cider vinegar for
cystitis and itching, raspberry tea leaves for whelping, goats milk for diarrhea, bleach for burns, and a whole lot more…
owners and breeders become aware of effective “remedies” because of our
dogs. One simple statement stands unchallenged "there is no placebo effect in animals. It either
works or it doesn't." If a natural remedy helps your dog as
effectively as a prescription and with no adverse
effects, it will probably work for you! There is no power of suggestion, your pet
doesn't know one treatment from another.
Apple cider vinegar – an ounce of Apple Cider
vinegar to a pint of water will clear puppy or estrus related cystitis. Use a stronger solution for human bladder infections and if necessary to
get it down, add a tablespoon of honey. Try it 3 times a day instead of prescription acidifiers or antibiotics. One day, maybe two days and the problem is gone.
Apple cider vinegar is excellent for bark control. One or two
squirts of 25% apple vinegar in a spray bottle with 75% water will stop barking.
No harm done, apple cider vinegar is good for people and pets but dogs don't like it squirted in their face.
Ditch the itch with Apple Cider Vinegar. ACV restores the pH balance of
the epidermis, soothes irritations and relieves the itching. ACV also has anti-bacterial properties that kills the bacteria that cause dry, flaky dandruff in both people and pets. In fact, apple cider vinegar probably cures more ailments than any other folk remedy. ACV is decidedly unfriendly to the pests we call fleas, plus it repels
flies and adds a high sheen to a dog's coat (horses too!) when sprayed in 25% dilute solution.
A word on distilled White Vinegar - A straight 5 percent solution of white vinegar kills 99 percent of bacteria, 82 percent of mold, and
80 percent of viruses in laboratory tests. However... vinegar cannot be labeled as a disinfectant because it isn't registered as a pesticide with the EPA.
Since I became adult enough to appreciate childhood
lessons, I have kept three spray bottles under the
kitchen sink; diluted apple cider vinegar, white vinegar for
cleaning veggies, appliances, and windows; and a spray bottle of 25%
Clorox® solution for disinfecting and brightening countertops. In
addition, I always have a small bottle of pure full-strength Clorox for
stopping the "burn" of burns and immediate stimulation of tissue
healing. My father, a layman chemist, proved that a burn
could be miraculously healed by immediately soothing it with cold water
(stops flesh damage) and then saturating it with Clorox® which is
essentially, liquid oxygen. Give the Clorox one to two
minutes to work, then run cold water over the burned
area again, dry it and then apply raw honey loosely covered with a light gauze bandage.
Did I mention that my father was half Comanche? He “knew” things.
Like warm bee's wax eases an earache, cures infection - and seasons a
cast iron frying pan. He would be amazed that people today use "teflon"
coated fry pans even though it is a suspected carcinogenic.
A word of caution here, for medicinal or health reasons, avoid honey
that doesn't say “raw” and "unfiltered" on the label. Raw - Unfiltered is not
necessarily the same as "pure" or "natural" or "organic" but raw honey is organic. It will be darker, thicker, and slightly cloudy. Processed honey is usually an attractive golden color
and pours easier because corn syrup has been added to boost sweetness and cut the cost of real honey.
Honey For Coughs
PA State University College Of Medicine conducted a study on children 2 to 18 years of age with upper respiratory infections. 30 minutes before bedtime, they were given one teaspoon of buckwheat honey
or honey-flavored dextromethorphan (DM), the most common OTC cough syrup.
Honey reduced intensity and frequency of cough, aided sleep, and in every category honey outperformed cough syrup.
Honey For Allergies
Local honey is always best for airborne allergies. Like an allergy
shot but much cheaper (!) honey, propolis, and bee pollen harvested from local hives stimulates your immune system against allergy-causing pollens particular to
Honey For Healing
Honey is among the most valuable health aids for lesions, wounds, burns, surgical cuts and lesions.
Cited research studies even found that honey acted as a barrier against tumor implantation following
laparoscopic cancer surgery which leaves a small hole that can spread cancerous tissue.
Honey vs Sugar
Sweet tooth? Don't worry about dental decay
with honey. Unlike sugar, you can use honey to sweeten tea or coffee because its strong
anti-bacterial properties help protect teeth against plaque and gums
against gingivitis, both of which are caused by bacteria.
Father was a bee keeper because they
provided what he called bee blessings. In addition to honey, bee pollen generates energy. Bee pollen is used by many athletes and by some very smart handlers!
Many years ago, the #1 dog All Breeds (a Doberman handled by Carlos Rojas) always received bee pollen just before Group or Best In Show because it provides a natural
(and legal) burst of energy. You didn't know that is why bee pollen is used in race horses and performance such as Cutting Horse events? Now you do.
Raw Honey For Burns. Remember the horrific
2003 nightclub fire in Bali? Over 400 people were burned and many died from Pseudomonas aeruginosa, an antibiotic-resistant organism that infected their open wounds. Most were taken to the modern hospital
which overflowed, so other victims were taken to the old hospital where their burns were treated with honey.
The "old" hospital's burn patients recovered faster, with less pain, less tissue damage and
measurably less scar tissue than those at the new, modern hospital! That tragedy forced doctors to acknowledge that an incredible 91% of burn patients treated with raw honey were free of infection within seven days as compared to only 7% treated with standard therapy.
A separate but well documented study proved that unheated, raw honey was effective against the pathogenic organisms common in
severe burns, including Pseudomonas aeruginosa. In fact, none of the pathogens common to burned tissue survived a 30% concentration of honey! Not
one. In another medical study, the therapeutic effects of raw honey were compared to antibiotics on 28
different strains of multi-drug resistant bacteria found in burns. Whereas only three of the strains were slowed down by antibiotics, every bacterial strain was inhibited by a 25% concentration of honey.
Pure honey (check labels) is a powerful topical
antibiotic. It forms a barrier that prevents bacteria from penetrating and colonizing the wound while at the same it stimulates re-growth of damaged tissue and collagen
fibers. Honey is actually a super-saturated sugar that sucks the water from microbial cells, thus destroying them. It is also
slightly acidic so like apple cider vinegar, it is very unkind to bacteria.
Interestingly, honey also has the ability to produce hydrogen peroxide, something we've all
used because it can kill pathogens on contact! When honey is applied to the skin, the pH rises and the salts cause the sugar molecule in the honey to break down, producing hydrogen peroxide.
Okay, you're thinking honey would be messy on a coated dog but then all
ointments are. The amazing difference is that unlike conventional burn protocol, honey can be covered and secured with gauze tape or ace
bandage. Change once a day unless it oozes a lot, in which case, gently cleanse and change the dressing more often.
Most Herbalists, NDs, DCs, and DOs know that local bee pollen is especially effective against
seasonal allergies. Somewhat like homeopathic remedies, locally harvested bee pollen desensitizes against the plant pollens in your area. Try it before you consider
allergy shots. Bee Pollen cheaper and is far safer.
is a sticky substance used by bees to disinfect and isolate anything foreign in their hive.
The bioflavanoids in propolis lock viruses in a coat of protein which is why bees use it to mummify hive invaders.
Bee propolis has profound anti-inflammatory effects. In addition to easing arthritis pain, propolis calms asthma and allergy attacks by reducing smooth muscle airway contractions.
Bee propolis treats endometriosis and infertility problems. (see information below) and when used before surgery, propolis helps prevent anesthesia-induced memory loss which can be more than temporary.
Share this page with anyone you know who is facing surgery, has a compromised immune system, or COPD.
Here's another tip which we will expand on later. A dog doesn't understand that a little pinch of red raspberry tea leaves on top of her food
(adjust according to size of dog) will insure an easy whelping, copious milk supply, and rapid clean out. In the wild, the pregnant bitch instinctively seeks out herbs, grasses, or roots to accomplish the same thing.
Did you know that buttermilk or yogurt will repopulate the good bacteria that
antibiotics kill and diarrhea flushes from the intestinal tract? Ditto for goat's milk. Fresh is best but canned goat's milk will even stop idiopathic “rapid transit” diarrhea in kittens and puppies.
I have no medical training.
I only provide anecdotal advice. Take it for what it's worth but note that most prescription drugs are chemicalized (patentable versions) of something growing in your backyard
or a mountain meadow. Naturalists call such plants "herbs" whereas drug companies call them “discoveries.”
If you open your mind to the newness of ancient healing remedies, you and your dogs can benefit greatly.
And before you leave, see below to learn about another Bee Blessing, especially if you or your dog needs surgery!
Excerpts from Andrews Column, ShowSight Magazine, June 2004
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