The Relief and Cure of Honey
The honey obtained from different sources is used for specific medical conditions. Thyme honey is considered a general antiseptic, which is also beneficial for digestion. In Central America and the Caribbean, honey is mixed with tea and taken for the relief of upper respiratory problems. Raw organic honey is considered very effective for symptoms related to heartburn since it soothes and protects the esophagus.
To treat acid reflux, the recommended method of use to eat 1 tsp. of raw organic honey before each meal. The honey can also be taken with a small piece of fruit, bread or by capsules. No liquids should be taken for at least 20 minutes afterward as this can dilute the honey and reduce its efficacy. The thickness of the honey coats the esophagus and the opening of the stomach and keeps more acid from coming up.
The common cause of acid reflux is damage to or weakening of the tissue called the lower esophageal sphincter. This is the muscle flap on top of the stomach which is primarily responsible for containing acids and foods in the stomach. When this flap is weakened the acids start to escape and cause acid reflux. The use of honey stimulates the tissue on the sphincter and helps it to regrow and hence reduces the chances of acid reflux.