Anemia is one of the most common and serious conditions people experience nowadays. You might say that women are more prone to anemia, but that’s just a stereotype. Men are just as prone to anemia as women. Iron deficiency anemia is the most common, but not the only type of anemia. There are several types, but we will stick to the two most prevalent among them.
When does anemia occur?
Simply put, anemia occurs when you have less than the normal red blood cell count. Or when your red blood cells do not have enough hemoglobin in them. Without hemoglobin, oxygen cannot travel through your body. And without oxygen, your organs cannot work as they should.
So, when does anemia happen? There are three scenarios:
- Your body loses too much blood.
- Your body cannot produce red blood cells.
- Red blood cells break down fast, and your body cannot replace them in time.
Sometimes, two—or even all three—of the situations can occur at the same time.
Types of anemia
There are more than 400 types of anemia (some are variations of the more common types). However, the two most common types are iron deficiency anemia and vitamin deficiency anemia.
Iron deficiency anemia, or IDA, is the most common type that occurs when you don’t have enough iron in your body (iron is the most important mineral for producing hemoglobin). Women are more prone to this type of anemia simply because they lose huge amounts of blood every month due to their menstrual cycle. Women also lose blood during childbirth. In addition, women often do not eat as much meat as men. So women tend to have low amounts of iron.
Vitamin deficiency anemia occurs when you have low amounts of vitamin B12 and folate. Your body needs iron to produce hemoglobin, and vitamin B12 to make red blood cells work properly. Without either of these two key ingredients, your body can’t produce good enough red blood cells. People with autoimmune disorder are most prone to this type of anemia, simply because they do not absorb vitamin B12 from food as the rest of us do.
Symptoms of anemia
The good news is that the early symptoms are easy to recognize, and you can act accordingly. The common, early symptoms include:
- Frequent headaches
- Low body temperature
- Pale skin
- Irregular heartbeat
- Numbness or coldness in feet and hands
- Shortage of breath
- Chest pain
The first two, fatigue and weakness, are the most common. If you feel fatigued or weak for a few days in a row, no matter what you do, chances are you have a low amount of iron in your body.
So let’s check out a few ways how honey can help with your anemia.
Eggs and honey
- 8 eggs
- 1 kg (2.2 lbs.) honey
- 300ml Lemon juice
- 1 liter (1 quart) brandy or some other hard liquor (if you are making the recipe for children, do not add liquor)
- Large jar
How to make it
- Wash the eggs. Put them in a jar big enough to hold all the ingredients, and then pour lemon juice over them.
- Let the eggs stay in the jar for seven or eight days. You’ll notice the egg shells dissolve in the juice.
- Remove the eggs from the jar and strain the solution.
- Add lemon juice and brandy.
- Store the mixture in the fridge. Every day, consume one glass after breakfast. You can also dilute a tablespoon in little water or tea. If you use a tablespoon, take one three times per day, one of which should be before going to bed.
Apple and honey
- 1 apple
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon of plantain herb
How to make it
- Grate the apple, and cut up the plantain herb.
- Mix all the ingredients together.
- Consume in the morning on an empty stomach. Repeat for 10 days.
Nettle leaves and honey
- 50 gr (1.7 oz.) nettle leaves
- 50 gr (1.7 oz.) raspberry leaves
- 1 liter (1 quart) water
- 8 tablespoons of honey
How to make it
- Pour the water over the nettle and raspberry leaves. Let it sit for 24 hours.
- Bring the solution to a simmer, and then let it cool down.
- Add honey and stir. Store it in the fridge.
- Drink one cup three times per day before your main meals. Repeat for 20 or 30 days.
Rose leaves and honey
- 10 gr (.4 oz.) of rose leaves
- 500 ml (17 ounces) water
- 600 gr (21 ounces) of honey
How to make it
- Bring the water to a boil, and then add rose leaves. Simmer for 10 minutes, and then remove it from heat.
- Let the solution cool down for 10 minutes. Add honey.
- Mix well until you get smooth mixture. Store in a glass jar in the fridge.
- Gargle with the solution by diluting one tablespoon in boiled water. Gargle a few times per day.
Yarrow and chamomile tea
Repeat this recipe for 10 weeks. Drink this chamomile and yarrow tea three times per day: one hour before breakfast and lunch, and one hour after dinner.
- Week one: add ½ tablespoon of honey to the tea
- Week two: add 1 tablespoon of honey to the tea
- Week three: add 1½ tablespoons of honey to the tea
- Weeks four, five, six, and seven: add two tablespoons of honey to the tea
- Week eight: add 1½ tablespoon of honey to the tea
- Week nine: add 1 tablespoon of honey to the tea
- Week ten: add ½ tablespoon of honey to the tea
Prepare the tea in the morning, and drink it warm. Add the honey when the tea is warm enough to drink. You can repeat the therapy again, but make sure to take a three-week break before repeating. You can use this therapy to prevent colds, flu, bronchitis, vomiting, and blood loss.