In 1976 the Swedish group ABBA made popular a song called Honey, Honey. Itโ€™s a very catchy tune but had nothing to do with the tasty natural product produced by industrious little bees. ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ Then a few weeks ago I saw a YouTube video about the 10 benefits of honey. I saved it in my files and promptly forgot about it until the wee hours of this morning when I heard my own sweet honey, husband Jerry, hacking so hard I thought the house was gonna come off itโ€™s foundation! Even ๐Ÿˆโ€โฌ› complained!!! Unable to get back to sleep, I tried to think of ways I could help Jerry get the nasty cough under control. Bingo! I actually remembered something about the video and the point made of honey helping to control bad coughs. So about 3 AM I was forcing a couple of tablespoons of honey down his throat. I would like to tell you we saw instant and miraculous results, but that hasnโ€™t happened yet. However, I am confident that he will get better and he will continue to enjoy honey several times a day. I felt prompted to share this story with you because every morning we read several short devotionals together including โ€œMoments with Godโ€ by Dr. David Jeremiah. When I opened that book this morning for the January 16 reading, I couldnโ€™t believe the title. It was one word: HONEY! Here is what he said, starting with the verse from Psalm 19:10 โ€œSweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.โ€ The following is Dr. Jeremiahโ€™s thoughts on honey: โ€œThose honeybees! They are like miniature helicopters, wings flapping 200 miles a second, traveling as far as 6 miles looking for beautiful flowers. They hover over every bloom to collect nectar. An average hive produces about 30 to 60 pounds of surplus honey each year. Each tablespoon has 64 calories of sweetness, along with small doses of iron, copper, niacin, riboflavin, potassium, zinc, and other vitamins and minerals. Itโ€™s golden color delights the eye, and its smooth, sticky quality makes it a natural cure for a cough. Nutritionists have long lists touting the benefits of honey. Perhaps God created honey to give us a marvelous analogy of scripture. The Psalmist said, โ€œHow sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! โ€œPsalm 119:103. In first Samuel 14, Jonathan was weary, worried, and worn out. But when he dipped his staff into some honey and brought it to his mouth, his eyes brightened. Living life with God requires dipping our minds into the sweetness of His Word every day. Try it! It will help you be all you can be.โ€

I hope Dr. Jeremiah will be OK with me including portions of his devotional in my message to you this rainy day in Anthem AZ. I just felt such a strong leading to share this, because I think itโ€™s so amazing how God and the Holy Spirit prompted me in the middle of the night to fetch honey from the pantry to help Jerry overcome the cough. He isnโ€™t cured yet, but I believe!!! And if just one person is helped from this rambling of mine, it will be worth the effort.

In closing, I recommend you watch the 11 minute video โ€œ10 benefits of Honeyโ€. You might get a chuckle learning that my nickname as a little girl was Honeydew. That is seriously the truth, and thereโ€™s a whole bunch of people in Minnesota who will attest to that fact!๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ

Hereโ€™s to a sweet, happy and healthy 2023!


  1. Melanie

    Hi Charlotte, Thanks for your witty and sweet message this morning. Yes, honey is such a pure product of nature and I have used it in plenty for years. I hope Jerry is getting better and benefitting from nature’s purity ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing! Melanie

  2. Jennifer Graham

    I always loved honey too especially for a Swed like me. As you remember my mother always got honey somewhere out past Dent I think. She never went without it. My dad loved it too. I am sure it will help Jerry!

  3. Linda Johnson

    Thanks Charlotte!!! I have used honey in my 3 cups of Earl Grey tea every morning for well over 35 years……….do not remember when I was last sick.
    Let’s be good to the bees so they can continue providing delicious honey across the world.

  4. Iris Weiss

    Wonderful story and a great Segway to the Bible.
    I love Honey and whenever I would get Bronchitis my mom would make me a glass of warm water with lemon and two large tablespoons of Honey.
    I hope Jerry feels better real soon.

  5. priscilla

    Hi Char, thanks for this. i will take this one step further. my sister in law told me to get manuka honey when my husband steve had a horrible cough that would not go away. i did and he recently had another case the honey helped so much that his cough is gone. so keep praying reading and writing thanks

  6. Terry Swearingen

    I remember growing up when we had a sore throat, mom would give us apple cider vinegar tea. I think the ratio was 1 TBS. A.C.V. to 1 TBS Honey to cup of hot water. This maybe a little strong but you can adjust it to your taste.

  7. Glenda

    Hi Sweerheartโค๏ธ
    Brillant story using honey not only to sweeten are lives but encouraging us to know the health benefits too๐Ÿ‘

  8. Steve Wallin

    Charlotte – thank you for your honey blog. I use local honey to help fight my allergies. I believe honey is just one of the many “natural” blessings from God. My evening cough aid is hot chamomile tea with honey and whiskey (like Jack Daniels). The daytime recipe is hot tea without the whiskey, LOL.

  9. Patricia Petersen

    Loved your entry on honey, also enjoyed reading the comments. I use honey for similar symptoms, and think Iโ€™ll do so more often in the future for allergy relief. Hope Jerry is feeling better now!

  10. Karen Wolff

    Well Honeydew, my mother always gave us honey for a cough. John and I had the flu and horrible coughs before Christmas and I forgot to use honey. Will try to remember if I should be so unfortunate to get that sick again. Love your writings.

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