Honey has been valued as a natural sweetener before man ever domesticated bees.
Honey is truly a remarkable substance, made even more extraordinary by the process with which it is made. This blend of sugar, trace enzymes, minerals, vitamins, and amino acids is quite unlike any other sweetener on the planet.
And while honey is high in fructose, it has many health benefits when used in moderation for people with normal health.
The bee is wonderful little creature It takes about 60,000 bees, collectively traveling up to 55,000 miles and visiting more than 2 million flowers, to gather enough nectar to make one pound of honey.
Once the nectar is gathered, the bees then deposited into a honeycomb.
Once there, the honeybees fan the liquid nectar with their wings, helping the water to evaporate and create the honey. This honeycomb is then sealed with beeswax.
Honey can be stored indefinitely at room temperature, when stored away from water and air.
Lighter colored honeys, such as those made from clovers, tend to be milder in flavor while darker-colored honeys, like those made from buckwheat, tend to have a more robust flavor.
5 Honey Facts You Might Not Know
Honey, particularly in its raw form, offers unique health benefits that you might not be aware of. Among them…
1. Honey Makes Excellent Cough “Medicine”
Research shows honey works well to soothe cough and related sleeping difficulties due to upper respiratory tract infections. But remember not to let children below the age of two, to use it.
2. Honey Can Treat Wounds
Honey was a conventional therapy in fighting infection up until the early 20th century, at which time its use slowly vanished with the advent of penicillin. Now the use of honey in wound care is regaining popularity, as researchers are determining exactly how honey can help fight serious skin infections.
Honey has antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidants activities that make it ideal for treating wounds.
3. First thing in the morning before any solid food or coffee
Honey diluted with a bit of warm water makes a tremendous drink on an empty stomach. One teaspoon of buckwheat honey in a cup of warm water makes a very nice drink that tastes like a mild tea, that is not too sweet. I've given away hundreds of cups to people with colds, laryngitis, or just looking tired. Everyone says how great tasting it is, and how it helps.
Another thing I found about this drink, is that if I have trouble getting to sleep at night, it will soon have me nodding off.
4. Help Boost Your Energy
A healthy, whole-food diet and proper sleep is the best recipe for boundless energy, but if you’re looking for a quick energy boost, such as before or after a workout, honey is great.