Benefits of Honey

Honey: Medicinal, Beautifying, and Healing

Who knew that something produced by an insect would have such an impact on our lives?

Commercial Honey vs. Raw Honey

The average person is not aware of the significant differences and benefits between honey purchased off the shelf in a store to that of local raw honey bought from a farmer or beekeeper.

 

Store Honey

  • Mass produced
  • Pasteurized at high temperatures that depletes antioxidants and beneficial enzymes
  • Pollen has been removed to create clearness
  • Lacks amino acids
  • Offers nothing more than a jar of sweet liquid

 

Raw Honey

  • Locally harvested
  • Nutrients, antioxidants, enzymes, amino acids are all intact
  • May crystallize easier in raw form which requires stirring before use
  • Not clear like store honey because the pollen is present
  • Tends to be a little more expensive

 

Types of Honey and Benefits

 

Clover Honey

  • Color: light gold
  • Taste: mild hint of floral
  • Uses: baking and cooking

Manuka Honey

This honey apart from all other honey provides a vast array of health and medicinal benefits. It is the only honey that contains an antibacterial agent called methylglyoxal.

 

  • Color: Thick gel consistency (requires stirring)
  • Taste: Sweet, faintly nutty flavor and some herbal notes
  • Uses:
    • Promotes healing of eczema and burns
    • Colds, flu, bronchitis, sinusitis
    • Relieves a cough and sore throat
    • Relieve digestive upset
    • Supports digestive healing (ulcers, stomach bacteria, acid reflux)
    • Clears acne
    • Provides a source of vitamins and minerals

 

Sourwood Honey

  • Color: Light Gold
  • Taste: Butter and caramel hints
  • Uses: Enhances foods such as bread

 

Buckwheat Honey

  • Color: Dark molasses appearance
  • Taste: Strong with a lingering aftertaste
  • Uses: Making Mead Beers and Wine

 

Rosemary Honey

  • Color: Light yellow
  • Taste: Strongly sweet
  • Uses: Promotes heart and liver function, aids in digestion, lowers blood pressure and helps with gout

 

Dandelion Honey

  • Color: Vivid yellow
  • Taste: Mild sweet
  • Uses: Helps with constipation, digestive upset

Acacia Honey

  • Color: Light gold
  • Taste: Sweet
  • Uses: Sweetener for tea

 

Eucalyptus Honey

  • Color: Varies
  • Taste: Herbally menthol
  • Uses: Headaches and colds

 

Natural Remedies Derived from Using Honey

 

Honey in raw form has been used for treating ailments for centuries. There are specific healing properties that honey contains.

 

  • Indigestion
  • Upset Stomach
  • Stomach Ulcers
  • Fights Acne
  • Improves Diabetes
  • Lowers Cholesterol
  • Improves Circulation
  • Helps with Insomnia
  • Pre-biotic
  • Seasonal Allergies
  • Weight Loss
  • Respiratory Conditions
  • Eczema
  • Heals Wounds
  • Urinary Tract Infection

 

 

Beauty Help from Honey

 

Now that we know honey tastes great and has endless medicinal value, this wonder liquid also has added benefits for complexions, hair health and beauty products.

 

Beauty Uses of Honey

  • Face Cleanser (great for acne)
  • Face Moisturizer
  • Makes Hair Shiny and Health (apply just like conditioner, then rinse)
  • Reduces the appearance of Scars
  • Relieves razor bumps
  • Helps reduce dark circles under eyes
  • Used in cosmetics
  • Used in hair care products

 

Caution with infants

 

Infants under the age of one should not be given honey. There are botulinum spores in honey which will cause botulism in infants. This rare form of poisoning can lead to paralysis. Both pasteurized and raw honey contain these spores.

 

Last Thoughts

 

The cliche, “Busy as a bee” certainly applies in making our honey! Enjoy!

All About Honey

Liquid Gold

The sweetness of honey has graced tables far and wide. Glistening upon a biscuit fresh out of the oven or dribbled slowly in a cup of hot tea, honey has always been a staple of many.

What is Honey Exactly?

 

Honey is a thick syrup-textured liquid that is produced by bees. It takes on a distinct flavor that is dependent upon the source of the nectar that the bee visited.

 

Honey bees are an insect. They fly to flowers or plants that contain pollen and nectar. Nectar is the sweet liquid that is produced by flowers. Upon landing on the flower, the bee sucks the nectar into his stomach where it will be stored until it returns to the hive.

 

The bee that gathered the nectar will drop it off in the hive, and the worker bees take over. The worker bees “ripen” the nectar into honey. To do this, they take a drop of the nectar and once in their stomach enzymes crystallize the nectar into a runny consistency of honey.

The worker bees deposit this runny honey into honeycomb cells and then using wax glands under their abdomen, they seal the runny honey into the honeycomb. After this is done they use their wings to thicken the honey which they just sealed into the honeycomb. By doing this, the water that was in the honey (which made it runny) evaporates leaving behind the thick honey that we know.

 

Bees have been making honey as long as they have been in existence. They do this, so they have food supply (honey) during the winter when flowers are not in bloom. Bees require the nectar in the flowers to survive.

 

Is all honey the same?

 

Honey from different areas, regions, states, and countries are unique in taste, texture, and color. For example; honey produced by bees in Germany will not have the same flavor or appearance as honey produced in Texas.

 

What colors does honey come in?


  • Gold
  • Amber

 

  • Dark Amber

Semi-Clear