Five things you didn't know about honey

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Honey has been valued as a natural sweetener long before sugar and became available the 16th century. Honey production flourished in Greece. Animals have long raided honey beehives for the sweet reward. Honey is truly remarkable substance made even more extraordinary by the process with which it is made. It is a blend of sugar, trace enzymes, minerals, vitamins and amino acids and is quite unlike any other sweetener on the planet. Honey is high in fructose but has many health benefits when used in moderation.

How honey is made is fascinating. 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 1 pound of honey. Once the nectar is gathered, the bees store it in its extra stomach where it mixes with enzymes and then it passes it on to another B's mouth. This process is repeated until the nectar becomes partially digested and then deposited into a honeycomb. Once there, the honeybees spin the liquid nectar with their wings, helping the water to evaporate and create the thick substance you know as honey. This honeycomb is then sealed with a liquid secretion from the bee’s abdomen, which hardens into beeswax. There are more than over 300 kinds of honey in the U.S. each with its unique color and flavor dependent upon the nectar source. Lighter colored honeys’ such as those made from orange blossoms; tend to be milder in flavor than darker colored honeys made from wild flowers, which have more of a robust flavor.

Five honey facts you might not know

  1. Honey makes excellent cough medicine. The World Health Organization list honey as a substance, which relieves irritants in your mouth or throat by forming a protective film. It contains a common ingredient in over-the-counter cough medications to soothe cough and difficulties due to upper respiratory tract infections in children.
  2. Honey can treat wounds. It is a conventional therapy in fighting infection. The use of honey and wound care is regaining popularity as it has an antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidants that make it ideal for treating wounds. Manuka honey is made with pollen gathered from the flowers from the Manuka Bush a medicinal plant and this type of honey can effectively eradicate more than 250 clinical strains of bacteria. It has the unique Manuka factor, which gives it its extraordinary antibacterial activity. It is far superior to other types of honey when it comes to killing off bacteria.
  3. Honey improves your scalp. Honey diluted a bit of warm water has been shown to improve seborrheic dermatitis which is a scalp condition that causes dandruff and it should.
  4. Help us boost your energy. A healthy whole food diet and proper sleep is the best recipe for boundless energy. For a quick energy boost honey can suffice.
  5. Reduces allergy symptoms. Honey contains pollen spores picked up by the bees from local plants and introduces a small amount of allergen in your system. This can activate your immune system and build up your natural immunity. The typical recommended amount is one teaspoonful of locally produced honey per day.

There are a variety of do-it-yourself honey home remedies. Honey is humectant, which means it attracts and retains moisture. One can make a honey hair conditioner mixing equal amounts of honey and olive oil. Or a honey body moisturizer with honey rose oil and 2 cups almond oil. There is also honey almonds scrub with honey, olive oil and finally crushed almonds.