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.
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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.