|Honey is the complex substance made when the nectar and sweet deposits from plants
and trees are gathered, modified and stored in the honeycomb by honey bees. It is an
entirely natural product. It contains neither additives nor preservatives.
Honey is a treat, and its man's oldest sweetener. It is an excellent substitute for sugar in
our drinks and food. It is also good for many medicinal uses.
It is composed of sugars like glucose and fructose and minerals like magnesium,
potassium, calcium, sodium chlorine, sulphur, iron and phosphate. It also contains
vitamins B1, B2, C, B6 and B3 all which can change according to the qualities of the
nectar and pollen.
The color and flavor of honeys differ, depending on the nectar source (the blossoms)
visited by the honey bees. The color ranges from nearly colorless to dark brown, and the
flavor varies from mild to bold. As a general rule,lighter-colored honeys are milder, and
darker-colored honey are bolder.
|Do you have a cut?
Honey is a natural antiseptic. By applying honey to you wounds, you can prevent
infections. Honey contains antimicrobial agents which prevents infections by killing the
bacteria in and around you wounds. Honey-soaked gauze can be wrapped around burns
to help healing. Many types of bacteria can't survive in honey, so wounds heal, swelling
eases, and tissue can grow back.
Have a sore throat?
Honey can sooth your raw tissue. Take a teaspoon of honey every few hours. Due to its
natural anti-inflammatory effect, it will help to heal your throat more quickly. The taste
may also take you mind off the pain.
One teaspoon of unfiltered and unprocessed local honey taken daily can do wonders for
allergies. Bees use the pollen from local plants and eventually it ends up in you honey.
|Another quality of honey is that, when it is compared with the same amount of sugar, it
gives 40% less calories to the body. Although it gives great energy to the body, it does
not add weight.
Honey provides an important part of the energy needed by the body for blood formation.
It helps in cleansing the blood and has some positive effects in regulating and facilitating
blood circulation. When accompanied by mild water, honey diffuses into the bloodstream
in only 7 minutes. Honey's sugar molecules makes the brain function better and since the
brain is the largest consumer of sugar this reduces fatigue.
|It is healthier for you to buy "local honey" and not the manufacturer processed
honey you find on the Supermarket shelves. The nutrients that raw honey
contains are destroyed by manufacturers who heat it in order to give it a clear
appearance to enhance sales.