Honey: Natural Food, Amazing Talents
Maybe it was the quietly enthusiastic coworker carrying the Good Housekeeping magazine, Home and Garden and the one on Beekeeping: but you noticed after you left your local Organic food store and there was a guy setup selling his golden goods on the side of the road that lead you to notice. It is the Honey that you forgot to pickup!
What is honey?
Honey is produced by bees usually from the nectar they feed on. These prolific producers extract nectar from flowers such as rosemary, thyme, clover, eucalyptus, heather, and chestnut.
Flower honey is the best known type, in addition to myelin, a.k.a., ‘honeydew honey’, ‘forest honey’ or ‘dew honey’. Honeydew is also produced by bees, but its origin is not nectar but the secretions of sap-feeding insects such as aphids and cochineals.
The main components of honey are water, glucose and fructose. It also contains calcium, iron, vitamins B, C and D and antioxidants, among other nutrients.
How is it produced?
Beekeepers get their honey from beehives. In general, only the surplus is taken to avoid disturbing the bee colonies that have produced and feed on it. China is currently the largest producer of bee honey, accounting for almost 30% of world production.
Groups of bees repeatedly regurgitate the nectar they feed on, partially digesting it, and store it in combs. Then they beat the wings to evaporate some of the water, preventing it from fermenting. This is how they produce honey, a very long-lasting food that they will be able to eat in winter, when it will be more difficult for them to access the flowers.
What is it for?
Besides being a great complement to sweeten bread, tea or mustard, honey can have many other beneficial properties that you may not know. If it is of good quality it can improve our diet and aide in our general health and well-being. This may be why its use as a complement to medical treatments is on the rise.
Below are some of the properties and benefits of honey: ?
For the face and skin
Honey is often used to treat acne caused by bacteria as it has an antimicrobial effect. It also helps in cases of dry skin or chapped lips.
For the hair
Honey is often used to moisturize the hair and remove dandruff. It is also attributed with properties that reduce hair loss due to its moisturizing effects. In scalp masks, it is usually combined with products such as milk, aloe vera, oats or lemon.
Helps you lose weight
Including honey in the diet may be beneficial in regulating body lipids; this would also have positive effects on cholesterol. However, the slimming effect would be limited to the consumption of small amounts, as it can lead to weight gain at high levels.
There are also those who advise eliminating refined sugar from the diet and replacing it with honey, although in smaller quantities.
Reduces cholesterol and blood pressure
There is some evidence that honey reduces “bad” (LDL) cholesterol and increases “good” (HDL) cholesterol. It can also regulate blood pressure. However, other experts say the symptoms of heart disease can get worse if you eat too much honey.
Relieves bowel problems and constipation.
Tea with honey and cinnamon or lemon juice with honey are beneficial in cases of indigestion, gastroenteritis, diarrhea and dyspepsia, a disorder that causes gas, burning, nausea and heaviness in the upper half of the stomach after meals.
In addition, honey can alleviate constipation, since its healthy properties include a slight laxative effect.
Mouth Sores and Chemotherapy
It has also been proposed that honey is helpful in relieving the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, such as mouth sores or esophagitis (inflammation of the esophageal mucosa caused by reflux of stomach fluid).
On the other hand, the American Cancer Society stated that it has not been conclusively demonstrated that bee products are beneficial in preventing or treating cancer.
Heals wounds and burns
Due to its antimicrobial properties, honey was already used in the ancient world to treat skin burns and intestinal diseases and wounds such as ulcers. Some studies with few subjects state that if applied to the skin it helps to close wounds and has an antiseptic effect. Honey from stingless species seems to have a greater antibiotic effect. Among the different types, the regenerative properties of Manuka and Tualang honey stand out.
May replace sugar in cases of diabetes
It has been suggested that people with diabetes may use a little honey as a sugar substitute because its balance between glucose and fructose regulates blood sugar. Other sources say that only diabetics are advised to take honey to resolve episodes of hypoglycemia.
In any case, a diet with high amounts of honey would not be healthy for diabetics because it would boost their blood sugar levels due to their high fructose concentration.
According to scientific research, some types of honey, such as Manuka honey and honey obtained from the Brazilian bee Melipona marginata, have anti-inflammatory properties. This means that they are good for reducing swelling and therefore pain.
Relieves eye problems
Honey may be beneficial in treating eye diseases such as glaucoma and cataracts. Sometimes eye drops with honey drops are given to cure these problems.
7 surprising uses of bee honey
Beyond being a natural sweetener, honey has multiple applications, both internal and external, so it can help us to alleviate different conditions without having to resort to chemical products.
Bee honey is a medicinal food that nature offers us for multiple uses: to treat wounds, to facilitate healing, to moisturize the skin, to wash the hair, to prepare syrups, to regulate the intestine, etc.
Choosing the right honey
Not all kinds of honey are the same. Nowadays we can find many varieties and different qualities in any supermarket, some at very low prices.
However, in order for it to retain all its medicinal properties, choosing a raw honey that has not been subjected to high temperatures, is ideal which can be confirmed with observing if the honey is solidified or crystallized.
At home, putting it in a bain-marie ourselves so that it becomes liquid. It must also be of the highest possible quality, natural or organic, to ensure that no chemicals have been added to it to preserve it.
Healing and healing wounds
Have you had a wound or burn and want to heal it naturally and effectively? If you apply a little honey, you will benefit from its incredible ability to kill bacteria and microbes, its anti-inflammatory properties and its virtues to stimulate the immune system. It also fights irritation, soothes pain and promotes healing.
Mask for the skin
Honey is an excellent natural ingredient to maintain the skin’s natural moisture. Unlike oils, it prevents the skin from drying out without giving it an oily texture, making it the perfect component for a mask suitable for all skin types: dry, combination and oily. Skin with acne can also benefit from it, as it has antibacterial properties.
People looking for all-natural shampoos to wash and care for their hair can try a tablespoon of honey diluted in 200 ml of water. This 100% shampoo helps to regulate the sebum of the scalp, fight dandruff, keep the hair hydrated, give it shine and softness.
Honey is one of the best natural remedies for cough, so it is a very effective and healthy ingredient in any homemade syrup that you may decide to prepare, much healthier than sugar. To this syrup, other options to consider including are lemon and orange peels, ginger, cinnamon, thyme, etc.
Honey is a very effective agent for the intestine, as it acts as a mild laxative to promote bowel movements while helping to combat intestinal parasites.
To enhance its virtues It could be used in fasting with a glass of hot water, a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of unpasteurized apple vinegar.
Aide in sleeping
Problems with nervousness or insomnia? Honey has benefits to consider. In addition to being rich in vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids, it contains sugars that naturally increase insulin levels and produce serotonin.
This hormone is related to our mood and produces a feeling of relaxation. On any given night, you can bring your day to a close with a relaxing infusion or a glass of oat milk with a teaspoon of honey.
The information contained on this Website should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your Medical Physician. There may be variations in treatment that your Physician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.