The Healing Power Of Honey
What is Honey?
Honey is a sweet, viscous food substance produced by bees. A lot of hard work from bees goes into producing honey with these magical properties. While transforming nectar (Honey’s main ingredient) into honey, bees flap their wings so hard that they draw excess moisture out of the initially water-filled substance. Bees also have a special enzyme in their stomachs that helps to break the nectar down into gluconic acid and hydrogen peroxide, the latter of which acts to further prevent the growth of bacteria and other organisms in the honey.
How Much Honey Does A Honey Bee Produce?
On Average, A Honey Bee Produces the following
- 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey over the course of its life.
- A typical beehive can produce anywhere from 30 to 100 pounds of honey a year.
- To produce a single pound of honey, a colony of bees must collect nectar from approximately 2 million flowers and fly over 55,000 miles. This amounts to a lifetime’s worth of work for around 800 bees.
Honey is collected from wild bee colonies, or from hives of domesticated bees, a practice known as beekeeping. A productive bee colony makes two to three times more honey than it needs to survive the winter. When harvesting honey from a beehive, beekeepers try not to take anything the bees will miss. If necessary, beekeeper s will feed bees sugar syrup in the autumn to compensate for the honey they take.source www.goldenblossomhoney.com
Honey: It’s Medicinal Property And Antibacterial Activity
The medicinal importance of honey has been documented in the world’s oldest medical literature, and since the ancient times, it has been known to possess antimicrobial property as well as wound-healing activity.
The healing property of honey is due to the fact that it offers antibacterial activity, maintains a moist wound condition, and its high viscosity helps to provide a protective barrier to prevent infection.
The use of traditional medicine to treat infection has been practiced since the origin of mankind, and the use of honey is one of the oldest traditional medicines considered to be important in the treatment of several human ailments such as the treatment of
- bed sores
- and other skin conditions.
In India and Ayurvedia medicine beekeepers have a very high status and honey is a key medium in the preparation of herbal products, and in the treatment of certain conditions. In the wealthier families in India, it is frequently practiced by the local Ayurvedic doctor where the doctor dips his finger in local honey and places the honey inside the mouth of the new born baby. This is not practiced in the West, and people are scared to use honey on children up to one year old because they are of the belief that there is a high risk of the development of infectious diseases, specifically botulism. The risk of developing botulism from honey in the western world, produced by reputable local beekeepers is probably in the range of one in 10 million. Honey is an essential medicine to respond to some of the problems that we have in humanity, especially with children.
Here in Roscore Clinic we use local honey as much as possible in the preparation of herbal medicines and in formulations, and we do that here in Roscore Clinic. Local honey actually acts as a form of immunization to many of the pollen allergies that can potentially cause problems in relation to hay fever, sinus problems, weakening of the immune system.
How Do Know The Difference Between True Honey And Fake Honey?
Almost nobody knows how to tell the difference between true honey and a sugary product that just tastes and looks like honey. Use these 8 simple tests to know for sure so you can get all the benefits of honey that you’re looking for! (Article by: The Hearty Soul)
1. Carefully Read The Label
This is the very first step that will help you choose the right, additive-free honey. Producers have to label the content and the percentage by a certain amount.
Heat up a few teaspoons of honey in your microwave. High heat works fine. Real honey will eventually caramelize, and fake honey will become all foamy and bubbly due to all of the added ingredients. (Note: real honey will also get a layer of “foam” at the top because you are cooking out the air that is introduced to the honey as it is extracted from the hives.)
Put a few drops of honey on a sheet of paper. If it does not absorb in the paper after a while, you have got some natural honey. Fake honey contains a lot of water and it will be absorbed into the paper right away.
4. Water and Honey
This is probably the easiest way to tell if there are added ingredients inside of your honey. When soaked in warm or hot water, real honey will dissolve into the water and then after the water cools the honey forms in clumps on the bottom of the container. However, fake honey melts.
Spread some of your honey on a slice of fresh bread. If the bread becomes too hard, your honey is all natural. Fake honey will only dampen the surface of the bread, due to a large amount of water in it.
Real honey crystallizes after a while, and fake honey will keep its liquid, syrup-like composition.
So be sure to read the labels and know what you are buying is real. You can always buy your honey from a local beekeeper.
Check out the Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Associations website to find a local supplier near you.
Another product which is very highly regarded is Propolis. Propolis is known as Russian antibiotic. It is very, very powerful anti-infective, to use for all types of infections.
Emmet Walsh, Medical Herbalist, Roscore Clinic shares a practice which he believes can be beneficial in response to
- hay fever
- summer allergies
- pollen allergies
is instead of chewing gum, chew honey combs from your local beekeeper. This helps to transmit the beneficial effects and acts as a form of localized immunization against the pollen, which can potentially cause problems regarding hay fever, and even other skin conditions because skin can be affected with hay fever.
8 Health Benefits of Raw Honey
- Healthy Weight Management.
- Counters Pollen Allergies.
- Natural Energy Source.
- Antioxidant Powerhouse.
- Sleep Promoter.
- Wound and Ulcer Healer.
- Diabetes Aid.
- Natural Cough Syrup. Source
Raw Honey Is Good For Your Health
Raw honey is honey (nectar from flowers) that is pure, unheated, unpasteurized and unprocessed. This is perhaps one of the most important characteristics and health benefits of the final product, as it preserves
- all the natural vitamins
- and other nutritional elements.
A Teaspoon Of Is Honey Good For Your Heart
A teaspoon of honey could give your body
- an extra edge against cancer
- and heart disease
- and promote heart health.
Gram for gram, this “honeybee nectar” is as rich in antioxidants as some fruits and veggies. Of course, honey can’t replace produce and you should always follow a healthy eating plan.