Famous for its sun dipped hue and the sweet, powerful taste, honey is not only known for its attention grasping appearance but also for the beauty in its creation.
Bees visit more than 300 species of flowers or other vegetation to gather the nectar which will later be used to produce honey.
The nectar that they collect is taken to the beehives, where it is chewed and kept in separate honeycomb wax cells.
At this stage, the consistency of the honey is not the one we are familiar with since it is still wet. To dry and dehydrate this thick sugary substance, bees fan their wings rapidly, simultaneously producing natural enzymes which makes the honey thicker.
From Hive to Home
Even after being prepared with so much time and effort, honey is not so easy to be served. The beekeeper removes all the bees, carefully from the hive. He then removes the wax seal through an uncapping machine.
The honey is then centrifuged and forced out through an extractor that frames at high speed. It is then strained. This removes all foreign elements present in it. It is gently warmed and bottled and is ready to come home.
Types of Honey
Since bees visit more than 300 different flowers, having different types of honey is inevitable. For their lovers, the same processed honey, which is found in grocery stores might seem bland and would fancy broadening their honey paradigms.
There are various types of honey; including clover, which is usually found in Canada and New Zealand. It has a lighter color and a sour aftertaste. Manuka honey, which is used as or in medicines and to heal wounds. There is sourwood, acacia, dandelion, rosemary honey and many more to add to the list.
It has been said to keep you away from every disease. However, this statement is not completely backed with scientific justifications. It has a long history of being used as a medicine even in olden times.
One can acquire numerous advantages from honey. If you are not yet aware, it is about time you should know what amusing qualities honey possesses.
In The Field of Medicine
It is a natural anti-allergy. Taking a teaspoon of honey, which makes up about 64 calories, you can build up immunity against allergens that cause your nose to itch and eyes to burn. It is also a natural vaccine due to some of the pollens it contains. It also helps to heal wounds and burns.
Diarrhea causes loss of water and potassium and lowers the level of electrolytes in the body. Honey reduces the severity of diarrhea.
Research that took place in Lagos, Nigeria also showed that consumption of honey blocked the entrance of diarrhea-causing pathogens in the body.
However, it should be clearly noted that it is not to be given to children under the age of 12 months since their metabolic system is weak and it causes a rare but quite severe food poising in them, called; botulism.
Since honey is a sweet sugary substance, it is rich in carbohydrates. Carbohydrates give instant energy to the body hence honey is a natural energy booster.
The glucose and fructose present in it quickly get into action and increase your energy level. So, if you ever feel lazy or feel like your energy level is fluctuating, just take a spoonful of honey and it will get you going!
Besides boosting energy levels, honey is also a memory booster. Research has shown that women who are past their menopause have kept their memory sharp simply by consuming a spoon of honey daily.
There are plenty of antioxidants found in honey. These are the food that our brain cells need to work efficiently. So it is therefore highly recommended if you need to give your memory a boost.
Honey, by lining against the walls of stomach and esophagus, stops the stomach acids and undigested food to flow upwards. This, in turn, reduces the risk of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) which can cause inflammation, acid reflux and heartburn. In other words, honey reduces the risk of nausea.
Since the cold is common, especially during the winter days, it is better to have an easily available home remedy at hand. Although this does not disregard the intake of cold suppressants, honey is a much healthier and natural choice.
Since two tablespoons of honey not only act just as effective as cold syrups, It has so many other benefits attached to it. The World Health Organization (WHO) gives honey the credit of relieving irritation caused due to coughing as it lines along the throat and soothes the nerve endings.
Apart from these features, it also solves a large number of allergies and diseases. These may include: sleep disturbance, vision problems, bad breath, cough and asthma, stomach ulcer, diarrhea and dysentery, vomiting, frequent urination, high blood pressure, obesity, jaundice,eczema and dermatitis, burns, cuts and wounds, arthritis and an array of various other ailments that may occur in the body.
In Field of Beauty & Fitness
Honey doesn’t lack behind in the field of beauty either. Apart from having a cure for almost every infirmity present honey proves to be quite famous in the beauty world too.
Honey is a natural antiseptic. It absorbs impurities and cleanses your skin. You can apply and massage a layer of raw honey to your face and neck and wash it with water after 30 minutes. It will leave you a nice glowing and soft skin.
It also possesses moisturizing qualities and is, therefore, a natural humectant. This helps remove wrinkles and unwanted lines on your face.
The antioxidant properties in it help the skin from aging early. Since it is a natural moisturizer, it can be used to treat chapped and dry lips. This is very helpful, especially during the winter season.
Moisturizing creams sometimes make your skin dull but honey does the opposite. It also increases fairness and brings a fresh glow to your skin. It also helps improve flaky and dry scalps.
And using honey with yogurt can improve hair growth too. However, some people might be allergic of it and therefore before using it, you should consult a specialist.1