Honey to the Bee Honey has a deserved reputation as a bit of a wonder-food, having been used not only for sustenance, but also for medicinal purposes over the years. In fact, it’s one of the many reasons we treasure our beautiful native bee population and why we are celebrating it through our gorgeous new Bee Keeper range.
While honey is renowned for its health benefits, most of us don’t really know why it’s good for us, so we thought we’d spread the word with some fascinating facts about why honey makes life sweeter!
The ancient Egyptians put honey to work healing wounds and burns, and this is still a popular use today. This could be due to the fact that all honey is naturally anti-bacterial; in fact Manuka honey treats over 250 clinical strains of bacteria and has even been found to stimulate the production of immune cells.
Coughs and sore throats
Honey and lemon is a popular cough and cold remedy and evidence shows that honey is extremely effective at reducing symptoms by coating the throat, even rivalling popular medicinal remedies in effectiveness.
The use of locally-made honey can be a fantastic natural antidote to hay fever, as it will contain elements of the local pollen that triggers your allergy. Eating local honey will help your body to build up an immunity to these particular pollens, even as little as a teaspoon a day. For the best results you need to start this regime around 2-3 months before your hay fever kicks in.
High quality honey contains lots of antioxidants, which have been linked with reducing the risk of heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure and even some types of cancer. Some studies have also shown that honey can help to reduce bad cholesterol, while raising your ‘good’ cholesterol levels!
Honey’s anti-bacterial qualities are especially good for your skin, which makes it a common ingredient in skin treatments and a must-have if you like to prepare homemade facemasks. For a soothing and refreshing facemask that’s easy to whip up at home, visit https://dontmesswithmama.com/diy-honey-facial-mask/
Raw honey is generally considered the best for health benefits as it contains vitamins, minerals and enzymes not present in refined honey. However, honey is not recommended for children under the age of 12 months.
In the kitchen
All of this is almost just a bonus when you consider how tasty honey is and how many ways it can be put to delicious use in the kitchen. Drizzled on cereal or pancakes, used as a glaze for meat or veg, or simply added to cakes or desserts as a sweetener, honey has countless culinary applications.
In fact Delicious magazine has taken the time to collate a tantalising selection of some of the best recipes, which you can read here http://www.deliciousmagazine.co.uk/collections/honey-recipes/
Honey is clearly a household staple, whether in the medicine cabinet or the kitchen cupboard, it’s an item that we just can’t do without!
To read more about the health benefits of honey click here https://www.well-beingsecrets.com/health-benefits-of-honey-ultimate-guide/
or to celebrate the busy, buzzy makers of honey in your kitchen, take a look at our BeeKeeper range by clicking here!