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I love Honey!

Updated on April 2, 2014

Honey, a gift of sweet elixir from Nature

Ancient peoples used honey for medicines, intoxicants, metallurgy and magic. There's still magic in this sweet elixir made, wonderfully, by Nature from nectar.

Honey was once regarded as sacred for its wonderfully sweet properties and only the rich could afford it. We once gave honey to the Gods in the hope of gaining favour, and also to embalm our dead.

Athletes in the Ancient Olympics drank lots of honey in water to enhance their sports performance and we still use it as an energy source to maintain optimal blood sugar levels for some hours.

Honey raises your blood levels of protective antioxidant compounds, a daily dose will promote general well-being as well as giving you an instant energy hit . It's also one of the oldest and most effective beauty aids ever. I often wash my hair with honey to keep myself blonde without chemicals.

I have honey almost every day for antioxidant reasons, but mainly because it tastes wonderful and I love it!

Where does honey come from?

Bees of course!

Yes, of course, bees. Bees make honey.

Bees have sophisticated tastes and, from the different flowers available to them, they'll choose one that has a higher concentration of sugars. Then, with the proboscis, (something like a long tongue), a bee will suck out the nectar.

In the proboscis the nectar mixes with the bees' enzymes and the resulting sweet stuff is passed to the house bee at the hive, a bee whose sole job it is to deposit the nectar in the honeycomb. Here the nectar is dried and concentrated to become honey.

Amazing process when you think about it.

Different Flowers make Different Honey

What's your favourite?

One of the greatest pleasures of honey is getting to know the different floral varieties, their appearance and quality. I love to experiment with new honey tastes and learning which floral variety of honey is most perfect for which kind of foods.

Different flowers give the honey different flavours. For example, thistle honey produces a thick, molasses-style honey, while orange blossom produces a light, sweet, citrus-flavoured result. Eucalyptus honey is a sheer pale glistening gold, rich in flavour, and a little less sweet than other varieties.

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Ingredients

  • 2 tsp liquid honey
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp wine vinegar
  • 1 large shallot peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and chopped
  • 4 -5 sprigs rosemary
  • Grated zest and juice of a large lemon
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in saucepan and saute the shallot until soft.
  2. Add garlic and saute for a further 2 minutes.
  3. Add all the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Allow to cool before using as marinade.
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Honey Roasted Rutabaga Recipe

We call rutabagas 'Swedes' in Australia

  • Cook time: 45 min
  • Ready in: 45 min
  • Yields: 2 - 4

Ingredients

  • 1 large rutabaga peeled
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons honey

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Slice the rutabaga horizontally into 3/4 inch rounds. Slice each round into 3/4 inch pieces. Cut pieces in half horizontally if large.
  3. Combine butter and honey in a medium-large bowl. Heat for 30 seconds or so until butter is melted. Stir to combine. Add rutabaga slices and toss to coat evenly.
  4. Spread rutabaga pieces onto a lightly oiled baking pan. Roast 35-40 minutes until slices have golden brown spots and crispy edges.

Moist Honey Cake Recipe

Make the moist of the moisture

Honey is hygroscopic (meaning it attracts water) so it is good for baking cakes as it keeps them moister for longer.

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 2 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 cup self rising flour
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup boiling water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C)
  2. Mix eggs with sugar.
  3. Add remaining ingredients in the following order: oil, honey,baking soda, cloves, cocoa and flour.
  4. Lastly, add boiling water.
  5. Bake for 1 to 1-1/4 hours.
  6. After about halfway though, ,lower heat to 350 degrees F. (180 deg. C.)

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Honey for Beauty

Bath and Moisture Mask

There's simply no sweeter way to bring a smooth glow to your skin and hair than with glorious golden honey.

Skin Softening Bath

Add ¼ cup honey to bath water for a fragrant, silky bath.

Moisture Mask

Just like Madame du Barry, the last mistress of Louis XV, mix 2 tablespoons honey with 2 teaspoons milk. Smooth over face and throat. Leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water

More Beauty Tips with Honey

Avocado & Honey Face Mask

What you need

2 tablespoons of avocado flesh

2 tablespoons honey

1 egg yolk

Either put all the ingredients in a blender, or mash by hand in a bowl. Use your fingers to spread the mask over your face and neck and leave it on for at least 30 minutes, preferably longer, before removing.

Australian Honey


Australian honey is the most chemical-free and disease-free honey in the world.

Seventy percent of our honey is produced in eucalypt forests in the regions of the vast mountain ranges. The dew fall is heavier in these areas, producing a superior class of clear, crisp and flavoursome honey.

Eucalyptus honey can be used for healing burns, cuts and abrasions. (I can swear to its quick and effective relief for common insect bites and stings). It's also analgesic and anti-inflammatory and can be massaged onto the skin to help relieve muscle and joint pains.

It tastes simply heavenly too.

Wild Seeds of Tasmania

Honey for Breakfast

Make a Morning drink

Flush out your system and give yourself a daily boost with a cleansing honey tonic.

Mix a spoonful or two of honey and the juice of half a lemon into a cup of hot water and drink each morning before breakfast.

Honey and Bread

Spread some glowing golden honey over bread, either fresh or toasted.

Cereal

Drizzle delicious honey over your oats, muesli or corn flakes.

Tea and Coffee

Use honey as a sweetener for your morning pick-me-up instead of sugar.

South County Honey

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      Julia M S Pearce 4 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      I love honey too.Can't live without it.

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      Jenny Campbell 4 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      This is not only very informative ( I never knew that using honey on my hair would keep it blond ) but it is a beautiful lens also. Everything fits in perfectly.

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      rnelson83 5 years ago

      I love Honey!! I get honey from a local beekeeper and I am a huge fan of raw honey right from the farmer! So much more flavor than the store bought honey's. I wish that everyone could get that raw honey!

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      I love honey too, and when I started a diet without sugar... I created a dilemma for me... So I don't eat sugar, or sweets, I eat only fruits which have the minimal necessary of sugar in them... but I decided that dark chocolate and honey are exceptions, I eat them in small portions and I think I find the equilibrium I need.

      Thanks for a great info lens.

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      orange3 lm 6 years ago

      I love honey! Thanks for the reminder to go make a cup of tea with honey right now :)

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      BlenderHead LM 6 years ago

      Honey's gotta be my favorite spread :) Absolutely love it :)

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      I love honey also, I love it on toast, on buckwheat pancakes and drizzled over yoghurt on my cereal. I am going to try out your honey cake recipe sounds delicious! thanks for this lens.

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      dannystaple 6 years ago

      I regularly have honey with my breakfast - I often eat Congee (a CHinese rice porridge) with Bananas and drizzled honey. A tantalizing lens!

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      semas 7 years ago

      I learned a new tip-Honey makes your cake moist! i will definitely try it out!5*

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      divacratus 2 8 years ago

      I am going to try that honey cake of yours. Love love love honey!

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      TopStyleTravel 8 years ago

      Great topic, well done and full of information for honey lovers. I love honey on my chicken. My brother used to raise bees for their honey.

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      religions7 9 years ago

      Well done again.