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Fun Facts about Honey, Health and Honeybees

Updated on September 16, 2014

Fifteen Honeybee Facts and Ten Honey Health Benefits

How do bees make honey and why is honey so good for you? Find answers here in a fun and easy fashion. Honey's name comes from Ancient Hebrew and means "enchant." Honey has been valued for its healing properties for thousands of years and just about everybody loves its sweet flavor in a variety of food and drinks. Here you will find fun and unique information, including how a Russian scientist feeds bees a specific diet to produce honey to boost your immune system and an invitation to visit my very own honey store.

Keeping Honey Real!

Exciting News for Honey Lovers!

The Food and Drug Administration announced on April 8, 2014 that it was stepping up to keep honey “real.” They will now make periodic checks of honey products to make sure they don’t have added sugar or corn syrup. If they have those things in them, they will have to be labeled that way.

Read the full article:

FDA rules that honey with added sweeteners can no longer be called 'honey'

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  1. Bees have been producing honey for at least 150 million years.
  2. To make one pound of honey, the bees in the colony must visit 2 million flowers, fly over 55,000 miles and will be the lifetime work of approximately 300 bees.
  3. Honey is the ONLY food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including water.
  4. A typical beehive can make up to 400 pounds of honey per year.
  5. Honeybees never sleep!
  6. Out of 20,000 species of bees, only 4 make honey.
  7. Honey bees will visit between 50-100 flowers during one nectar collection trip.
  8. A honeybee can fly approximately 15 miles per hour.
  9. Honeybees are the only insects that produce food for humans.
  10. Honeybees have five eyes, 3 small ones on top of the head and two big ones in front. They also have hair on their eyes!
  11. Bees communicate with each other by dancing and by using pheromones (scents).
  12. Bees produce honey as food stores for the hive during the long months of winter when flowers aren't blooming and therefore little or no nectar is available to them.
  13. A cave painting depicting an androgynous figure robbing honey out of the hive was found in the Cave of the Spider in Valencia, Spain. It is estimated to be 15,000 years old.
  14. Honey stored in airtight containers never spoils. Sealed honey vats found in King Tut's tomb still contained edible honey, despite over 2,000 years beneath the sands.
  15. A queen is the largest bee in the hive. She can lay up to 2,000 eggs per day, twice her own body weight per day.

Wonderful Honey Bee Piggy Bank! - Some of us say we will save money when Pigs fly!

LifeMel Honey specifically designed to boost your immune system

LifeMel Honey was originally developed by a Russian microbiologist, Dr. Alexander Goroshit. His curiosity was initially aroused by the fact that the beeskeepers’ families in a small Russian town remained healthy despite a local cholera epidemic. His subsequent research proved that the food bees consume affects their honey’s properties. So he set about producing honey from bees fed a specific blend of key medicinal herbs including,

Echinacea, nettles, calendula, avena sativa, melilotus, Siberian ginseng, red clover, Melissa, mulberry, dandelion, chicory, bilberry, elecampane, fig and beetroot. These plants are rich sources of vitamins, minerals, flavonoids and essential oils that work directly on the immune system. LifeMel Honey is proving beneficial for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment whose immune systems have been compromised.

Honey Bee Wind Chime - Some sweet sounds to accompany the buzzing!

Honey Bees Life Cycle

My Honey Bee - Any house becomes a home with Stephanie Marrott's warm and inviting artwork. Marrott creates the type of paintings she would enjoy in her own hom

Honey Health Benefits: Ten Sweet Discoveries - Since ancient times honey has been valued not only as a deliciously sweet golden nectar but for its health benefi

  1. Valuable Nutrition: Honey contains small amounts of a wide array of vitamins and minerals, including niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium chlorine, sulphur, copper, iodine and zinc. Honey contains vitamins B1, B2, C, B6, B5 and B3 and several kinds of hormones in amounts which change according to the qualities of the nectar and pollen.
  2. Antioxidant: Research indicates that honey contains numerous antioxidants, depending largely upon the floral source of the honey. Darker honeys are generally higher in antioxidant content than lighter honeys and have been shown to be similar in antioxidant capacity to many fruits and vegetables on a dry weight basis. Antioxidants are compounds found in cells that 'mop up' free radicals, the damaging byproducts of normal metabolism.
  3. Skin and Beauty: Honey is chock full of moisture binding humectants containing vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids, which are wonderful beauty aids that nourish the hair, skin and the body. Honey can be used on just about every body part and is sometimes used to soften scar tissue and encourage the growth of new skin. Honey is rich and thick, making it an effective moisturizer.
  4. Weight Loss: If you are trying to lose weight, honey can be of great help to you. Common refined dietary sugars in our food supply lack minerals and vitamins and are called empty calories for this reason. They need nutrients from our bodies in order to metabolize our cholesterol and fats. When our bodies lack these nutrients, metabolism is impeded. On the contrary, honey contains 22 amino acids and a variety of minerals essential for its metabolism and therefore helps you in reducing weight.
  5. Insomnia: Honey can help you sleep. Eating honey raises your blood sugar level slightly. This results in a controlled increase of insulin, which then causes the amino acid trytophan to enter your brain. The trytophan is converted into serotonin, which promotes relaxation. Finally, in the pineal gland, with the aid of darkness, the serotonin is converted into melatonin, a well know cure for sleeping disorders. Honey also contains the ideal 1:1 ratio of fructose to glucose making it a super food for glycogen storage. Sufficient glycogen storage is necessary for restful sleep. When your liver runs out of glycogen at night, your brain starts to trigger stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenalin to convert protein muscle into glucose.
  6. Coughs: Several studies have shown that buckwheat honey is as effective as over-the-counter cough suppressants. Parents frequently report that it helps children the sleep without coughing all night. Honey is remedial in cases of persistent coughs and sore throat. The strong antibiotic properties it contains coats the throat and reduces irritation. Note: Pediatricians do not recommend giving honey to children under 1 year of age because of the risk of botulism spores.
  7. Wound Healing: Honey has been used in wound treatment since ancient times. Raw honey makes a sterile, painless and effective wound dressing. Apply it directly to open cuts, abrasions and burns, and cover it with a piece of gauze. The results will occur quicker than with conventional alternatives, such as salves and creams. Current interest in medicinal honey focuses largely on its antibacterial effects. Other areas of study are concerned with how honey may help the body remove dead tissue and provide a favorable environment for the growth of new healthy tissue.
  8. Hair Conditioner: Honey is a natural humectant, which means it attracts and holds on to water molecules, making a great treatment for dry, damaged hair. To feed your hair and scalp, mix honey with an equal quantity of olive oil, cover head with a warm tower for half an hour then shampoo off. Or add a tablespoon of honey and oil to your conditioner, let penetrate for 20-30 minutes and then rinse thoroughly. Despite its sticky texture, the honey treatment will rinse easily from the hair, as long as you are using equal parts of honey and oil.
  9. Stomach and Digestion: The enzymes present in honey aid in digestion of food, especially raw sugars and starch. The difference between common sugar and honey is that, the sugars contained in honey are predigested by the bees and can be quickly and easily absorbed in the human digestive tract. Thus it is quite useful for digestive disorders. Honey can help to heal ulcers and upset stomachs. It has also been proven to regulate intestinal function, alleviating both constipation and diarrhea.
  10. Improve Athletic Performance: Ancient Greek athletes took honey for stamina before competing and as a reviver after competition. Honey is known for its effectiveness in instantly boosting performance, endurance and reducing muscle fatigue. The glucose in honey is absorbed by the body quickly and gives an immediate energy boost, while the fructose is absorbed more slowly providing sustained energy. and is especially useful in fitness for energy and stamina.

Live a Happier, Healthier and Tastier Life with Nature's Wonder Product!

More Sweetness - Honey Books and a DVD I recommend

Honey: The Gourmet Medicine
Honey: The Gourmet Medicine

Honey is an effective treatment for a variety of ailments. This insightful book summarizes the medicinal value of honey and explores honey as a gastronomic treat.

 
NOVA: Bees - Tales From the Hive
NOVA: Bees - Tales From the Hive

Amazingly up-close footage filmed with specially developed macro lenses brings you the most intimate- and most spectacular- portrayal of a working bee colony ever filmed.

 
The Hibernation Diet
The Hibernation Diet

While working with athletes, Mike McInnes discovered that eating fructose-rich foods such as honey helped to burn fat and increase stamina.

 
Keeping Bees And Making Honey
Keeping Bees And Making Honey

This comprehensive and attractive lifestyle guide to bee keeping takes readers from finding their bees to getting them home, housing them, collecting honey and using their produce.

 
The Book of Honey: Nature's wonder ingredient: 100 amazing and unexpected uses from natural healing to beauty.
The Book of Honey: Nature's wonder ingredient: 100 amazing and unexpected uses from natural healing to beauty.

This new book presents in one special volume not only a fascinating history of honey, but also a practical guide to it's uses.

 

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      Great info

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      Great lens. I love honey and now I have the perfect excuse to eat some!

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      Amazing, so many benefits from just honey alone...

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      I'm ready to get some bees.

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