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Honey: The Natural Wonder

Updated on March 23, 2018
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The Beautiful Bee Hive

Honey in Honeycombs
Honey in Honeycombs | Source

I have a huge belief in the importance of bees, not just for their honey, which is a healing and delicious food, but the necessity of bee colonies that are vital to the health of the planet. ~ Trudie Styler

History of Honey

Since the beginning of early civilization, peoples of the western world coveted the use of honey. Known as the nectar of the Gods, honey was used during religious ceremonies and rituals.

Egyptian Queen Cleopatra pampered her skin with a daily regimen of honey and milk baths to help keep a youthful appearance.

Greek Physician Hippocrates praised honey for its medicinal value. In his Hippocratic Oath, he stated that honey was a powerful substance that cleaned and cured ulcers, sores and festering wounds.

Even the great Julius Caesar placed value in honey by accepting the sweet nectar as a means of bartering to help pay for taxes instead of using gold.

Cleopatra and her Beauty Regimen

Dicksee’s Cleopatra, oil on canvas
Dicksee’s Cleopatra, oil on canvas | Source

The Working Bee

Natural beauty.Bee is taking feed
Natural beauty.Bee is taking feed | Source

Nectar Collection

The Process of Making Honey

According to Helen Nichols (Well-Being Secrets) "Bee experts assert that to make one pound of honey, it takes approximately 60,000 bees traveling to possibly 2 million flowers (around 55,000 miles) to extract enough nectar."

Absolutely, an amazing process for one creature of many so small. From the hive, to the field these hardworking insects forage for sugar nectar. Once they find their source, the nectar is stored in pouches lined within their innards before circling back to hive where they dispel their stored source to other worker bees and then stored in combs and sealed with beeswax for preservation.

After harvest - jars of glass filled with honey
After harvest - jars of glass filled with honey | Source

My dad studies and practices homeopathy and Ayurveda medicine. He's a strong believer in both honey and milk as forms of healing. Honey is the one food that does not die. It does not expire. Growing up, he'd always be mixing up almonds or turmeric or gram flower with milk to cure a cough or a cold. ~ Rupi Kaur

Healing with Honey

  • For the Common Cold and Allergies: Honey has a calming effect and soothes a constricted throat from excessive congestion and coughing. It can also possibly act as a reversal agent to allergies due to the simple fact that honey contains traces of pollen.
  • Sleep Inducer: The consumption of honey can help produce larger amounts of insulin, which in turn releases serotonin, helping to boost a happier mood and thereby creates melatonin, which enhances the quality of sleep.
  • Helps Maintain Memory: Honey nectar contains antioxidants that help repair cellular damage and aids in boosting shot-term memory.
  • Increase in Sexual Libido: Reportedly an natural aphrodisiac, the consumption of honey naturally increases testosterone in men and estrogen in women to higher level boosting the sex drive.

Beauty is as Beauty Does

Honey Facial

If you're going to try a honey facial then, you must choose the right type of honey. Although processed honey helps to give a more smoothing appearance, for some people it can be an irritant and cause a rash. My suggestion is not to use processed honey because it lacks the valuable nutrients in comparison to rawest forms of honey. The best organic honey to date is New Zealand's active Manuka honey. Available at any whole foods store, this particular honey has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties which help fight off infection and produce a greater healing rate when applied. Another added benefit is that honey is a natural humectant, the results to the skin are phenomenal. Be prepared, Manuka honey is not cheap, but it certainly beats the price of Botox or laser treatments.

Honey Mask for Dry Skin

Honey Mask for Dry Skin

  • 1 tbsp Mashed Avocado
  • 1 tbsp Plain Yogurt
  • 1 tbsp Raw Honey

Mix together all ingredients until smooth consistency. Spread mixture evenly all over face and let it soak in for at least twenty minutes before washing off. Natural fats in avocado and whole milk in yogurt help moisturize skin, leaving a soothing and smooth afterglow.

Which is Your Favorite Type of Honey?

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Cited Sources

  • Helen Nichols @ Well-Being Secrets "21 Science-Backed Health Benefits of Honey" Retrieved from
  • Nathaniel Altman, "The Honey Prescription: The Amazing Power of Honey as Medicine" Healing Arts Press (March 9, 2010)


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