The Healing Benefits of Honey
The Healing Benefits
In times past honey was a symbol of prosperity. In the earliest times it was so valuable that merchants and the owners of land accepted it as a form of money; honey-money. In the Bible the Holy Land was referred to the “land of milk and honey.” The medicinal benefits of the thick, sweet liquid made by bees go way back to even the days of hieroglyphics which is somewhere between 2600 and 2200 B.C. The ancient Egyptians used honey to help heal and soothe wounds and stomach complaints. Later the Scottish used it to treat abscesses and ulcers, and to clear phlegm from gargling from it. The Russian soldiers in World War 1 slathered it on their battle injuries. And the English mixed the honey with cider vinegar which is still a fold remedy for rheumatism and arthritis. Some experts say honey is a valuable medicine and can destroy dangerous infections, painful ulcers, clean wounds and renew dry skin, relieve a tummy ache. Apparently, honey even pours on antioxidants and can defeat cancer causing free radicals.
Honey fun fact: Honey never goes bad.
A Bee Charmer
One of my favorite books and movies: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is a 1987 novel by Fannie Flagg. Flagg's novel weaves together the past and the present through the blossoming friendship between Evelyn Couch, a middle-aged housewife, and Ninny Threadgoode, an elderly woman who lives in a nursing home. Every week Evelyn visits Ninny, who tells her stories about memories of her youth in Whistle Stop, Alabama where her sister-in-law Idgie and Idgie's friend Ruth ran a café. These stories, along with Ninny's friendship, enable Evelyn to begin a new, satisfying life while allowing the people and stories of Ninny's youth to live on.
A bee charmer is someone who can get wild honey without getting stung.
The Bee Charmer
Honey As A Medicine
How Often Do You Use Honey as a Medicine?
The Difference Between Raw Honey and Processed Honey
The raw honey stays at room temperature and is only slightly filtered. This is significant for it to keep the optimum health and nutritional worth. It is unclear and contains vitamins, pollens minerals, and enzymes. The refined, processed honey is extremely filtered and this involves the honey to be heated for the pasteurization process. It allows the filtration process to occur with no trouble. This process makes the clear, golden, look that we is most well known and the one that we often see in the stores. But this extreme filtration process caused the honey to lose many of the precious nutrients. Therefore, most of the health benefits are obtained from raw honey.
Grasshopper (Locust) Recipe
from 'Ronald Taylor's "Butterflies in My Stomach"
3/4 cup sifted flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
3/4 c milk
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 c grasshoppers
1 pt. heavy cream beaten stiff
Sift flour, baking powder and salt together into a bowl. Slowly add milk and beat until smooth. Add egg and beat well.
Pluck off grasshopper wings and legs, heads optional. Dip insects in egg batter and deep fry. Salt and serve.
from Amazing Grasshopper Recipes.
I would dip these in honey like I do with corn-fritters, if I ever did eat such a thing. I would eat these If I had to, but I am not at the point of harvesting these protein packed insects.
The Honey Bees
- A bee flies to thousands of flowers only to make 1 teaspoon of honey. Wow! How precious honey is!
- The bee's brain is oval in shape and only about the size of a sesame seed, yet it has remarkable capacity to learn and remember things and is able to make complex calculations on distance traveled and foraging efficiency.
- A colony of bees consists of 20,000-60,000 honeybees and one queen. Worker honey bees are female, live for about 6 weeks and do all the work.
- The queen bee can live up to 5 years and is the only bee that lays eggs. She is the busiest in the summer months, when the hive needs to be at its maximum strength, and lays up to 2500 eggs per day.
- Larger than the worker bees, the male honey bees (also called drones), have no stinger and do no work at all. All they do is mating.
- Each honey bee colony has a unique odor for members' identification.
Pumkin Honey Bread
Honey Wine (Mead)
Homemade Chai Tea ( A Cough Suppressant
1 cup honey 1/2 cup softened butter or margarine 1 can or 16 oz of cooked packed pumpkin 4 eggs 4 cups flour 4 teaspoons baking powder 2 teaspoons cinnamon 2 teaspoons ginger 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon nutmeg
Mead or honey wine is the oldest alcoholic drinks known to man. It is made from honey and water via fermentation with yeast. It may be still, carbonated, or sparkling; it may be dry, semi-sweet, or sweet.
2 cups - water 2 - black tea bags 2 teaspoons - vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon - ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon - ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon - ground allspice 1/2 cup - honey 2 cups - milk, soymilk or milk subsititute
In large bowl, cream honey with butter until light and fluffy. Stir in pumpkin. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until thoroughly incorporated. Sift together remaining ingredients. Stir into pumpkin mixture. Divide batter equally between two well-greased 9 x5 x 3-inch loaf pans. Bake at 350°F for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let loaves cool in pans for 10 minutes; invert pans to remove loaves and allow to finish cooling on racks.
To make Chai Tea Base, in medium saucepan, combine water, tea, vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, allspice and honey. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and allow to steep for 30 minutes. Remove tea bags. Cover and refrigerate Chai Tea Base. To serve hot: combine equal parts of Chai Tea Base and milk. Heat on stovetop or in microwave. To serve cold: combine equal parts of Chai Tea Base and milk over ice cubes.
The Top 10 Benefits of Honey
More Benefits & Tips
- Heals wounds
- Aids digestion
- Guards against ulcers
- Fights allergies
- increases energy
- Soothes skin
-Honey mixed with olive oil half and half is a cheap but great way to moisturize your hair, make a pack and leave it on for an hour as a deep conditioner.
-Honey can lighten your hair.
-if you are running low on energy have a teaspoon or two of honey.
-The honey diet: Drop a dress size for the party season by having a spoonful of honey before bed.
-Make a facial mask with egg whites and honey mixture. A nice spa treatment.
Some Biblical quotes:
How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Psalm 119:103
And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leather girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. Matthew 3:4
Einstein and Bees
Albert Einstein once said: “If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live. “No more bees, no more pollination … no more men!” Although he wasn’t an entomologist, today’s entomologists agree that the sudden and mysterious disappearance of bees from their hives poses a serious problem.
There is some information about the farmer’s concern for the bee’s vanishings also known as the colony collapse disorder. Lately, bees have gone missing from hives around Europe as well. The East Coast of the U.S. is reporting a 70% loss in commercial bee hive habitation, the West Coast 60%; these figures are stunning.
An article from the Independent discusses a theory that the cell phone radiation gravely interferes with bees’ ability to navigate through the air. Whatever the cause, the seriousness of this phenomenon is colossal – and it is alarming how quickly this is occurring. From a NYT article on 2/27/07: “…one study says that honeybees annually pollinate more than $14 billion worth of seeds and crops in US, mostly fruits, vegetables and nuts.”
Weird Honey Fact
The ancient Egyptians not only made offerings of honey to their gods, they also used it as an embalming fluid and a dressing for wounds.
Another Weird Fact
In a way, honey is bee puke, but it's without a doubt the most delicious type of vomit on earth.
Honey For Hair Removal
- 1 cup honey
- 1 cup sugar
- Electric cooking pot
- Wooden popsicle stick or wooden spoon
- Cotton fabric
Mix the 1 cup honey and the 1 cup white sugar in a small electric cooking pot. Set the temperature on low. Cook the combination with the lid on for about 3 hours. It will get thin and the mixture will be easy to stir with a flat wooden stick.
Just leave the cooking pot turned on, but remove the lid for 10 minutes before you begin the waxing. This permits the wax to cool down enough, thus causing any discomfort or burning.
Dip the wooden stick into the honey mixture and scoop out and then touch it carefully with your finger to make sure that it is cool enough to use.
Spread the honey onto your skin where you would like to remove hair in a 2x4 strip.
Press a strip of fabric bigger than the wax strip onto the area immediately, so have everything ready first. Smooth down the cotton by pressing and rubbing it firmly with your hand a few times.
Hold your skin down around outside the area tight with one hand and use your other hand to hold one corner of the strip and quickly pull it off. Ouch! It should be the opposite direction of your hair growth. You need to keep your hand as close to the skin as much as you can for when pull of the strip.
Wash gently after with warm water, and it is not advised to use any lotion or soap.