Honey is well known as the bees sweet candy-like nectar. Honey doesn’t only have a culinary aspect but a medicinal one as well. Honey collecting goes as far back as written history. There have been cave painting found that depict honey gatherers climbing trees and taking honey from wild beehives. Honey was also believed to have a religious significance in some cultures, dating back to the Egyptians and Hindus. While in other traditions as that of the Jewish faith honey is the symbol of the New Year. In Buddhism honey has a great value referring to Buddha and peace. As well as the Christian testament and Islam. Native Americans were not introduced to the honey until the 17th century, and used to call bees the white man’s fly.

Benefits of Honey

Honey does not only stimulate your taste buds, but its unique taste has also opened a new door to culinary practices, that has given many new recipes. Honey also offers antiseptics, antioxidants, and cleaning for our health and body, as well as its many beneficial factors for beauty products, from lotions, to wrinkle cream. Healing attributes have long been used with honey from curing cuts and sores, to correcting health disorders passed down from generations. Honey is also used for treating digestive problems such as diarrhea, reduce inflammation and scarring. There are also god benefits to raw honey, raw honey contains natural vitamins, enzymes, powerful antioxidants, and other important natural nutrients. They are the very nutrients that are destroyed when the honey is heated. Raw honey also stabilizes blood pressure, balances sugar levels, and relieves pain as well as calms nerves. Native American herbal remedies would use Raw honey, to treat colds and sore throats.

  • Antiseptic
  • Antibacterial
  • Mood stabilizer
  • Treats colds and sore throats

History of Honey

Honey collection is an ancient activity, that has been around for more than 8000 years, there has been evidence found on cave paintings. In ancient Georgia honey was packed for people’s travels in the afterlife, there was usually more than one type of honey packed as well. In ancient Egypt honey was used to sweeten cakes and biscuits and many other dishes. Ancient Egyptians and Middle Eastern people used honey for embalming the dead. The fertility god of Egypt was offered honey. The art of beekeeping in Ancient China  used methods that bee handlers still use to this day. Mayans used honey from stingless bees for culinary purposes. Many cultures believed that honey had practical health uses, where it was used for burns, cuts or rashes, and to help sore throats ( a practice that has been made popular by Native Americans). Honey popular as part of the best tasting herbal tea.

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