Honey is rich with natural wholesome goodness, a gift of nature that’s produced from an intricate relationship between bees and flowers. Every drop of honey contains all the essential minerals necessary for life: vitamin B, amino acids, minerals and enzymes.
Why is Honey good for you?
In addition to its reputation as nature’s nutritive sweetener, research also indicates that honey’s unique composition provides various therapeutic benefits to mankind.
Honey goes into the blood stream in fifteen minutes, while ordinary sugar, a chemical saccharose, is completely indigestible, absolutely dead and harmful. It takes from 2-4 hours of hard work by the human system to invert and convert this chemical saccharose into simpler digestible form of glucosides, and than assimilate, exhausting the human system.
How is it made?
The worker bees collect nectar from flowers, they store the nectar in their honey stomachs.
The Honey stomach contains enzymes that act on the nectar to produce the beginnings of honey.
Commercial beehives are placed in natural surroundings exposed to multiple natural flora source. Worker bees travel 450 thousand km and collect from 2 million flowers to produce 1kg of honey.
Worker bees us their honey stomachs to ingest and regurgitate the nectar a number of times until it is partially digested. It is then stored in the honeycomb. Once the honey is ripened, the honey will be sealed with the beeswax.
Bee keepers then remove the frame from the honeycomb, and the bees will be swept away with the brush.
Bee keepers remove the beeswax that capped the honeycomb.
The honeycomb is placed in the extractor, initially straining the honey to rid of bee wax and other large particles.
The strained honey is put into tanks and sent to the factory. The honey is then tested for analysis, were is checked for quality, purity and moisture content.
Types of Honey
Honey Comb is honey is its unprocessed form, the honey, this is straight from the hive.
Cut comb is chunks of honey comb added to honey, many people are often mislead into believing that is id pure honeycomb.
Raw Honey is honey taken directly from the comb and unheated, most raw honey still contain bits of wax. Raw Honey is one of the best forms of honey as all nutrients remain intact, nothing is lost.
Filtered honey is honey which has been warmed slightly therefore producing a cleaner honey as most of the impurities have been filtered out. Filtered honey still contains a vast majority of the benefits which raw honey contains.
Pure honey is one of the most common forms of honey, it is heated at a much higher temperature therefore it becomes easier filter, in turn removing any traces of wax and others impurities producing a cleaner form of honey. As it is heated at a high temperature most of this nutritionsare lost.
Set honey is stirred until it begins to crystallise resulting in a firm creamy honey. Set honey is the most processed form of honey.
– which has not been pasteurized or filtered, and ideally taken directly from the hive – is a treasure chest of nutritional value and medicinal remedies. It contains an abundance of vitamins and minerals and is a natural and powerful medicine, both internally and externally.
The list of honey’s beneficial functions is a long one. Honey increases calcium absorption; can increase hemoglobin count and treat or prevent anemia caused by nutritional factors; can help arthritic joints, when combined with apple cider vinegar; fights colds and respiratory infections of all kinds; can help to boost gastrointestinal ulcer healing; works as a natural and gentle laxative; aids constipation, allergies and obesity; provides an array of vitamins and minerals; and supplies instant energy without the insulin surge caused by white sugar. Many have found raw honey helpful for its positive effects against allergies and hay fever, and one or two teaspoons last thing at night can help with insomnia.
As an antiseptic, honey is also a drawing agent for poisons from bites or stings or infected wounds, and has outperformed antibiotics in treatments for stomach ulcerations, gangrene, surgical wound infections, surgical incisions and the protection of skin grafts, corneas, blood vessels and bones during storage and shipment.
“Raw honey is exceptionally effective internally against bacteria and parasites. Plus, raw honey contains natural antibiotics, which help kill microbes directly. Raw honey, when applied topically, speeds the healing of tissues damaged by infection and/or trauma. It contains vitamins, minerals and enzymes, as well as sugars, all of which aid in the healing of wounds.”
So writes Dr. Cass Igram, D.O. in The Survivor’s Nutritional Pharmacy. In a fascinating modern development, scientists and doctors are beginning to rediscover the effectiveness of honey as a wound treatment. In recent years, honey has been used effectively in clinical settings for the treatment of fist-sized ulcers extending to the bone, as well as for first, second and third degree burns. Complete healing has been reported without the need for skin grafts and with no infection or muscle loss. It can be applied full strength to such conditions, covered with a sterile bandage, and changed daily. When the wounds are clean, honey acts as a healer. This also is the same procedure for infected wounds, ulcerations and impetigo. Garlic honey can also be applied directly to infected wounds, which will help clean up the area of infection.
Dr. Peter Molan, professor of biochemistry at Waikato University, New Zealand, has been at the forefront of honey research for 20 years. He heads the university’s Honey Research Unit, which is internationally recognized for its expertise in the antimicrobial properties of honey. Clinical observations and experimental studies have established that honey has effective antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Astonishingly, it painlessly removes pus, scabs and dead tissue from wounds and stimulates new tissue growth. “Randomized trials have shown that honey is more effective in controlling infection in burn wounds than silver sulfadiazine, the antibacterial ointment most widely used on burns in hospitals,” explains Dr. Molan.
Dr. Molan believes that if honey were used from the start in cases of septicemia, there would be far less tissue damage resulting. “The remarkable ability of honey to reduce inflammation and mop up free radicals should halt the progress of the skin damage like it does in burns, as well as protecting from infection setting in”, says Dr. Molan. “At present, people are turning to honey when nothing else works. But there are very good grounds for using honey as a therapeutic agent of first choice.”
Researchers believe that the therapeutic potential of honey is grossly underutilized. With increasing interest in the use of alternative therapies and as the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria spreads, honey may finally receive its due recognition as a wound healer.
Indeed, it works: 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.
Honey is also exceptionally effective for respiratory ailments. One Bulgarian study of almost 18,000 patients found that it improved chronic bronchitis, asthmatic bronchitis, chronic and allergic rhinitis and sinusitis. It’s an effective treatment for colds, flu, respiratory infections and a generally depressed immune system. Whereas sugar shuts down the immune system, a good quality honey will stimulate it into action.