Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Honey, Honey, Honey Bee… what is it for me?

Most of us used honey as our word of endearment for our love ones. Why is it so? Well, I guess it’s because honey just simply means sweet? Well, maybe it’s what we meant but don’t you know what honey bees do for all of us or honey can do for us?

I wasn’t able to watch the movie about honey bees but my friend told me that in that movie you will appreciate the existence of honey bees. I don’t exactly know what she meant until one day Dennis sent me an article about honey bees and the honey they make. At first I just open it but not really read the content. I was in his mailing list because I ordered honey from his farm from time to time. I put honey whenever I drink tea not knowing what it can be done for me. So everything was just normal as it was until I noticed that my honey bottle was about to empty soon. So I sent a message to Dennis telling him that I need to order 2 bottles of honey, one for me and one for Noel, my co-engineer. I think it took about almost a week before I received my order just in time before my honey bottle was totally empty and I was awe when I seen the new packaging of their product. It was nice because before they will just deliver it to me in a clean bottle without the label. But now, it was ready for market and I think can compete to the current market of honey; the cost, and the looks and of course the quality of their products. So after seeing that, I sent a message to Joy, Dennis wife and my friend as well to give my feedback and to congratulate them of course because I seen the hard labor they put into it.

So she told me who do the label, where did they buy the bottles because I said it looks beautiful and marketable. I am really happy with this couple and suddenly I wanted to write something about the honey and the honey bees. Then I began my research about it of course to give justice to what I will write. I went back reading again the article that Dennis sent me and I was just so glad that I am using a honey as my sugar. I keep on reading in the internet about honey, the honey bees and I was so amaze by their existence.

Why is it so?
Bees are the flying insects closely related to ants but unlike ants Bees play an important role in pollinating flowering plants, and are the major type of pollinators in ecosystems that contain flowering plants. Bees may focus on gathering nectar or on gathering pollen, depending on their greater need at the time, especially in social species. Bees gathering nectar may accomplish pollination, but bees that are deliberately gathering pollen are more efficient pollinators. It is estimated that one third of the human food supply depends on insect pollination, most of this accomplished by bees. Come to think of it, human has some dependencies on these creatures. Not only that, the honey they produce can help us in so many ways and here are some of the amazing facts about honey….

  • Honey contains vitamins and antioxidants, but is fat free, cholesterol free and sodium free!
  • Not a spinach lover? Eat honey - it has similar levels of heart-healthy antioxidants!
  • One antioxidant called "pinocembrin" is only found in honey.
  • For years, opera singers have used honey to boost their energy and soothe their throats before performances.
  • Honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including water.
  • Honey has the ability to attract and absorb moisture, which makes it remarkably soothing for minor burns and helps to prevent scarring. Honey speeds the healing of open wounds and also combats infection.
  • As recently as the First World War, honey was being mixed with cod liver oil to dress wounds on the battlefield.
  • Modern science now acknowledges honey as an anti-microbial agent, which means it deters the growth of certain types of bacteria, yeast and molds.
    Honey and beeswax form the basics of many skin creams, lipsticks, and hand lotions.
  • Queen Anne of England, in the early 1700's, invented a honey and olive oil preparation to keep her hair healthy and lustrous.
  • According to Dr. Paul Gold, a Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia, "people remember things much better after they've consumed glucose, a form of sugar found in honey."
  • Honey is nature's energy booster! It provides a concentrated energy source that helps prevent fatigue and can boost athletic performance.
  • Recent studies have proven that athletes who took some honey before and after competing recovered more quickly than those who did not.
  • Honey supplies 2 stages of energy. The glucose in honey is absorbed by the body quickly and gives an immediate energy boost. The fructose is absorbed more slowly providing sustained energy.
  • Honey was the most used medicine in ancient Egypt. Of the more than 900 medical remedies we know about for that time, more than 500 were honey based.
  • In order to produce 1 pound of honey, 2 million flowers must be visited.
  • Honey has an endless shelf life, it never spoils when stored at room temperature in a sealed container. No need to refrigerate it.
  • Honey is hygroscopic; it absorbs moisture from the air. If left exposed in humid environments, the moisture content will rise and the honey will ferment.
  • The word HONEY is found in 56 Bible verses.
  • Proverbs 24:13 "My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste."

Honey has also a lot of nutritional benefits like:

  • Honey is said to normalize kidney function, reduce fevers and help insomnia. It is also supposed to help recovery from alcohol intoxication and protect the liver; effects also ascribed to fructose syrups. Heart, circulation and liver ailments and convalescent patients in general improved after injection with solutions of 20 and 40% honey in water (Kaul, 1967).
  • Honey is said to facilitate better physical performance and resistance to fatigue, particularly for repeated effort; it also promotes higher mental efficiency. It is therefore used by both the healthy and the sick for any kind of weakness, particularly in the case of digestive or assimilative problems. Improved growth of non-breast fed newborn infants, improved calcium fixation in bones and curing anaemia and anorexia may all be attributed to some nutritional benefit or stimulation from eating honey.
  • Benefits to the digestive apparatus - Honey is said to improve food assimilation and to be useful for chronic and infective intestinal problems such as constipation, duodenal ulcers and liver disturbances. Salem (1981) and Haffejee and Moosa (1985) have reported successful treatment of various gastrointestinal disorders.
  • Benefits to skin and wound healing - Honey is used in moisturizing and nourishing cosmetic creams, but also in pharmaceutical preparations applied directly on open wounds, sores, bed sores, ulcers, varicose ulcers and burns. It helps against infections, promotes tissue regeneration, and reduces scarring also in its pure, unprocessed form (Hutton, 1966; Manjo, 1975; Armon, 1980 and Dumronglert, 1983). If applied immediately, honey reduces blistering of burns and speeds regeneration of new tissue. Many case histories are reported in the literature for human as well as veterinary medicine (sores, open wounds and teat lesions in cows). A cream, applied three times per day and prepared from equal parts of honey, rye flour and olive oil, has been successfully used on many sores and open wounds -even gangrenous wounds in horses (Lu~hrs, 1935). Lucke (1935) successfully tested a honey and cod liver oil mixture suspended in a simple non-reactive cream base on open wounds in humans, but he gave no details on proportions.

Upon knowing all of these, the more I wanted to use honey as substitute for my sugar, after all I can get the same sweetness of sugar in honey and in addition I will get the nutrients that sugar cant give me. So, what about you? Are you using honey too? Well, think, think, think…. Healthy life is more beautiful! And if you want to order honey, you can contact this lovely couple, Dennis and Joy Paderes at 09206554076 or you can visit their honeybee Colonies.

Disclaimer: this article has no monetary equivalent for the author. She just wanted to share what she think can help people improve their daily life thru healthy living.


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Pinay Jade said...

Hi I love honey too and would rather use them than sugar.Thanks for sharing all this valuable infos on honey.

Where is their honeybee colony located, I want to visit it when I co me to the Phils. if I get the chance.

Gracie said...

Hi Jade, you are welcome. I love honey too. Sure thing you can visit them. It's located here in Gen. Trias Cavite and we can give you a tour so just let us know. By the way, thanks for your comments. Can we be xlink? Thanks!