Bee-fore sugar, there was honey. And bee-fore honey, there was, well, history of honey. According to The Honey Association,
“The earliest record of keeping bees in hives was found in the sun temple erected in 2400BC near Cairo. The bee featured frequently in Egyptian hieroglyphs and, being favored by the pharaohs, often symbolized royalty.”
Among the Egyptians were the Greeks and Romans who also used honey for multiple purposes including gifts to their Gods, medicines, and in recipes. By the 17th century however, honey fell to the wayside when sugar made its entrance. Not only did we lose a natural, rich sweetener but nutritional value as well.
So why go back to honey, which can be substituted in almost all recipes and is as delicious as its competitor sweeteners? Because it has explosive nutritional value! If you are not interested in learning these values, then I will save you now on continuing to read, however I recommend educating yourself on one of natures most healthy offerings, because you never know when a zombie apocalypse may happen…and you may need a quick cure for something, depending on whether you survive or not.
I have done research on honey, looked at studies and compared nutritional facts, and have found nothing bad, and nothing too extreme about its uses other than that its so good that you should probably not eat a whole jar in one sitting. What I have found is exciting though, and I have tried many of the great remedial, baking, and other interesting uses approved by Dr.’s, nutritionists, and moms alike.
Because the list of uses and health benefits are extensive , I’m going to cut it down to the important ones, and some uses that may strike you or interest you, then give you links so you can further your research. According to “The Worlds Most Healthiest Foods”, a non-profit foundation with goals to make a healthier world , honeys micro-nutrients (or nutrients that we need in small quantities) , are high in vitamin B2, B6 and iron and manganese.
Vitamin B2 breaks down the macro-nutrients (protein, carbs, and fat) and turns them into energy, which everyone needs. It is also water-soluble, meaning that your body flushes it out, so it is important that you add it to your diet. It also helps your body produce red blood cells, and helps with your skin and vision.
Vitamin B6 is needed for metabolism, among other things. Iron is, well, necessary for performing natural everyday functions, and manganese helps with absorption of calcium, regulating blood sugar levels, and metabolizing fats and carbs. Take a look at your sweeteners nutritional label- does it do any of this?
Lets get to some of the fun, crazy things you can do with honey. First I must let you know, the type of honey I’m referring to is raw, unprocessed and 100% pure. That is because this honey has not lost all of these amazing and great health benefits, and it tastes so much better!
Scientists are researching the uses of honey in healing wounds, curing sickness, and treating disease. However honey has been used in most
cultures for centuries for several of the things scientists are looking to prove or disprove. Here are some I have done and others I find interesting:
- healing moist wounds (due to its antimicrobial properties, which is also why it lasts so long on your shelve!)
- Fighting insomnia, anxiety, and sore throats (put in water or tea)
- Bath Time (put some in your bath and reap the benefits!)
- Facewash (not too difficult, use it like you would any other face wash)
- Shine for your hair (it also moisturizes your dry brittle ends)
- Boost your energy- (step away from the coffee, and move toward honey)
- Fruit Preserve in canning- ( 1:10 ratio of honey:water, cover the berries)
- Shed the 1lbs- (who needs a pill? substitute for sugar… in moderation)
- Allergies (a teaspoon a day keeps the pollen doctor away)
- Baking substitute (use 1/2 to 3/4 cups less in recipes since sugar is so sweet , also add more liquids and reduce bake time by 25 degrees F
- Boost your immunity (The phytonutrient properties found in honey are anti-viral and anti-bacterial, add with lemon to hot water )
- Moisturize (30 minutes on a dry spot and wash off, that simple. Also great for the lips!
So, next time you reach for refined sugar or artificial sweetener at the grocery store, bee sure to remember this blog and that: Raw honey is more nutritional, more versatile, and tastes much better!
If you have any other tips for use or comments, feel free to add them!
- The Honey Association http://www.honeyassociation.com/index.asp?pid=9
- The Worlds Healthiest Foods http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrientprofile&dbid=53
- Organic Facts http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-animal-products/organic-honey/health-benefits-of-honey.html