I have a slight obsession with honey right now, so I am going to share it with you.
History and honey– It has been consumed by people since 7000 BCE and has been part of myth and legend. The ancient Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, and Africans all have legends centering around honey. A diet of honey and milk was even said to have saved Zeus when he was a baby.
Honey and medicine– Honey has been used medicinally for thousand of years and for good reason. It has at one time or another been used to cure nearly every illness. From arthritis to burns to constipation to baldness and stomach ulcers. The human fascination with honey seems to know no end. In fact, honey is even making a re-emergence in treating burns.
How honey works– Honey is osmotic, hygroscopic, acidic and anti septic. What does that mean? Well, it can draw liquid out of anything it comes in contact with. It can absorb and hold moisture. Because it is acidic bacteria does not live well in it. And finally honey is a source of hydrogen peroxide and does not harm the tissue.
Varieties– Classically, honey is the warm golden color of sunshine when held up to the light, but there are different colors.The variations in color (from pale almost white to dark nearly mahogany) is due to the plant source and storage. Darker honey has more antioxidants and a more pronounced flavor.
I went to an apple orchard and took a tour this fall. The orchard also raised bees. The bees, you see, a necessary part of pollination which is necessary to grow apples. They spoke a lot about bees and honey and it was honestly quit amazing. Ever since I have become quit obsessed with honey and am going to share with you some of my favorite discoveries.
- Allergies- 1 teaspoon of local honey a day
- Sore throat- 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of lemon and 1 tablespoon of whiskey then heat.
- Coughs- 1 teaspoon honey, 1 teaspoon lemon juice and 1 teaspoon vinegar. Take 1 teaspoon every 2-3 hours.
- Insomnia- 1 teaspoon of honey, mint leaves, and a cup of chamomile.
- Stomach ache- 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of lemon, 2 teaspoons of cider vinegar and add hot water.
- Burns- 1 teaspoon of honey, sterilized gauze and tape.
- Shiny Hair- 1 tsp honey, 4 cups of hot water, and 1 teaspoon of cider vinegar
- Facial Scrub- 1/4 cup of oatmeal, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 1 ripe banana, 2 tablespoons of honey.
I could go on, but I have probably overwhelmed you enough for one blog post. 🙂 So as a reward I give you the honey badger.