>>>Honey is a sweet sticky golden-brown fluid produced by bees from the nectar of flowers. Honey bees convert nectar into honey and they store it as a primary food source in wax honeycombs inside the beehives. Bee honey is composed of fructose, glucose,and water, in varying proportions; it also contains several enzymes and oils. Even though the most popular source of Honey is from honey bees, there other sources of honey which include the bumblebees, stingless bees, and other hymenopteran insects such as honey wasps. Also, there are many types of honey. There are some health benefits in honey rather than the sweetness. Honey may also contain a broad mix of plant chemicals, collectively called phytochemicals, including antioxidants, flavonoids, and phenolics. Some of these complex compounds are also believed to play a role in the potential health benefits of honey.
Even King Solomon saw the benefits of honey when he said as quoted an the Bible "My son, eat thou honey, for it is good" ( Proverbs: 24:13). Also The Holy Bible contains many references to honey.
<<<<HEALTH BENEFITS OF HONEY>>>>>
- >>>>Heals wounds and burns- According to the Daily Mail, honey has been found to be better at aiding burn recovery than standard treatments used by the NHS. Some preliminary studies have shown that honey contains trace amount of compound with wound healing properties, such as hydrogen peroxide and methylglyoxal. Also according to Peter Molan, director of the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato in New Zealand, All honey is antibacterial, because the bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide .
- >>>>Treatment of cough - The World Health Organization recommends honey as a treatment for coughs and sore throats, including for children, stating that there is no reason to believe it is less effective than a commercial remedy. "Honey has been studied as a cough suppressant and may have anti-inflammatory effects", reported Mayo clinic. The Guardian reported that honey even 'beats cough medicine' at alleviating and reducing the frequency of cough. “Honey also helps soothe the irritation in your throat that causes you to cough,” Ogden says. According to a 2007 study, it can also relieve coughs more effectively than over-the-counter medicines that contain dextromethorphan (DM), a cough suppressant.
- >>>> Treatment of allergy- According to a popular belief, exposure to local honey works somewhat like a vaccine against local allergens by exposing people to the pollen that ordinarily causes an allergic response. Studies have shown allergy shots are very effective for decreasing seasonal allergy symptoms.Local, unprocessed honey does contain small amounts of pollen from the environment. In addition, some experts point out that honey can contain traces of flower pollen — an allergen. And one treatment for allergies is repeated exposure to small amounts of allergens. Finnish researchers also conducted a study recently in which patients with a known allergy to birch pollen consumed honey with added birch pollen, or ordinary honey, for about five months, before the start of pollen season. Patients who had taken the doctored honey reported 60 percent lower total symptoms scores than patients who did not receive the pollen-laced honey. Investigators concluded that the pollen-rich honey had helped reduce patients’ allergic symptoms. Unfortunately, taking honey with added pollen is not the same as taking local honey for the control of allergy symptoms, so it remains unclear what role, if any, honey may play in allergy relief.
>>>>>For face and skin beauty- Honey has a natural antioxidant and anti-microbial properties which may help to protect the skin from the damage of the sun's rays, supports the skin's ability to rejuvenate and refresh depleted skin, leaving it feeling silky soft and supple. Honey's ability to absorb and retain moisture make it an ideal ingredient in a lot of cosmetics as it helps keep skin hydrated and fresh and prevents drying. It is known that ancient beauties regularly applied a mixture of honey and milk to the face to keep the skin young-looking, radiant, and smooth, according to some experts.