It was The Bee’s Knees yesterday. Today, it’s honey. To get you into the mood, have a listen to this racy little number –
Now, let’s reach for the honey.
Honey just never goes bad. That’s because when those busy little bees are flapping their wings to turn the nectar into honey, excess moisture is drawn out. That, and a bee enzyme, creates a substance in which bacteria and other bugs don’t grow. Which is why they found edible honey in some of the ancient Egyptian tombs.
As far back as ancient Mesopotamia honey was prized for its medicinal properties.
There’s lots of different kinds and flavours of honey depending on such things as which flowers the bees collect nectar from, which country the honey comes from and other factors.
Kangaroo Island, here in South Australia, is renowned for its last remaining pure stock of Liguarian bees in the world. It has been declared a bee sanctuary. Liguarian bees are gentle, busy, have longer tongues so can reach inside flowers other bees cannot. And the island has a lot of native wild flora for them to forage in. This makes for unique honey.
All this of course means that the medicinal properties of the different honeys vary accordingly.
One of the best known for wound healing and other applications is the famous and unique Manuka honey from New Zealand.
Did you know honey is great for the hair, skin and nails? Want some recipes and ideas of how to use it? Go to this site.
This is what I do with it –
Rub honey onto my face and leave it there while I sit in the sauna.
Whisk together 1 egg yolk, 1 tbsp sesame seed oil and 1 tbsp of honey, rub it into my hair and scalp, put on a disposable shower cap, wrap a towel around my head sit in the sauna. This is a great hot oil treatment that leaves the hair feeling silky soft.
Drink a cup of Liquid Gold every night – that’s a tea made with turmeric that also has honey in it. It’s a fabulous health tonic.
If you’re really keen to look at the scientific research and evidence base for the therapeutic effects of honey go to GreenMedinfo.This site has links to 129 different abstracts!
And remember – those bees work really hard for our benefit. It’s important to respect them and look after them.
© Raili Tanska
The bee is more honoured than other animals, not because she labours, but because she labours for others. Saint John Chrysostum