Learn more here about nature's nectar, life's liquid gold!
1. Honey is a natural anti-inflammatory, which aids in the treatment of allergies.
2. Because there are trace amounts of pollen in raw, natural honey, it can help aid the human body in producing antibodies against pollen in the air.
3. Honey can aid in the temporary relief to the scalp by targeting dandruff. Diluting honey with 10% warm water and applying to problem areas for 3 hours before rinsing can lead to itch relief and no scaling within a week. Thanks to honey’s anti-inflammatory properties, it reduces redness and itching. Ahhhhhh, relief!
4. Honey is a natural antibiotic that can act both internally and externally. It can be used to treat wounds and burns. It has been especially helpful in the aid of healing a methicillin resistant strain of Staph infection. Slather it on and drink it up!
5. It helps regulate blood sugar levels. Its combination of fructose and glucose helps the body regulate blood sugar levels, despite being a simple sugar. Keeping things balanced is important!
6. Honey provides natural energy. The natural and unprocessed sugar found in honey directly enters the bloodstream and provides a quick boost of energy. We all could use that! Great before and after exercise.
7. Honey is an amazing cough suppressant. It coats the throat and keeps it calm by soothing the nerve endings that protect the throat. It is the best natural medicine for your throat! Give it a try it!
Cool BEE Facts
1. The honey bee’s wings beat incredibly fast, at 200 beats per second. This is where the iconic buzzing sound comes from. Bzzzzzzzzzzz
2. A hive of bees will fly over 90,000 miles in order to collect 1KG of honey. That is the equivalent of 3 orbits around the earth. WHAT?!?!
3. Honey bees communicate with one another by scent and by dancing. How cool is that!
4. During winter, honey bees survive on the honey collected in warmer months and huddle closer together to protect the queen and keep the hive warm.
5. There are 3 types of bees in the hive. Worker bees do all the work in the hive and are all females. Males, or drones, sole purpose is mating with the queen. The queen lays the eggs for the entire hive. She can lay up to 2500 eggs! Busy lady!
Honey can be used as a moisturizer. It is great for restoring moisture on your hands, skin, and body. It retains moisture well, so you can add it to shampoos, conditioners, and moisturizers. This stuff is amazing! Seriously!
1. Honey Body Moisturizer - Combine 5 Tbsp. of honey, 2 Tbsp. of rose oil, and 2 cups of almond oil in a bottle and shake. Use it as often as you’d like!
2. Honey Hair Conditioner- Combine ½ cup of honey with ¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil. Apply this to your hair and work it in well. Use a shower cap to cover your hair for 30 minutes and then shampoo normally.
3. Honey Almond Exfoliating Scrub- Combine 3 tsp. of honey, 1 tsp. of extra virgin olive oil, and 6 Tbsp. of super fine crushed almonds. Apply to your face gently, rubbing it around, and rinse with warm water.
4. Honey helps in the treatment of acne. Honey is a natural antibiotic that can kill the bacteria that cause acne. Apply to the areas prone to acne. Leave honey on for about 30 minutes (You can cover the area with gauze or a bandage, if it is an isolated area) and then rinse off with warm water.
Why does some honey become crystallized?
Real honey, at times, crystallizes. This happens for a variety of reasons. This does not indicate that the honey is “bad”. One reason for crystallization is the region and flowers from which it comes from. Little Island Honey tends to not crystalize, due to the unique terrain and the regions from where the honey comes from in the Dominican Republic and the flowers.
If your Little Island Honey should crystallize, this process is part of the nature of a raw beautiful product. You may use the honey in this state or bring it back to a liquid state by carefully heating the honey to only 96-104 degrees Fahrenheit, slowly. This will preserve the flavor, beneficial enzymes and all health benefits. Higher heat or microwaving will destroy the benefits of the product.
Remember, it is also best to store all honey at 20-26 degrees Celsius / 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit. This is when it is happiest!
If you are interested in the chemistry of honey, this site provides great detail: http://blog.beeraw.com/real-raw-honey-crystal. It's an excellent resource that explains the details of raw honey and the crystallization process. They explain the beautiful chemistry behind this natural process.
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