This delicious food not only delights a sweet tooth but also boasts many medicinal properties. It is made from the nectar of flowers and the subsequent enzyme action in the bee’s stomach. Raw, minimally filtered and un-heat treated honey contains the most nutrients. This pure, natural state of honey will turn cloudy and more solid over time. Most honey found in shops nowadays is runny and clear all the time due to heat treatment. The flavours of different kinds of honey depend essentially on what flowers the nectar was collected from.
Honey contains over 200 different substances but honey “connoisseurs” (!) are able to distinguish what the main plant was that the bee’s collected from, to make that particular honey. Its antiseptic properties make it great for healing the skin. To do so, mix a teaspoon of honey with 20-30 drops of Echinacea tincture and apply the salve to grazes, minor wounds/cuts, boils or scabs. It may also help those suffering from respiratory problems (e.g. hayfever), but it’s essential that the untreated honey must be from the flowers of plants in the locality, as that particular honey contains elements of the pollen that aggravates the hayfever.
Taking some of this local honey daily for many months may help. The honey from the Tea-Tree in New Zealand and Australia is known as Manuka Honey and is well known for its ability to heal stomach ulcers. This honey can be found in all good health food stores. Sweeten up your life with a little bit of honey! Or brighten up someone else’s by giving them a pot of it!