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Honey Is Not Just For Bears

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There are different forms of honey. 

Blended honey is a mixture of two or more honey’s differing in floral source, color, flavor, density or geographic origin.

Churned honey is also called creamed honey which is processed by controlled crystallization to a smooth spreadable consistency.

Crystallized honey is where part of the natural glucose content has spontaneously crystallized from solution as the monohydrate, like it is granulated.

Filtered honey is filtered to remove solids and pollen grains, and maybe a few bee parts.

Organic honey is made on government approved farms.

Raw honey is extracted from the hive without the use of heat. This is my favorite.

Commercially raw honey is obtained by minimal processing.

Strained honey has been passed through a mesh material to remove pieces of wax, propolis, and other defects without removing pollen.

Blueberry, buckwheat, mangrove, eucalyptus, mangrove, cotton, alfalfa, fireweed, snowberry, orange blossom, aster, lehua, pumpkin, cactus, knotweed, blackberry, wildflower, avocado, macadamia, bamboo, sage, basswood, apple blossom, acacia, honeydew, raspberry, melon, sunflower, mint, tulip poplar, goldenrod, sumac, and clover are some of the kinds of honey that bee’s make.

Research has shown that unlike most other sweeteners, honey contains small amounts of a wide array of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants.

Honey, a rich source of carbohydrates, provides a quick source of energy.

Honey's unique composition makes it an effective antimicrobial agent, useful for treating minor burns and scrapes, and for aiding the treatment of sore throats and other bacterial infections.

Honey has been used as a home remedy for centuries to help alleviate some of the symptoms associated with a common cold.

A new study by a Penn State College of Medicine research team found that honey may offer parents an effective and safe alternative. The study found that a small dose of buckwheat honey given before bedtime provided better relief of nighttime cough and sleep difficulty in children than no treatment or dextromethorphan (DM), a cough suppressant found in many over-the-counter cold medications.

Bifidobacteria are a group of bacteria considered important to the health of the gastrointestinal tract (i.e., “good bacteria”). Increasing the populations of these “good bacteria” (and suppressing potentially deleterious microorganisms) are thought to be important to maintaining optimal gastrointestinal health. There are generally two approaches for increasing the populations of bifidobacteria in the gut: (1) ingesting the live and active cultures or (2) enhancing the growth of the indigenous bifidobacteria. The first method has been referred to as a “probiotic” while the second is considered a “prebiotic”.

Honey is known to possess a variety of antioxidants and antibacterial substances that have been shown to inhibit growth of a wide range of bacteria and fungi. The antimicrobial properties of honey may render it beneficial in the treatment of various oral ailments including periodontal disease and mouth ulcers.

Antioxidants are nutritive and non-nutritive substances that can retard or inhibit oxidation and/or neutralize the effects of damaging “free radicals”. In humans, oxidative stress is implicated in an ever growing number of chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease and cancer. Thus, increasing the body’s antioxidant content may help protect against cellular damage and the development of chronic diseases. Research indicates that honey contains numerous phenolic and non-phenolic antioxidants, the amount and type of which depends largely upon the floral source of the honey. Darker honeys (e.g., buckwheat) are generally higher in antioxidant content than lighter honeys and have been shown to be similar in antioxidant capacity to many fruits and vegetables on a dry weight basis.

According to ancient folklore, Greeks and Romans used honey to increase strength and stamina in their athletes. Although honey’s benefits in sports were widely embraced by early civilizations, the need to scientifically show the benefits of honey for athletic performance and endurance is very modern.

The National Honey Board had commissioned a 3-part research study with a leading university to help show that honey works to give athletes an energy boost before and after exercise. The research also showed that honey may help tired muscles recover more quickly after heavy exercise. Though honey is one of the earliest foods, scientific knowledge of this wonderful product is just now beginning to grow.

It is no secret that athletes of all ages and abilities include honey in their training regimens. Honey is commonly found on training tables “before the big game,” made into energy drinks to drink during exercise, or as an energy boost for athletes who have gone through the challenge of “making weight.”


The National Honey Board and the honey industry have had a longstanding respect and admiration for athletes who believe in honey’s message. We feel an obligation to constantly pursue research as well as to lend support to many athletic organizations in fields as diverse as wrestling and canoe racing.

We believe in honey’s strengths. We believe in athletes who go all-out to become stronger.

Cleopatra is said to have ruled Egypt with an iron fist. Apparently, it was also a smooth fist, since she was one of the more famous people in history to use honey for its skin-enhancing properties. In fact, Cleopatra's legendary milk and honey baths are just one of many historical examples of people using honey to pamper their complexions. While Cleopatra didn't know why honey softened her skin, new research suggests the queen of the Nile was definitely onto something.

Manufacturers have used honey in everything from hand lotions and moisturizers to bar soaps and bubble baths. One reason they use honey is for its wholesome, all-natural image; more and more consumers are demanding cosmetics and personal care products made from natural ingredients. In the case of honey, however, image is just the beginning.

First, honey is a humectant, which means it attracts and retains moisture. This makes honey a natural fit in a variety of moisturizing products including cleaners, creams, shampoos and conditioners. Honey also acts as an anti-irritant, making it suitable for sensitive skin and baby care products. Honey's prospects in skincare are looking even sweeter; research is currently underway to develop a process using honey to create alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). AHAs are an important ingredient in many skin creams and moisturizers because they help exfoliate the skin. Increased exfoliation, or renewal of the skin cells, can give skin a younger, more vibrant look.

Look for honey in store-bought beauty products or try whipping up some simple beauty recipes yourself.

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Historical Honey Beauty Secrets

  • Madame du Barry, the infamous last mistress of Louis XV, used honey as a form of facial mask, lying down for a rest while the honey did its work.
  • Cleopatra of Egypt regularly took honey and milk baths to maintain her youthful appearance.
  • It was said that Queen Anne of England used a honey and oil concoction to keep her long hair lustrous, thick and shiny.
  • It was claimed that another famous Englishwoman, Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, used her own secret recipe for a honey water to keep her hair beautiful.
  • Chinese women have a tradition of using a blend of honey and ground orange seeds to keep their skin blemish-free.

Honey can also be used in your dogs shampoo to make the coat shiny and smooth.  Be sure you rinse it out well.  Follow with a doggie crème rinse.  Your doggie will smell like a hunny bunny.  Good luck tying some of these remedies and spread the Aloha Spirit with your favorite honey.

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xoceandove — Sunday, April 6, 2008
Cute and fun ideas thanks


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