Honey for the Holidays: Honey’s hidden benefits
December 6, 2012
Honey has been used across the world for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians used it as form of currency, like gold, and Germans used it to sweeten alcoholic beverages like mead, cider and beer. American Indians put honey to use as a fruit preservative and base for herbal medicine.
Most people currently use honey to sweeten food and beverages, but few understand honey is a powerful food, beauty aide and topical antibiotic. Honey naturally contains 18 amino acids, plus small amounts of vitamins and minerals. Interested in buying local Florida honey now? If not, we will continue to explore the positive benefits of honey.
Reasons to give Mother Nature’s most versatile treat this holiday season:
Improved sleep and relaxation: Honey can promote relaxation and help ease you to sleep. This is possible because of the natural sugar found in honey. The natural sugar helps increase insulin levels and allows tryptophan, the compound famous for making us sleepy after eating a large Thanksgiving meal enter the brain more easily. So remember, taking a spoonful of honey before bed can help you get a restful sleep.
Fewer Allergies: Taking a high-quality raw local honey for about two months before allergy season can potentially lessen your allergies. Bees carry the pollen that aggravates seasonal allergies, and that pollen becomes a part of the honey. If you consume honey daily before allergy season, your body can grow accustomed to the pollen and immunize your body against it.
Healed cuts and scrapes: Honey can help prevent infection in minor cuts and scrapes. It is as simple as placing a dab on honey on the cut and covering it with a bandage of choice.
Moisturizing skin: Honey attracts water and can absorb and retain water in the hair and skin. At home you can enjoy these moisturizing qualities by stirring it with milk for a facial, adding it to your bath water to soften skin, or mixing it will olive oil as natural hair conditioner.
Holiday Gift Ideas!
View this link to contact your local honey bee association: http://www.floridabeekeepers.org/
If you want to give honey this holiday season, support local beekeepers and contact your local honey bee association. It is a cheap and beneficial gift to treat a loved one!
Visit your local farmer’s markets for fresh honey as well as other honey bee byproducts such as air purifying beeswax candles. There’s no limit to the hidden benefits of the amazing honey bee!