Honey has been enjoyed as a natural remedy for centuries.  The ancient Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians documented its healing and medicinal properties, as did Aristotle in 384 B.C.  In Proverbs 24:13, King Solomon said, “My child, eat honey, for it is good and the honeycomb is sweet to the taste,” (NLT).  Since it contains vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and trace enzymes, it is an excellent way to add wholesome delight in place of processed sugar.  Harness Honey’s horsepower!

Mike and I have actually tried our hand at beekeeping but we still have much to learn!  Despite great-looking bee suits, Honey production is certainly much more complicated than we imagined in this world of neighboring chemicals!  To make just one pound of honey, it takes a lot of time and a lot of teamwork!  Bee experts, or apiarists, estimate that it takes 60,000 bees traveling around 55,000 miles to possibly two million nectar-rich flowers for just 16 ounces of the liquid gold.

The process is fascinating!  Honeybees have two stomachs for digestion of the nectar from the pollen.  The nectar mixes with enzymes in the extra stomach and then the bee regurgitates it into another bee’s mouth for further digestion.  Eventually it gets stored in the honeycomb where it is fanned by the little bee wings to make it thicker.  Later, a liquid is secreted from the bee’s abdomen which seals and hardens the nectar into beeswax.  

Hopefully, this has intrigued your brain and tastebuds toward this golden treat!  Although pediatricians recommend not giving Honey to a child before the age of one due to their developing digestive and immune systems, it is a wholesome and healing sweetener because of its:

  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Antioxidant content
  • Anti-coughing benefits (it coats and calms the throat)
  • Sleep enhancement (due to the amino acid tryptophan)
  • Healing ability of some minor wounds and burns (check out this research)
  • Anti-dandruff properties
  • Soothing of acid reflux and heartburn
  • Immune-boosting ability

The above is absolutely the short list!  Quality local honey can provide profound relief from seasonal allergies.  Because the bees are collecting nectar from the same plants that cause the sniffling and sneezing, ingesting small amounts can give natural immunity against the annoying allergens.  Here’s the protocol that I’ve found that may help sufferers minimize or even eliminate antihistamines:

  1. Beginning one month before your allergy season, eat one teaspoon of local Honey each day.
  2. Work up to one tablespoon of Honey each day.
  3. Be sure that the Honey has not been heat-treated, as this will kill the beneficial properties.

Honey is a fantastic natural sweetener but you have to be a wise consumer.  Because much of the Honey available in the store has been ultra-processed, it has lost much of its medicinal value.  Local farmer’s markets are a wonderful resource for quality, local, raw, and unfiltered honey.  Despite its health benefits, Honey is a source of glucose and is best used in moderation.  Like many areas of life, “Too much of a good thing is not a good thing!”  I thought that statement originated with my Dad….haha!

START SOMEWHERE today incorporating more whole food into your world.  LIVE YOUNGER with the sweetness of quality Honey when your tastebuds are calling for a treat.  Harness Honey’s Horsepower.  You can do it.  I will help you!

Harness Honey's Horsepower

Harness Honey’s Horsepower