Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Tip Tuesday

Do you know how many uses there are for honey? And how many varieties of honey are there? “Many” would be the answer to both questions! How long have bees been making honey and we collecting it? A very long time!

That sweet, gooey treat we all love has numerous uses, both for health and beauty. I’ve listed a few below, as well as a fun recipe!

There are over 300 varieties of honey in the United States, and the color and flavor of each variety is determined by the flowers the nectar is drawn from.
The process that bees go through in making honey is a bit disturbing if you really think about it! It is a process of regurgitation then evaporation to remove excess water from the honey. It is then stored in the honey comb.
Honey collection goes back at least 8,000 years as evidenced by cave drawings found in Spain. Also, there are reports of bees being around thousands of years before that!

Here are a few ways honey can be used:
1) Add a bit of honey to tea for a relaxing drink in the evening. It may lead to a good night’s sleep.
2) Honey has a natural hydrogen peroxide that is released when it comes in contact with water or body fluids. That makes it a perfect antiseptic for minor cuts, scratches and burns. Bandages and dressings will not stick to it.
3) Put on minor sunburn to cool the burn.
4) It is a perfect sugar substitute in baking. Replace the sugar with half as much honey and decrease liquids by 1/4 cup for each cup. Also, reduce oven temperature 25 degrees.
5) Use for sore throat or cough. Mix with a bit of lemon juice and swallow a spoonful.
6) Use as a skin moisturizer. Rub lightly on skin then rinse off with warm water and pat dry.
7) Honey is said to enhance vitamin A absorption.
8) The antioxidants in honey are good for colon health.
9) Honey is a great energy booster. Stir into coffee or tea in the morning when you’re on the go!
10) Do not give honey to infants under 1 year because it contains spores of a bacteria which can cause infant botulism and could possibly be fatal.
HONEY LIP GLOSS: In a microwave-safe dish mix 1 part honey to 2 parts petroleum jelly and warm until melted. Pour into very small sterilized containers; let cool until firm. To add fruity flavor and scent, mix in a small amount of fruit-flavored powdered drink mix. To add color with no scent, mix in a small amount of beet juice.
A few quotes:
“If you want to gather honey, don’t kick over the beehive” – Dale Carnegie
“When you go in search of honey you must expect to be stung by bees” – Joseph Joubert
“Life is the flower for which love is the honey” – Victor Hugo
Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. Thanks for reading!

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