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The Humble Bumble (Part 2) - Honey, O So Sweet!


Aside from pollinating almost everything we eat, honeybees hold the unique distinction of being the only insect that generates a food people can consume, called honey. Consuming honey, however, is not a recent trend.

For generations, civilizations have consumed honey and used it for medical purposes. There are Egyptian hieroglyphics depicting honeybee harvesting from a hive, as well as paintings throughout the years that revere and hold the honeybee in the highest regard.

Nuritional Benefits & Food Preparation

Honey, as a food, can be drizzled over desserts, added to tea in place of sugar, or used in a baking preparation. Honey possesses many advantages since it contains a variety of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It includes adequate amounts of vitamins B1, B3, and B6, as well as minerals such as calcium, iron, potassium, and zinc.

Honey, which is produced without the use of chemicals or human intervention, is a healthier alternative to the high fructose corn syrup that has infiltrated sweets and processed meals in recent years.

Medicinal Benefits

Honey, in addition to being a healthier alternative to sugar in baked products and cookery, has potent antimicrobial capabilities. It kills bacteria and prevents infection in skin wounds, and it has been demonstrated to help with allergies due to tiny levels of pollen.

It is crucial to note that honey is not a cure, but it does have some benefits in fighting off some illnesses or alleviating the symptoms of others. It can aid in the battle against germs and infection, making it particularly effective in the treatment of wounds. Honey has also been shown to relieve a sore throat caused by the common cold.

There is also some evidence that early exposure to honey, due to the presence of pollen, may help youngsters overcome allergies.

Cosmetic Benefits

Although unproven, honey has been marketed as a face revitalizer with skin-clearing and wrinkle-reducing properties. When concocted with other ingredients like almond seeds and milk, honey acts as moisturizing pack for your skin.

Applying honey also helps revitalize cracked lips and adds luster when used as conditioner for your hair.

Conclusion

Thus we see that honey has a reputation for being beneficial in various ways, and we would not be able to reap these benefits without the honeybee and its diligent work. Stay tuned for part 3 to see how, apart from honey, this hard work also translates into other useful products.