There are SO many benefits to honey! We have some AMAZING info to share with you… a little history, health benefits, the importance of buying local & more. How much do you know about honey and bees?
Honey was first written about in 2100 B.C. The oldest honey archaeologists have found dates back about 5,500 years old and was found in ceramic jars in the country of Georgia. And let's take a moment to think about the first person who discovered honey all those years ago. Bees + hive + stings = OUCH! Thank you for being so brave!
Bees can fly up to 15 miles per day. To make one pound of honey, bees in a colony will visit 2 million flowers. A bee beats its wings 11,400 times per minute. Ready for this, bees never sleep. A typical beehive makes between 30-100 pounds of honey a year.
Phytonutrients are compounds found in plants that help protect the plant from harm. The phytonutrients in honey are responsible for its antioxidant properties, as well as its antibacterial and antifungal power.
Honey contains beneficial prebiotics, which nourishes good bacteria that live in your intestines.
Not Feeling Good?
Honey is great for a sore throat and a cough. In a 2021 study, it was suggested that honey could be superior to other forms of care for improving upper respiratory tract infections.
The polyphenols in honey may be able to fight against inflammation in the part of the brain that involves memory.
Honey has an antimicrobial agent and can be used effectively on minor burns or scrapes. It has been shown to speed the healing of wounds.
Importance of Raw
Some honeys have as many antioxidants as fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants help to protect your body from cell damage due to free radicals.
Local honey can increase your immune system because it contains local pollen. This helps reduce pollen allergies.
Nectar of Life, Truly!
Honey is 80% sugar and 20% water, and is the ONLY food that includes all substances needed to sustain life, including water.
Keep your honey in a cool dry place, not the fridge. It will never spoil. If the honey crystallizes, just place the jar in warm water and remix.
Thanks so much for taking the time to learn more about honey. We love it on top of our CinnaSpice Bread. Enjoy!
And a HUGE thank you to @hannah.guthman for creating this amazing photo. Please take a moment to see her food photos, truly BeeU-tiful!!