As written on Live Science, bees make honey from flower nectar by using their tube-shaped tongues to extract the nectar and store it in their second stomach. In these stomachs, the nectar is mixed with enzymes. Then, the bees pass the substance onto other bees in a digestive assembly lime until the last been deposits the honey in the honeycomb.
Until all extra water evaporates, the bees fan the honeycomb with their wings and then the honeycomb is sealed with beeswax.
Why do bees make honey?
Because this is their food source and honey is one of the most nutritious foods out there. Hence, according to Benefits of Honey, honey is 80% natural sugar and 18% water, whereas the remaining 2 percent is minerals and vitamins, and pollen, and protein. Although honey is high in sugar, it’s not bad when consumed moderately. Moreover, the vitamins and minerals in it make honey exceptionally healthy.
These are one of the best benefits of honey:
According to Nutra Ingredients, a study done by the University of Memphis Exercise and Sport Nutrition Laboratory showed that honey is an effective pre and post workout energy source for athletes due to the fact that, unlike other carbohydrates, honey doesn’t cause blood sugar to drop after the first spike. Moreover, honey is also known to better power and speed in endurance in athletes.
Therefore, instead of drinking sugary soda, eat a piece of toast and a tbsp of honey.
Mike McInnes, founder of the Hibernation Diet, claims that a spoonful of honey before going to bed can help you burn fat easily as honey speeds up the metabolism and decreases the stress hormones during sleep. Natural News recommends a detox drink made from cinnamon tea and honey.
As seen on Dr. Axe, linden and Manuka honey are exceptional in the treatment of cuts and wounds because they posses potent antibiotic properties. You’ll just need to rub some honey onto the affected areas. These types of honey can also be used for treatment of acne.
According to WebMD, 2 teaspoons of honey half an hour before going to bed can suppress nighttime coughing. This method is safe and effective for adults and children over the age of 1.
In combination with lemon, honey is great in treating nausea. What’s more, a lot of women who experience morning sickness know this. According to Blessed Herbs this is because the astringency of lemon removes toxins from an agitated stomach and honey serves to release the cleansing powers of lemon slowly.
As seen on LiveStrong, honey contains a carbohydrate known as oligosaccharide which doubles as an antioxidant and has the ability to lower high blood pressure. Therefore, if you have problems with high blood pressure, consume a teaspoon of honey daily.
According to a study from Dubai, thanks to the anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties honey possesses, it is an excellent treatment for the most severe symptoms of dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis, like hair loss and scaling. If you have some of these problems, rub some honey diluted with warm water onto your scalp and leave the mixture to sit for three hours. Then, wash your hair with warm water. For optimal results, do this on a daily basis.
David Wolfe claims that consuming some honey and a bit of Himalayan salt contributes to restful night’s sleep. According to him, this is because Himalayan salt is rich in magnesium, which decreases the hormone cortisol and makes the process of falling asleep easier. Honey encourages the body by healing the liver and other organs while you sleep. Wolfe recommends mixing 1 teaspoon Himalayan salt and 5 teaspoons honey. Every night, you need to put one teaspoon of the mixture under your tongue.
All in all, honey is one of the sweetest naturally-occurring foods in the planet and it possesses a lot of health benefits. You can add a teaspoon to your morning tea, in coffee, or slather it on a piece of toast. Mix it with some yogurt or add it to vinaigrette. The possibilities are indeed endless and the choice is yours.