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The name of this familiar and time-tested household remedy comes from ancient Hebrew and means "enchant". Long used as a culinary sweetener, honey is valued for its many healing properties as well. Treatment with honey is referred to as apitherapy and includes replenishing energy, enhancing physical stamina and strengthening those weakened by illness or stress. Honey can also help calm the mind and promote rejuvenating sleep. In addition, honey relieves indigestion and is used to treat cardiovascular disease and respiratory complaints. Finally, a thin coat of honey can be applied to the skin to disinfect and heal minor skin wounds and chapped lips.

  • Comb honey. Honey can be left in the wax combs, just at the bees stored it. Comb honey is delightful to eat, wax and all, spread on a warm slice of fresh bread or a muffin. Since the bees have sealed it in wax, it keeps all the original flavor month later.
  • Liquid honey. This honey is spun from the combs and bottled. Most commercial honey is warmed before bottling so it will remain liquid. Liquid honey is the easiest and most commonly used form for cooking.
  • Crystallized honey. This extracted honey which has been bottled unheated. It will undergo a natural process of granulation and will retain its original flavors better than heated honey. It has a nice, easily spread consistency, and many people prefer their honey this way when they become familiar with it. Slow warming in a pan of water will reliquify crystallized honey if this is desired.
Therapeutic Effect: Honey helps restore energy, has a general calming effect and helps to dissolve mucus. Applied externally to the skin, it disinfects and heals minor wounds.
Honey and Fitness: Honey provides a healthful pick-me-up. The glucose and fructose in honey have been predigested by the bees that produced it. These simple sugars are quickly and easily absorbed in the human digestive tract, and they have an overall soothing effect. Honey may be a healthy treat, but take care when using it as a sweetener: Just 1 Tbs. of honey has 64 calories, compared to the 46 calories in the 1 Tbs. of granulated sugar.
Bees Filter Out Environmental Toxins. Honey contains only slight traces of residues from industrial emissions, car exhaust and agricultural chemicals because bees act as a biological filter: They die if they come into contact with toxins and thus do not bring pollutants into the hive.
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