September is National Honey Month but what do you know about Honey ?
Honey Facts !
HONEY NEVER SPOILS.
When sealed in an airtight container, honey is one of the few foods known to have an eternal shelf life. There are even reports of edible honey being found in several-thousand-year-old Egyptian tombs. Honey’s longevity can be explained by its chemical makeup: The substance is naturally acidic and low in moisture, making it an inhospitable environment for bacteria.
The best way to store honey, then, is at room temperature, in your pantry or on a kitchen shelf but out of direct sunlight. Honey should be stored in some kind of container with a tightly sealed lid, like a Mason jar.
BEES MAKE A LOT OF HONEY.
A typical beehive can produce anywhere from 30 to 100 pounds of honey a year. To produce a single pound of honey, a colony of bees must collect nectar from approximately 2 million flowers and fly over 55,000 miles. This amounts to a lifetime’s worth of work for around 800 bees.
HONEY WAS A HOT COMMODITY IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE.
In 11th century Germany, honey was so highly valued for its beer-sweetening abilities that German feudal lords required their peasants to make them payments of honey and beeswax.
HONEY IS MEDICINAL.
Evidence of honey being prescribed as a medical treatment dates back as far as ancient Mesopotamia. Because the substance is so inhospitable to bacteria, it was often used as a natural bandage to protect cuts and burns from infection. Today, honey is still used as a natural treatment for dandruff, stomach ulcers, and even seasonal allergies.
1. A good source of antioxidants · 2. Raw honey nutrition · 3. Antibacterial and antifungal properties · 4. Heals wounds
How does honey help a burn?
Honey has both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can promote healing in minor burns (and minor cuts as well). In fact, studies have shown that honey can perform even better than over-the-counter antibiotic cream on minor skin burns. In my personal experience, treating a burn with honey reduces the pain and redness almost immediately, and it speeds up healing dramatically! I’ve seen minor burns completely heal within 24 hours.
Diy Burn Cream :
- 1/4 C Extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon beeswax pellets
- 1/4 C Raw Honey
- 1 teaspoon Viatmin E
- 20 drop Lavender essential oil
- In a clean discarded tin can, add the oil and beeswax. Place the can in a pot filled with 1” of water. Bring water to a simmer over low heat and melt the mixture. Stir the mixture frequently with a wooden popsicle stick.
- When beeswax is completely melted, remove can from heat and add in the honey, stirring vigorously until melted. Add in the Vitamin E oil and lavender essential oil. Stir well.
- Pour mixture into either the metal tins or plastic balm tubes. Let cool completely, about six hours, then cap, label, and store in a cool dark place for up to a year.
- To use: On minor burns, run the burn under cool water for at least 60 seconds, pat dry, and then spread the balm liberally on the burn site. Either cover in clean gauze or cotton dressing or let be exposed to air. Reapply the balm as needed to relieve pain and promote healing.
THERE ARE DIFFERENT FLAVORS AND COLORS OF HONEY.
Honey’s depth of flavor is determined by the source of the nectar it was made from. Linden honey is delicate and woodsy, buckwheat honey is strong and spicy, and eucalyptus honey has a subtle menthol flavor. The darkness or lightness of certain honey varies as well. Bees in the southeastern U.S. have even been known to produce honey that’s deep purple in color, though scientists can’t agree why.
DIY Infused Hot Honey :
- 1 cup honey
- 2 tsp red pepper flakes (or 2 fresh or dried chiles of your choice)
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinega
Add honey and your choice of chile or pepper flakes to a saucepan. Bring this to a simmer over medium heat, remove from heat and stir in apple cider vinegar. Cool to room temperature and transfer to a glass container straining out peppers if desired.