A 100 year old book, called The ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture, spoke wisdom that holds true in 2020. Among the torn pages on beekeeping, honey, and bee culture, we found this gem of a quote:
"We all know how children long for candy. This longing voices a need and is another evidence of the necessity of sugar in our diet... Children should be given honey at each meal time that they will eat. It is safer and will largely do away with the inordinate longing for candy and other sweets, and in lessening the desire will doubtless diminish the amount of cane sugar eaten."
Honey at every meal? We are in!
Honey is an ancient magic! ✨ However, a more modern summary of medical studies have revealed there is scientific evidence to back up the testimonies of honey's medicinal value...
1. Honey may have therapeutic benefits for diabetes mellitus and blood sugar regulation.
2. Honey has anticancer properties and seems to "prevent cell proliferation, induce apoptosis, modify cell cycle progression, and cause mitochondrial membrane depolarization in several types of cancer."
3. Honey may sooth asthma symptoms.
4. Honey promotes cardiovascular health.
5. Finally, you're not going to believe this... "honey exerts anxiolytic, antidepressant, anticonvulsant, and antinociceptive effects and ameliorates the oxidative content of the central nervous system."
Anxiolytic = reduces anxiety
Antidepressant = alleviates depression
Anticonvulsant = prevents or reduces epilepsy and other convulsions
Antionociceptive = inhibits the sensation of pain
6. Honey is also believed to reduce inflammation in the hippocampus, the part of our brain associated with memory.
Honey is the most delicious and gentle medicine! 💛
Check out this home-made caramel recipe from our old book:
1 pint of honey
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/2 pound cocoa
3/4 pound finely chopped pecans
2 pounds finely chopped sweet almonds
Boil all ingredients together until thick, cool and roll out, then cut into squares.
Allow to dry in the oven.
You can easily incorporate more honey into your diet by...
1. Using honey as a substitute for sugar in baking,
2. Drizzling honey on fruit, pancakes, toast, or cereal
And, of course...
3. Using honey to sweeten your tea, coffee, homemade juices, and cocktails!
Serve your sweet tooth with these naturally caffeine free blends...