Honey is the natural sweet substance produced by honeybees from the nectar of blossoms or from the secretion of living parts of plants or excretions of plant sucking insects on the living parts of plants, which honeybees collect, transform and combine with specific substances of their own, store and leave in the honey comb to ripen and mature.
History of Honey
The history of honey is rich in tradition. This ancient substance has been used for food, drinks, medicine, gifts for the gods, barter, cosmetics, cooking, food preservation, cosmetics, art, etc. It has been used in religion, art, mythology, legends and literature as well as studied by scientist.
The oldest written reference to the use of honey is thought to be Egyptian, of about 5500BC. At that time Lower Egypt was called Bee Land while Upper Egypt was Reed Land. Honey was a valuable commodity used widely in trade-in the accounts of Seti I (1314-1292BC) 110 pots of honey were equivalent in value to an ox.
The use of honey was taken to India by its Aryan invaders and became associated with religious rites. Honey is also mentioned on ancient Submarine clay tablets, possibly even older than the Egyptian reference. Later Babylonian tablets give recipes for “electuaries” – medicines based on honey. An electuary mentioned in the 1st century AD by the Roman Writer Pliny the Elder included powdered bees. It was said to be a cure for dropsy and bladder stones. In 1800 some archaeologists working in Egypt found a large jar of honey. They opened it and found that it tasted perfect even though it was thousands of years old.
Health Benefits of Honey
Honey has potent antiseptic and antibacterial qualities, producing the following incredible results: – Research shows that honey improves chronic bronchitis, bronchial asthma, sinus problems, and allergies.
- Honey has been used to combat depression, fatigue, insomnia, nervous disorders, urine retention, cramps, headaches, and high blood pressure.
- Honey beautifies and soothes the skin, clears many skin disorders.
- Honey hastens the healing of wounds.
- Honey facilitates the digestion and assimilation of other foods.
- Honey has laxative, sedative, antitoxic, and antiseptic effects.
- Honey is effective in countering anemia.