This Article is About
honey honey
benefits of honey
sweet nectar
bee hive
ancient greeks
healing power
natural food
What Is Honey?
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

What is Honey?

Did you ever give much thought to honey? Some may think of honey as sweet nectar made by bees, but this natural food goes much further than that. Honey has been with us always. The Bible has numerous references to it. Prehistoric paintings on rocks discovered in Spain in the year 1919 show cavemen raiding a bee hive.

The fascinating thing about honey is that it is not only deeply rooted in history and folklore, but it also has properties that are nothing short of miraculous. The ancient Greeks believed they could prolong life with it. Some ate it daily, believing that if they could consume the right proportion it would double their lifespan. The great ancient scientist, Pythagoras, who first presented the theory to the world that the Earth was not only round but revolving in space, was intrigued with honey. He believed it could prolong life.

So what exactly is honey? It’s a complex substance that starts out as a watery, sugary fluid. We call this fluid nectar and the bees collect it from plants. The nectar is taken back to the hive where other bees go to work on it. When the honey is ready is has several distinct properties. One of these properties gives honey a great natural healing power and is called hygroscopicity, which refers to its attraction for moisture. The germs of a disease cannot live in the presence of honey because the honey’s hygroscopicity takes away the moisture that the germs need to survive.

Through the centuries honey has been used as a medicine. The Chinese used it on those who were suffering with smallpox. It cleared up the disease quickly and also prevented scarring. In more modern times, honey has been used as a dressing for wounds to prevent infection. Burns are said to respond very well to honey.

Honey is also reported to help ailments such as hay fever, sinusitis, and coughing. Many recipes can be found for mixing honey with other ingredients such as lemon juice that are said to cure a cough or cold.

And, of course, the cosmetic benefits of honey are not to be overlooked. It is used by the cosmetic industry for many products, especially lipsticks. Some women have used it for their skin and reported that it made their skin soft and supple.

There are several varieties of honey to choose from. Depending on your preference, there are light clover honeys with a mild taste and dark honeys with a stronger, full taste. The darker honeys are said to have a higher mineral content.

Why not experiment with different flavors? You might find some you really like. Keep a jar on hand for food and medicinal purposes. You might be glad you did.

Street Talk

Very interestin article. Honey is truly a miraculous food!

  about 1 decade ago

Great Article...I liked learning some of the history references to honey. I never knew all this. Thanks!

  about 1 decade ago

Glad you liked it, AnnMarie. I think in the future there will be even more exciting discoveries about honey.

  about 1 decade ago
You May Also Like
Discover 4 Honey Benefits for Skin And 5 Things That Honey Can Do to Improve Skin
Honey benefits for skin are many and marvelous. Honey is made by bees naturally using juices from flowers and pollen grains. Raw, unprocessed honey has no manmade substances that damage the skin. It is a clean gift of nature that can hardly cause any harm to the skin if applied…
By: Balas Raluca in  Womens Interests  >  Beauty Products   May 01, 2012  
  Likes: 14

A Tormenting Question: Is Honey Fattening?
Honey tastes so sweet and therefore lots of people are inclined to think that it is fattening and its calories are a real threat for the figure. Dieters often ask themselves the tormenting question: Is honey fattening? The answer is a definite no. There is lot of scientific proof to…
By: Balas Raluca in  Womens Interests  >  Beauty Products   Apr 11, 2012  
  Likes: 1

Explaining Different Types Of Honey Treatments
Honey is sweet because it is a highly concentrated sugar solution. Many people who eat honey are oblivious of its medicinal value. Honey is a better substitute for white sugar that most people use in beverages such as tea and coffee. It can keep people away from dangers associated with…
By: Balas Raluca in  Womens Interests  >  Beauty Products   Apr 16, 2012  
  Likes: 1

Beauty By Honey
Many people have become really conscious about how they look. Once again, people are now prioritizing beauty, in all of its aspects. The need to stay pretty and good-looking has brought many people to study and come up with different ways to preserve or improve one’s beauty. Today, many beauty…
By: Balas Raluca in  Womens Interests  >  Beauty Products   May 13, 2012  
  Likes: 4

How Can Honey Help With Weight Loss?
Ever since we can remember, we've been taught that in order to lose weight, we have to stay away from sweet things, right? So the idea of honey helping with weight loss may seem like a contradiction. If we take a look at some of the history of honey, you…
By: Bev in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Jan 23, 2012  
  Likes: 15

Diabetes And Honey
Your doctor has told you to avoid all sweets and sugar. You have gone ahead to include honey in this forbidden-stuff list as a diabetic. Even in the food store, it is on the “sweetener” shelf. Such is the wrong knowledge that most of us have about honey. We believe…
By: Geoffrey Moni in  Health and Fitness  >  Diabetes   Sep 25, 2012  
  Likes: 0

What You Sould Know About Honey
I've always loved honey. It was an important food item in my home as I grew up. But I was quite satisfied to know that it was a delicious natural food. I recently came across a great source of information about honey, and it came from one of our own…
By: Juan Rademacher in  Health and Fitness  >  Nutrition   Dec 29, 2013  
  Likes: 1

I Don't Think The Definition Of Love Is True Because No One Uses The Meaning
Love is a funny word. Can anyone really define the word love? Well, if the meaning is true, then why do so many people hurt the one's they love. I don't think the definition of love is true because no one uses the meaning. I have a love hate relationship,…
By: Katie L. Champion in  Relationships  >  Love   Mar 01, 2012  
  Likes: 0

Fade Acne Scars Naturally - 3 Treatments That Work
If you've got acne scars - I feel very sorry for you. It's not something that anyone wants to have to deal with, especially after you've already had to deal with the acne itself. But thankfully for you and for anyone else with the scarring, there are ways to fade…
By: Emilia Holloran in  Health and Fitness  >  Skin Care   Sep 13, 2011  
  Likes: 8

Use These Five Items to Fortify Your Oatmeal And Enhance the Taste
One of the primary reasons many people shy away from eating old fashioned oatmeal is its bland taste. In fact when instant oatmeal was created the manufacturers sought to solve this problem by adding ingredients such as sugar, salt and a wide range of flavorings. Of course, the problem here…
By: Des Forbes in  Health and Fitness  >  Hypertension   Apr 07, 2013  
  Likes: 1

Insomnia Cures
People who are having trouble sleeping are always searching for potent insomnia cures. Insomnia is simply the inability to fall or remain asleep through the night. Insomnia is caused by a variety of mental and medical health problems. Insomnia is known to be situational as well, and lasts for a…
By: Jerome Garcia in  Health and Fitness  >  Sleep Snoring   May 19, 2012  
  Likes: 0

Simple Recipes For Face Masks May Make Beauty Queens Healthy
Homemade facial mask made with ingredients straight from your own kitchen won't require you to be a culinary genius, or even a good cook for that matter. If keeping your skin and face beautiful and delicate is a priority for you, you will love the ease and effectiveness of using…
By: MaryEllen in  Womens Interests  >  Beauty Products   Jul 05, 2013  
  Likes: 0

Enhancing Beauty With Honey: Basic Tips AND Ways
For centuries, honey has been known as a sweet delicious treat that most people do love to have. However, ancient histories have brought the benefits of honey into another kind of level for they have discovered that honey is also perfect for an all-natural organic ways of making oneself beautiful…
By: Balas Raluca in  Womens Interests  >  Beauty Products   Apr 18, 2012  
  Likes: 1

The Flowers Hummingbirds Love
In recent months, I've become quite interested and amused by the hummingbirds coming up to my second story window for a sip of sugar syrup from the feeder. The feeder is stuck on the window with a suction cup right behind my computer, they can't see me but I can…
By: Stacydee in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   Jul 26, 2013  
  Likes: 4

Simple Food Recipes
Sometimes, cooking seems to be too tiring. You just don’t feel like cooking and you end up ordering food from hotels. The best way to avoid such a situation is prepare simple recipes which get ready in minutes. I know, it is too confusing to think about such simple recipes.…
By: niks1 in  Food and Drink  >  Recipes   Jun 06, 2016  
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 2311    Report this Article