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Honey is one of the most amazing products that has been around since the beginning of time.

Today many are turning to honey because of the resurgence of this product’s abilities to heal and help us.  Plus, it tastes incredible 🙂  Add that to the fact that corn syrup and table sugar are ruining the health of adults as well as younger ones.

So, the question is – “Exactly what is honey made of, and what is honey?”  Let’s see.

As the first sweetener, honey predates sugar by hundreds of years.  In times past, it was highly valued – in fact, it was even used as a form of currency.  It is known, not only for its sweetness and taste but also for its health benefits.

This product, which looks like sunshine in a jar, undergoes a very complex process right in the beehive to convert it from the nectar of flowers to a sweet, wholesome liquid.  It is a delicious thick and sugary solution made by bees, and it is composed of water, glucose, fructose,  and special enzymes produced by bees.    A really neat post to read is “How do bees make honey?”  Here you’ll learn about the actual bee-making process.

Honeybees make and store lots of honey so they will have plenty of food when flower nectar is unavailable, such as winter.  Unlike most insects, this type of bee remains active through the winter, consuming honey so it doesn’t  freeze to death.

The flavor and color of honey depend on the bees’ nectar source (the blossoms).   In general, lighter colored honey is are mild in flavor, while darker honey is usually more robust in flavor.

I personally prefer the lighter colored honey with a milder flavor.  I tend to drizzle it over everything and the mild flavor lends itself well to many applications.

Honey is also a wildly popular ingredient used in skin and hair preparations.   You would be hard pressed to find a spa that doesn’t use it in one form or another.  It is anti-bacterial, effective in healing wounds, soothes pain, is anti-inflammatory,  and the list goes on and on.  It is an amazing ingredient indeed, and you should have a jar in your pantry!

Do you like to use honey in cooking, medicinally, or just “out of the jar”?  I’d love to hear from you.

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