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Things you may not know about Honey!

Honey is something we are all familiar with. But how much do you really know about it? There is so much more to honey than the typical uses and benefits. This is what we will be getting into today. 

The Origins of Honey

The usage of honey dates back to many many centuries.

An 8000-year-old cave painting was discovered in Spain by a local teacher in the 20th century. The Cuevas de la Araña (Araña Caves) are a group of caves located in Valencia, Eastern Spain used by prehistoric people that left rock art. This particular painting portrayed a man that was harvesting honey from wild bee colonies while the bees were swarming around him. Honey remains were also once found in clay pots inside a Georgian tomb. Although the exact date is not confirmed it is said to be in 2700 B.C.

Honey in Indian Ayurveda

The ancient ayurvedic gurus considered honey as one of the greatest gifts ever given to mankind. They treasured it but also used it for almost every single sickness and malady. For instance when they had a vexing cough, or at times when their digestive system wasn’t having it, honey was the cure.  The ayurvedic experts also found honey as a substance that keeps our teeth and gums in a healthy state, while also relieving people from insomnia (it has a somnolent action), and aiding with skin problems like wounds and burns.

Honey in ancient Egypt 

The Egyptians used honey to heal their wounds because of its antibacterial properties and even as a topical ointment. They considered honey to be something so valuable that they used it as a sacrifice for the gods. 

Honey in Primeval Greece

Hippocrates, one of the great Greek Physicians and the Father of Medicine is known to have used honey in various different ways, utilizing honey to its maximum potential. He used honey as a cure for cold maladies like cough and sore throat, to stimulate bowel movements (laxative action), as an antiseptic and also to prevent scarring of wounds.

What else is honey good for?

Gastrointestinal problems

Antifungal effects

Antiviral properties

Diabetes type 1 & 2 cure

Food preservative

Anti-inflammatory properties

Rich in antioxidants

Did you know?

Bees are not very virtuous creatures. If a beekeeper leaves the hive open for a long time, bees from other colonies and hives will come and steal honey. They can end up battling with each other and even getting killed!

The difference between wild bees and domestic bees?

Sociable Vs. Reserved 

While domestic bees are in huge swarms in their hives enjoying a fun social life, wild bees living in colonies tend to have a more solitary lifestyle. A wild bee colony does not have many members as well.

Defensive or not

Unlike domestic bees, wild bees don’t exactly have a hive to protect so they are less dangerous. Domestic worker bees got the sting to keep you down, wild bees on the other hand don’t produce much honey because they are solitary and they are also quite small, that their stingers are weak to even get through our skin. 

Rather than including the typical information of honey with its health benefits and uses we wanted to uncover something different for you today. From the sweet taste profile to its plethora of benefits, honey is quite an extraordinary substance which is why it was the perfect companion for one of our Matcha Honey & Lemon blend. The two entirely different ingredients stir to a lovely cup of tea that is a must-try! 

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