I remember visiting a house once, with swarm of bees right at the porch. I was with a friend then. My friend advised me to go straight ahead and not to mind the busy bees. Gosh! How did she managed to be recognized by the insects, I dreaded to have an encounter with? As if they knew her, I thought. I did as I was told but the feeling of being attack by the insects almost made me back off. So far, I do not know the feeling of bee sting, but no way I would like to experience it. I witnessed my brother’s swollen upper lip crying in pain when he disturbed a beehive. It was when he was a playful boy back at our house in the province.

Bees are hardworking insects and pretty much environment friendly. The fruit of their labor is essential to human body. Honey contains vitamins, B1, B2, C, B6, and B3 minerals, like magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium chlorine, sulphur, iron and phosphate. Due to its magnesium content, it aids in better absorption of calcium. The antifungal and antibacterial substance in honey is important for disinfecting and speeding up the healing of wounds, scrapes and burns. It is helpful to heat up honey before applying to the wound. Test the heat to a tolerable level before doing so. Many types of bacteria are unable to survive in honey. This explains the speedy healing of wounds.

Honey is effective in treating cough and sore throat. Pour a teaspoon of honey into a bowl and top it with lemon juice. Swallow without water every few hour until sore throat clears up. Honey diluted in water will help you recover from stomach ache and dehydration. Honey is effective in the treatment of ulcers, particularly stomach ulcers. I lieu of sugar, honey is a good substitute as sweetener. As it is sweeter than sugar. Use less one-half to three-quarters of a cup for each cup of sugar. If honey is crystallized place the container in hot water for fifteen minutes. Hot water will return it to its liquid state. Use honey instead of sugar as sweetener in your tea. You will enjoy honey in your peanut butter sandwich or to sweeten your oatmeal or other cereals you enjoy.

The darker shades of honey according to studies have more antioxidants. Keep honey in airtight container and store in a cool dry place. Due to its high sugar content and acidic ph. Honey prevents the growth of microorganism and preserve honey for longer use. Honey kept in colder places thickens. While if kept in higher temperature makes the color darkens and alters flavor. When buying honey, look for label that states “100% pure”. For safety, do not feed honey to infants. Honey is safe for children older than twelve months and adults


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