Honey is the sticky yellowish brown fluid made by bees and other insects from nectar collected from flowers. It symbolizes the sweetness and prosperity. From the spiritual view honey means immortality and rebirth. We can also say that honey is sweet liquid fruit prepared by the small works .
Importance of the honey:
Since ancient times, honey has been used for the several purposes and used as both a food and medicine. It is very beneficial sugary substances produced and stored by worker honey bee by collecting the nectar rich in vitamins and minerals.
- Nutritional importance: honey is important products of the honey bee. It can be use as food 200 gram of the honey is as nourishing the as 1.135 kg of the milk or 1.65 kg of the cream cheese or 240 gram of the meat or 8 oranges or 10 eggs.
- Medicinal value: honey has many medicinal values.
- A good source of the antioxidants
High quality honey contains many important antioxidants. These include organic acids phenolic compounds like flavonoids. It is believed that combination of these compounds gives the honey its antioxidants power. antioxidants helps to reduce the risk of the heart attacks, strokes and some type of the cancer.
Some studies show that honey improves the heart disease risk factors in people with diabetes.
- Honey promotes wound healing and burn healing.
Topical honey treatment has been used to heal the wounds and burns since ancient Egypt and is still common. It is also particularly effective for the diabetic foot ulcers.
- Honey can helps to suppress the cough.
For children honey can act as natural cough suppressant. Coughing is the common problems for children with upper respiratory infections. These infections can affect sleep and quality of life of both parents and children. So honey can use to suppress cough in children and to improve the sleep. Some studies show that it is even more effective than cough medicine. Honey should never be given to children under one year of age due to risk for botulism because raw honey can also carry harmful bacteria such as clostridium botulinum.
- Helps for digestive issues.
Honey is some time used to treat digestive issues such as diarrhea. It is proven to be effective as a treatment for Helicobactor pyroli bacteria. It is also a potent prebiotic it nourishes the good bacteria that live in the intestine which are crucial not only for digestion but overall health.
Face wash: mix small quantity of the lemon juice in to honey and apply on face before washing.
Pimples: apply bees honey on pimples.
Hair luster: mix 5 ml of bees honey in to 4 cups of the warm water and use as hair rinse.
Lotion for dry patches of skin: mix 5 ml of bees honey 5 ml of olive oil and 2.5 ml of the lemon juice. Apply on the skin and wash after 15 min.
Dry lips: exfoliate the lips and apply thin layer of the raw honey before going to bed to wake up.
Black heads: mix honey with lemon juice. Apply to the affected areas.
Production and consumption of honey in the world: chin is the largest producer bee keeping country, largest exporter and also the highest in domestic consumption of the honey. It is universally known that there is no country which produces the quality pure and sweetest honey in the world than china. The country produces more than 650,000 tons of honey annually and nearly ¾ of this is locally consumed.
Honey has great benefits in different aspect. For getting the all the benefits from honey first of all honey should be pure. In market in different amount of honey can be available but it is very difficult to get the pure honey in markets today. There is difficult to distinguish the pure honey and fake honey so people buys the honey but that honey can’t be pure. Some honey sellers mixes the different additional ingredients such as sugar, corns syrup or artificial or natural flavor to maximize the honey for earning more profit. There are some methods to differentiate the pure honey and fake honey. These methods will be helpful for every honey consumer to buy the pure honey.
SOME QUALITY TEST METHODS ARE LISTED BELOW:
1) Thickness :
Pure honey is thick and takes more time to move from one side to another side of the container.
Fake honey: it is thin and easily moves from the one side to another side of the container.
2) Stickiness: pure honey tends not be sticky if we rub it between our fingers. But the fake honey is fairly sticky because of the high percentages of added sweeteners and additives.
3) Taste: taste of the pure honey will go away soon in matter of minute. But extensively sweet taste of fake honey remains because of added sugars and sweeteners.
4) Smell aroma: pure honey smell aromas of the certain flowers and grass and fake honey have no smell or just industrials.
a) Water test:
1. Fill a glass with water.
2. Add one table spoon of the honey
Result: if the honey is pure honey will settle right at the bottom otherwise dissolved in water and we can see it around the glass.
b) Flame test method: it is useful to determine the organic honey
1. Take a dry match stick
2. Dip its tip into the honey
3. Strike the stick on the matchbox.
Result: If honey is pure matchstick will light with ease and flame will also keep burning off honey but if it is containing impurities it will not light because fake honey contains moisture as one of the impurities.
Conclusion: Finally we can say the honey is sugary substances which is very useful for us. It has medicinal economical health and cosmetic value. But we should use the pure honey. Now a days pure honey can’t be found easily in market but we can be save from buying the fake honey.