As honey is produced by bees, it is commonly found throughout the world. However, there are certain forms of honey that are only produced in a few locations and each country has its favourite. When bees are able to access large areas of one type of flower, they can produce a monofloral honey that has a specific flavour. This is why there are so many varied tastes to honey, depending on where it was produced and from which flower.
But what is it?
Honey is essentially the sweet food made by the bees, using the nectar from flowers. The variety produced by honey bees is what we know to be honey, collected by beekeepers and sold in supermarkets to be consumed by people. People have been using honey as a sweetener for many years, it has also been used for its medicinal traditions, as well as for symbolic and religious uses.
What can it heal?
Honey is believed to have a wide range of health benefits, which can help heal the entire body. It is thought to have anti-inflammatory qualities as well as being nutritious. Its anti-inflammatory effects and ability to soothe a sore throat gives it the ability to reduce seasonal allergy symptoms.
As it contains small amounts of pollen, many believe honey acts like a natural vaccine. A common theory is that if the body is exposed to small amounts of an allergen, the body will trigger an immune response that produces antibodies. Honey is also a natural source of energy. It works to increase blood sugar in time for physical exercise and as it is loaded with antioxidants, it can help boost memory and prevent cellular damage.
How does it heal?
It is commonly used to reduce and soothe acid reflux, an upset stomach, a cough or sore throat and can also serve as a treatment for wounds and burns. You can add honey to tea, warm water or food, depending on symptoms.
The bees who produce honey are considered “power animals” and are an integral part of many shamanic traditions. It is symbolic of fertility, prosperity, diligence and worth ethic. Many cultures view bees as messengers of the Gods, while their honey has been compared to the nectar of the Gods.