A taste of honey history

Our urban harvested, honey-based products tap into the ancient beauty secrets of women such as Cleopatra, Emperor Nero’s wife, Poppea, and the famous French beauty, Madame DuBarry (the last mistress of Louis the XV).

Yes, honey is one of the oldest moisturizers in the world and its unique, thick texture enables it to lock in moisture. Many synthetic ingredients used in some skin care products, due to their molecular structure, create a barrier that prevents any beneficial ingredients from penetrating the skin’s surface. The fat-soluble molecules found in the pure botanical ingredients in beelove™ products are easily absorbed into the skin to help heal and nourish.

A healthy honey discussion

Throughout history, honey has often been the subject of numerous claims regarding its medicinal properties. Raw or minimally processed honey is an extremely complex substance that contains hundreds of different compounds including enzymes, amino acids, beneficial antioxidants and at least twenty different sugars.

Modern research suggests that some of these compounds are highly beneficial and there are many more that have not yet been investigated.

The list of honey’s beneficial functions is a long one. Honey increases calcium absorption; can increase hemoglobin count and treat or prevent anemia caused by nutritional factors; can help arthritic joints, when combined with apple cider vinegar; fights colds and respiratory infections of all kinds; can help to boost gastrointestinal ulcer healing; works as a natural and gentle laxative; aids constipation, allergies and obesity; provides an array of vitamins and minerals; and supplies instant energy without the insulin surge caused by white sugar. Many have found raw honey helpful for its positive effects against allergies and hay fever, and one or two teaspoons last thing at night can help with insomnia. As an antiseptic, honey is also a drawing agent for poisons from bites or stings or infected wounds, and has outperformed antibiotics in treatments for stomach ulcerations, gangrene, surgical wound infections, surgical incisions and the protection of skin grafts, corneas, blood vessels and bones during storage and shipment.

“Raw honey is exceptionally effective internally against bacteria and parasites. Plus, raw honey contains natural antibiotics, which help kill microbes directly. Raw honey, when applied topically, speeds the healing of tissues damaged by infection and/or trauma. It contains vitamins, minerals and enzymes, as well as sugars, all of which aid in the healing of wounds.” Dr. Cass Ingram, D.O.  The Survivor’s Nutritional Pharmacy

Honey’s acidity and the presence of peroxides make honey inhospitable to microbes. This quality made it popular as a dressing for wounds with early physicians and honey is still used in a similar fashion as a home remedy for minor burns and injuries.

Among its many compounds, honey contains beneficial antioxidants that curtail the activity of free radicals in the body. Free radicals, a by-product of metabolism, have been implicated in many lifestyle related diseases.

Honey should not be fed to children less than one year old because it can contain spores of Clostridium botulinum, the bacteria that causes botulism. It is dangerous for youngsters because of its ability to germinate in immature digestive systems, causing breathing difficulties and paralysis.