Well here’s a honey of a subject!!
I’m just buzzing about this!! But beeeefore we get all sticky with honey, let’s talk for a minute about the BEE.
Bees are hard workers. Their motto is ‘work or die’……I wouldn’t know anything about that .. although I do work hard to get out of work….But these little creatures work very hard in the spring, summer and fall and then take a little vacay in the winter. (I LOVE vacay’s!!!)
In particular, honey bees have been around longer than humans. Did you know that only the females have a sting? Kinda makes sense doesn’t it? I’ve been known to throw a few stingers in a fit of rage……
Nutritionally, natural honey contains about 75-80% sugar and the rest is a mixture of water, minerals and enzymes. One teaspoon is about 15 calories and is high in energy. But it can do sooo much more!
- Honey can exfoliate, soften and make your skin and hair look softer
- Use dark honey for a more healthful recipe and reap the benefits of it’s antioxidants
- In addition to medicinal properties, honey is supposed to be a good thirst quencher
- Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of cinnamon mixed in water reduces the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10% within 2 hours
- Honey is also used as a laxative, but I don’t know all the poop on that fact
- Honey with hot water and a slice of lemon is a great way to kick start your day, and better than caffeine
More bee facts
- Bees fly 55,000 miles to make a pound of honey, which is equivalent of one and a half times around the world!
- To make a pound of beeswax a bee needs 6 lbs of honey
- The average hive produces 25lbs of honey per year and one good hive can produce 60lbs in a good season.
- The honey bee is a gentle insect, but if provoked it can sting both humans and pets
- 80% of insect crop pollination is done by our hardworking honey bees
- The almond crop, especially in California, relies on honey bee pollination.
NEXT TIME I HAVE SOME BEE-UTIFUL BEAUTY TREATMENTS…so HOLD YOUR BREATH, like this lady, AND I’LL BEEE BACK with MORE!