There are many choices when it comes to sweeteners. However, Honey is pure, all natural, and was first sweetener known to man. Honey is made when a bee changes the composition of nectar by adding moisture and enzymes. The product is then stored in bee combs and covered with bees wax. Flavors of honey stretch from bland tastes to sweet pleasant ones.
Honey colors can range from a light golden color to dark brown depending on the flower. Darker honey means it is a different taste, not that it is low quality. Main types of honey classified according to the methods of extraction, processing and source of nectar are as follows:
(1). ON THE BASIS OF PROCESSING METHODS-
(a). Pure Raw Honey- Pure raw honey is unprocessed honey that is directly offered for sale after extracting it from the comb which is free from any additional chemicals or artificial preservatives.
(b). Pasteurized Honey- Pasteurized honey is processed honey that has undergone various procedures to ward off bacteria and other live agents. It is far less healthy and less beneficial as compared to pure raw honey because with the unwanted bacteria, the good enzymes are destroyed as well.
(2). ON THE BASIS OF TEXTURE AND CONSISTENTLY-
(a). Comb Honey- Comb honey is a filled beeswax comb and is stored directly by the bees. This means that it is not extracted from the hexagonal-shaped beeswax cells (honeycomb) and is instead sold in the market in its purest form.
(b). Liquid Honey- Liquid honey is produced by clipping the wax off of the comb and extracting the honey from the cells. This removes all the honey from the individual cells in a beehive. Liquid honey is the most common type of honey found on shelves.
BENEFITS OF HONEY
ASTHMA & COUGH–
The antioxidant properties of honey boosts the immune system to protect it from common cold and flu that can trigger asthma. Honey also clears up chest congestion. The ethereal oil and alcohol in honey slowly clears up the mucus in the throat.The various minerals and vitamin content of honey help to clear the blockage from the airway in the lungs and helps in soothing the membranes in the bronchial tubes.
Honey acts as a fuel to make the liver produce glucose. This glucose keeps the brain sugar levels high and forces it to release fat burning hormones. When we consume honey, the body begins to burn more fat.
RELIEVES STRESS & BOOSTS ENERGY-
The nutrients in honey produce a calming effect, especially when taken in significant amounts. The glucose content in the honey will be absorbed by the brain and in the bloodstream, which will reduce your body fatigue.
DEALS WITH OPTIC ISSUES-
Not only for improving vision, this sweet liquid is also a superb tonic for reducing inflammation of the eyes. If you suffer from irritation or redness in the eyes, honey is the perfect solution. Honey can be used for optic issues by boiling 1 cup of water with 5 teaspoons of honey in it and stirring well. After cooling down the mentioned mixture, one can either use it as an eyewash or directly put it into the eyes with the help of a sterilized eyedropper.
Hair Related Problems
PROMOTES HAIR GROWTH
Honey is an emollient. This reduces breakage, which is often a cause of slower hair growth. Being a humectant and containing proteins, minerals and vitamins, honey strengthens the hair follicles, curbing hair fall and baldness. Need hair care tips you can check our another blog Hair care home remedies.
CONDITIONS HAIR & RESTORES SHINE
Honey is an emollient which implies it is a characteristic conditioner. This makes it an incredible hair conditioner that smoothens hair and revives it’s natural texture along with giving it shine.
Beneficial for Skin
FIGHTS ACNE & PIMPLES
Honey has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that aids in not only in the removal of excess oil from the surface of the skin but also clearing out any blockages or clogged pores, which if not treated can cause constant breakage of acne and pimples on the skin.
The benefits of honey are most pronounced when it is replacing another, unhealthier sweetener and at the end it’s a “less bad” sweetener than sugar with lots of advantages.
That’s all folks.