Autodidacts Creating Culture

Local Honey: Good for More Than Sweetening the Palate



I’ve been a backyard beekeeper since 2007.  My husband got me interested after he met clients who were keeping bees in their back yard in the East Bay hills of Northern California.

I never thought I’d be a beekeeper.  I figured you had to live in the country and own acres of land to be one.  I began the Christmas that my husband bought me a beekeeping kit.

This is me trying on a bee-suit  on Christmas day; one package after another was part of a beekeeping ‘kit.’

At first I was completely intimidated.  Being a cheapskate, I couldn’t let the kit go to waste.  Once I began to delve into books such as:  First Lessons in BeekeepingBeekeeping for Dummies, and The Backyard Beekeeper, I became fascinated about honeybees and kind of a know-it-all for awhile.

While I read, David turned a sloped area in our backyard into a terrace for a hive.  He turned our old greenhouse into a honey house, an enclosed space for extracting honey.  Later we bought a three pound package which I dumped into my brand new Langstroth hive.  After the first season, I spun out about 40 pounds of honey.

In the past few years, I’ve become quite lazy.  I’ve got all these honey frames in the deep freezer waiting to be thawed, spun and bottled.  I’m all out of honey and I need to clean the Honey House.  I miss having my local honey because it’s medicinal.  It’s perfect in tea to calm a cough and sore throat.

According to Shaykh Moinuddin Chishti, “Honey is considered the food of foods, the drink of drinks, and the drug of drugs. It is used for creating appetite, strengthening the stomach, eliminating phlegm, as a meat preservative, hair conditioner, eye salve, and mouthwash.”

Over the years I’ve learned that honey is good for more than just sweetening the palate.  Using food as medicine is an interest of mine and honey is the perfect natural medicine.      I’ve come up with a list below of other uses.
Honey is supposed to be good for the following:
  • block oral bacteria growth
  • eat honey close to where you live because it’s supposed to help a person build an immunity to their ‘local’ allergens
  • coat the throat and reduce irritation in it
  • promote healing upon wounds and infections because of its antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties
  • act as an antioxidant by permitting blood to circulate better and provide more oxygen to areas of the body such as the brain
  • treat burns and skin ulcers
  • contain a variety of sugars and minerals shown to be low in calories and useful as a sweetener for diabetics, people with heart disease, or those who are overweight
  • treatment of Gastroenteritis and Stomach Ulcers using honey

Let me know of other healing effects with nature’s gold goo.

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