I just got my honey back from Jeff (the man who manages the hives for me) and it is the most beautiful, dark amber colour. There is growing research to show that darker honey is much better for you than lighter coloured honeys. The darker honeys contain higher mineral contents (e.g postassium, magnesium, iron and sodium), higher anti-bacterial qualities and higher antioxidant levels. The colour of the honey of course varies according to what the bees have been feeding on and the weather when they are feeding. My bees have been lucky enough to be able to feed on all the fragrant herbs and flowers that I grow in my herb garden and this goodness has then been reflected in the honey that has been produced! I am also very lucky as I get to use the beeswax produced from my bees in my Herbal First Aid Salve.
Making herbal honeys is an amazing way to combine the benefits of honey with the healing properties of herbs.
Honey is the most amazing substance. It tastes great and is so good internally and externally. There is a lot of hype around about all the supposed benefits of honey but there are a few benefits that have been scientifically proven.
Honey Is Anti-bacterial
Honey definitely has antibacterial properties. It has the power to kill bacteria and Manuka honey has been shown to be effective fighting staph and H. pylori (the digestive bacteria that is mostly responsible for peptic ulcers). Honey is anti-microbic because as the bees process the flower pollen they deposit hydrogen peroxide into the honey and honey is naturally acidic as well.
Honey Is a Wound Healer
Manuka honey is also used in medical settings to treat wounds because it’s an effective germ killer. Researchers believe this is because it has additional antibacterial properties besides the natural hydrogen peroxide. Honey has been proved effective in treatment of ulcers, bed sores, burns, skin sores and inflammation. It has even been known to heal wounds that don't respond to antibiotics.
Honey Can Soothe Sore Throat and Coughs
Honey has traditionally been used with lemon for treating colds and now research has been done that proves that honey is more effective than over-the-counter cough remedies in easing night time coughs and improving sleep. Just a couple of teaspoons of honey before you go to bed – what a lovely remedy! Just don’t give honey to children under 1 years old.