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Honey Facts


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The ancient Egyptian beekeepers used honey nearly 4,000 years ago to sweeten their food. It was highly valued because of its therapeutic qualities. The consumption of high-energy honey, both before conception and to promote fertility, was as important as the inclusion of honey as an ingredient in embalming fluid.

In mythology, Zeus, the king of Greek gods, was fed nectar from queen bees during his childhood and honey became known as Ambrosia, the food of the gods. Like the Egyptians, honey was also thought to prolong life and give strength, which we know still holds true.

Bees were only introduced to Australia in 1822 and to New Zealand in 1839. It seems surprising, given that some of the most famous honeys in the world, like Manuka, come from these countries, that there were no indigenous species of bees before these dates. The Manuka oil and Manuka leaves were only used to heal burns and used in teas before then.

The bee propolis, found in our Organic Manuka Lozenges, is a natural resin that is collected by the bees from tree buds, sap flows, or other botanical sources. When taken back to the hive, the resin is mixed with wax and is used by the bees for a variety of protective, as well as defensive purposes. Furthermore, humans have been using it for over 3,000 years, to great benefit!

The bee propolis is made of about 50% resin, 30% wax, 10% essential oils and 5% pollen.

People in South America gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water every morning, so that their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

Bees collectively fly 55,000 miles to make a pound of honey. That's the equivalent of flying one and a half times around the world. So, this should give you some food for thought when you consider the value of your jar of Manuka honey. What marvelous, busy workers!

Before he died, aged 113, in November 2004, Maine beekeeper Fred Hale was the oldest (documented) man in the world. He was still driving a car at age 107 and shoveling snow at 112. I suppose the bee stings kept all his pains at bay or his wife was an excellent cook!

The son of a New Zealand commercial beekeeper, Sir Edmund Hillary and his brother owned 1,200 hives. Along with Tenzing Norgay, he first scaled Mount Everest in May 1953.

Napoleon Bonaparte used the bee as a personal symbol of his immortality. His red cape is remembered for its bee print. Bees had been a symbol of royal families in France since the era of the Merovingian dynasty. In addition, bees were considered as the oldest emblem of the sovereigns of France.

Ramses III, Egyptian Pharaoh, king and deity from 1198 to 1167 BC, offered a lesser river god a 30,000 lb honey sacrifice by dumping honey into the Nile. Talk about sweet water!

Known for her exquisite complexion, Queen Cleopatra would bathe in milk and honey as part of her beauty regimen. Try our Manuka Honey soap with goat's milk and oatmeal, (OMADERM), and discover for yourself the beauty secrets of the ancient world. The secret has bee'n resurrected!

Organic honey is almost impossible to produce commercially in Europe because the flying range of bees, 3 miles (4.8 km) will nearly always be within reach of conventional agriculture, where harmful chemicals will have been used in one way or another, and will show up in residual amounts.

Nomadic travellers take honey and water across deserts, and honey has been used to sweeten tea and coffee for centuries.

So as you can see, the wisdom of the usage of honey and its benefits was long known before “science”. Join the ranks of the long, ancient list of the healthy!