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The Buzz on Honey

The Good-for-You Sweetener


2/24/2012 6:06:00 AM

I used a nice 'make your own' face mask the other day that had honey!
rt-and-turmeric-mask-skin-need-to-eat/ Basically I added 1 tsp of tumeric and 1 dessert spoon of honey to 1 tbsp of yogurt. I put it on my face for 15-20 mins while had a bath and washed it off with my normal cleanser. My skin did feel better and brighter. Addidionally, I still had 2/3rd of the mask left after use so added it to my tofu to marinate in and it tasted lovely! I will definitely try it again for both my face and with food.
2/24/2012 1:13:30 AM

AUNA_CALM's SparkPage
I once put honey on a sun hive, overnight, and it was gone by morning!

The only thing wrong with this article, and it's big, is that you didn't mention that we should be buying locally made honey. Otherwise, we run the risk of getting honey from China that's been smuggled into the US. Chinese honey isn't always honey, and it usually contains lead and antibiotics.
2/24/2012 12:31:45 AM

Good to know! I've always used honey but it's nice to know there are some benefits to it besides the taste.
2/24/2012 12:20:28 AM

When I was young, my dad took up bee keeping as a hobby for a while. The honey was delicious. He would move it from spot to spot, and so we were introduced to the difference flavors of honey from mountain wildflowers, alfalfa, and honey from a pecan orchard. He used friends' property and those were the places he could put his hives--near a mountain cabin, a farm and a pecan orchard. This was a very interesting experience, and the mountain honey was particularly delicate and delicious. Honey remains one of my favorite food.
1/19/2012 3:58:57 PM

CLCCOOL's SparkPage
Honey is the ONLY sweetner I will use! Also, what lead me to this article was an SP article about it being the same as sugar for someone with Diabetes, which ISN'T true, my father has diabetes & while doing research, they have found that honey can actually lower your blood sugar! Also, I have green tea & honey before bed every night, it speeds up your metabolism while sleeping & the nutrition that my dad met with said that this can actually, lower your morning blood sugar reading in the morning!
Honey is also a natural anti-biotic, I don't get sick & when I have any cuts or cold sores, I put honey on it & it heals quicker than anything else!

5/12/2011 12:13:58 PM

AMNAGRLA's SparkPage
I just looked into this! I just bought a dark local honey... I'm going to try it!
4/3/2011 5:34:02 PM

For anyone wanting to try honey for allergy relief, be aware that you need to eat LOCAL honey to achieve that benefit. I simply use 1 teaspoon a day in a cup of tea or on an English muffin -- good stuff!
1/29/2011 1:34:07 AM

MNIELSEN66's SparkPage
I live in the Modesto, CA area and recently visited a company called Beekman & Beekman Honey which is located just south of here in Hughson (website: . They had 5 different honeys out for their customers to taste and I was amazed at the difference in flavor between them! Now that I know about the potential upside of using honey as a sweetner, I'll make sure and get some of this variety of flavors worked into my dining line up. Yum!
11/8/2010 11:06:14 PM

RHONDAJ130's SparkPage
I'm in south TX and Mountain Cedar is horrid - but there is a honey that is made from the pollen of M.C., and it is said that if you consume it on a regular basis it helps keep the allergic reaction down - like an immunity to it.
9/10/2010 9:52:59 PM

CAROLJ35's SparkPage
As a kid, we used honey in our house for as long as I can remember, so naturally I have always had it in my home. When my son makes stir fry, he drizzles in just a little honey. His kids and wife ask what he does to make the stir fry so tasty and he keeps it a secret.
One of my very favorites is toast with peanut butter and honey. Mmmm good!
9/10/2010 7:47:07 PM

I love honey! I have all natural dark honey but I haven't figured out how to keep it from getting hard. I have never heard of honey coming from another source except bees. Avocado honey and other "non bee" honey?? What is up with that?
9/10/2010 9:38:04 AM

MBOURKE8's SparkPage
My mom and aunt used to keep bees and I was raised with honey as the only sweetener kept in the house.

I should say I also have a horrible fear of bees, as well!
9/10/2010 7:08:18 AM

Thank you for the information about honey. It is interesting to note the antibacterial qualities you write about. My friend, who is a thoroughbred horse trainer, has used honey for many years for healing cuts and wounds on horses' legs. My parents, who immigrated to Canada from Europe in the first quarter of the 20th Century (oh, that sound so long ago!) also talked about the healing qualities of honey - pure, unpasterized, of course. My husband talkes a tablespoonful mixed with cinnamon for his arthritis every day and swears by it. I believe we haven't even started to tap the full potential of this wonderful, pure food.
8/15/2010 12:40:18 PM

I love raw honey! I have started cooking with it recently. It feels good to use something real instead of toxic artificial sweeteners.
Also honey with cinnamon on Ezekiel bread toast is excellent!
7/31/2010 4:28:57 PM

NGILLARD's SparkPage
My husband and I have been beekeepers for 20 years. Thanks for the informational article. The UC Davis study is interesting however, I don't think it's realistic to take 4 tablespoons of honey a day. That's a lot of carbs, calories and well......honey. I think the common advise among beekeepers is 1 tbs in the a.m and 1 tbs in the p.m. That's more reasonable. When people ask about help with allergies, I give them the amount above and then say "Do this everyday for 10 days and then think to yourself, 'Do I feel better?'" Also, honey will not help with all allergies. So If you're allergic to indoor allergens, pet hair, dust, etc. sorry, no luck. Honey helps with the pollens in your local area. If you live in Wisconsin, don't expect Orange Blossom honey to be any help to you. Go to your local farmer's market and buy whatever honey they're selling. Enjoy.

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