Food – Honey to Your Health

“And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.” Exodus 16:31

That honey container in your pantry has a few sweet secrets!

The name of this familiar and time–tested household remedy comes from Hebrew and means “enchant.”

Honey is an excellent source of all–natural energy at just 17 grams of carbohydrates per tablespoon. This natural unprocessed sugar—fructose and glucose—directly enters the bloodstream and can deliver a quick punch of energy. Long used as a culinary sweetener, honey is valued for its many healing properties as well. Treatment with honey is referred to as apitherapy and includes replenishing energy, enhancing physical stamina and strengthening those weakened by illness or stress.

Honey can also help calm the mind and promote rejuvenating sleep. In addition, honey relieves indigestion and is used to treat cardiovascular disease and respiratory complaints. Finally, a thin coat of honey can be applied to the skin to disinfect and heal minor skin wounds and chapped lips.

Honey is a natural antibiotic that can act both internally and externally. It can be used as a conventional disinfectant treatment for wounds, sores and burns thanks to its antibacterial activity in fighting major species of bacteria.

Honey is also known for providing a delicate, sweet flavor to dressings, marinades and baked goods. As one of the most popular natural sweeteners, honey can be found in everything from baked beans to crunchy granola.

There are abundant honey recipes. Honey is such a versatile ingredient in cooking and has such a distinctive flavor that it brings a magical touch to almost all foods — cakes, pastries, homemade cookies, desserts, puddings, salad dressing and more.

Different countries and cultures use honey differently in their food and cooking. In western countries, people seem to use more honey as a spread on their bread and have plenty of honey recipes for baking, whereas people in eastern countries seem to do less of that and mostly prefer to go for just a refreshing chilled honey drink—honey mixed with icy water.