This sweet bee-food was regarded by the ancient Egyptians as an aphrodisiac. It has been used for antiseptic purposes and as a tonic since those times. The particular flavor, color, taste and quality of the honey is dependent upon the local flowers upon which the bees feed.As a general rule of thumb, clover and fruit-flower honeys tend to be the most intensely sweet; try thyme or buckwheat honey for an interesting flavor change. Honey is very nutritious; it contains many vitamins and minerals, including potassium, and helps to retain calcium.
Unpasteurized raw honey has antiseptic and antifungal properties, both used internally and externally. Honey can soothe irritated skin, aid healing of wounds and infections, and is an excellent moisturizer when used as a facial mask. It is an excellent supplement to a cup of herbal tea, both to supplement the flavor of the tea and for its tonic properties.
Probably would be best to avoid giving unpasteurized honey to children under two, or anyone whose immune system is underdeveloped or compromised. Of course, diabetics should avoid this and all other forms of concentrated sugar.
Be sure of the identity of any plant before you use it. If a preparation makes you sick or gives you a rash, don't use it, and throw it away! If your condition does not improve, see your doctor. Be sure to let your physician know EVERYTHING that you are taking!
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