Honey – Gift of Nature

Honey is a gorgeous gift obtained after the toiling of bees

Bees are the only creature on earth, busy manufacturing honey by spending their whole life. Around 70 to 80 percent of the food we eat rely on pollination which is done by bees. The growth of plants as well as fruits would not have ripen fully.

Formation

Foraging worker bees gather nectar from flowers and other vegetation by travelling miles.

 

 

They store it in their stomachs and while inside the bee's stomach for about half an hour, the nectar mixes with the proteins and enzymes produced by the bees, converting the nectar into honey, carry it to the beehive.

 

 

Here the worker bees from inside the hive take up that rich mixture and store in the hexagonal cells. While in the cell, the bees flap their wings rapidly to remove excess water - dehydration process.

 

 

 

 

Once the honey is ready, the bees cap and seal the cell to keep it clean.

 

 

 

Finally honey is ready in honeycomb and man get to work by refining the honey as required.

In fact, the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians documented the healing properties of honey as early as Aristotle’s mention of it in 384 BC. It is like a gift from nature, by god or from bees this product is a precious food that is full of benefits.

Components

Fructose: 38.2%
Glucose: 31.3%
Maltose: 7.1%
Sucrose: 1.3%
Water: 17.2%
Higher sugars: 1.5%
Ash: 0.2%
Other/undetermined: 3.2%

The slightly acidic pH level of Apis (between 3.2 and 4.5) is what helps prevent the growth of bacteria, while its antioxidant constituents clean up free radicals. The physical properties of this magical healer vary depending on the specific flora that was used to produce it, as well as its water content.

Honey is referred as “Yogavahi” since it has a quality of penetrating the deepest tissues of the body. When used with other herbal preparations, it enhances the medicinal qualities of those preparations and also helps them to reach the deeper tissues.

Benefits

  • Prevent cancer and heart disease
  • Treats Wounds and Burns
  • Alleviates Allergies
  • Sleep Aid
  • All-Natural Energy Drink                             
  • Treats Dandruff
  • Cough Suppressant
  • Boosts Memory
  • Reduce ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders
  • Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-fungal
  • Blood sugar regulation

 

Fact sheet

In order to produce 1 pound of honey, 2 million flowers must be visited. A hive of bees must fly 55,000 miles to produce a pound. One bee colony can produce 60 to 100 pounds per year. An average worker bee makes only about 1/12 teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.

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In Pune, in 2015-16, the per capita consumption of honey was 430gm, while this financial year (till December 2016) it rose to 686gm. In comparison, the per capita consumption in developed countries is 1,200gm.

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Top 5 Natural Honey Exporter in 2016

  1. China: US$276.6 million (12.3% )
  2. New Zealand: $206.7 million (9.2%)
  3. Argentina: $168.9 million (7.5%)
  4. Germany: $144.9 million (6.5%)
  5. Sierra Leone: $142.4 million (6.4%)

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