Honey is a sweet food made by certain insects using nectar from flowers. The worker bees raise larvae and collect the nectar that will become honey in the hive. In the process, they release Nasonov pheromones. In the hive the bees use their “honey stomachs” to ingest and regurgitate the nectar a number of times until it is partially digested. The bees work together as a group with the regurgitation and digestion until the product reaches a desired quality.
Honey is a mixture of sugars and other compounds. With respect to carbohydrates, honey is mainly fructose (about 38.5%) and glucose (about 31.0%), making it similar to the synthetically produced inverted sugar syrup which is approximately 48% fructose, 47% glucose, and 5% sucrose.
Honey’s remaining carbohydrates include maltose, sucrose, and other complex carbohydrates trace amounts of several vitamins and minerals with all nutritive sweeteners, also contains tiny amounts of several compounds thought to function as antioxidants, including chrysin, pinobanksin, vitamin C, catalase, and pinocembrin.
Higher sugars: 1.5%
Honey in world history:
Indian history least 10,000 years before Honey (Madhu) is used as one of the five elixirs of immortality (Panchamrita).In temples; honey is poured over the deities as abhisheka. The vedas mention the use of honey as a great medicinal and health food.
Greece and Rome
Throughout history honey has been used by all the ancient medical systems. It is described as the favorite of the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite. According to ancient folklores of Greece and Rome, honey was used to increase strength and stamina of both men and women. It is said that medieval men gave their brides a honey-based fermented drink, believed to sweeten their marriage.
Egypt, the land of Pharaohs
Honey and lotus blooms were placed next to the sarcophagi as food for the souls of the dead. (Plate II.) In the tomb of Pa-Ba-Sa, in Thebes, the entire wall is decorated by rows of bees. In Jewish tradition, honey is a symbol for the New Year, Rosh Hashana. At the traditional meal for that holiday, apple slices are dipped in honey and eaten to bring a sweet new year.
In Islam, there is an entire Surah in the Qur’an called al-Nahl (the Honey Bee). According to hadith, Prophet Muhammad strongly recommended honey for healing purposes.
In Buddhism, honey plays an important role in the festival of Madhu Purnima by giving honey to monks. The day Buddha’s making peace among his disciples by retreating into the wilderness.
For at least 2700 years, honey has been used by humans to treat a variety of ailments through topical application, but only recently have the antiseptic and antibacterial properties of honey been chemically explained.
Wound gels that contain antibacterial raw honey and have regulatory approval for wound care are now available to help conventional medicine in the battle against drug resistant strains of bacteria MRSA. As an antimicrobial agent honey may have the potential for treating a variety of ailments. Researcher says Manuka honey) may be useful in treating MRSA infections. Antibacterial properties of honey are the result of the low water activity causing osmosis, hydrogen peroxide effect, high acidity, and the antibacterial activity of methylglyoxal.
Honey appears to be effective in killing drug-resistant biofilms which are implicated in chronic rhinosinusitis.
Honey has been used by all as a general tonic or a medicine. Ayurveda system uses it profusely in all its medical preparations. Honey, when used appropriately or combined with other food items, can promote growth and regeneration of body tissues and strengthen a healthy physical body or its optimum function. Since it contains several anti-oxidants, it makes it vital to humans. In addition, since it also has anti-infective components it has been used to heal coughs, intestinal ailments and skin wounds. Honey can be used as a sweetener substance even by the diabetic patients since it is better tolerated by the body.
Regular use of honey mixed with the carrot juice helps to improve the eyesight. It should be taken one hour before meals in the morning.
Mixture of equal quantities of honey and ginger juice is a good expectorant. It gives immediate relief in symptoms like cold, cough, sore throat, congestion of chest and runny nose.
Mix half a gram of black pepper powder with honey and ginger juice mixture (equal quantity). Take this mixture at least three times a day. It helps to cure asthma.
Royal jelly is a honey bee secretion that is used in the nutrition of larvae, as well as adult queens. It is secreted from the hypo pharyngeal glands in the heads of worker bees, and fed to all larvae in the colony. When worker bees decide to make a new queen, either because the old one is weakening, or was killed, they choose several small larvae and feed them with copious amounts of royal jelly in specially constructed queen cells. This type of feeding triggers the development of queen morphology, including the fully developed ovaries needed to lay eggs.
Royal jelly is special food is extremely powerful, rich, and nutritious to bees, so people have assumed that it will offer some of the same benefits to humans.
The queen bee is the leader of the colony and the only one allowed reproducing. She can be fertilized and lay eggs just a few times during her entire life. Worker bees are able to excrete a creamy, special food from glands on their head. The queen subsists entirely on this food. When eggs turn into larvae, the baby bees also eat this special food, nicknamed royal jelly, for 2-3 days. From their vulnerable state, they quickly develop into healthy and large bees.
No doubt, people noticed the almost miraculous effects that royal jelly has on bees and ascribed to it extraordinary powers since the queen lives 60 times as long as a drone and is usually twice as heavy. Thus, people began harvesting royal jelly from hives where honey was being manufactured as a nutritional elixir that promised robust health, healing, and extended youthfulness.
Among the long list of ailments that royal jelly is said to improve or cure are high cholesterol, arthritis, weak kidneys, fatigue, nervousness, sallow or rashy skin, thin or brittle hair, high blood pressure, allergies, and sexual dysfunction. Scientists know that royal jelly is mostly carbohydrates, proteins, sugars, and fats, along with vitamins like the B complex, niacin, folic acid, and enzymes. None of these minerals or vitamins appears to be unique to the substance.
Royal jelly has been reported as a possible immunomodulatory agent in Graves’ disease. It has also been reported to stimulate the growth of glial cells and neural stem cells in the brain. To date, there is preliminary evidence that it may have some cholesterol-lowering, anti-inflammatory, wound-healing, and antibiotic effects, though the last three of these effects are unlikely to be realized if ingested (due to the destruction of the substances involved through digestion, or neutralization via changes in pH). Research also suggests that the 10-Hydroxy-2-decenoic acid (10-HDA) found in royal jelly may inhibit the vascularization of tumors.
Honey and sexual power:
It has always been associated with love and sex. It finds an important place in epics and literatures. Kama Sutra, an ancient Indian work on sex life, describes the benefits of honey. It has been a traditional part of the Indian weddings even today that the bridegroom is often offered honey to boost his stamina. It is mentioned in even in the Bible.
AS AN APHRODIASAC – Honey has the most potent aphrodisiac power of sex to improve your sex life since the bees gather nectar from aphrodisiac flowers such as jasmine, orchids or marjoram. Pure and unheated honey is a mild sexual stimulant naturally, since it contains numerous substances such as zinc, vit. E, etc. which promotes virility and reproductive health.
HONEY AS A SPERM BOOSTER – Honey could provide lasting remedy for people with low sperm count problem since it could boost the sperm count from level zero to fertility level of over 60million sperm count. Regular intake of honey increases the production of sperm cells and also the quality and motility of the sperm cells.
AS WEAK ERECTION RELIEVER – weak erection will be a thing of the past if you can cultivate the habit of taking honey mixed with boiled onion juice. Two tablespoonful of honey taken twice on a daily basis for at least a month will combat your weak erection. You can also mix honey with ginger or garlic juice and raw egg, and take a tablespoonful of it at bed time every night for sexual virility up till old age.
The vitamins in honey also boost testosterone production, while boron in honey helps the body to use estrogen, which is important for sex arousal.
A mixture of honey and grounded garlic taken regularly at bed time gives a stimulating effect that increases sexual stamina and pleasure.
Rejuvenating Elixir: In fact researches say that honey rejuvenates the reproductive organs of both male and female sexes.
Relief from Erectile Dysfunction: One can be relieved from erectile dysfunction if he can cultivate the habit of taking honey mixed with boiled onion juice. Two tablespoonful of honey taken twice a day for at least a month will combat the weak erection.
Raw Honey has More Power: Researches say that certain properties in raw honey can boost the testosterone level in men, which can in turn increase their libido.
South Indian old people suggest that taking honey mixed with ginger or garlic juice and raw egg before bed time every night can increase sexual virility.