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September is National Honey Month

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Honey is a sweet and viscous fluid produced by honey bees, and derived from the nectar of flowers. According to the United States National Honey Board and various international food regulations, "honey stipulates a pure product that does not allow for the addition of any other substance...this includes, but is not limited to, water or other sweeteners".

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The National Honey Board helps beekeepers and honey lovers celebrate National Honey Month (September), which has been proclaimed as such by the U. S. Secretary of Agriculture. The Honey Board provides information for special honey and beekeeping stories that appear in newspapers and on radio and television stations.
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Honey is Not All the Same.
Honey is available in many varieties! Did you realize that honey is available in many different varieties? When bees visit mostly one kind of flower as they gather nectar, the honey they produce has a unique taste, aroma and color from that particular flower. Other honeys are delicious blends of floral sources (look for Mixed Flower, Polyfloral, Wildflower).  The Honey Locator is a website you can use to find suppliers of these many varieties of honey.
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A Honey for All Skins
Skin is the body's largest organ and its most exposed. Throughout life, the skin comes into contact with more damaging conditions and environments than any other part of the body. Pamper it with one of the world's oldest skin care secrets, honey.  read more http://www.honey.com/consumers/sb/skins.asp

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Hair Conditioner
Mix 1/2 cup honey with 1/4 cup olive oil. (Use 2 tablespoons oil for normal to oily hair.) Using a small amount at a time, work mixture through hair until coated. Cover hair with a shower cap; leave on 30 minutes. Remove shower cap; shampoo well and rinse. Dry as normal. pioneerthinking.com/nhb_beauty.html

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Biblical Period
The Old Testament contains many references to honey as a symbol for all that is pleasant and desirable. For example, the book of Exodus famously describes the Promised Land as a 'land flowing with milk and honey' (33:3). There, however, the Hebrew devash refers to the sweet syrup produced from the juice of the date. In contrast, bees' honey is referred to explicitly in The Book of Judges when Samson found a swarm of bees and honey in the carcass of a lion (14:8). Matthew 3:4 John the Baptist lived for a long period of time in the wilderness on a diet consisting of locusts and wild honey. The word "honey" appears 61 times in the King James Version of the Bible.

Honey and its use
The main uses of honey are in cooking, baking, as a spread on breads, and as an addition to various beverages such as tea and as a sweetener in commercial beverages. Because honey is hygroscopic (drawing moisture from the air), a small quantity of honey added to a pastry recipe will retard staling.

Honey Recipes

Classic Honey Mustard Dressing
- Makes 2-1/2 cups - Ingredients -
1-1/4 cups fat-free mayonnaise
1/3 cup honey
1 Tablespoon vinegar
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon onion flakes
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 Tablespoons prepared mustard

Directions: In small bowl, whisk together all ingredients until blended. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
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Medicinal uses and health effects of honey
For at least 2700 years, honey has been used to treat a variety of ailments through topical application, but only recently have the antiseptic and antibacterial properties of honey been chemically explained. As an antimicrobial agent honey may have the potential for treating a variety of ailments.
  • Topical honey has been used successfully in a comprehensive treatment of diabetic ulcers when the patient cannot use other topical antibiotics. Some studies suggest that the topical use of honey may reduce odors, swelling, and scarring when used to treat wounds.
  • Raw honey also contains enzymes that help in digestion, several vitamins and antioxidants.
  • Honey may also prevent the dressing from sticking to the healing wounds.
  • Honey has been shown to be an effective treatment for conjunctivitis in rats.
  • Honey (especially when combined with lemon) is often taken orally by pharyngitis and laryngitis sufferers, in order to soothe them.
  • Honey has been a part of many folk cures, it is common and cheap (compared to pharmaceuticals), and cannot be patented.

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Honey Resources:

Russian page about useful properties of honey

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