Monday, September 30, 2013

The Benefits of Honey

I ran across this article today.  When I was a kid my dad used to use honey to sweeten everything.  We bought honey from a guy nicknamed "Honey Bee".  That was the only name I ever knew the guy by.  Once in a while dad would get the honey in the bees wax.  My brother and I thought that was so cool, cause we chewed the wax like gum and it was sweet.  Just like regular gum your jaws got tired and you spit it out in short order.  Mom used warm water, honey and apple cider vinegar as a type of sedative when I didn't feel good.  We also used it as a cough syrup.  I can tell you I'd rather eat a teaspoon of honey than some of the cough syrups out there.  I grew up loving honey as a sweetener and then found molasses.  (By the way, did you know if you mix a little bit of molasses with milk, it tastes like chocolate milk?).  Mom and dad didn't have sweets in the house and dessert was a special thing we had once a week or so.  Honey & toast was a nice sweet type of snack for us and adding peanut butter was even better.

Honey has so many uses running from internal to external it's really pretty cheap when you look at the uses. It also never goes bad, just turns to sugar.  You can heat it in a double boiler and it comes right back.  I hope you enjoy the article from Off the Grid News.  It will give the low-down on a lot of the benefits of honey, like healing properties, being good for the immune system, good for allergies (local honey) and good for coating mucus membranes (the throat) for soar throats and coughing.  You can even cook with it, but it's not always a 1:1 ratio when substituting for sugar, so you may want to look that up on the net before trying it.  If I find a conversion for that, I'll post it later.

There are plenty of bee keepers out there that sell honey out-right or in your local organic store.  You can find them on different websites that are gathering or advertising places for your local growers.  Honey's good for you and it taste good too!!!  It's one time you can have your cake and eat it too.  I hope you give it try.  Let me know what you think of honey and how you use it.


  1. I love honey and use it for so many things too! I enjoyed your post.
    Veletta from Cheese Acres Farm

    1. Thanks Veletta, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Those are nice memories.



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I'm a country girl working in the city (50 miles/day). I want to learn all I can about how to do for myself. My husband and I dream of a self-reliant homestead where we can live and work together, raising chickens, goats and rabbits, and growing and canning our own food.