The Miracle of Honey: Practical Tips for Health, Home & by Dr. Penny Stanway

By Dr. Penny Stanway

Honey is greater than a candy deal with: it is a healthiness enhancer, a ordinary beauty, and a house beautifier! This compact but information-packed consultant outlines all of the forms of honey; examines its function as either treatment and a part of a healthy nutrition; and explains the right way to decide on, use, and shop honey. how to make honey-containing attractiveness items, money a dictionary of illnesses that honey could alleviate, and take a look at scrumptious recipes. a last part appears to be like at beekeeping and the very important topic of bee survival.

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When pollen protein has matured her mandibular and hypopharyngeal glands, she feeds royal jelly to all young larvae and older queen larvae. She feeds older worker and drone larvae with bee bread. And she grooms and feeds young adults. From 7–12 days, she is a ‘house bee’. Her abdominal wax glands begin producing pinhead-sized scales of wax. Other bees collect her wax, soften it by chewing, then use it to build honeycomb and cap cells containing mature larvae or ripe honey. The latter is honey that has been dehydrated until its water content is about 20 per cent, so it resists fermentation.

It involves the transfer of pollen from the anthers (male organs) of one flower to the stigma (female organ) of another of the same species. Flowers produce nectar to attract bees and other insects (and animals) to pollinate them. As a bee collects nectar, pollen collects on her hairy body. Her flower fidelity means she visits flowers of the same species and inadvertently pollinates them at the same time. Most insect-pollinated flowers can be pollinated by a variety of insects. White clover, for example, is pollinated by honeybees, bumblebees and solitary bees.

Hydrogen peroxide – is effective even though present in a 1,000-fold smaller amount than in a typical hydrogen-peroxide wound disinfectant. It has a valuable slow-release action. It also stimulates white cells that boost immunity. Furanones – act against biofilms, slimy sheets of bacteria that are much more resistant to antibiotics and antiseptics than free bacteria. Methylglyoxal – Certain honeys have a bioactivity rating according to the antibacterial strength of their methylglyoxal. Manuka honey can have a UMF (unique manuka factor) rating, and jellybush honey a ULF (unique leptospermum factor) rating.

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