Benefits of Honey

Honey BeesFor thousands of years people have used honey and bee products for an enormous range of purposes: in medicine, for cosmetics and skincare, for candles, as a wood finish, as a sealant, for food preservation, for making alcoholic beverages, and, of course for nutrition. Evidence from cave paintings suggested that tens of thousands of years, human cave dwellers were already using honey as a sweetener and for its medicinal purposes. All the ancient cultures — Egyptians, Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, Chinese — used honey and bee products for its nutritional and medicinal benefits. As early as 4500 years ago, Egyptians were managing beehives and using smoke to calm the hives while they removed the honeycomb. In ancient Greek mythology, Icarus tried to fly using artificial wings held together with beeswax.

Beeswax has been used in candle making since at least Roman times and in China by as early as 200 B.C. In the middle ages, beeswax was so precious that only the church and highly privileged members of society were allowed to use it. Beeswax candles burned clean, without the smoke and odor of candles made of tallow (rendered animal fat).

Beeswax and honey are used for cosmetic creams and soaps, for lipstick and as a salve for chapped lips, as a lubricant, in World War II for as a coating for warplanes, for crayons, for holding grafted branches to root stock.

There are hundreds of medicinal uses of honey including use as a cough suppressant; burn and wound care; antibiotic and antiseptic treatments. In India, records of medicinal uses of honey go back over 4,000 years. The ancient Babylonians used honey to treat wounds and sores. Ancient Egyptians used honey to dress surgical incisions and to treat inflammations and infections. And the medicinal uses of honey are mentioned in both the Bible and the Koran.