Monday, July 5, 2010
Honey. A wonderful gift from nature.
I admit, I love bees, and find these little furry creatures far more intriguing than something to be feared. It amazes me, year after year, how each one goes about their mission in life, full of intention and purpose, relentless and strong. They carefully produce the most beautiful ingredient for us to enjoy, honey. And while honey is certainly sweet and enjoyable, it's apparently also wonderful for you as well! It seems we have another reason to respect these little creatures...
I came across a great deal of interesting information: "The theory about local honey and allergies is this: your local bees are most likely to collect pollen from the local flowers in your area. That pollen will end up in small amounts in the honey produced. By ingesting that honey on a regular basis, the person eating the honey will build up immunity to the pollens from the flowers in their local region. It’s sort of like a vaccine taken little by little." Also, "It’s a natural, temporary energy booster. According to the National Honey Board, it “contains small amounts of a wide array of vitamins and minerals, including niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.” Interesting, isn't it? Why not treat yourself to a bit of goodness that might actually be good for you?
Enjoy honey: in a refreshing drink / for dessert / in this cute package / in your hair / on your face / for your body / so hit up your local farmer's market or shop and stock up with plenty of jars for Summer through Winter!
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