How to choose honey and how to treat it properly

Hon­ey is a use­ful prod­uct. It has long been rec­og­nized by main­stream med­i­cine as a heal­ing sup­ple­ment to the pri­ma­ry treat­ment for colds, heart dis­ease, and skin dis­or­ders, as well as a pow­er­ful recov­ery agent after ill­ness or surgery.

how to choose honey


The secret of its unde­ni­able ben­e­fits is in the com­po­si­tion. It con­sists of 78% sug­ars (lev­u­lose, glu­cose, sucrose, mal­tose), 20% water and two min­er­al salts.

Hon­ey also con­tains many enzymes and microele­ments: potas­si­um, cal­ci­um, mag­ne­sium, phos­pho­rus, iodine, iron. In addi­tion, bio­genic stim­u­lants of hon­ey increase the over­all tone: vit­a­mins B2, B6, pan­tothenic and folic acids.

Hon­ey has a bac­te­ri­ci­dal and wound-heal­ing effect. Bee­keep­ers use it to treat burn wounds.

Remem­ber that 1 kg of hon­ey con­tains 3150 kcal. This is a real ener­gy bomb. There­fore, hon­ey is use­ful for ath­letes, peo­ple who work phys­i­cal­ly, ado­les­cents in the peri­od of growth and con­va­les­cent patients.

How to use honey

The dai­ly norm of hon­ey for an adult is 100 g, the max­i­mum is 200 g. This amount should be dis­trib­uted as fol­lows:

  • in the morn­ing — 30–60 g,
  • in the after­noon — 40–80 g,
  • in the evening — 30–60 g.

You can take hon­ey 1.5–2 hours before a meal or 3 hours after a meal. Chil­dren can be giv­en hon­ey in a tea­spoon (30 g) per day.

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How to be treated with honey

The course of med­ical treat­ment lasts 2–3 months. To obtain the max­i­mum effect, it is bet­ter to use hon­ey in its pure form or drink it with warm water or tea (for gas­tri­tis with low acid­i­ty, one and a half to two hours before meals).

The main thing to remem­ber is that hon­ey is afraid of boil­ing water. It should not be heat­ed more than 40 degrees — all vit­a­mins and antibac­te­r­i­al sub­stances will inevitably col­lapse. There are few of them, but still not very pleas­ant. By the way, hon­ey does not become harm­ful if it is heat­ed. It is a myth!

Be sure to rinse your mouth after tak­ing hon­ey. That is why it is believed that hon­ey does not cause tooth decay.

Remem­ber! Hon­ey can cause seri­ous aller­gic reac­tions! Even a tea­spoon of hon­ey can cause malaise, itch­ing, nau­sea, dizzi­ness, and fever. The most com­mon man­i­fes­ta­tions are urticaria, eczema, dif­fi­cul­ty breath­ing, vom­it­ing, and diar­rhea. If a per­son does not tol­er­ate hon­ey, then oth­er bee prod­ucts are also con­traindi­cat­ed for him.


Hon­ey is tak­en with a warm drink dur­ing a cold. Lin­den hon­ey is espe­cial­ly use­ful in this case.

It warms and nour­ish­es the body with min­er­als that help to with­stand the fight against virus­es or bac­te­ria. After ill­ness — to restore strength. Black radish juice with hon­ey is a clas­sic cough rem­e­dy.

  • Hon­ey for gas­tri­tis, pep­tic ulcer. It reg­u­lates the acid­i­ty of gas­tric juice. So, if you take it 1.5–2 hours before meals, then it inhibits the secre­tion of gas­tric juice, and vice ver­sa, when tak­ing hon­ey imme­di­ate­ly before eat­ing, it stim­u­lates its secre­tion.

“If you use hon­ey dis­solved in warm water, it helps to thin the mucus in the stom­ach and reduce excess acid­i­ty. On the con­trary, a hon­ey aque­ous solu­tion in a cold form increas­es the acid­i­ty.

  • Hon­ey from the seizure. Pass through a meat grinder 400 g dried apri­cots, 400 g prunes. Add 200 g of liq­uid hon­ey to them and mix well. Take 1 tea­spoon at din­ner with warm water.
  • Hon­ey for gas­tri­tis. Take 500 g of hon­ey, mix with 500 g of plan­tain juice and boil over very low heat for 20 min­utes. Take chilled juice before meals, 1 tbsp. spoon 3 times a day. Store in a dark place.
  • Pollen — from dys­bac­te­rio­sis. Take pollen — 1/3 to 2/3 tea­spoon 3 times a day. The course of treat­ment is 1–1.5 months.
how to treat with honey


Which honey is right

To deter­mine the matu­ri­ty of hon­ey, a spoon is dipped into it and rotat­ed. Unripe hon­ey flows off the spoon, and mature hon­ey is wound, lying on the spoon in folds, like a rib­bon.

Take liq­uid (non-can­died) hon­ey, dip a thin stick into a con­tain­er. Real hon­ey fol­lows the stick with a long, con­tin­u­ous thread, and when the hon­ey drains from the stick, it forms a tur­ret on the sur­face, which slow­ly dis­pers­es. Fake hon­ey flows pro­fuse­ly and drips from the stick.

Qual­i­ty hon­ey does not foam. Foami­ness indi­cates fer­men­ta­tion, and nat­ur­al hon­ey can­not fer­ment, since it is bac­te­ri­ci­dal and bac­te­ria and mold do not live in it.

If, over time, hon­ey becomes cloudy and thick­ens (can­died) — this is a sign of good qual­i­ty. Liq­uid hon­ey hap­pens, as a rule, in the sum­mer (July-August) dur­ing the pump­ing peri­od. After a max­i­mum of 1–2 months (depend­ing on the vari­ety), it crys­tal­lizes.

There­fore, if liq­uid hon­ey is sold in win­ter or spring, it means that it is either warmed up or fal­si­fied. Most often, real hon­ey is can­died 2–3 weeks after har­vest.

Giv­en that the last bribe is tak­en in late Sep­tem­ber — ear­ly Octo­ber, by Octo­ber 20, nat­ur­al hon­ey can only be can­died.

Only aca­cia and heather hon­ey does not crys­tal­lize for a long time. If the hon­ey crys­tal­lized over time from below, and a syrup formed on top of it, this indi­cates that the hon­ey is imma­ture and there is a lot of water in it.

Wrong, fake hon­ey has no smell. The real one exudes aro­ma.

We buy honey

When buy­ing hon­ey, pay atten­tion to the con­tain­er. Hon­ey can only be stored in glass, wood­en or ceram­ic con­tain­ers. And banks, in turn, can­not be rolled up her­met­i­cal­ly with lids.

Which honey is better

Many sell­ers claim that moun­tain hon­ey is bet­ter than low­land hon­ey. Don’t fall for this trick. All hon­ey (if it is of high qual­i­ty) is equal­ly use­ful and good. And its qual­i­ty depends on the envi­ron­men­tal sit­u­a­tion.

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