Honey as Medicine: Historical Perspectives

IBRA   Source: Journal of Apiculture Research - 2018

The use of honey as an internal and external health agent is much older than the history of medicine itself. In a new article published in the Journal of Apicultural Research, Andrzej Kuropatnickia and colleagues from the Pedagogical University of Krakow, Poland explore the history of the use of honey for medical purposes.

The earliest recorded medical prescription including honey is from Sumer. Honey was used as a remedy against a variety of illnesses in ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome (see photo of a Roman honey jar from the IBRA / Eva Crane Historical Collection). There are frequent references to honey in sacred texts. Honey has a long tradition, not only in Western medicine but also in traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda. Honey was not commonly used by medical practitioners after the fall of the Roman Empire. In medieval times honey was not a popular subject of medical texts and very little was written on its use in that period. In the nineteenth century honey was neglected due to the development of modern synthetic medicine. Its comeback has, however, been observable as early as the beginnings of the twentieth century, and honey has been used again as a remedy for a variety of health problems and an excellent wound healer.

The article: “Honey as medicine: historical perspectives” can be found here: http://www.tandfonline.com/…/…/10.1080/00218839.2017.1411182

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The History of Thanksgiving!

The History of Thanksgiving Via: Historical Honeybee Articles - Beekeeping History

Did you know?.... The first Thanksgiving in 1621 did not include honey from bees in America, but the second Thanksgiving would have included honey.

On 5 December 1621, the Council of the Virginia Company in London wrote to the Governor and Council in Virginia: ‘We have by this ship (from the context, either the Bona Nova or the Hopewell) and the Discovery sent you divers sorte of seed, and fruit trees, as also Pidgeons, connies (rabbits). Peacock maistives (mastiffs), and Beehives, as you shall by the Invoice perceive; the preservation and increase whereof we recommend unto you.’

At this period the voyage could take 6-8 weeks. The arrival of the hives, presumably early in 1622, is not recorded, but we have no reason to believe that they did not reach Virginia safely, because by May 1622 the Discovery, the Bona Nova and the Hopewell had delivered 20, 50 and 20 settlers.”

Eva Crane, World History of Beekeeping and Honey Hunting, Pg. 359