Honey - Good to Eat, Good for Your Skin, Just Plain Good for You

CATCH THE BUZZ    January 17, 2017

People do not need to shell out big bucks for beauty products, especially since some of the best beauty products can already be found on kitchen shelves.

For facial wash, honey is actually a surprising alternative. “Honey is the oldest skin-care ingredient and has been used extensively for both medical and skin-care purposes,” Neil Sadick, MD, the founder of Sadick Dermatology in New York.

People who have skin issues will definitely benefit from a honey facial wash because it can help soothe skin ailments. “It has antibacterial properties, anti-inflammatory properties, and it nurtures the skin. Honey’s particularly suitable for sensitive skin,” said Sadick.

Some people might harbor doubts on honey’s effectiveness as a skin cleaner. But Carla Marina Marchese, the founder and beekeeper of Red Bee Honey, and co-author of The Honey Connoisseur, said the thick, sweet product is a good salve for breakouts. It even has strong antibacterial properties that fight acne.

“Honey has a very low pH, so a lot of bacterias cannot survive in honey,” she said. “It’s about a 3.5 on average on the pH scale, and most bacteria need to thrive in closer to a 7 on the scale.”

But that’s not all honey does for the skin. It’s quite moisturising as well, and can be used by people with chapped noses or super red and dry flaky patches.

“Honey is moisture-grabbing because it’s a super-saturated solution, meaning the bees keep a lot of sugar in a little bit of water,” said Marchese. “So it’s always trying to grab water from the air to balance out the sugar. This is why people use it for baked goods — it keeps them moist for longer.”

However, Marchese warned that people shouldn’t just rush out to the grocery store and purchase whatever honey bottle they can lay their hands on. People should stick to raw honey that can be bought from the local farmer’s market, or even manuka honey, which costs more than the regular honey.

“You need to use the best quality honey that you can get,” Marchese said.

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Australian Manuka Honey

CATCH THE BUZZ    From University of Technology, Sydney    January 8, 2016

A UTS researcher with manuka honey in the lab. Credit: Vanessa Valenzuela DavieAustralian manuka honey is at least as powerful against bacteria as the more commonly known New Zealand variety, researchers have found.

A team led by Professor Liz Harry at UTS has studied more than 80 honey samples from NSW and Queensland flowering manuka (Leptospermum) trees and found the nectar-derived chemical that gives NZ manuka honey its unique antibacterial properties is present in Australian varieties.

The ground-breaking research also shows the antibacterial properties of honey remain unchanged over several years when stored appropriately.

“These findings put Australian manuka honey on the international radar at a time when antibiotic resistance is recognised as a global crisis,” said Dr Nural Cokcetin, of the ithree institute at UTS, a lead author of the study which also includes collaborators at the University of Sydney and the University of the Sunshine Coast.

“All honeys have different flavours and medicinal properties, depending on the flowers bees visit for nectar. What makes manuka honey so special is the exceptionally high level of stable antibacterial activity that arises from a naturally occurring compound in the nectar of manuka flowers. It’s the ingredient we know acts against golden staph and other superbugs resistant to current antibiotics.

“Our study provides the proof for what we’ve long assumed – that this compound, methylglyoxal (MGO), is present in high levels in Australian manuka honeys. We’ve also shown that the activity of Australian manuka honeys has remained unchanged over seven years from harvest, which has huge implications for extending the shelf life of medicinal honey products.”

The findings are described as a game-changer for Australian beekeepers, who stand to benefit from the lucrative medicinal honey market, and clinicians seeking treatments for resistant skin infections and chronic and acute wounds.

While honey has been used therapeutically for hundreds of years, the growing global crisis of antibiotic resistance has revived interest in its clinical use. New Zealand is the primary source of medicinal honey but the country grows only one Leptospermum species, and its honey bee population is threatened by the parasitic varroa mite.

Australia is home to 83 of the 87 known Leptospermum species and is still free of the varroa mite, unlike the rest of the beekeeping world.

The research is part of a five-year UTS project funded by the Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC), through its Honey Bee and Pollination research program. There are about 12,400 registered beekeepers in Australia, and about 200,000 hives used for commercial pollination and honey production. The industry produces up to 30,000 tonnes of honey annually.

“It is thrilling to be able to use our research expertise and knowledge to help the bee industry and to address the antibiotic resistance crisis,” said Professor Liz Harry, director of the ithree institute at UTS and lead investigator of the project.

“Honey not only kills bacteria on contact but we have shown previously that bacteria don’t become resistant to honey.

“That the manuka varieties in Australia are just as active as those in New Zealand, and have essentially the same chemical profile, will add significant value to Australian honey for beekeepers and provide a plentiful supply of medicinal honey.”

Honey Bee & Pollination R&D Program spokesperson Michael Hornitzky said the findings could see the value of Australian honey increase significantly as demand rose.

“Discovering this extensive resource base cements Australia’s role in helping to supply the growing medicinal honey market,” Dr Hornitzky said.

“These findings go to the heart of what we’re trying to achieve, and that is to grow a prosperous beekeeping sector. The next step is turning the science into action.”

More information: Cokcetin NN, et al. (2016) The Antibacterial Activity of Australian Leptospermum Honey Correlates with Methylglyoxal Levels. PLoS ONE 11(12): e0167780. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0167780

Journal reference: PLoS ONE

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Happy New Year! Celebrate a Little Too Much This New Years Eve?

Happy New Year!
Celebrate a bit too much this New Years Eve?
Here Are 11 Amazing Honey Hangover Remedies ~ For Your New Years Day Hangover. Via: Historical Honeybee Articles - Beekeeping History

Image: Daniel W. Pflueger and his traveling Watkins Remedies Store.

"Sick-Headache No.2.-Take of honey two are three tablespoonfuls on an empty stomach, and then lie down and keep quiet until the honey has moved out of the stomach." -Source: The Doctor at home: Illustrated. Treating the Diseases of Man and the Horse,1882, page 40 by B J Kendall, Kendall, Dr. B.J., & Co

"Earthworms rolled in honey and swallowed alive are said to cure sick stomach." This prescription given by a Pharmacy in Canton, China. -Source: American Journal of Pharmacy, Page 457, 1909.

"The use of fructose, 30 gm, taken in the form of honey, can speed alcohol metabolism and thus reduce the frequency and intensity of hangover headache." -Source: The Practicing Physician's Approach to Headache - 1978, page 76. by Seymour Diamond, Donald J. Dalessio

"Administer large amounts of honey -6 teaspoonfuls every 20 minutes until a total of 2 pounds is given -to cure drunkenness. This treatment will also abolish the desire to drink liquor." -Source: Hoosier Home Remedies, 1985, page 72, By Varro E. Tyler

"The best hangover cure of all may be a cup or two strong tea with honey. According to the National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke, honey speeds up alcohol metabolism, which means that it will help your body break down the alcohol more quickly." -Source: What Women Need to Know - 2005, page 14. By Marianne Legato, Carol Colman

“Eating toast and honey after a long evening's drinking will help prevent the morning-after hangover headache" -Source: Better Homes and Gardens - 1977, page 61

"One old-time remedy among bartenders is simply honey in hot water" -Source: The Green Pharmacy - 1997, page 232. By James A. Duke

"Try mixing together some bananas, some milk and a little honey to form a smoothie and drink it. Don't be tempted to apply the mixture to your sore head." -Source: Household Management for Men. by Nigel Browning, Jane Moseley - 2003, page 138

"Honey Cures Sick-headache. have been Informed by Captain Geo. H. Whiteside, a very prominent citizen of Appalachicola, also manufacturer of ice there, that he has been cured of sick-headache by eating honey twice a day. His headache was so severe that he had to go to bed, sometimes for several days. You may rest assured that this comes from a man who stands high among the people of this State, and from one who is a Christian gentleman. Sumatra, Fla. -A. B. Marchant." Gleanings in Bee Culture, 1912, Volume 40 - Page 146

"To relieve the pain of a headache, drink a half cup of tea with a shot of whiskey and honey in it." -Source: Medically Speaking: A Dictionary of Quotations on Dentistry, Medicine, and… 1999, page 304, by Carl C. Gaither, Andrew Slocombe

"Now it has been discovered that beestings are as effective a cure for inebriety as for rheumatism. This important discovery was made quite by accident in a London hospital. Five men were being treated for chronic rheumatism. Four of them had been hard drinkers for years, and one of them was a confirmed drunkard. Bee-stings were applied to them, and the rheumatic condition promptly subsided. When they were finally discharged they found that the treatment had done more than cure rheumatism -it had destroyed their taste for alcohol. Even the sight of a drink nauseated them, and since leaving the hospital several months ago, not one has touched liquor. The hospital physicians, who were as greatly astonished at this unexpected result as their patients, have set on foot a widespread investigation into the effects of bee-stings on drunkards, to see whether they are an infallible cure for inebriety. Facts already brought to light show that an intoxicated person is quickly sobered by a bee's sting, and that drinking men who take up work among bees, where they are frequently stung, soon lose their old craving for alcohol". - Freeman's Journal. Australasian Beekeeper. -Source: American Bee Journal, February 1916 Page 62

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7 Natural Remedies Using Honey

Care2.com   January 16, 2015

The medicinal properties of honey were first recognized by the ancient Egyptians, and has since been used as a natural home remedy solution. Honey contains powerful anti-inflammatory components that help strengthen your immune system and protect you from diseases. 

Honey can soothe an upset stomach, prevent fatigue, repair sore muscles, treat toothaches, get rid of fungus in athlete's foot, and even aid in weight loss. Suffice it to say, you should always have a jar of honey in your closet. Here are 7 natural home remedies you can prepare using a dash of honey...

 

Scientists Discover Why Honey is the Best Natural Antibiotic

Living Traditionally   December 30, 2014

Honey has been used for centuries for its antibiotic properties.  Science finally confirmed the anti-bacterial abilities of honey. Antibacterial,  antiviral and antifungal  properties of honey alone make it more powerful than conventional antibiotics. Honey contains a protein made by the bees called defensin-1. It is the active germ-killing ingredient in honey. 

Applied topically. honey can kill a wide range of pathogens such as MRSA and flesh eating bacteria. It was also found that the treated bacteria did not build up any resistance like conventional antibiotics.  The effectiveness of honey lies in its ability to fight infection on multiple levels, making it hard for bacteria to develop resistance.  According to Susan M. Meschwitz, Ph.D.,  honey utilizes a combination of fighting methods  such as an osmotic effect.  This effect originates from honey’s high sugar concentration. In this process, water is drawn from the bacteria cells, leaving the pathogens no choice but to dehydrate and die off.

According to biochemist Peter Molan, who studied extensively  natural antibiotics such as honey for 25 years, manuka honey is effective at killing even the most antibiotic resistant bacteria even when it has been diluted to a tenth of its original concentration. He states, “There’s more evidence, clinical evidence, by far for honey in wound treatment than for any of the pharmaceutical products. ”

Honey is packed with probiotics, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. It is rich in vitamin A, vitamin B2 or riboflavin B3 or nicotinic acid, B5 called pantothenic acid, vitamin C, biotin and rutine. Honey also contains many minerals: including calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, copper, iodine, and zinc.

Honey is so powerful and effective at destroying bacteria that it should be the first choice of treatment when treating a bacterial illness.

But make sure to buy raw honey, organic because the heating during manufacturing destroys nutrients and enzymes. Additionally, locally grown raw honey from the area you live is more beneficial as it possesses the immune stimulating properties needed for your body to adapt to its environment.

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Bacteria From bees Possible Alternative to Antibiotics

Science Daily   Source: Lund University    September 8, 2014

Raw honey has been used against infections for millennia, before honey -- as we now know it -- was manufactured and sold in stores. So what is the key to its' antimicrobial properties? Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have identified a unique group of 13 lactic acid bacteria found in fresh honey, from the honey stomach of bees. The bacteria produce a myriad of active antimicrobial compounds.

These lactic acid bacteria have now been tested on severe human wound pathogens such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Pseudomonas aeruginosa and vancomycin-resistantEnterococcus (VRE), among others. When the lactic acid bacteria were applied to the pathogens in the laboratory, it counteracted all of them.

While the effect on human bacteria has only been tested in a lab environment thus far, the lactic acid bacteria has been applied directly to horses with persistent wounds. The LAB was mixed with honey and applied to ten horses; where the owners had tried several other methods to no avail. All of the horses' wounds were healed by the mixture.

The researchers believe the secret to the strong results lie in the broad spectrum of active substances involved.

"Antibiotics are mostly one active substance, effective against only a narrow spectrum of bacteria. When used alive, these 13 lactic acid bacteria produce the right kind of antimicrobial compounds as needed, depending on the threat. It seems to have worked well for millions of years of protecting bees' health and honey against other harmful microorganisms. However, since store-bought honey doesn't contain the living lactic acid bacteria, many of its unique properties have been lost in recent times," explains Tobias Olofsson.

The next step is further studies to investigate wider clinical use against topical human infections as well as on animals.

The findings have implications for developing countries, where fresh honey is easily available, but also for Western countries where antibiotic resistance is seriously increasing.

Read at: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/09/140908093741.htm

Source: Lund University: http://www.lunduniversity.lu.se/o.o.i.s?id=24890&news_item=6172

The above story is based on materials provided by Lund UniversityNote: Materials may be edited for content and length.

Journal Reference:

  1. Tobias C Olofsson, Èile Butler, Pawel Markowicz, Christina Lindholm, Lennart Larsson, Alejandra Vásquez. Lactic acid bacterial symbionts in honeybees - an unknown key to honey's antimicrobial and therapeutic activitiesInternational Wound Journal, 2014; DOI: 10.1111/iwj.12345

Bees Have Value in Medicine: Honey Helps Wounds Heal

The Guardian   By Lane Therrell   August 23, 2014

Bees have value in medicine because their honey helps wounds heal. Honey is the thick liquid food bees make for themselves from flower nectar. At a time when drought, disease, parasites, pesticides, and Africanized swarms are killing off honey bees in large numbers around the world, it is important to consider the effects of bees beyond pollination.

Honey has antibacterial qualities and has been used in the practice of healing and medicine since ancient times. The Egyptians, Sumerians, Chinese, Greeks, and Romans all valued honey, and honey is mentioned in both the Bible and the Koran. While the healing powers of honey faded in comparison to the new antibiotics introduced in the 20th century, today’s antibiotic-resistant superbugs make any substance with bacteria-fighting properties worth a second look.

Honey is used effectively for wound care in hospitals and other medical settings around the world today. Derma Sciences, a Toronto-based company, manufactures a wound-care line called Medihoney, which includes honey from the blossoms of the manuka plant, Leptospermum scoparium, as an active ingredient in state-of-the-art wound dressings.

The honey from most plants contains both hydrogen peroxide and methylglyoxal (MG), each of which contributes to the antibacterial properties of honey. However, the honey from manuka blossoms is especially high in MG.

Manuka honey is made from the nectar of New Zealand’s native “tea tree,” a large woody shrub with showy blossoms that range in color from white to deep pink. The people of New Zealand have had a love-hate relationship with manuka over time, with farmers considering it to be a noxious weed, and native Maori revering it for its healing properties. Captain Hook is reported to have made tea from L. scoparium leaves to protect himself and his crew from scurvy.

Derma Sciences makes many styles of wound dressings, one of which is a calcium alginate dressing impregnated with manuka honey. The honey has a low pH of 3.5-4.5, which, along with its inherent antibacterial factors, creates an environment that is hostile to bacteria and has been shown statistically in research trials to correlate with wound size reduction.

The alginate component of the wound dressing is made from seaweed, which is known to be highly absorbent and biodegradable. The Medihoney seaweed-honey combination forms a thick gel that pulls fluids away from the injured tissue and seals the surface of the wound. These properties create an optimal healing environment that remains both moist and bacteria-free. Best of all, the dressing can be rinsed away cleanly, so removing or changing the dressing leaves delicate new tissue intact and is relatively painless.

In numerous clinical trials, these products have demonstrated impressive healing outcomes for wounds and skin irritations. The manufacturer advertises Medihoney as having both antiseptic and antibiotic properties, no side effects, and being all-natural. To maintain clinical standards for use in a sterile hospital environment, all Medihoney products are irradiated.

The clinical research backing the product’s effectiveness represents an impressive body of scholarship that recognizes the bee’s value in medicine, to the extent that the FDA approved Medihoney for use in the U. S. in 2008, thereby acknowledging that honey heals wounds. The FDA specifically approved Medihoney for “moderately exuding wounds,” including pressure ulcers, first and second degree burns, donor sites, traumatic and surgical wounds, leg ulcers and diabetic foot ulcers. However, independent trials conducted since 2008, and published in the medical literature, have drawn conclusions of insufficient efficacy evidence, showing that bees may not yet be valued in medicine quite as highly as they may deserve.

In New Zealand, where manuka honey is produced, beekeepers first identified invasions of their bee colonies with the Varroa mite in 2001. The mite transmits several deadly bee viruses which can rapidly decimate bee colonies. Since its initial identification in the northern part of the country, the Varroa mite has spread to influence bee populations nationwide. With the source of manuka honey facing the possibility of a production shortfall, manuka honey wound dressings may also become scarce.

The expanding Varroa mite range in New Zealand and other critical factors influencing bee health, including extreme drought conditions in the western U. S., have created a worldwide honey shortage. Reports are that honey prices have almost doubled over the last eight years. In one isolated example of the downward trend, California’s 2013 honey production was less than 40 percent of its 2010 value.

That bees have value in medicine is clear, especially when the world is under siege by superbugs and has limited options  available for fighting them. As the world works together to develop new tools and solutions, it is important to know that  honey heals wounds.

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Honey is the New Cure For Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

examinerl.com     By Paul Hamaker    3/16/14

Honey is the best cure for antibiotic resistant bacteriaaccording to a presentation made by Dr. Susan M. Meschwitz with Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island at the March 16, 2014, session of the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Dallas, Texas.

The advantages of honey are ready availability in most areas of the world, a host of bacterial fighting chemicals, and a chemical process that prevents the development of new strains of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

Meschwitz outlined the advantages of honey as an antibiotic resistant bacteria fighter based on her research and the research of scientists across the world.

The combination of hydrogen peroxide, acidity, osmotic effect, high sugar concentration polyphenols, and flavonoids in honey attack disease producing bacteria in ways that antibiotics are not designed to do.

The osmotic effect of high sugar concentration in honey draws water out of bacterial cells and kills them.

Honey inhibits the formation of groups of bacteria into biofilms. This action prevents a protective behavior in disease producing bacteria. Honey weakens bacterial virulence and makes bacteria more susceptible to antibiotics.

The greatest advantage of honey as a disease fighter is that honey does not target the essential growth processes of bacteria. This activity prevents the development of resistance in bacteria.

One might note that the supply of honey is endangered by colony collapse disorder for which there is no known cure.

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Honey is New Approach to Fighting Antibiotic Resistance

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DALLAS, March 16, 2014 — Honey, that delectable condiment for breads and fruits, could be one sweet solution to the serious, ever-growing problem of bacterial resistance to antibiotics, researchers said here today.

Medical professionals sometimes use honey successfully as a topical dressing, but it could play a larger role in fighting infections, the researchers predicted. Their study was part of the 247th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society.

The meeting, attended by thousands of scientists, features more than 10,000 reports on new advances in science and other topics. It is being held at the Dallas Convention Center and area hotels through Thursday.

"The unique property of honey lies in its ability to fight infection on multiple levels, making it more difficult for bacteria to develop resistance," said study leader Susan M. Meschwitz, Ph.D. That is, it uses a combination of weapons, including hydrogen peroxide, acidity, osmotic effect, high sugar concentration and polyphenols — all of which actively kill bacterial cells, she explained. The osmotic effect, which is the result of the high sugar concentration in honey, draws water from the bacterial cells, dehydrating and killing them.

In addition, several studies have shown that honey inhibits the formation of biofilms, or communities of slimy disease-causing bacteria, she said. "Honey may also disrupt quorum sensing, which weakens bacterial virulence, rendering the bacteria more susceptible to conventional antibiotics," Meschwitz said. Quorum sensing is the way bacteria communicate with one another, and may be involved in the formation of biofilms. In certain bacteria, this communication system also controls the release of toxins, which affects the bacteria's pathogenicity, or their ability to cause disease.

Meschwitz, who is with Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I., said another advantage of honey is that unlike conventional antibiotics, it doesn't target the essential growth processes of bacteria. The problem with this type of targeting, which is the basis of conventional antibiotics, is that it results in the bacteria building up resistance to the drugs.

Honey is effective because it is filled with healthful polyphenols, or antioxidants, she said. These include the phenolic acids, caffeic acid, p-coumaric acid and ellagic acid, as well as many flavonoids. "Several studies have demonstrated a correlation between the non-peroxide antimicrobial and antioxidant activities of honey and the presence of honey phenolics," she added. A large number of laboratory and limited clinical studies have confirmed the broad-spectrum antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties of honey, according to Meschwitz.

She said that her team also is finding that honey has antioxidant properties and is an effective antibacterial. "We have run standard antioxidant tests on honey to measure the level of antioxidant activity," she explained. "We have separated and identified the various antioxidant polyphenol compounds. In our antibacterial studies, we have been testing honey's activity against E. coliStaphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, among others."

Some History and Health Benefits of Honey

The Epoch Times   By Sally Fallon Morell   2/13/14

Honey has been a valued food in many parts of the world, both in primitive societies and sophisticated civilizations. Hunter-gatherers are adept at removing honey from beehives located in hollow tree trunks, using smoke to drive away the bees.

In some primitive groups, honey supplies a large portion of total calories at certain times of the year. The Aborigines of Australia prized honey and distinguished between two types—light and dark. A Neolithic rock paintingin Spain shows a man collecting wild honey.

Egyptian writings dating from about 5500 B.C. refer to honey. At that time,Lower Egypt was called Bee Land while Upper Egypt was called Reed Land. Apiculture was well established in the 5th dynasty (about 2500 B.C.) and is shown in several reliefs in the temple of the Sun at Abusir.

Tablets from the reign of Seti I (1314 to 1292) give a value of an ass or an ox to 110 pots of honey. Thutmoses III is recorded as receiving tributes of honey from Syria in 1450 B.C.

The Indians used honey in religious rites. The Indian Laws of Manu, dating from 1000 B.C., called for a tax of one-sixth of the beekeeper’s production.

Thousands of Miles for a Teaspoon

Honey is sugary nectar of flowers gathered by bees. It is carried in “honey sacs” where enzymes begin the process breaking down the sugars. The bee then deposits her cargo into hexagonal wax cells to provide nourishment for young bees. Continued evaporation in the warm atmosphere of the hive gradually transforms the nectar into honey. Bees must travel thousands of miles to produce just one teaspoon of honey...

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The Sweet Truth Behind Honey


The National Honey Board features The Sweet Truth Behind Honey.

Honey has been in the news recently, covering topics from its source to its authenticity. The National Honey Board (NHB), a federal research and promotion board with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) oversight, wants to clarify any misconceptions.

Honey bees collect nectar from flowering plants and use it to make honey. Honey is then collected by beekeepers from the beehives. The journey from harvesting to distributing honey is multifaceted.

From beehive to supermarket and finally reaching the table, the harvesting of honey is a compelling story. It's an ancient artisanal craft that brings a natural wonder to households around the world. With more than 300 varietals of honey, ranging greatly in flavor and appearance, honey is a unique ingredient that helps home cooks and professional chefs create countless recipes in the kitchen.

This beloved ingredient also provides an all-natural energy boost, as well as acts as a natural cough suppressant and an effective skin moisturizer, nourishing the body inside and out.

The NHB is utilizing industry, culinary and educational resources to produce “The Story of Honey,” which captures the many benefits of honey, while shining light on harvesting honey from honey bee to table. Read the full press release.