Honey, Honey, How You Thrill Me
Honey is one of the preferred terms of endearment since the mid-14th Century. The word honey comes from “oneg” – the Hebrew for “delight.”It is not surprising that this marvelous food can heal you, uplift you and rejuvenate your body. Applying it in various meals and home-made medicines will help you stay healthy for good.
Bees have been around for a 100 million of years. Egyptian doctors employed honey in medicines 5000 years ago. In Ancient Greece, it has been called “nectar of the Gods” – the secret recipe for their eternal youth and longevity was that they fed themselves on “ambrosia and nectar.” Ancient Greeks knew about honey’s amazing remedies – it treated wounds, cough, lice, ulcers and even hemorrhoids. Ancient Romans made a Honey Cheesecake with plain flour, ricotta cheese and bay leaves. Honey is one of the virtues of the Promised Land. Mohammed said it was a remedy for every illness. The Hindu people still uses it today, as one of the five foods to offer in worship.
Honey comes out of the air . . . At early dawn, the leaves, of trees are found bedewed with honey. It is always of the best quality when it is stored in the best flowers.
Mead is probably the ancestor of all alcoholic drinks. King Midas tasted it from his golden chalice. Royalties delighted in it, as did heroes and even Gods. It is prepared with fermented honey, which is why it is often referred to as: “honey wine,” but it is not exactly wine. It’s among Queen Elizabeth’s favorite treats. People believe that it was also the choice beverage of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.
Honey Wine and Honeymoon
The word honeymoon is derived from the medieval tradition of drinking “honey wine” for a full moon cycle after a wedding. It’s a Viking custom in which bride and groom consumed honey cakes and mead for a month after their betrothal.
The secret of my health is applying honey inside and oil outside.
—Democritus, contemporary of Hippocrates
Honey can actually be of help if you want to lose weight and reduce undesired body fat. Meanwhile, the honey bee pollinates about 1/3rd of the food humans consume – including fruits and nuts. Honey is a powerful antioxidant. Apple cider vinegar plus honey can help your metabolism burn fat.
If you follow certain rules, honey can take you to good health and longevity. Eat a plant-based diet, eat fish on special occasions. Eat the foods fresh from the market. Use the olive oil like the Italian people does. Stop saturated fat; include cheese and yogurt, natural desserts. Avoid red meat, delight in regular exercise and drink wine. That’s it – all the honey rules – you are going to live forever!
You may mix honey with other exceptional foods such as cinnamon powder – against arthritis, cholesterol, colds, hair loss, upset stomach for the immune system and weight loss.
Yes, you can prepare from honey a potion for lovers. Honey and cinnamon reignite passion as an aphrodisiac – the scent of hot honey cinnamon buns is actually sexually arousing.
Yes, you will fall in love with honey and tea! For centuries humans have delighted in the simple, relaxing pleasure of a good cup of tea and a teaspoon of honey. Lovers of this combination manage to stay slim.
Back in the days of Cleopatra, who loved honey and its amazing beauty powers. The Queen of Egypt used honey for a facial each morning – the golden secret to soft skin and age-defying. Honey can help soften, cleanse, soothe, moisturize and tone the skin and condition the nails and the hair. With honey, one can prepare a hand-cream, a face-mask, a balm for lips, an exfoliating scrub, a hair conditioner and a nail conditioner.
Oh, the joy of cooking with honey! It is the choicest of sweeteners. Its flavor enhances many foods. It’s delightful with fruit, porridge, pancakes, cereals, yogurt, ice-cream, and cheese. It is also excellent in many drinks. A spoon of honey is a spoon of happiness!