It has to do with the Bible.
“If you find honey, eat just enough–too much of it, and you will vomit”. Proverbs 25:16 NIV
This happened to me once, and it almost happened again last night. I love honey, but eat just one teaspoonful too much and you’ll be ralphing in the flowerbed.
The Bible also says this:
“My child, eat honey, for it is good, and the honeycomb is sweet to the taste. Proverbs 24:13.
but if you look in The Message, it says it like this.
“Eat honey, dear child—-it’s good for you.”
I just love that. In our society’s search for healthy foods, nutritious choices, and apples on the McDonald’s menu, right there in the Thirty Precepts of the Sages in Proverbs in the Word of God, lies an answer.
I believe in my pea picking little brain, that our world is generously blessed with cures for many, if not all, illnesses in the form of foods, flowers, herbs, and other G0d-given gifts. Simply put, I believe there is something on this earth to cure what ails us.
Among these foods is honey. Honey has been called a super food. Raw honey is one of nature’s purest foods.
I try to remember to eat a spoonful of raw honey every day. Except for days like yesterday, when after one bite, I had another, and after a second bite, I had a third. And after a third bite I got a stomach ache, just like the Bible said I would. I did actually vomit once after eating too much honey. It just made me sick. The Bible knows. Listen to it.
What is the difference between raw honey and “regular” honey? Raw honey has nothing added or taken away. It contains pollen, propolis, honeycomb, and live enzymes. It hasn’t been heated or strained. Basically, it is honey from the hive straight to the jar. Plus, it’s way more expensive. But worth it!!
When you open a jar of raw honey, you will find a very hard, crusty, layer.
It may gross you out at first, it did me, so prepare yourself. These are called honey “cappings” and they are crunchy bits of honeycomb, pollen, and propolis. According to Wikipedia, propolis is “a resinous mixture that honey bees collect from tree buds, sap flows, or other botanical sources. It is used as a sealant for unwanted open spaces in the hive. Propolis is used for small gaps (approximately 6 millimeters (0.2 in) or less), while larger spaces are usually filled with beeswax.”
This crusty capping is hard and you have to break through it with your spoon.
The first time J-Dub looked at it he remarked, “that looks like vomit.” And then we remembered that honey is actually a form of bee vomit, something they’ve regurgitated, but you just can’t think about that! So stop, right now!
These cappings are a little hard to handle the first time you put them in your mouth, especially if you’re a texture person. My jar of honey says you can chew them like gum, and that just sorta turns my stomach. I try to mix mine up so it isn’t extremely concentrated, but after a while I got used to it.
Honey is antiseptic, antibacterial, antibiotic, and antifungal. Plus it never spoils. It has been used as a medicine since ancient times, probably way back when the Dead Sea was only sick and Moby Dick was just a minnow.
Health benefits of raw honey:
- Aids stomach and digestion
- Can be used on cuts, burns, wounds, and rashes
- Treats allergies
- Soothes coughs and sore throats
- Natural source of energy
Some studies have even shown honey to contain anti-cancer and anti-tumor properties.
So sugar, what are you waiting for? Go eat some honey!