I recently reconnected with a high school friend of mine named Phil through Facebook. Like me, Phil was a career changer later in life. He left his corporate life behind and became a honey farmer. The more we talked about his honey bees, the more intrigued I became. So we set up a date to meet. Over Memorial Day weekend, I drove up to Pecaatonica, IL to meet Phil and Liha, another friend of ours, at Hazzard Free Farms, where Phil has a few hives working their magic. While Phil taught us more than we ever thought we'd know about honey and honey bees, we all stood around and ate honey off our fingers from one of the hives. It was truly the most amazing honey I've ever tasted.
Phil actually got started with honey bees when a friend of his suggested eating a teaspoon of honey in the morning and at night to help him with his horrible allergies. 15 years and 400+ hives later, Phil is still eating a teaspoon of honey in the morning and at night and has no more allergies!
Here are some of the great honey lessons I learned:
Honey is the only food that never spoils. In fact, archeologists found Egyption tombs that were 5000 years old that had honey in them and it was still good.
It takes 12 bees their entire life to make a teaspoon of honey and 2 million flowers to make a pound of honey.
Honey helps burns and cuts heal faster than any other ointment you can buy.
Mix honey, cornmeal and lavender flowers for a great facial scrub.
Did you know that honey also has a stabilizing effect on body temperature? Rather than filling your body with processed sports drinks, try making a healthy version at home. Warm some of the water to get the honey to dissolve.
Honey Lemon Thirst Quencher:
1/2 cup honey
1/2 Tsp salt
1/4 cup lemon juice
7-1/2 cups ...water
Honey Orange Thirst Quencher:
1/2 cup Honey
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups Orange juice
5-1/2 Cups water