In this article I want to talk about the importance of honey for the well-being, beauty and protection of nature too: there is less and less of this 100% natural product. Due to the use of pesticides in too many agricultural crops also protected by special label protocols, the intensive presence of industries in some areas and the general overheating of the environment, bees – a precious thermometer of the health of the planet, fundamental to feed its territorial biological diversity through pollination – are decreasing (in some countries there is a decrease in colony of about 50%) while the production of honey … increases, strangely. Some universities – being aware of the growing problem of the food processing industry – are even thinking about the creation of bee-androids that could replace honey in a greenhouse through artificial intelligence. More and more often, when it is not well controlled, unfortunately the honey that arrives on the table it’s plenty of sugars and glucose syrups, avoiding the healthy food consumers who draws on its unique properties to naturally strengthen the immune defenses for adults and children who want to avoid the use of antibiotics for every little winter cold. Or even for its sweet, delicate, fragrant, varied taste. “Coming from the flora of the original territory, traceable with the microscope thanks to the natural evidence of plant pollen” says the producer of honey from Mozirje, “LAMCOM spa” and also for research cosmetics – so dear to us – for the daily use of this panacea of mother nature for our skin, fruit of the laborious insects irreplaceable for perfumes, color and life not only in the meadows. “If bees are extinguished, science calculates that within a few years man too would see his own existence compromised”: this is the wise concern that guides this company in safeguarding bees, respecting tradition, with the innovation of a variety surprisingly productive, really very interesting.
Beekeeping in Slovenia is very rooted and produces every year a range of variegated products with shades that range from pale golden to intense amber. There are really many varieties, such as dark-colored chestnut honey, which creates the right lightness as well as a pleasant bitterness. It is also considered to be a powerful natural antibiotic. It has a positive influence on the body, improves blood circulation, and has a calming effect, relieves fatigue.
In Ljubljana, however, there is even the possibility of choosing the profession of “beekeeper” as a hobby by renting bees. In return, the space of the own roof or a balcony corner becomes their home by installing specific hives. Beekeeping is a very ancient art of which Anton Janša was a great innovator. His teachings, encouraged by the empress Maria-Teresa of Austria, are still used today. On May 20, the day of Anton’s birth, it was also proclaimed by the United Nations as world bee day! The wellness centers that have specific rituals and dedicated care are also growing. They include wraps, massages, aromas and spa programs such as a honey sauna.
For several years, Slovenian beekeepers, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, have been working on the “Honey breakfast” program, which consists of bringing breakfast to the tables of nursery and primary schools, where there is the presence of this precious ingredient. The program is aimed at fostering the knowledge and importance of honey also through targeted workshops by beekeepers, the participation of important athletes and other prominent figures during breakfast time.
Honey has numerous nutritional properties and is also used a lot in the field of cosmetics but, both for the first and second activity, before using it, you should be sure to use a 100% pure product, without any refinements that make it liquid . The real honey, in fact, with time tends to crystallize, but this guarantees its naturalness and quality! The only exception is acacia honey which has such properties that it does not undergo this phenomenon. Many companies, to make the product more desirable, treat honey during its extraction to prevent this process. A test to easily understand if we are faced with something authentic is to let a little bit of honey drip onto the fingertip. If it does not drip and remains still, it means that it is pure. Another simple method is to pour a spoon into a glass of water. True honey will remain intact, different way gos for its altered counterpart that will dissolve on contact with the liquid. Do you know the beeswax? It is also used to make candles. This is because honey, when in contact with fire, burns and get consumed. The modified one, on the other hand, due to the high humidity inside it, will extinguish the flame.
Now that we know which type of honey to use for our beauty remedies, I highly recommend it as a treatment for chapped lips and dry skin. Just rub it gently on the compromised parts and you will already see results!
Even for damaged hair it is good to use a little honey and extra virgin olive oil. With this pack after shampooing, apply it on the hair, leaving it to act for a few minutes, massaging gently before rinsing it off with warm water. You can also use it as a face mask by diluting two teaspoons of milk with two of honey, it will help to moisturize the skin. Alternatively, for a similar but longer-lasting method, boil a concentrated herbal tea with chamomile and add a lot of honey, stirring until obtaining a creamy consistency to be applied in the morning and evening. In the refrigerator it can last even a week if sealed well. Honey also has antibacterial properties, so in case of redness such as pimples and mosquito bites we can apply it on the affected areas and let it act to promote absorption.
See how many properties in a little jar?