Flüssiges Gold: Honig und seine Wirkung auf die Haut

Liquid gold: honey and its effect on the skin

Honey, honey – how you thrill me, a-ha!

Admittedly, ABBA did not sing about the golden bee product at the time, but they were anything but wrong with their statement. The food obtained from flower nectar is an all-rounder for skin and health in many ways.

From the flower to the glass

We owe the honey on the store shelves to the bees – so far, so clear. But how it comes about is a somewhat longer process. Bees feed on nectar and honeydew, which they suck from flowers using their proboscis. The nectar-honeydew mixture then ends up in her stomach, more precisely in the so-called honey bladder. The bee uses part of the sugar mixture as food, the other part is mixed with the body's own enzymes. The juice processed in this way is passed from bee to bee, whereby the sugar composition changes, the unripe honey loses liquid and becomes more and more viscous. At the end, the pre-honey is deposited by the bees in the honeycombs of the hive and the access is sealed with wax so that it can ripen there until it is harvested. Now the beekeeper comes into play: He spins the honey out of the honeycombs with a special machine and fills it into jars. Et voila!

Healing honey

Aside from the fact that honey has been a sought-after food for thousands of years due to its sweet, delicious taste, it combines a variety of health-promoting properties. The golden substance is considered an effective remedy for colds. It has antibacterial, antioxidant and antifungal effects. In plain language, this means that inflammation, fungal infections, gastrointestinal complaints or even throat problems can recover more quickly with the help of honey. Studies show that a cold cough treated with honey can be cured at least as well as with common cough medicines. The bee product has also proven to be a helpful remedy for skin problems. Due to its anti-inflammatory effect, small wounds heal faster, itching or herpes can improve when used with honey. However, it must not be used on babies under one year old. Their intestinal flora is not yet sufficiently developed, which means that the bacterium Clostridium botulinum can form spores and lead to paralysis of the breathing and swallowing muscles

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