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Honey to the Bee: That’s News to Me

By Fredrica Syren

This last week both of my kids unfortunately were stung by a bee. Luckily, neither of them are allergic, so there were just some pain and tears. My daughter stated, “I hate bees and wish there were none.”  I told her that’s not true because, thanks to bees, we have flowers, fruits, grains and vegetables. Honeybees do much more than just make honey. One third of the U.S. diet depends on honeybee pollination. Honeybees provide 80% of pollination for vegetable, fruit, seed and flower crops; so honeybees are important for our world. This is how it works: if the honey bee does not pollinate the crops, the crops do not grow and do not produce the food that gets harvested and brought to the stores where we buy it and bring it home to feed ourselves and our families.

In other words, there is a direct connection between the bees pollinating the crops and our ability to provide food for our families.

We’re big honey eaters in this family. Ever since we became a green family who focus on eating local foods, honey has been a staple. I buy it only at the farmers market and make sure it’s raw honey because, according to the FDA, about 75 percent of the honey in the U.S is not really honey. The main difference between regular and raw honey is that regular honey is pasteurized and filtered. Pasteurization is the process that heats honey at high temperatures to kill any yeast that may be present in order to prevent fermentation. It’s also done to keep the honey from becoming granulated, making it look better to consumers. Raw honey is naturally thick with some traces of pollen in it and contains many health benefits such as its anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. It promotes body and digestive health, is a powerful antioxidant, strengthens the immune system, eliminates allergies, and is an excellent remedy for skin wounds and all types of infections.

Our family eats raw honey when we have a cold or sore throat. We use it on pancakes instead of maple syrup, and in dressings and marinades.

Raw honey mustard dressing (from http://www.reallyrawhoney.com/Articles.asp?ID=245)

2 / 3 cup water1 / 2 cup lemon juice

4 tablespoons Really Raw Honey

2 tablespoons Prepared mustard

1 teaspoon Salt

1 / 2 teaspoon Paprika

2 cloves garlic, crushed

Mix well and shake.

Chill one hour before serving.

 

For raw honey skin care recipes go here:

http://www.theintentionalminimalist.com/2012/03/raw-honey-skin-care-recipes.html

 

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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