The History Of Honey

Man’s love for honey travels back to the beginning of recorded history. Cave drawings of early cliff dwellers harvesting honey have been discovered dating from 6000 B.C. Stone Age man probably enjoyed his honey from wild bees, as opposed to the domesticated varieties of today.

Drawings of bees on the Egyptian pharaoh’s tombs date back to the Old Kingdom, some 4000 years ago. Mummies in these tombs were often interned with large urns of honey and honey breads. Surprisingly, honey from the Egyptian tombs, although crystallized, still contained all of the vitamins and properties of fresh honey today.

Aristotle, in 334 B.C., and Virgil, in 40 B.C., both recorded detailed observations of honeycomb and bees in their recorded texts. The Bible mentions “The Land of Milk and Honey,” in several places, as well as honeycomb, being the first food that Jesus ate when exiting his tomb.

Honey rapidly became a luxury for only the wealthy to enjoy. Egyptian writings mention honey bees being carried in baskets made out of straw. Cleopatra used a formula of honey and milk to keep her skin soft and beautiful. The use of honey as a commercial trading item took the place of money in early biblical days, where taxes to Rome were sometimes paid in honey.

Honeybees came to America with the Pilgrims in the year 1620. Arriving in Virginia, the bees spread by being carried by the settlers or simply swarming on their own. Trading down the Ohio River Valley, bee populations reached many of the southern states by the mid-1700’s. By the mid-1800’s, beekeeping and the products of honey had spread as far as Texas. Today, the process of making honey by bees is enjoyed in all 50 states. See also this post about beekeeper Susan Brackney.

Honey has become nature’s most perfect food. Even today, all of the constituents of honey have not been identified. Laboratory analyses of honey today show a mixture of supersaturated solutions of glucose. Honey contains proteins, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and various natural sugars. Nutritionists all over the world agree that honey is one of the few foods that contain all the substances considered necessary to sustain life.

Why Buy Raw Honey?

Raw honey is pure and unprocessed, originating directly from its source – honey bees. Organic honey companies collect raw honey in an unheated and unpasteurized state which is retaining the organic health benefits of honey. There are no antibiotics or synthetic chemicals used on the beehives.

What Is Natural Honey?

Natural honey is untainted by additives and artificial preservatives, retaining the honey’s natural enzyme actions as well as its natural taste, smell, and satisfying consistency. No chemical preserving agents are added, assuring the honey’s natural health benefits including vitamins, minerals, and immune strengthening antioxidants.

What Are the Benefits Of Eating Natural Raw Honey?

Eating and cooking with natural raw honey is an essential ingredient in leading a healthy lifestyle. Honey can replace sugar in most recipes,  even in cakes, providing beneficial and nourishing energy enhancers not found in conventional sweeteners. Research has found that honey contains valuable vitamins and minerals and promotes the body’s metabolism of fat. Because of its natural antioxidant properties, honey rejuvenates the body’s immune system, restoring a natural and healthy state.

Why Support the Honey Industry?

Organic Bee Companies take great pride in promoting the natural honey industry in all of its products. Sadly, since about a decade, many beekeepers report a decline in honey production due to a mysterious loss of brood and worker count in honeybee hives. The debate continues over the cause of this epidemic, ranging from more intensive farming methods to the use of toxic pesticides and chemicals. Today, we can see increasingly more farmers sowing towards a more sustainable and healthier future for the better of all mankind.

More and more Bee Companies maintain the view that with natural honey harvesting methods and environmentally sensitive beekeeping techniques this epidemic can be overcome. By supporting non-industrialized beekeepers, consumers have the opportunity to aid the struggle of the honeybee to overcome this debilitating epidemic by supporting the production of natural and healthy honey.