Frequently Asked Questions
What is Honey?
Bees make honey from the nectar they sip from the hearts of blossomed flowers. A long and tedious process is required to transform the nectar into the thick, golden substance we call honey.
What are the main components of Honey? What are their relationships with the human body?
Glucose and fructose are the major sugar found in honey. They are simple sugar that can be absorbed by our body. Honey also contains proteins, carbohydrates, hormones, organic acids, and antimicrobial compounds. Honey is a good carbohydrate. It is a rich storehouse of essential vitamins, minerals and trace elements for our human body.
What are the medical properties of Honey?
Honey is a natural energizer as it is a source of rapid supplied energy. Applied to injury, minor abrasions and burns, honey can aid in healing. Honey is an effective antimicrobial agent. Taken in any way, whether stirred in coffee or tea, spread on toast or simply eaten by the spoonful, honey will boost our daily supply of antioxidants.
Will I get obese after taking Honey?
Many people will have the wrong perception that since the sugar content in honey is so high; takers will start to get obese. But in fact honey is made up of 65 – 70% of glucose and fructose. These simple sugars are easily assimilated into the bloodstream thus it will not cause obesity easily.
How many forms of Honey are there?
There are 3 forms of honey, namely liquid honey, crystallized honey and semi-crystallized honey. Liquid honey is honey that is free from visible crystals. Crystallized honey is honey that is solidly granulated or crystallized, irrespective of whether candid, creamed or spread types of crystallized honey. Semi-crystallized honey is honey that is a mixture of liquid honey and crystallized honey.
*Reference: US standard
Why does Honey crystallize?
Most honey will crystallize after it is removed from the comb; some kinds of honey crystallize just a few days after being extracted, whereas other types remain liquid for weeks, months and even years. Honey consisting of a greater proportion of glucose to fructose will granulate/ crystallize faster. Different flower nectars have different proportions of these sugars.
Do certain types of Honey crystallize more readily than others?
Although most varieties of honey crystallize after extracting, those that contain less glucose such as LONGAN FLOWER HONEY resist granulation / crystallization.
What are the characteristics of fermented Honey?
If honey is fermented, bubbles will start to appear. The honey will start to produce a sour smell and there will be a “pop” sound when the bottle cap is opened.
Do Bees produce anything other than Honey?
Though they are best known for their honey, honeybees also produce Propolis, royal jelly, and bees wax. These substances have many uses. Propolis is used as an anti-bacterial substance, royal jelly is used as a natural health supplement, and bees’ wax makes great candles. All the substances that honey bees’ produce have powerful natural healing properties.
Is lighter colour honey better than darker colour Honey?
The colour of honey form a continuous range from water white (clear) through amber (gold) to dark amber (black). The colour of honey is related to its mineral content and is characteristic of its floral source. Light colour honey typically has a mild flavour while dark colour honey is usually stronger in flavour.
Does Hive Honey contain any Additives?
Hive does not contain any additives, preservative, added sugar or artificial coloring.
How much Honey can I consume in a day?
Honey is taken as a form of nutrition supplement thus you can take honey as and when you like.
What is Royal Jelly?
Royal Jelly is the secretion of tongue glands from worker bees, with creamy texture, the food for the queen bee. Feeding on pollen and honey, the average lifespan of a worker bee is 2 to 3 months. However, for a queen bee, its average lifespan is 6 to 8 years.
What are the therapeutic actions of Royal Jelly?
Consuming Royal Jelly helps to keep skin smooth, toned and elastic, promotes sexual vitality and rejuvenation, facilitates fertility and can reverse impotence, stimulates the immune system to fight viral and bacterial infection, regulates and balances hormones, has a bactericidal action on bacteria like staph, stimulates growth, lowers blood lipids and cholesterol, helps to regenerate bone growth, builds tissue and muscles, supports wound healing, increases vigor and physical strength, provides extra physiological support during pregnancy and menopause, helps to alleviate the pain of arthritis, stimulates better memory and mental function, has an anti-depressive anti-anxiety effect and can help to regulate weight, rejuvenates the aged, sick or weak. *
* Book Reference – Healing from the Hive. Bee Pollen, Royal Jelly, Propolis and Honey by Rita Elkins M.H (Woodland Publishing)