Coniferous honey: description, healing properties and contraindications
There are many varieties of honey, which differ from each other in taste, chemical composition and benefits. Coniferous honey, which has an unconventional amber-greenish tint and a pleasant, barely perceptible aroma of resins, is considered one of the rarest. What is the main benefit of such a beekeeping product, and where it is used, is further in the article.
Where does the product come from
The abilities of bees are well known, but whether they can collect honey from plants that do not have flowers - it turns out that it happens. Coniferous, also known as honeydew, honey is a beekeeping product obtained from a unique liquid - the paddy secreted by trees and the insects that live on them.
Bees switch to collecting paddy instead of collecting flower nectar with the advent of autumn, when the flowering period of almost all plants ends, finding it, for example, on spruce branches. The most common honeydew honey is pine; Spruce and fir are popular. The insects collected are processed into honey, just like flower nectar.
There are two main sources of paddy origin for the product described:
- Vegetable. During temperature spikes, sudden changes in weather conditions, fluctuations in air humidity in all coniferous crops and in some deciduous barks, sugary secretions form - honey dew, which serves as an excellent supplier of raw materials to bees for honey production. The composition of such a liquid is in most cases represented by water and saccharides.
- Animal. Some species of insects that feed on the sap of plants leave sticky, sweetish discharge on the trees - a copper pad. It contains a high percentage of sugar, vegetable juices, water, protein, dietary fiber.
Did you know? World leader in The People's Republic of China exports honey (about 140,000 tons per year, or 19% of the market), with the most popular Chinese product obtained from buckwheat.
The honey in question is easy to distinguish from other beekeeping products due to its unique features:
- dark color, which becomes even darker over time. In the combs, it has an amber-greenish tint;
- high density and ductility of honey;
- pronounced coniferous, tarry aroma;
- resinous taste with a slight note of bitterness and astringency.
Coniferous honey does not lend itself to crystallization, however, due to increased hygroscopicity, it quickly sours, delaminates, and forms a granular sediment.
You can determine the naturalness of the described product in an apartment, using lime:
- Quicklime should be poured with filtered water (extinguished) in a ratio of 1: 2 and maintained for 4-5 hours, stirring regularly.
- Set the solution aside for a few more hours, let it settle, then strain the water.
- Mix filtered water, honey and lime water in a ratio of 1: 1: 10, put on fire and bring to a boil. If coniferous honey is natural, then a mixture forms a precipitate in the form of flakes.
Properties of coniferous honey
Coniferous honey has a unique composition that determines a wide range of its beneficial qualities. Moreover, the product not only exhibits healing properties, it serves as an excellent therapeutic and prophylactic remedy for many ailments.
The honey variety under consideration, due to its rich chemical composition, is characterized by anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, general strengthening, wound healing, analgesic, antipyretic effect.
It is indicated for use in health problems such as:
- cough, bronchitis, and pneumonia;
- tonsillitis and colds;
- loss of strength and weakened immunity;
- various digestive disorders;
- insomnia and depression;
- nervous agitation;
- dermatitis and skin diseases.
- Coniferous delicacy, with regular use, allows you to:
- strengthen bone and muscle tissue;
- increase the protective functions of the body and its resistance to negative environmental factors;
- strengthen immunity;
- improve memory and concentration;
- quickly recover strength after heavy mental and physical exertion.
The use of the described beekeeping product makes it possible to compensate for the lack of mineral components and active biological substances in the body, serves as a prophylaxis of anemia and vitamin deficiency, improves blood composition and blood formation processes. It is ideal for all categories of consumers: adults, children and the elderly.
The uniqueness of coniferous honey lies in the fact that, unlike the traditional beekeeping product, it does not cause an allergic reaction, as it does not contain pollen - the main "provocateur" of allergies. In addition, it is practically devoid of contraindications.
However, experts recommend starting the product with small portions - this precaution will not hurt, as some people may experience individual honey intolerance.
- In addition, you should limit the use of goodies:
- children under the age of 3 years;
- with exacerbation of any chronic ailments.
In other cases, honey is not only possible, but also must be included in the daily diet, while observing certain dosages.
Nutritional value of the product
Unlike ordinary honey, coniferous contains twice as many mineral components, enzymes, volatile and dextrins, which makes it more valuable to human health.
BZHU represented by the ratio (per 100 g):
- proteins - 0 g;
- fats - 0.1 g;
- carbohydrates - 80 g.
The product is characterized by the presence in the composition of a wide range of vitamins and minerals, which are vital for human health.
It has a high content of vitamins such as:
|AND||participates in recovery processes, normalizes metabolism, is required for new growth and regeneration of old cells|
|Group B (B2, B3, B6)||take an active part in cellular metabolism, stabilize blood glucose levels, improve the functioning of the cardiovascular and nervous systems, increase resistance to stress|
|E||necessary for general rejuvenation of the body, prevents cell aging, eliminates dry skin and hair loss|
|TO||regulates blood coagulation processes, promotes healing of wounds and injuries, participates in the absorption of many minerals, cleanses the body, removes toxins and harmful substances from the liver|
|WITH||activates cell growth and recovery, increases the protective functions and body resistance to external factors, takes part in oxidative processes, serves as a catalyst in the healing process|
Among the minerals in the composition of the described beekeeping product can be noted:
|iron||provides muscle and bone tissue growth, prevents the development of anemia, supports the normal functioning of the thyroid gland, activates the brain|
|calcium||strengthens bones and teeth, positively affects heart muscle contraction, regulates blood pressure, helps strengthen immunity, strengthens connective tissue|
|potassium||stabilizes the cardiovascular system, increases the performance of proteins and carbohydrates, improves the functioning of the nervous and muscle tissues|
|sodium:||normalizes water balance in the body, maintains acid-base balance in cells, takes an active part in metabolic processes, normalizes blood pressure|
|magnesium||positively affects bone growth, regulates blood sugar, reduces the negative effects of free radicals, strengthens tooth enamel, normalizes heart rate|
|cobalt||takes part in the process of hematopoiesis, regulates the functioning of the nervous system, reduces the level of "bad" cholesterol in the blood, restores damage to bone tissue|
As mentioned above, coniferous delicacy has a wide range of healing qualities, due to which it has found wide application in the field of folk healing.
Important! Very often, the described product is added to medicinal ointments, infusions or decoctions to enhance the therapeutic effect.
- It is used for:
- wound healing and restoration of the integrity of connective tissue;
- the fight against dermatological problems: acne, eczema, acne, etc.
- treatment of bronchial asthma, tonsillitis, sore throat, various diseases of the upper respiratory tract, including pneumonia;
- getting rid of harmful microorganisms, normalizing the digestive system, gastrointestinal tract, intestinal microflora;
- tuberculosis therapy;
- strengthening immunity, fighting viruses and infections.
The use of honey
The main field of application of coniferous honey is traditional medicine, which uses the medicinal properties of the product and its rich vitamin and mineral composition for the prevention and treatment of ailments.
The sweet-bitter delicacy is especially effective in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases and digestive organs. Potassium in honey makes it possible to strengthen the heart muscle, normalize blood pressure, and restore the elasticity of blood vessel walls.
Thanks to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect, the product allows you to restore the normal intestinal microflora, eliminate inflammation, accelerate metabolism and metabolic processes. For treatment should be daily, 2-3 times a day, drink one glass of warm water with the addition of 1-2 tsp. honey.
A honey solution helps to cure a sore throat with colds and sore throats. To do this, 2 parts of the product is dissolved in 1 cup of warm water and rinsed several times a day. With dermatitis, acne, inflammation and other lesions of the skin, honey is applied to the affected areas and can withstand 15-20 minutes.
The product has a wound healing, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effect, makes it possible to quickly restore epidermal cells and activate the process of skin cell regeneration. Fir honey has found wide application in folk medicine for the treatment of tuberculosis.Before using honey treats for therapeutic or prophylactic purposes, it is necessary to consult a doctor. For this ailment, 1 liter of raw materials is mixed with 1 tbsp. pollen and insist for 24 hours. After that, the therapeutic mixture is used twice a day before meals, 1 tbsp. l
In order to strengthen the immune system, enrich the body with vital vitamins, micro and macro elements, increase resistance to harmful external factors, and generally improve human capabilities, including brain function, traditional healers suggest using honey for prevention.To do this, it is recommended to prepare a mixture of 20 g of honey raw materials and 0.5 tsp of pollen, and use it one spoonful three times a day for three weeks.
Application in cosmetology
In the cosmetology sphere, coniferous honey is used to correct various defects:
- repair skin lesions;
- getting rid of dryness and peeling of the skin;
- wrinkle smoothing;
- hair strengthening.
In its pure form, the product is applied to the skin to heal wounds, inflammations, blackheads or acne. It is also used as part of various cosmetics: masks, infusions, decoctions.
As noted earlier, coniferous honey has virtually no contraindications.
- It is capable of harming the human body in such cases:
- with individual intolerance to the product;
- with uncontrolled use;
- with any ailments in the acute stage.
Did you know? Bee treats have the ability to neutralize the effects of alcohols. Therefore, to bring a person out of alcohol intoxication, it is necessary to give him every 30 minutes 1 tbsp. raw materials, several times.
It is not recommended to give a treat to small children or allergies. Also, with caution, you need to use the product for diabetics, people with obesity, pregnant and lactating women.
- At the same time, honey is shown:
- those who are intensely engaged in mental or physical activity;
- people with weakened immunity;
- those who are undergoing rehabilitation after a serious illness;
- people suffering from insomnia, depression, nervous disorders.
Features and shelf life
Since the product is hygroscopic, it is prone to rapid oxidation and spoilage. When storing the product in a warm room, it can exfoliate into a liquid component and a crystalline precipitate. It is recommended that you keep the treat in the refrigerator and consume it for one month.
Coniferous honey is one of the most healing types of beekeeping product, which has a multifaceted chemical composition and specific qualities. Regular consumption of bittersweet sweets helps to improve the general condition of the body and relieve many health problems. However, before using the product, it is necessary to consult with a specialist.