HONEY (Genus APIS)

Food and Recipe — By on December 2, 2011 4:12 PM

I LOVE these definitions I found for HONEY.

  1. (uncountable) A viscous, sweet substance produced from nectar by bees; (countable) a variety of this substance.
  1. A term of affection.

Honey, could you take out the trash?

  1. (colloquial, countable) An attractive woman

Man, there are some fine honeys here tonight!

  1. (color) A yellowish-brown colour, like that of (the sweet substance) honey.

Honey is composed primarily of carbohydrates and water, and also contains small amounts of a wide array of vitamins and minerals, including niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.

Honey contains a variety of flavonoids and phenolic acids which act as antioxidants, scavenging and eliminating free radicals. Generally, darker honeys have higher antioxidant content than lighter honeys.

Cleopatra is said to have ruled Egypt with an iron fist. Apparently, it was also a smooth fist, since she was one of the more famous people in history to use honey for its skin-enhancing properties. In fact, Cleopatra’s legendary milk and honey baths are just one of many historical examples of people using honey to pamper their complexions. While Cleopatra didn’t know why honey softened her skin, new research suggests the queen of the Nile was definitely onto something.

First, honey is a humectant, which means it attracts and retains moisture. This makes honey a natural fit in a variety of moisturizing products including cleaners, creams, shampoos and conditioners. Honey also acts as an anti-irritant, making it suitable for sensitive skin and baby care products. Honey’s prospects in skincare are looking even sweeter; research is currently underway to develop a process using honey to create alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). AHAs are an important ingredient in many skin creams and moisturizers because they help exfoliate the skin. Increased exfoliation, or renewal of the skin cells, can give skin a younger, more vibrant look.

Historical Honey Beauty Secrets

  • Madame du Barry, the infamous last mistress of Louis XV, used honey as a form of facial mask, lying down for a rest while the honey did its work.
  • Cleopatra of Egypt regularly took honey and milk baths to maintain her youthful appearance.
  • It was said that Queen Anne of England used a honey and oil concoction to keep her long hair lustrous, thick and shiny.
  • It was claimed that another famous Englishwoman, Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, used her own secret recipe for a honey water to keep her hair beautiful.
  • Chinese women have a tradition of using a blend of honey and ground orange seeds to keep their skin blemish-free.

RECIPES

Harvest Pumpkin Exfoliating Mask
Makes 4 treatments

Ingredients
1 tsp. green tea, brewed
2 tsp. pineapple, diced
4 Tbsp. pumpkin puree
1 Tbsp. honey
2 tsp. aloe vera gel
1/2 tsp. sunflower oil
4 tsp. cornmeal
6 drops frankincense essential oil (optional)
4 drops cinnamon extract (optional)

Directions
Steep green tea in boiling water. Set aside to cool. In blender or food processor, puree pineapple and place in medium-sized mixing bowl. Add pumpkin, honey and aloe. Mix well. Stir in sunflower oil, green tea and cornmeal. Reserve remaining green tea for another use. Add frankincense and cinnamon. Stir. Apply small amount of pumpkin mask to cheeks, forehead, chin and neck. Massage in circular motions gently buffing skin. Repeat. Apply more product as needed. Leave a thin layer of pumpkin mask on face and neck for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with tepid or cool water and pat dry with soft towel. Follow with appropriate moisturizer. Store remaining mask covered in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Benefits:
Pumpkin enzymes dissolve dead skin cells while the cornmeal sweeps them clean. Honey moisturizes and softens. The result is a beautiful glowing complexion.

Green Honey Glow Mask
Makes 2 treatments
Benefits: Beautiful glowing skin that feels youthful and tight.

Ingredients
4 cups fresh spinach
1 cup fresh mint
3 Tbsp. honey
1 piece (1-inch) ginger
1 ripe banana
2 egg whites

Directions
Rinse spinach thoroughly in colander. Cut and peel ginger, set aside. In food processor or blender combine spinach, mint and ginger. Blend on low setting. Add honey and banana and blend until liquid consistency. Add egg whites and blend until all ingredients are mixed thoroughly. Transfer to porcelain bowl or glass dish. On clean skin apply a small amount of Green Honey Glow to entire face and neck. Apply using a fan brush or finger tips. Allow to remain on skin for 15-20 minutes. Rinse and apply appropriate moisturizer. Store covered in refrigerator for up to one week.

 

Asian Honey-Tea Grilled Prawns

Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 lbs. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Salt
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup brewed double strength orange spice tea, cooled
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Directions
In plastic bag, combine marinade ingredients (everything but the shrimp, salt and onions). Remove 1/2 cup marinade; set aside for dipping sauce. Add shrimp to marinade in bag, turning to coat. Close bag securely and marinate in refrigerator 30 minutes or up to 12 hours.

Remove shrimp from marinade; discard marinade. Thread shrimp onto 8 skewers, dividing evenly. Grill over medium coals 4 to 6 minutes or until shrimp turn pink and are just firm to the touch, turning once. Season with salt, as desired.

Meanwhile, prepare dipping sauce by placing reserved 1/2 cup marinade in small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil 3 to 5 minutes or until slightly reduced. Stir in green onions.

Information courtesy of http://www.honey.com/ website.
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