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    Smiley Honey News

    Billions of Bees

    Scientific American recently published an interesting and troubling story about migratory beekeeping and almond tree pollination in California. In a nutshell, each February over 1 million beehives are set up in California almond orchards. Collectively, these hives contain more than 31 billion honeybees. The bees then fan out over California's central valley where they visit many of the 2.5 trillion blossoms produced by 90 million almond trees. These honeybee visits result in approximately 700 billion pollinated flowers, which then produce almonds. This annual mobilization of billions of bees has some negative consequences, which may be contributing to colony collapse disorder. Some of the tupelo honey we sell is produced by honeybees that were shipped to our area of Florida at the end of the almond pollination season, so we are following these issues closely. For the complete article, see: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=migratory-beekeeping-mind-boggling-math

    Bees Get Early Start on Christmas

    What appears to be red honey is showing up in some Utah beehives and state officials say it may be coming from bugs feasting on candy cane byproduct. Utah Department of Agriculture and Food officials say they've received several complaints about the odd-colored goo in hives in Davis, Salt Lake and Utah counties. They say the bees were apparently fed the byproduct that came from a candy factory. Officials say they don't have any reason to call the red substance unsafe, but advise beekeepers not to mix it with normal-colored honey and to report it to the state.

    National Honey Month

    September is National Honey Month! Here is a great way to celebrate: add 2 cups of frozen strawberries to a high speed blender (a Vitamix is great for this), add coconut milk until the berries are just covered (buy chilled coconut milk from the dairy section of your grocery store), add 1 or 2 tablespoons of raw honey (from Smiley Honey) and blend until smooth. I have one of these almost every morning for breakfast. For variety, add a banana, some pineapple pieces, or some peach slices. An absolutely wonderful way to get your motor running each day.

    Honey and Cinnamon - Cure All or Hoax?

    There are several websites on the internet that tout the amazing health effects of eating a mixture of honey and cinnamon. The reported health benefits of this mixture include cures for heart disease, arthritis, colds, flu, and cancer. It is also claimed that the mixture improves bad breath and promotes weight loss. But according to Snopes.com, these claims have been circulating the internet for a number of years and contain a mixture of fact and fiction. (See http://www.snopes.com/medical/homecure/honey.asp).

    The website NaturalNews.com takes are more balanced approach to the subject of honey and cinnamon:

    "Folk wisdom still retains knowledge of the healing properties of both honey and  cinnamon. Honey and cinnamon are still used as medicine in many situations, especially among people who, because of distance or income, have reduced access to mainstream health care. Honey possesses natural anti-bacterial  properties. Honey poured on wounds or burns prevents infection and promotes healing. Regular consumption of honey and cinnamon together, when combined with an overall healthy diet and moderate activity level, can prevent heart disease by clearing clogged arteries. Drinking honey and cinnamon in lukewarm water results in them moving through the bladder and cleansing it, as well as clearing infections there. Drinking this beverage on a regular basis can also relieve, and in some cases entirely cure, arthritis pain. This drink also strengthens the immune system, helping ward off colds as well as some viruses. Applying a paste of honey and cinnamon to infected gums can ease pain and bleeding as well as slow the  progression of the infection. When consumed together, honey and cinnamon can ease digestion, helping to prevent gas. Honey and cinnamon also provide energy, making people more mentally alert and ready for physical activity. The two biggest claims for honey and cinnamon are that they enhance the ability to lose weight, and they are effective against some forms of  cancer. While these latter two claims are unproven, nature does provide an amazing range of natural healing substances, most of which are  untested by medical science. Relying exclusively on honey and cinnamon for either weight loss or eliminating cancer is not advisable."

    (See  http://www.naturalnews.com/034280_honey_cures_cinnamon.html#ixzz2bhl8mqYj).

    From personal experience, I can say that a daily dose of raw honey helps to keep me happy and healthy. Every day I have a cup of herbal tea (Rooibos is my favorite) with a generous teaspoon of raw honey and two level teaspoons of raw apple cider vinegar. On average, I get a minor cold once every two years, and my springtime pollen allergies have been largely eliminated. I also had a nasty, second-degree burn in the summer of 2013 when I got into a disagreement with a pot of melted beeswax. When dressing the wound each day, I alternated between fresh aloe and raw honey. I was amazed at how quickly the burn healed, and with almost no scarring. I later learned that the enzyme glucose oxidase, which is found in raw honey, is converted into hydrogen peroxide when exposed to the water and salt produced by your skin. How cool is that? Raw honey actually produces medicine inside the skin wound, where it promotes healing.

    So it might be just a bit self serving, but Smiley Honey wholeheartedly endorses the generous consumption of raw honey on a daily basis, for both your health and your happiness! And if you want to add some cinnamon to your honey while you are at it, there is at least some evidence that this mixture promotes good health.

    -Brian D. Bertonneau, Owner


    Kisses Sweeter Than Tupelo Honey

    Tim McGraw sings about tupelo honey in his new single "Southern Girl."  Here is the chorus:

    Kisses sweeter than Tupelo honey

    Little bit crazy like New Orleans

    Memphis blue and Daytona sunny

    Soft as cotton in some cut-off jeans

    Don't you know,

    Ain't nothing in the whole wide world

    Like a southern girl.

    Thanks for the plug about this amazing honey! And, for the record, there ain't nothing in the whole wide world like tupelo honey either. If you have not tried this honey yet, don't wait another minute. Click on over to our products and find out what you have been missing.

    Raw Honey is Healthy Sunshine Energy

    From the book "The Honey Revolution -- Restoring the Health of Future Generations" by Ron Fessenden and Mike McKinnes: "Honey is a miraculous form of sunshine energy. It is distilled from sunshine by a complex, although understood, yet beguiling and numinous process known as photosynthesis . . . Plants use this sunshine energy to fund this magical process and in so doing, create pollen and sweet nectar." Fessenden and McKinnes go on to state that while honey does contain fructose, glucose and other sugars, they are combined with other substances (such as floral flavanoids) in such a way to actually assist the body in controlling blood sugar levels. Despite this fact, and the many other wonderful health effects of honey described in "The Honey Revolution", Americans consume an average of 150 pounds per year of white sugar and other sweeteners that negatively affect our health, and only 1 pound per year of honey. If you want to make a change for better health -- eat more raw honey and reduce your intake of white sugar, high fructose corn syrup and other artificial sweeteners.