reply to post by lostangel818
OMG no wonder my acne used to get worst when i applied "Honey" to my pimples o.o
This is, precisely, why people should do a little more research.
Honey varies widely with the source of the pollen used to create it. Certain varieties of honey have a hundred times the antimicrobial capacity as
others (enzymes in the honey create hydrogen peroxide). Some have an aroma or after-taste to them.
Obviously, the honey that comes with the most 'benefits' is going to be that which comes straight out of the comb.
There's a bit of a "yeah, but..." attached, however. Remember where that antiseptic capability comes from? The production of hydrogen peroxide by
enzymes? They must get the energy and resources for that from somewhere - the honey, itself. These enzymes will slowly convert the sugars, vitamins,
and amino acids into other compounds (just as yeast turns sugars into alcohol, causing things to ferment).
Which means that "raw" honey has something of a "nutritional half-life." Within a couple weeks of being harvested, I'd imagine your 'benefits'
are cut by at least 30% (I have no real figures on this - and there is a lack of real research into this area of biology in the public domain).
Anyway - circle all of this back around to your comment:
A) The honey you used was not necessarily of a variety (both in species of bee and in the species of plant(s) used) known for its antiseptic
B) The honey has been pasteurized to retard crystallization of the sugars and to impede the activity of enzymes which, while largely beneficial,
reduce the nutritional base of honey over time.
C) Medicinal applications are not necessarily related to culinary uses of anything. I've got several encyclopedias of herbs and various remedies
used the world over (some merely anecdotal, others with more history/science behind them). A number of peppers can be used for antiseptic properties
- but at concentrations that can actually cause chemical irritation of the skin. Case-in-point; honey you buy at the supermarket is not really going
to round out your first aid kit or skin cream.
D) Sometimes there is no cure. Sometimes you throw something through a gauntlet of remedies and treatments and it comes out smiling while giving you
A-D are all factors in your case.
Now, what I would be interested in, rather than sensationalized titles that even get the moderators in a tizzy; is a study or journalistic
investigation into how honey can and is "faked" - such as cutting it with various additives and sugars... and just how common that practice is, and
where it's most likely to come into play.
I know one of the major brands that sells here in Missouri is, at the very least, bottled in Missouri. I would presume, with the large agricultural
base here, that they collect from a number of bee farmers involved in the pollination processes... but that's a presumption on my part.
I really don't care if the FDA classifies it as honey or not if it's had most of the pollen filtered out. It doesn't bother me much, either way.
What I'm interested in is: "Is this honey really from around here? Is it 'cut' with other compounds?"
That's my main concern.
When someone says: "That isn't honey" - my mind goes to "artificially flavored molasses" or some weird taffy-like substance. Finding out that it
really means it's just "well, the honey has been filtered too much to be able to identify its origin by analyzing the pollen..." ... is kind of
like finding out your parents ate the cookies you set out for Santa.