A natural sweet substance made from the nectar of flowers, the honey is composed of 80% carbohydrates, mainly fructose and glucose, two simple sugars that the body easily assimilates. Fruit of the work of bees for over 80 million years, honey is used as a food, but also as a natural remedy. Some of its benefits are common to all types of honey: antiseptic, digestive, diuretic, sedative, etc. However, depending on the nectar of the flower from which it is produced, the honey will have distinct properties.
Of a light yellow-yellow color, acacia honey is collected on the tree that bears his name. This honey has a light smell and a very sweet flavor. In cooking, it is mainly used to sweeten hot or cold drinks as it has a high fructose content.
Recognized to promote intestinal regularity and stabilize gastric secretions, this type of honey is also highly soothing. It is also a good choice for people with diabetes. Being more concentrated in fructose than in glucose, it does not significantly increase the level of blood sugar since its glycemic index (= influence on blood glucose) is low (20).
Focus on thyme honey
Presented as one of the honey varieties with the most medicinal properties, thyme honey has an amber color and a very pronounced flavor. One of the properties for which he is recognized is his antiseptic power. Thyme honey is heavily used for the prevention of infectious, respiratory and digestive diseases.
It would also have a toning and invigorating effect, which makes it ideal in case of flu. It also has great healing abilities attributed to two antiseptic and antibacterial compounds found in thyme honey, thymol and carvacrol. As its pH is higher than in floral honeys, the proliferation of bacteria is less rapid.
Focus on linden honey
With soothing virtues, this light or dark yellow honey has a strong minty taste, fresh, without acidity, but slightly bitter. Made from the flowers of the same name, linden honey has a recognized use for treating insomnia disorders.
Flavonoids, an important source of antioxidants, as well as farnesol, an active ingredient, are at the origin of the soothing effect of this type of honey. These compounds act on the receptors of the brain responsible for sleep. It also contains trace elements, including potassium, calcium and manganese. It would also be effective in treating the first symptoms of the flu and cold, since it increases the nonspecific resistance of the body.
Miel de Manuka
Native to New Zealand and Australia, Manuka is a shrub with a flowering period of about 6 weeks. Research conducted by the University of Waikato in New Zealand has uncovered the superior medicinal properties of Manuka Honey. It contains enzymes that confer unique antibacterial and antiseptic effects to which the acronym UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) has been affixed.
The results of some studies also give it anti-inflammatory capabilities, thanks to its high content of methylglyoxal. In addition to promoting the healing of burns, ulcers or skin wounds, Manuka honey is also effective against multidrug-resistant bacteria.
Zoom on lavender honey
Its creamy texture, its light color and its delicate taste characterize the lavender honey which has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory virtues. Its antiseptic properties are derived from formic acids and inhibins, a natural antibacterial agent. Its use is recognized in the treatment of respiratory and lung infections. It is also effective for treating insect bites as well as for healing and healing of burns and infected wounds.