Honey Remedy: Ways to Know Original Honey from Fake
Honey is one of the many wonders of nature. Its usage as a source of food and for a medical purpose has long filled the pages of history. Evidence from Caves drawing has shown that humans have been using honey since around 8000 years ago. The Egyptians have used it as a source of food, beauty treatment, and medical use.
this substance made by bee is a healthy alternative to sugar, it can be added to food and beverages to sweeten the taste without the negative health impact of added sugars. Not only is it a food that can be consumed in its raw form, but its uses also covers a lot of areas.
Honey can be used for the treatment of wounds and burns, prevention of acid re-flux. Honey can also be used to fights infections, treat diarrhea, cure cough and also use to boost the immune. Honey has been found to help hair growth and improve hair breakage.
Its medicinal use covers different areas; stress, weakness, sleep disturbance, eye problems, bad breath, teething pain, in children, cough and asthma, hiccups, stomach ulcers, diarrhea and dysentery, vomiting, bed wetting, and frequent urination, high blood pressure, obesity, jaundice, hangover relief, eczema and dermatitis, burns, cuts, and wounds.
While not all uses of honey are confirmed as effective, trying it as treatment will not make conditions any worse or cause harm. Honey is sometimes touted as a cosmetic solution for cracked, dry, pimply, or clogged skin.
In other to make more gains, some sellers and manufacturers are cutting corners by putting addictive and additional substances to the produced honey to increase the quantity. However, to enjoy the most benefits derived from honey, you need to consider the purity of the honey and ensure you are buying original.
Here are some simple tips to check the purity and identify the difference between fake and original honey.
The Honey Water Test
Fill a glass of water
Add one tablespoon of honey into the glass of water
Original honey will settle at the bottom of your glass
Adulterated or artificial honey will dissolve in the water and you will see it around the glass.
The Thumb Test
Put a small drop of the honey on your thumb
Check to see if it spills or spread around
If it does, it is not pure
Pure Honey will stay intact on your thumb
The Flame Test
Organic honey is flammable
Take a dry a matchstick
Dip its tip into the honey
Strike the stick on the matchbox as if to light it
If the honey is pure, the matchstick will light with ease
The flame will also keep burning off the honey
However, if it is fake, it will not light because fake honey contains moisture
You can also dip a piece of paper into the honey
If it is original the paper will burn easily.
Pour some about a tablespoon of honey into a cup
Drop 2-3 of vinegar essence into the cup and mix well
If the solution becomes foamy, that is adulterated honey.
Although there are other methods to test if honey is fake or pure, here are just some few methods to test the purity of honey at home.
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