Honey is a natural sweetener that has been used for thousands of years. It is not only delicious, but it is also revered for both its nutritional and medicinal properties. When added to your favorite cup of Bigelow tea, honey can immediately sweeten what’s in your cup while also offering additional wellness benefits. Let’s take a deeper look.
Throughout history, honey has been used around the world. Dating over 8000 years ago, the first use of honey was documented in ancient Stone Age paintings. It has also been consumed by ancient Greeks and Romans for its medicinal properties and is often used throughout Asia as a preservative for baked goods. With its variety of uses, honey has withstood the test of time but also has many modern applications as well.
Honey Fact: Did you know that today, more than 300 types of honey have been identified? Based on the different types of nectar collected by the honeybees, the color of the honey can also vary. For example, tulip honey is a dark, mild tasting honey, while honey from the white flowers of the blueberry bush is light amber in color with a fuller taste. Wildflower honey, which is often grown near our headquarters in Fairfield, CT, can have a range of color, flavor and aroma based on the flowers blooming at the time the bees harvest their nectar.
Honey has been used to heal a number of ailments since ancient times. Today, the antibacterial properties of certain types of unpasteurized honey have been shown to accelerate wound healing, studies say, when applied topically.
Honey is also known to have anti-inflammatory properties which, according to the Cleveland Clinic, can help soothe a sore throat and provide relief from coughing and congestion. Adding a spoonful of honey to a warm cup of Bigelow Tea Lemon Echinacea Plus Vitamin C Black Tea, for example, may provide some relief when you start to feel under the weather.
Let’s also talk about the importance of supporting our favorite pollinators, the honeybee. Bees play a critical role in pollinating plants, which helps to maintain a healthy ecosystem. At Bigelow Tea, we are a proud supporter of the Fairfield Pollinator Pathway, which establishes friendly habitats and food sources for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinating insects and wildlife. With bee populations declining, we are committed to supporting sustainable populations of wildlife by creating crucial corridors that connect parks and preserves. Interested in helping the honeybee? Plant a small pollinator garden or create a bee house. By supporting a pollinator pathway, you are helping to ensure the health of our planet.
So, when looking for a delicious and healthy sweetener for your favorite cup of tea or you wish to add a wellness boost to your day, you now know what the buzz is all about and can turn to honey as the perfect choice.