Honey/Royal Jelly

Honey/Royal Jelly (Feng Wang)

Honey/Royal Jelly (Feng Wang)

Botanical Name: Mel (The Greek name is “melis.”)

Considered a food of the saints and a food to nourish the soul and uplift the spirits, honey is also used medicinally to help bind other herbs together into pills and tablets as well as sweeten the taste of very bitter herbs. Royal Jelly, the bitter substance made to feed the queen bee, is so nutritious it is considered to be almost a complete food in itself.

Below is an overview of Honey/Royal Jelly, combining and interpreting the best of Western Science, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Shamanism, Folklore and more. Gain a balanced and thorough understanding of the healing properties of Honey/Royal Jelly.

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Western

Western Name: Honey/Royal Jelly

Also Known As: Liquid Gold

Organs/Systems: Endurance, Immunity

Key Western Actions & Medicinal Uses: Tonic, Antioxidant, Anti-bacterial, Anti-carcinogenic, Anti-inflammatory.

Eastern

Pin Yin: Feng Wang

Also Known As: N/A

Meridians: Kidney, Triple Warmer (San Jiao)

Key TCM Actions & Medicinal Uses: Yin and Qi Tonic: builds endurance, supports muscles, moistens sore throat, fights colds and flus, heals wounds, aids digestion of herbal prescriptions, and is also used to make herbal tablets and pills.

Basic Habitat/Botany:

Honey is a product of honey bees (genus Apis) using the nectar from flowers.  Royal Jelly is a thick whitish glandular secretion produced by worker bees as the sole food for the Queen Bee.

Honey and Royal Jelly are both found in bee hives, where they are stored as a primary food source in wax honeycombs.

Honey/Royal Jelly (Feng Wang) Parts Most Frequently Used: Honey, Royal Jelly

Flavors/Temps: Honey – Sweet, Neutral.  Royal Jelly – Bitter, Neutral.

Caution: Honey – none noted. Some people are allergic to royal jelly.

History/Folklore: Honey has long been used in cooking, baking, drinks, alcohol and mixed with medicinal herbs in tablet and pill forms by many cultures worldwide. Honey is a gourmet product of the French island of Corsica, with its own certification, in the same way that champagne is certified in France.

The viscosity of honey is impacted by both temperature and water content.  The higher the water content, the more easily honey flows.

Because honey contains electrolytes in the form of acids and minerals it has some degree of  electrical conductivity.  Honey also can effect polarized light by rotating the polarization plane.  Fructose will give a negative rotation and glucose a positive rotation. This overall rotational effect is used to measure the ratio of the mixture.  Also like all sugar compounds, honey will caramelize if heated sufficiently, becoming darker in color.  Unlike many other liquids, honey has very poor thermal conductivity and will therefore take a long time to reach thermal equilibrium.  Heating honey is usually done on the lowest temperatures and for the shortest amounts of time possible.

Polyfloral honey is made from the nextar of many flowers and is often also called wildflower honey.  Monofloral honey is made from the nectar of typically only one type of flower, such as sage, honeysuckle, clover, thistle or orange blossom honeys.

For thousands of years honey has been used to clean wounds, promote endurance, as well as being a wonderful natural cure for burns and cuts as it absorbs moisture from the air and promotes healing.  Its anti-bacterial properties prevent infections and help it function as an anti-inflammatory agent, reducing pain, swellings and even scarring.

If you are suffering from a hangover from drinking too much alcohol, use a honey and water mixture as honey is gentle on the stomach and its sugars help speed up oxidation of alcohol by the liver, acting as a “sobering” agent. (You can also mix honey, orange juice and a bit of yogurt as an effective remedy as well.)

A mixture of hot water, honey and lemon juice will help sooth a sore throat, while preventing infection.  A milk and honey mixture has long been used to help children (and adults!) to fall asleep at night.

Honey and cinnamon have long been used in China to treat hair loss and bad breath. It has also long been used as an agent for combining medicinal herbs in to make into tablets.  The mixture of herbs and honey are rolled into small balls and as the honey dries and hardens these become easy to take tablets.

Royal Jelly is a fairly recent discovery.  The Queen bee is is known to live longer than all other bees in the hive.  Common bees live about four to five months and the Queen bee lives for five to six years.  This longevity is attributed to Royal Jelly.  It is as close to a complete food as is possible.  It contains a full range of amino acids (virtually all of the essential amino acids), vitamins A, B12, E and C, minerals, enzymes, thiamne hydrochloride, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, panthotenicacid and a whole list of additional nutrients.  As it feeds the Queen, it is recognized for its support of fertility, especially for women.  This is supported by the findings of important female hormones in Royal Jelly.

It is very difficult to find pure Royal Jelly, most sources blend it with other products including honey, as pure Royal Jelly is quite bitter.  Royal Jelly can be found powdered or blended in tablet form.  It is also popular in China to package in liquid form in small individual viles often with mixed with other tonic herbs.  In this form people will often take one or two vials a day.

Key Constituents:

Honey – Carbohydrates, Monosaccharides: Fructose and Glucose, Minerals, Electrolytes. Royal Jelly – 67% Water, 12.5% Crude Protein, it contains a full range of Amino Acids (virtually all of the essential amino acids), Vitamins A, B12, E and C, Minerals, Enzymes, Thiamine hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine hydrochloride, Panthotenicacid and a whole list of other additional nutrients as well.

Did you know?

Become Pregnant

Remarkable results have been reported when Royal Jelly is used to become pregnant. Only a drop or two a day is all that is needed.

Facts

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Honey wine, also called mead, is made with honey and water with yeast added for fermentation.

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