One of the most well-known products that bees give us is honey. Let’s take a closer look at its amazing properties:
- Honey contains many nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, amino-acids and antioxidants that are essential for our health.
- It also contains antioxidants that help fight free radicals and protect the body from cell damage.
- Moreover, honey has anti-inflammatory properties, which means it can help reduce inflammation in the body. It can help relieve coughs and sore throats as it has a soothing effect on the mucous membranes.
- Additionally, honey has antibacterial features, meaning that it can be used as an additional therapeutic agent in the course of certain diseases, such as strep throat.
- Some research suggests that consuming honey may help relieve allergy symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing and itchy eyes.
- Honey can aid digestion as it contains digestive enzymes that aid in the breakdown of food.
- Furthermore, it can help improve sleep quality as it contains tryptophan, which stimulates the production of melatonin and serotonin – components responsible for sleep and good mood. Therefore, milk with honey before bedtime is a very good idea.
- Honey is also a natural sweetener, which means it can be used as a healthier alternative to sugar.
All in all, honey stands for health! We can use it to produce delicious and healthy lemonade. The lemonade can be – for example – sold at a fair, and the collected funds can be donated to organisations whose mission is saving bees.
Time: 20 minutes
Purpose: Familiarising children with the properties of honey.
- water – 1 1⁄2 litra
- honey – 1⁄2 szklani
- 6 large lemons
- a cooking pot
- a pitcher
- Heat 1 cup of water in a pot and dissolve the honey in it. It is important to remember that the water should not be too hot. At temperatures above 40’C, honey begins to lose its valuable properties.
- Squeeze the juice from 5 lemons and cut 1 lemon into slices.
- Combine all the ingredients together – our lemonade is ready to drink.
This post was created as part of a project co-financed by Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt in cooperation with Naturschutzzentrum Oberlausitzer Bergland.