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Honey May Offer Help in the Fight Against Antibiotic Resistance

Honey May Offer Help in the Fight Against Antibiotic Resistance

Honey has been known for its healing properties for thousands of years, but recent studies point to real possibilities for using honey to help fight antibiotic resistant bacteria.

Research published in 2010 from the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam showed that one very potent antibiotic element in honey is a protein called defensin-1.  Defensin-1 is a part of the bees’ immune system, and is added to the honey in the bees’ stomachs.  Isolating this protein not only offers a new direction for antibiotic research, but also helps to explain the immune system of bees, which may allow breeders to create healthier hives.

Another study from Sweden isolated thirteen kinds of lactic acid bacteria in fresh honey which produce high numbers of antimicrobial chemicals.  These bacteria strains were exposed to several kinds of antibiotic resistant pathogens and counteracted all of them.  The researchers believe that the benefit of using live bacteria lies in the fact that they can adapt, producing the right kind and amount of antimicrobial agents.

Unlike conventional antibiotics, honey doesn’t attack the growth processes of pathogens, so it doesn’t lead to resistance.  Instead, honey has multiple properties that kill bacterial cells, such as hydrogen peroxide, an osmotic effect, acidity, and high sugar content.  In addition, honey interferes with the formation of communities of bacteria called biofilms, and in some cases it can deter the release of toxins.

Hummer and Son offers high quality Louisiana honey and other bee products.  To find out more about our products or our bees, contact us.

Homemade Honey Chocolates for the Holidays

Everyone loves tasty treats for the holidays, but commercially made products contain additives, corn syrup, and loads of sugar.  Homemade treats can be made not only with love, but with better, healthier ingredients, as well as great taste.  And it’s not as difficult as you might think.  For example, take this three ingredient recipe for homemade honey chocolates from Benefits of Honey.


6 Tablespoons cocoa butter

6 Tablespoons cocoa powder

3 Tablespoons honey


  1. Gently melt the cocoa butter in a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler, use a glass bowl set over a small pan of boiling water.
  2. When the cocoa butter is completely melted, add the honey and whisk to mix.
  3. Add the cocoa powder, and stir until smooth.
  4. Pour into your favorite chocolate mold, and refrigerate until hardened.

It’s that easy!  You can tweak this recipe as you like.  Substitute coconut oil for the cocoa butter to make them even more guilt-free; add chopped dried fruit or nuts for more interesting textures and flavors.  Different varieties of honey will create different flavors, too. This recipe is easy to scale up – just keep the proportions of 2:2:1 and make sure not to overfill your double boiler.  Freezing the chocolates will help to keep them from melting when set out at room temperature.

Hummer and Son proudly offers flavorful, local Louisiana honey and other bee products.  Check out our selection here, and feel free to contact us to learn more about our products or our bees.

Treat Winter Skin Woes with Milk and Honey

It’s winter, and between cold temperatures, wind, and dry indoor heat, it’s no wonder that many people spend the season with dry, uncomfortable, itchy skin.  With all the holiday bustle and busy schedules, wouldn’t it be nice to have a quick, easy cure?  Honey to the rescue!

Look no further than the ancient recipe of a milk and honey bath.  Milk’s lactic acid acts as a gentle exfoliant, and honey locks in moisture.  You can use either liquid or powdered milk, as long as it’s full-fat.  Add 1-2 cups of liquid milk (or 1 cup of powdered milk) and about half a cup to a full cup of honey to hot running water, and swirl with your hand to mix it in thoroughly.  Soak as long as you like, or until the water has cooled.

If you have eczema or other skin irritations, fill a knee-high stocking or a thin sock with regular oatmeal (don’t use the instant or quick cooking kind).  Tie the top securely, toss it in the tub with you, and squeeze it every so often as you soak to infuse your bathwater with oatmeal’s skin soothing properties.  Before you get out, give yourself a light scrub all over with the sock.  Then just turn it inside out over a trash can, scrape off the remains and rinse with warm water, and you can wash your sock as usual.

Hummer and Son Honey brings you high quality Louisiana honey and other bee products.  To learn more about our products or our bees, contact us!

Natural Honey Cough Syrup

With fall allergy season upon us and winter on the way, it’s time to think about natural remedies for coughs and colds.  Most people know the comforting power of a cup of hot tea with honey and lemon, but you can take it a step further with this recipe from the Organic Consumers Association.  This cough syrup is drug-free, effective, and safe for children 2 years and older.  *Don’t use honey for children under 2 years old.*

Honey Lemon Cough Syrup

1 pint honey

1 lemon

Put the honey in a pan on the stove over low heat.  *Make sure not to let it boil, because it will change the honey’s medicinal properties.*

Boil the whole lemon in a second pan of water for about 3 minutes to loosen the skin and kill any germs on the outside.  When it’s cool enough to handle, cut it into slices and add it to the honey.  Let the mixture cook on low heat for about 1 hour.

Strain out the lemon and seeds, let the honey cool, and pour into a jar with a lid and refrigerate.

In the refrigerator, this will keep for about 2 months.  For longer storage life, you can add 2 tablespoons of vegetable glycerin.

This syrup may be used up to four times a day.  For children 25-50 pounds, use ½ teaspoon.  For children 50 pounds or more, use 1 teaspoon.  Adults should take 1 tablespoon.

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Using Honey in Baking

Raw honey is much more nutritious than refined sugar, and its lower glycemic index means that it won’t cause the same blood sugar spikes.  It’s an ideal sugar substitute, but baking with honey can be a little tricky.  With a few adjustments, honey-sweetened baked goods can be just as good as your original recipes.

Please note: honey has slightly more calories per teaspoon than sugar, so while you can use less due to the extra sweetness, it isn’t exactly a diet food.  Diabetics should consult their physicians.

Here are some of the issues that arise when baking with honey, along with some tricks to get great results:

  1. Honey caramelizes faster than sugar, resulting in faster browning and a darker finish. Solution: Lower your oven temperature by about 25 degrees and adjust baking time to make sure you get a great golden brown result.
  2. Honey makes baked goods extremely moist and dense; sometimes, too much so. Solution: Reduce the other liquids in the recipe by about 2 Tbsp-1/2 cup for each cup of honey you use.  For a better rise, try adding ½-1 teaspoon baking soda.
  3. Honey is much sweeter than sugar.  Solution: Start with about 2/3 cup honey for every 1 cup of sugar, and adjust for taste.
  4. Honey’s distinctive taste can overwhelm other flavors.  Solution: Choose a milder, lighter honey.  Darker honeys like buckwheat can overload a recipe, so lighter blossom honeys are a better bet if all you want is sweetness.

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Honey for Natural Skincare

Honey does more than sweeten your tea and soothe your sore throat. It also has many health and beauty benefits. As a humectant, honey draws moisture into the skin, and it’s full of vitamins, amino acids, and antioxidants that nourish the skin. It’s also antiseptic, making it a perfect gentle treatment for acne-prone skin. Here are just a few ways honey can help your skin look and feel great.

  1. Face mask

One of the most popular uses of honey is as a face mask. Apply a thin layer of honey to damp skin, wait 30 minutes, and rinse with warm water. There are endless variations of honey masks which target various skin concerns by adding yogurt, cinnamon, rose water or other ingredients. You can find several recipes here.

  1. Acne spot treatment

The antiseptic action of honey makes it a great spot treatment for blemishes, especially on sensitive skin. Dab it on the blemish lightly before bed and rinse off in the morning; you can cover it with a small bandaid if you want to protect your pillow.

  1. Honey scrub

Honey is wonderful base for a homemade scrub due to its moisturizing abilities. Mix two parts honey to one part brown sugar or baking soda, and feel free to apply all over in the shower.

  1. Pampering bath

Cleopatra was said to bathe in milk and honey, and with good reason. Adding two cups of honey to a hot bath will help to soothe dry or irritated skin while you soak. It’s a great treat when the seasons change or any time at all.

  1. Scar treatment

Honey’s anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties can aid in tissue regeneration and healing. Mix one teaspoon of honey with an equal part coconut or olive oil and massage gently for two or three minutes daily to help reduce the appearance of scars.

  1. Sunburn soother

Honey is an age old treatment for burns, because it keeps the skin hydrated and speeds healing. Add one part honey to two parts aloe vera gel and apply to sunburned skin.

These are just some of the ways you can use honey for great skin. At Hummer and Son Honey, we offer high quality honey as well as our Bee Hippie products. For more information, feel free to contact us.

Top 10 Benefits of Raw Honey

  1. It Is Antibacterial and Antifungal

Raw honey contains hydrogen peroxide, making it antiseptic, and it is very low in moisture, which essentially smothers most microorganisms. Manuka honey, in particular, has been used to treat antibiotic-resistant staph infections.

  1. Good for Coughs and Sore Throats

Honey has been used as a throat remedy for centuries. Try it alone, or in tea with lemon. Studies have shown honey is as effective as dextromethorphan as a cough suppressant.

  1. Promotes Sleep

Honey encourages the release of melatonin, which allows for restful, restorative sleep. Take it before bed in milk, tea, or on a spoon.

  1. Provides Prebiotic Digestion Support

Raw honey contains natural prebiotics, which help support the beneficial flora in the intestines.

  1. Eases Allergy Symptoms

Local raw honey contains local pollen. When taken regularly, it can reduce allergy symptoms.

  1. Aids in Weight Loss

Using honey in place of white sugar can cut calories while adding nutrients. Honey with lemon or cinnamon helps to regulate metabolism.

  1. Increases Good Cholesterol

Regular consumption of raw honey can increase good cholesterol and strengthen the heart.

  1. Reduces Inflammation

Raw honey has natural anti-inflammatory properties which can treat systemic conditions like asthma or skin conditions like eczema.

  1. It’s a Good Source of Antioxidants

Raw honey is packed with antioxidants, which protect against free radical damage. The darker the honey, the higher the antioxidant content.

  1. It’s a Nutrient-Dense Food

Raw unfiltered honey contains many vitamins and minerals, along with enzymes, amino acids, and bits of bee pollen, which is a superfood in itself.

Raw honey has many more benefits as well. Because raw honey is unfiltered and unpasteurized, it’s important to buy from a trusted source. For more information on our raw honey, contact us today!