Why should you choose our honey?

Why should you choose our honey?

Honey is a delicious food, with highly beneficial effects on the human body. However, not all kinds of honey are effective or of high quality.

Greek honey undoubtedly has an advantage over imported honey, the composition of which is sometimes of questionable origin. Nevertheless, let us see together why, if you choose our honey, you may be certain that you will enjoy not only a highly nutritional quality product, but also a shield for your health.

First of all, our honey is 100% pure. Contrary to other kinds of honey which, in order to obtain the characteristic liquid form consumers are used to, constantly undergo thermal processing, our honey is pure raw, rich in vitamins and precious elements. This way, we can assure you that in every spoonful you enjoy the taste of natural honey and not just a product resembling honey, which in no case will be beneficial (on the contrary, in some cases it may prove even harmful).

Our honey is rich in propolis and pollen. Why is that important? Let us first see what propolis is. Propolis is a sticky mixture produced by bees, mixing resin exudate gathered from tree barks with wax, pollen, enzymes and other substances.

Propolis is used by the bees as a disinfectant and sealant for open spaces in the beehive, and possesses highly healing properties. More specifically, it has:

Anti-inflammatory effect

Propolis can stimulate the mobility of the macrophages of the immune system. It also suppresses certain enzymes which play a role in the inflammation’s development.

Antiviral properties

It is well known that propolis has a wide antiviral range, while its potency against viruses is significantly reinforced when combined with pollen and royal jelly. It also has verified effect against viruses, including flu, H1N1 and H1N3.

Antifungal properties

Propolis’ antifungal effect has been practically verified against Candida albicans, Trichomonas vaginalis, coliform bacteria and other types of bacteria, fungi and parasites.

It is also proven that long-term use of propolis does not lead to the formation of resistant strains of pathogenic germs but it can easily destroy pathogenic microbes which have become resistant in antibiotics.

Antioxidant effect

Propolis can scan the free radicals of oxygen. At the same time, it protects vitamin C from oxidization.

Immune effect

Propolis has been proven to stimulate and reinforce the innate and adeptive immune system, at the same time increasing the levels of interferon, causing cellular and chemical immunity.

Antihistaminic effect

As mentioned above, our honey is rich in pollen. Propolis combined with pollen possesses reinforced antihistaminic effect and can assist at the remission of allergic symptoms and the gradual immunization of the human system.

Now, you can be certain that by opting for our 100% Greek honey, you consume not only a tasty food but also a powerful natural medicine, essential for your body and health.

Honey in the life of ancient Greeks

The art of beekeeping is not recent in Greece. On the contrary, it has been verified that honey played a leading role in the everyday life of the ancient Greeks, who were among the first to find out its healing properties and its high nutritional value.

This specific fact is most emphatically certified by the discovery of ceramic beehives in Festos, dating back to 3400 BC. A gold jewel of unique beauty, discovered in Knossos, depicting two bees holding a beehive, also belongs to the same historical period of time.

Although the art of beekeeping came to our country be the ancient Egyptians, the Greeks supported it in such a way that soon it was no longer considered to be “foreign”. Documents dating back to the antiquity, indicate that Spartan adolescents who were trained as soldiers, as well as their teachers, had to survive a month in the mountain Taygetus feeding exclusively in honey. The term “honeymoon” also originates from this custom.

In Athens, beekeeping was such a developed and organized occupation that the great legislator Solon (640-558 BC) had to establish laws concerning the required distance between two apiaries, so as to prevent misconceptions related to swarm ownership.

Furthermore, in the Aristotelian works “History of Animals” and “Generation of animals”, the society of bees is pointed out as a research model and an example of an ideal city’s operation, structure and hierarchy. The Greek philosopher indeed constructed a glass beehive, in order to observe the bees’ way of life and work.

Some of the ways in which the ancient Greeks used honey in their everyday life, are the following:

Oxymelon: vinegar with honey, used in order to relieve from fever.

Apple honey: apples preserved in honey, which finally obtained the distinctive smell of apples. Other fruit could also take the place of apples in this recipe.

Mead (hydromelon): a beverage produced from water and honey through fermentation.

Melikraton: milk with honey, used as food for children.

Oinomelon: honey with wine. According to references, Democritus’ longevity was attributed to the consumption of oinomelon with bread.

Hippocrates praises oinomelon’s beneficial effect to healthy and ailing people alike; Pythagoras ascertains that honey can eliminate fatigue, while Democritus associates well-being and longevity with honey in his works.

Propolis: an unknown ally for your health.

Propolis: an unknown ally for your health.

Propolis is a sticky mixture that bees produce by mixing resin exudate gathered from tree barks with beeswax, pollen, enzymes and other substances. It is used as a disinfectant, as well as a sealant for open spaces in the beehive.

However, propolis is of importance not only for bees but for human as well. Even since the ancient times, when it was known as “black wax”, its healing properties were reputed. Many Mediterranean nations used it as a medicine with effective anti-inflammatory properties; Hippocrates recommended it for the rubbing of ulcers and burns, while Roman soldiers also used it extensively.

Nowadays, research has proven that propolis possesses anti-inflammatory effect and it stimulates the mobility of the macrophages of the immune system. It also suppresses certain enzymes which play a role in the inflammation’s development.

It also possesses antiviral properties, while its potency against viruses can be significantly reinforced when combined with pollen and royal jelly. It has certified effect against viruses, including flu, H1N1 and H1N3.

Its antifungal effect is also certified and proven against Candida albicans, Trichomonas vaginalis, coliform bacteria and other types of bacteria, fungi and parasites. What should be underlined is the fact that long-term use of propolis does not lead to the formation of resistant strains of pathogenic germs; on the contrary, it easily destroys pathogenic microbes which have become resistant in antibiotics.

Furthermore, propolis is famous for its antioxidant properties, which are displayed by its scanning the free radicals of oxygen. At the same time, it protects vitamin C from oxidization. In addition, it reinforces and stimulates both the innate and the adeptive immune system, while it also increases the levels of interferon, causing cellular and chemical immunity. Finally, propolis – especially when combined with pollen -, helps in the cure of allergic symptoms and in the gradual immunization.

The color of propolis varies from yellow-green orange-green to brown and dark brown, depending on the kind of its botanical source and the mixing of wax and pollen. It also depends on how long the propolis has remained inside the beehive.

Finally, propolis possesses a complicated chemical composition (more than 300 chemical bonds have been traced in it), which, as is the case with its natural properties, directly depends on the region’s vegetation; different kinds of plants allow bees to gather different kinds of resin exudate. Propolis mostly consists of resin (50%), beeswax (30%), essential oils (10%) and pollen (5%). The rest of its constituents are aromatic substances, sugars, balsams, terpenes, aliphatic acids and their esters, flavonoids, inorganic compounds, vitamins, trace elements and other known and unknown components

Pine honey: Greek, organic and irresistible.

Pine honey: Greek, organic and irresistible.

Organic pine honey is undoubtedly one of the best varieties of honey you can choose. It is produced by bees that collect honeydew instead of flower sap. Honeydew is a sugar-rich liquid, secreted by parasite insects that feed on the sap of trees (e.g. firs, pine trees, oak trees etc.).

Honeydew is collected by honeybees, which process it into honey with the aid of certain enzymes. It should be noted that honeydew is of different chemical composition than the wildflower honey which consumers can find in a supermarket. Its color is usually darker, it is of high inorganic salt content and is characterized of stronger flavor and special nutritional and healing properties.

Pine honey is an almost red-brown honey, with spicy aroma and woody note flavor which resembles that of caramel. It should be noted that it is rich in minerals and does not crystallize in a fast pace, as it is of a naturally low glucose content. This, with plain words, means that compared to wildflower honey, pine honey does not need to be heated before consumption.

Pine honey is also rich in minerals and trace elements, since it contains certain amounts of calcium, magnesium, zinc, ferrum, cuprum etc.

In addition, according to a research published in the “Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology and Food Sciences”, following comparison of 18 varieties of honey, it was proven that Greek organic pine honey possessed the strongest antifungal properties among all the varieties of honey that were rated in the research. In particular, its highly antifungal effect was certified against E. coli, S. marcescens, B. sphaericus, S. epidermis and B. subtilis.

Moreover, further survey has indicated that honey aids in the healing of wounds, ulcers and problems of the upper respiratory tract in children, such as hacking coughs. Finally, scientists lately investigate its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effect in diabetic patients suffering from complications such as diabetic foot problems.

A reason why pine honey is the object of such researches is that honey is hygroscopic, which means that it absorbs water from the environment, thus leaving almost no water for the microbes to develop. What is more, due to its lower pH, it constitutes an acidic environment for most germs.

Therefore, entrust your health and taste to the excellent quality pine honey that we offer and be assured that your choice will never… embitter you!

Pollen: a superfood at your service.

Pollen: a superfood at your service.

Many people may not be acquainted with the idea, linking pollen with certain types of spring allergies (incorrectly, as it is anemophilous pollen which is usually to blame for allergies); entomophilous pollen, however, is a natural superfood which can provide you with energy, health and wellness.

Basically, pollen grains are male cells responsible for the reproduction of plants, gathered by bees in order to be carried to their hives and serve as their main food. Pollen is a food rich in protein, of utmost importance to people who work out, but also beneficial to anyone who needs more energy in their everyday life.

In its fresh, damp form, in which it preserves most of its nutritional ingredients, we come across amino acids, carbohydrates, fatty acids and vitamins (A-B1-B2-B3-B5-B6-B12-C-D-E-H-K-PP), as well as mineral elements and enzymes.

“Its benefits to our health are numerous”.

In particular, apart from the allergies (for which not only it is not the cause but, on the contrary, aids in fighting off), it helps with problems such as seasonal hair loss, intestine problems, prostate, increased levels of cholesterol, hormonal disorders, pancreas and liver malfunction, hypertension, anorexia and obesity. Moreover, it significantly reinforces the immune system, shielding it against viral infections. Finally, due to its contribution to the organism’s general balance, pollen helps us look… prettier, as its beneficial effect does not concern only our interior, but our appearance as well.

Dosage: when in damp form, it is advisable to begin the consumption of pollen with one level teaspoon per day, until the stomach gets used to it. Subsequently, you can increase the dosage up to two teaspoons of pollen, while the maximum dosage is six teaspoons per day. It takes 2-4 months for the benefits of pollen to surface; however, it is certain that if you follow this program consistently, the difference will be distinctive.

Royal jelly: a supreme food

Royal jelly: a supreme food

Royal jelly is a thick, organic substance produced by the worker bees. It serves as the queen bee’s exclusive kind of food. It is not an exaggeration to say that royal jelly is the most healthful food human can consume, with numerous, certified beneficial properties.

Royal jelly was introduced to the masses during the ‘50s, more specifically in 1954, when Pope Pius the 12th, who was of an advanced age, managed to get over his health problems by consuming royal jelly. Since then, its reputation spread fast and people began to try to find out the benefits that its consumption has to offer.

Nowadays, we can assert that royal jelly behaves in a really amazing way, providing determinative help to the problems people face and not just having a positive effect on certain issues. This is due to its capacity to help the human system find its own balance and cope by itself with any problem it may be facing. So, royal jelly has a positive effect on metabolism, growth and longevity. It regulates and balances the function of the human body, it provides oxygen to the cells and reinforces natural resistance against external threats and internal anomaly. By rejuvenating the cells, it breathes new life into overcome, aged people. It fortifies physical and mental abilities and boosts memory, stamina, fertility and sexual performance. It also helps in the prevention of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

“It helps in the prevention of diseases”.

Royal jelly’s beneficial properties are attributed to its abundance in vitamins, especially those of the B complex, which play an important part in the proper function not only of the nervous system but of the whole body as well. In particular, each gram contains: thiamine (B1) 3,9 mg, riboflavin (B2) 26,5 mg, niacin (B3) 84 mg, pantothenic acid 186 mg, pyridoxine (B6) 2,4 mg, inositol 100 mg, biotin 1,7 mg, folic acid 0,2 mg. It also contains the vitamins B12, A, D, E, K and C in varied amounts. Its flavor is slightly acid and its color is yellowy. According to analysis, its main ingredients’ average content is: humidity 67%, proteins 15,5%, sugars 12,5%, fatty substances 4% and cinder 1%.

Its miraculous properties can be witnessed in the queen bees, who only differ from worker bees in nutrition. However, this difference enables the queen bees to surpass  the worker bees 40% in size, to live almost 40% more and to bear 2500 eggs everyday (2,5 times their size).

Dosage: Adults: a teaspoon of royal jelly every morning before breakfast, under the tongue, until it has dispersed. Children: half a teaspoon. Athletes and patients: up to two teaspoons. Royal jelly has to be consumed for three months per year. Its effectiveness depends on its freshness. It can be preserved in a 5oC (domestic fridge) up to 6 months; its quality gets poor if it comes in contact with air, light and metallic utensils.

Greek production – harvest

In Greece the producers of royal jelly are very few; the royal jelly that is available in the greek market is mostly imported. By choosing our royal jelly, you may be assured that you consume 100% excellent quality Greek product, in which your health will meet a valuable ally.

Wildflower honey: Gods’ honey from Olympus

Wildflower honey: Gods’ honey from Olympus

According to the Greek mythology, honey was the food chosen to enable Zeus grow up faster and claim his position among the Gods.

This myth cannot be considered as a coincidence, as contemporary medical research has pointed out that honey, especially wildflower honey, helps in children’s growth and in the formation of a strong immune system.

So, straight from the domain of the Gods, the impressive and almighty mountain Olympus, we bring you a honey that can take pride in its divine origin. Every spring, the rare plants and herbs that dominate the region, unite in an intoxicating combination and, along with the aid of the experience we possess, being the third generation of beekeepers, supply you with an excellent, 100% Greek honey.

“Wildflower honey takes care of everybody”.

Wildflower honey not only helps children grow up faster and healthier, but it also takes care of everybody. In particular, if you feel tired from the exhausting pace of life, you can introduce a spoonful of wildflower honey in your daily diet. You will certainly become aware of the extra energy and stamina it offers in a very short period of time.

Moreover, in case you suffer from stomach problems and indigestion, you should be informed that wildflower honey promotes digestion’s proper function. What is more, it may be of assistance in case of constipation, as it can regulate the function of the intestine.

Finally, wildflower honey acts as a deterrent against liver cancer and prevents diseases related to this particular organ, as it helps in its proper function.

Choose our Greek honey of excellent quality and we assure you that its savory flavor will not let you down.