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Honey, raw (Apis mellifera)

European honey bee (Apis mellifera) is the most common of the 7–12 species of honey bee worldwide.

Honey is a sweet food made by certain insects using nectar from flowers. The variety produced by honey bees (the genus Apis) is the one most commonly referred to and is the type of honey collected by beekeepers and consumed by humans.

Honey produced by other bees and insects has distinctly different properties. Honey bees form nectar into honey by a process of regurgitation and store it as a food source in wax honeycombs inside the beehive.

Beekeeping practices encourage overproduction of honey so that the excess can be taken without endangering the bee colony. Honey has a long history as a comestible and is used in various foods and beverages as a sweetener and flavoring.

It is also used in various medicinal traditions to treat ailments. Generally, honey is classified by the floral source of the nectar from which it was made. Honeys can be from specific types of flower nectars, from indeterminate origin, or can be blended after collection.

Raw honey is honey as it exists in the beehive or as obtained by extraction, settling or straining without adding heat. Raw honey contains some pollen and may contain small particles of wax. Honey collection is an ancient activity.

Eva Crane's The Archaeology of Beekeeping states that humans began hunting for honey at least 10,000 years ago. Some cultures believed honey had many practical health uses.

It was used as an ointment for rashes and burns, and used to help soothe sore throats when no other medicinal practices were available. Honey is also well known for its antiseptic and antibacterial properties.

For at least 2700 years, honey has been used by humans to treat a variety of ailments through topical application, but only recently have the antiseptic and antibacterial properties of honey been chemically explained.

Honey is as many others, a natural moisturizer of the skin. It is also believed to be a natural anti-wrinkle compound.

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