from Danmarks Biavlerforening, Since 1866
Honey is a sweet liquid made by bees using nectar from flowers. Bees first convert the nectar into honey by a process of regurgitation and evaporation, then store it as a primary food source in wax honeycombs inside the beehive. Honey can then be harvested from the hives for human consumption. The possible health benefits of consuming honey have been documented in early Greek, Roman, Vedic, and Islamic texts and the healing qualities of honey were referred to by philosophers and scientists all the way back to ancient times, such as Aristotle (384 – 322 BC) and Aristoxenus (320BC).
Linden (otherwise known as Tilleul in France) is an herb that comes from various species of Tilia, or lime tree. It has been used in European folk medicine for centuries to treat a wide range of health problems. Flowers from 2 linden species (Tilia cordata and Tilia platyphyllos) were historically used to soothe nerves and treat health problems associated with anxiety. These flowers were steeped as a tea to relieve anxiety related to indigestion, irregular heartbeat, and vomiting. Today, linden is used in many cough and cold remedies. Active ingredients in linden help promote sweating, which may help treat people with fevers. However, scientific evidence on linden’s effectiveness is lacking. Lime trees are also valued for their wood and charcoal, and for the honey made from their flowers.
Tilleul and Verveine tisanes coming soon!
A good thing to try when you are caffeine’d out or need a restorative is “Une Tisane” (oon tee ZAHN) = herbal tea. The most common tisanes offered in french cafés are “Tilleul” (tee YUHL) = linden flowers and “Verveine” (verr VENN) = verbena leafs