Honey is a supersaturated solution of sugar made by bees. Honeybees collect a liquid secretion from flowers, called nectar, and take this back to their hives. It is an appreciated natural gift to humanity derived entirely from honeybees. Honey is the by-product of nectar collected by bees from the flowers, with some digestive enzymes produced by the honeybees themselves.
Honey: A Miraculous Product of Nature summarizes the current status of honey, it’s uses and related aspects. This illustrated volume describes use of honey in traditional medicines, i.e. Ayurveda, Siddha, and Unani by acting as a preservative and nourishing agent. Also, other properties like digestibility, palatability, deliciousness, refreshing, thirst quencher, stomachic, anti-obtrusive, expectorant, anti-oxidative, anti-tussive and blood purifier are explained in beautiful manner. The role of honey in improving eyesight, strengthens gums and teeth and it’s use in jaundice, spleen enlargement, sore throat, chest diseases, sexual debility, renal and cystic calculi, intestinal worms, heart diseases and leprosy is very well described.
The compiled knowledge from range of bee scientists, Honey: A Miraculous Product of Nature aims to provide broad knowledge on honey to the researchers, apiculturists and students to continue their work on honey and honeybees.
1. Evolution of Apiculture, History and Present Scenario
Bovinder Chand, Indu Kumari and Rajesh Kumar
2. Bee Flora and Biology of Honey Production
Jasvir Singh Dalio
3. Quality Honey Production, Processing, and Various Mechanisms for Detection of Adulteration
Sunita Saklani and Nitesh Kumar
4. Value Addition in Beehive Products with Special Reference to Honey
Rajesh Kumar, Bharti Sharma, Raksha Rani, Riya Sharma and Younis Ahmad
5. Honeybees and Honey Enterprise Boon to Farmers and Unemployed Rural Youth for Socio-Economic Development
Aishwarya Sharma and Younis Ahmad Hajam
6. Composition of Honey, Its Therapeutic Properties and Role in Cosmetic Industry
Indu Kumari, Ankush Sharma, Diksha, Preeti Sharma, Younis Ahmad Hajam and Rajesh Kumar
7. Honey Toxicity and Its Health Hazards Along with Related Mechanisms
Ashish Kumar Lamiyan, Ramkesh Dalal, Sapna Katnoria, Ahsan Ali, Neelima R. Kumar and Anoop Singh
8. Current Status and Future Strategies to Increase Honey Production in India
Swati Jamwal, Neha Sharma, Anjli Dhiman and Shailja Kumari
9. Honey and Honeybees as Potential Pollinators and Indicators of Environmental Pollution
Younis Ahmad Hajam, Ankush Sharma, Indu Kumari and Rajesh Kumar
10. Biochemical and Molecular Mechanisms for Medicinal Properties of Honey
Subramani Srinivasan, Raju Murali, Veerasamy Vinoth Kumar, Ambothi Kanagalakshimi, Natarajan Ashokkumar, Palanisamy Selvaraj, Subramani Srinivasan, Raju Murali, Ambothi Kanagalakshimi, Vinayagam Ramachandran and Devarajan Raajasubramanian