the secret art of mead making
Honey, is classified by the nectar it comes from and qualified by the color and taste. The label will state, honeysuckle or orange blossom or clover and this shows the honey is monofloral or made from one flower. From Wikipedia: Bees and toxic chemicals#Toxic honey
Honey produced from flowers of oleanders, rhododendrons, mountain laurels, sheep laurel, and azaleas may cause honey intoxication. Symptoms include dizziness, weakness, excessive perspiration, nausea, and vomiting. Because of the natural presence of botulinum endospores in honey, children under one year of age should not be given honey. A blended honey is honey that has blended two or more nectars to create a new flavor. In commercial processing with blending of many honeys, it is thought the toxic nature of toxic flowers is undone, but the danger to newborns from any honey remains the same.
Due to it's multiple uses as a sweetener in cooking and baking and as a medicine and topical ointment, it is worth studying honey. Consider your personal use of honey now, and how much storage space you have to devote to it. Can you control the temperature? Do you have space, is the price prohibitive? Consider the uses:
Lip balm- bee's wax, honey and almond oil
Sore throat- honey and lemon
Moisturizer- 1/2 tsp. honey and two tbsps warm water. Apply, stand a few minutes then rinse and pat dry.
Energy boost- add a spoon full to any drink
Antiseptic- use full strength on open wound or burn use watered down as antimicrobial wash.
Syrup- mix honey and water to desired consistency then break out the pancakes!
Sugar substitute- that speeds metabolism, fewer calories than refined sugar.
Infused honeys- add fruit or spice to hot honey and reduce to cool and use.