Red honey

Red honey: product composition, properties, extraction

We know that there is black honey, white honey, the familiar us golden honey, but it turns out that there is also red honey. 

The product of beekeeping has a subtle wine color and subtle flavor. This honey is so common and expensive not because it has an unusual color, but because of the peculiarities of extraction. Twice a year, Himalayan miners risk their lives and climb rocky precipices in the mountains to get a couple of liters of this valuable delicacy.

Composition of red honey

Red honey is wild and produced by Apis dorsata laboriosa bees, which collect nectar from a whole set of rare plants in the cliffs. Rhododendron yellow or ponticum is particularly valuable for honey. The pollen of the buds and the juice of the stems contain the hallucinogen andromedotoxin. The neurotoxin can be useful in small doses, but in concentrated form, it becomes a drug and dangerous. In addition to it, honey includes, as standard, a mixture of sugars, pollen impurities, and other elements common to any other honey.

The Hallucinogenic Effects of Honey

Red Himalayan honey can cause hallucinations. In a small dose, the effects are subtle, with a tingling sensation on the tongue as if anesthetized, but as the dose is increased, the effects become stronger and a sense of euphoria is felt. At first, the person who has consumed honey feels chilly then feels fever and burning in the abdomen. If the dose continues to increase, the person is nauseated, has liquid stools and cold sweats, and the mind is clouded by visions, from which one can only get rid of after 20-24 hours.

Honey can be purchased online, from stores in Nepal or China. Before buying, you should consider whether you have any contraindications for taking honey and whether the product is allowed to be imported into your region.

Himalayan bees

The bees that produce red honey from nectar are called Apis dorsata. They are slightly larger than their relatives and reach three centimeters in length. This bee lives in Nepal and organizes honeycombs at a great altitude – 200-1200 m – on the rocks, in the branches of trees, on imposing structures.

How is red honey extracted?

Nepalese honey cannot be extracted as usual – by taking care of the bee families, feeding the individuals, and emptying their hives. It is found in huge honeycombs, which are located at incredible heights. The extracted sweetness, in addition to the triumph of the conqueror, also brings an income: honey from Nepal is worth almost four times the price of conventional honey.

Honey from Nepal, like any other bee product, is actively used in the prevention and treatment of colds, diseases of the heart and blood vessels, respiratory system, in cleansing the body of toxins during poisoning and stress. Its properties are similar to Australian manuka honey.

Red honey is considered a powerful immune-stimulating product. As for external use, honey is well applied to inflamed skin as a disinfectant and anti-inflammatory agent.

Honey is used in cosmetology as a component of all kinds of face and hair masks, body wraps, and rubbing the skin during massage.

The harm of the product is due solely to its narcotic potential and hallucinogenic effects, but all this only when consumed in large doses.

Are there any contraindications?

Like any other variety of honey, red honey is not recommended for those who have an individual intolerance, diabetics, children, and pregnant and lactating mothers. Damage to health Nepali honey can cause heart disease, hypertension, existing allergies.

Do not allow an overdose of the product – it can provoke hallucinations and complications, in the extreme case can turn into death. Whether or not to buy an exotic kind of honey is up to you to decide. But before you buy and consume it, you have to assess your health condition and make sure that the risks are justified. After all, many other kinds of honey are just as tasty and flavorful as Nepali red honey, but more familiar and safe. In addition, when you buy traditional honey from the apiary, you can check to see if it is adulterated.

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