What is monofloral honey more exactly?
Monofloral honey is also known as unifloral or single-flower honey, the names suggesting it is a honey made from one flower nectar. However, monofloral honeys aren't exclusively made from one flower nectar, but from several. What makes monofloral varieties different from polyfloral types is the representation of the flower nectars in their composition. Monofloral varieties are expected to have one primary nectar source that enjoys the highest representation in the honey and dominates the flavor profile and appearance.
Monofloral honeys are a source of strong antibacterial elements like methylglyoxal, hydrogen peroxide, pollen particles with immuno-modulating action and antioxidants with antimicrobial activity. Natural wound dressings using honey are currently being developed for faster wound healing time, including the healing of burns. Honey can also be used daily to prevent acne breakouts because it reduces bacteria numbers on the face as well as excess sebum which bacteria feed on.
In my experience, it is a wonderful remedy for uneven skin tone problems. It also calms skin irritation and is great for dry skin, nourishing and hydrating it and restoring radiance. Despite containing small amounts of vitamins and minerals, monofloral honeys have a strengthening effect on the body and the immune system, supporting a stronger response in case of infection and disease. They are reported to help improve appetite, induce sleep, combat fatigue and hypoglycemia and boost energy levels.
Lastly, monofloral honeys are good for stomach health. Not only do they help soothe an irritated stomach lining, but some even encourage the stomach to regenerate itself, helping heal gastritis naturally. They have a similar effect for acid reflux problems, potentially helping reverse damage to the esophagus. Honey forms a sort of protective coating over mucous membranes, preventing further damage and allowing them to recover, hence its contribution to gastritis and acid reflux treatment, but also its efficacy in calming cough and soothing a sore throat. The natural sugars it contains have a prebiotic action, feeding the good bacteria in our intestinal tract and, by this, improving transit and possibly relieving constipation.
Monofloral honeys can be a wonderful addition to any diet, provided you are not allergic to pollen or honey bees, in which case it is best to avoid eating honey. Also, in order to enjoy all they benefits they have to offer, it is important to choose raw, unprocessed, unheated and unadulturated honey from responsible producers with a tradition for clean honey making. And remember, real honey is pricey, but worth every penny because it delivers all of the promised benefits. If you suffer from any medical condition that may prevent you from eating honey such as diabetes, pollen or other allergies, talk to your doctor first.