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eating the honeycomb?

i picked up some nice, yummy raw honey with the comb from the farmer's market today, and grabbed an informative brochure from the vendor. i read it when i got home, and it said something like "it's perfectly safe to eat the comb, and may have additional health benefits also." that's a little vague. i googled, but couldn't find any specific information about how the wax could be considered healthy. i don't think it's BAD for you, but does anyone have any details about how it would be beneficial? thanks!



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Oct. 12th, 2008 02:07 am (UTC)
i find it tasty until the honey is all gone, then it's just... wax. i've been eating little pieces here and there, but i just can't bring myself to swallow a big ol' hunk of wax! :)
Oct. 12th, 2008 02:17 am (UTC)
I did that once and do not recommend doing it a second time. I was like "o_O" the whooole time. Gag.
Oct. 12th, 2008 02:26 am (UTC)
i know!! i couldn't imagine doing that. i also DON'T want to imagine the other end of the digestive process. o_0
Oct. 12th, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
It's very beneficial. Honeycombs helps to a lot of respiratory system diseases in general, as well as to the respiratory mucous membranes.

Chewing honeycomb helps in cases of severe cold or inflamed sinuses, and eating it strengthens the immune system as a whole, as it has carotene and large scale of vitamins B.

It helps with skin problems and rheumatic conditions, if used as a base for ointments and heating procedures.
Oct. 12th, 2008 07:37 am (UTC)
but isn't it the honey in the honeycomb that helps with all those things? Is it actually beneficial to swallow the wax that is left over after you have sucked out all the honey?
Oct. 12th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
Honey has even more good reasons to be used. I was talking about the honeycomb. And yes, some of their good sides are just the same. So yes, it's ok to swallow. You can try not to suck all the honey out of it before swallowing the comb. Try doing it in the same time, that's what I do - small pieces of comb mixed with the honey. It's easier for me that way.
Oct. 12th, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
thank you for this info!
Oct. 12th, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! I hope it will prove useful for you!
Oct. 12th, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
My grandpa always swore it kept him healthy, and the beekeepers I know advocate it too. I am really not sure why! When my mom was a kid they ate honeycomb as sort of a candy/chewing gum combo. I chew it sometimes, but I spit it out after all the taste is gone. You end up swallowing a little bit of the wax inadvertently, which is good enough for me. :-)
Oct. 12th, 2008 03:37 am (UTC)
I lurrrrrrve to eat it although it has been a long time since I have done so.
Oct. 12th, 2008 04:34 am (UTC)
Lotsa vitamins, and it helps ooooooooh so much with allergies! (Of course, when it's local!) :)
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