Caucasian flora is extremely rich and diverse. It is famous with its endemic species as well. GOLDBEE company harvests Linden honey in highland regions of Georgia located at the elevation of 1200-2000 meters above sea level. Latin name for Caucasian linden is Tilia Caucasica Rupr. A long-living species which can reach an age of 300-400 years.
Linden honey is light, fragrant, pleasantly sweet, but with a barely perceptible bitter aftertaste and a slight astringency. Its flavor profile is rich and includes balsamic, menthol and minty, hay or light woody notes. It’s not particularly acidic, but decidedly sweet and has a medium-fast crystallization time. A fresh linden honey often begins to crystallize about 4-5 months after harvest. While at first it’s liquid, as it matures it takes on a thicker consistency. The variety is generally rich in vitamins and minerals and boasts a high antibacterial benefits.
It is important to always choose pure, natural, raw linden honey and avoid heating, because it can cause to lose its beneficial properties.
In Europe, the trees are commonly called linden, so the honey is also called linden honey. In Great Britain, linden trees are commonly known as lime trees, so the honey is also known as lime honey, but is not the same as the lime honey made from the flower nectar of the citrus fruit. Throughout North America, the popular name for the tree is often basswood, hence the reason why the honey produced from its flower nectar is labeled basswood honey. Linden is a light-colored honey. Upon harvesting, it has a beautiful light amber color with rich greenish reflexes.
Linden contains amounts of essential nutrients such as vitamins, dietary minerals and amino acids, but also antioxidants. Linden is rich in vitamin C, B, potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus zinc, as well as antioxidant polyphenols, flavonoids and even tannins and some essential oils with antioxidant effects. All of these elements are what makes linden honey so healthy. Plus this honey rich with enzymes - diastase, catalase, lipase, peroxidase and invertase - which play a bmajorig role in metabolic processes in the human cells.
Detox and hepatoprotective properties
The honey is said to encourage the release of bile, helping with good liver function and thus contributing to liver health. By maintaining a healthy liver, capable of detoxifying the body of toxins, linden honey is awarded the attribute of natural cholagogue, meaning hepatoprotective.
Anti-bacterial and prebiotic properties
For the most part, the antibacterial properties of linden honey are a result of its content of a natural antimicrobial called hydrogen peroxide, which reduces various bacteria growth. The low moisture content and acidic pH of the honey also help stop bacteria growth at the site of the infection, further contributing to its antibacterial action, but also calming effect. Linen pollen helps boost the immune system response. Honey in general is most effective when in direct contact with bacterial agents and irritated mucous membranes, which explains why it is consumed to help treat respiratory infections such as colds, flu, laryngitis, pharyngitis or rhinitis and their symptoms.
Because of its characteristics (naturally thick consistency and low moisture) and beneficial antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, linden honey has a soothing, calming action. People often eat a tablespoon of raw, unprocessed linden honey on an empty stomach in the morning to relieve stomach discomfort, improve digestion and relieve stomach irritation caused by gastritis. The honey is also eaten for treating stomach ulcers.
It has been shown that the natural sugars in the honey have a prebiotic effect, feeding the good bacteria in the digestive system, which helps improve digestion overall and works towards relieving constipation. Moreover, the naturally thick consistency and antibacterial properties of the linden honey make it a good complementary approach towards gastritis treatment.
Hypotensive and hyperglicemic effects
Preparations from linden flowers such as linden tea have blood pressure-lowering effects. It has been suggested that the honey too may have such benefits considering that certain beneficial properties from the plant of origin are imparted to the honey. In any case, considering the chemical composition of the honey, such effects would be mild at most.
Linden honey holds natural tonic properties, helping raise energy levels and improve mood and even appetite. Such effects are believed to be a result of the natural sugars and other nutrients found in the honey (amino acids, pollen etc). Linden honey is a great help for hypoglycemia because it restores good energy levels quickly, giving the time and strength to prepare a good meal.
Goldbee Corp. wishes you a strong health!