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About Us

Cedar
Honey specialises in raw honey.

Operating over three generations, this family owned business has mastered
the natural process of managing and collecting oak honey from bees.

Using old methods, beekeeper and sons, extract oak honey from bees
in the high mountain regions of Lebanon. The entire process is done by hand
with no heating, no additives, no machinery, no drugs, no chemicals, and no
pasteurisation, ensuring the final packaged product is 100% organic medical honey,
with all the live enzymatic constituents intact!

 

History of the tree

The Lebanon Oak tree, scientifically known as the “Quercus Libani”
is a species native to the Eastern Mediterranean and Western Asian
regions.  People refer to it as the “Abrahams
Oak” or “Common Oak”.  The tree is also a
symbol of wellness and providence. 

Oak species are often found in deciduous forests, where cool to
temperate regions allow them to grow freely by giving them the environment they
desire. The Quercus Libani, in particular, thrives in the Mediterranean climate
zone. It grows all across the Middle East, from Alegria to Turkey, and farther
even, although the highest concentration of Quercus Libani are in the east
Mediterranean. Its preferred soil is limestone, and it uses mid elevations
(typically an elevation of around two hundred feet) to dominate the surrounding
flora.

Lebanon’s oak tree are currently being protected by locals because
of its medical properties to ensure the trees survive any extreme weather conditions
and preventing any possible harm caused by society i.e. tree harvesting

 

Honey in general

Honey has been used since ancient times to treat multiple conditions. It
wasn’t until the late 19th century that researchers discovered that honey has
natural antibacterial and antiseptic qualities.1  Honey is one of nature’s richest
antimicrobial sources.2

Many studies have shown that
raw honey boosts antioxidants, which are essentially fighter pilots against
things that would do harm and cause diseases in your body. Polyphenols, a
prominent antioxidant that is promoted by raw honey, is known to reduce the
risk of heart disease and multiple cancers.

Honey also protects against damage caused by bacteria. Some honey also
stimulates production of special cells that can repair tissue damaged by
infection. 

Raw and unfiltered honey has a high antioxidant level and will
usually granulate and crystallize to a thick consistency after a few months. 3

But not all honey is the same. The antibacterial quality of honey
depends on the type of honey as well as when and how it’s harvested. Some kinds
of honey may be much more potent than others.

 

Nutrition Value & Health Benefits

Cedar Honey offers raw honey by preserving all the natural vitamins;
living enzymes and other nutritional elements.

Cedar Honey prides itself in knowing the honey harvested is of high
quality medical grade due to generations of consumer feedback, both locally and
internationally.

Medicinal grade honey has
been found to have high levels of methylglyoxal, antibiotics and anti-inflammatory.
As you can see the natural components of honey is extensive.

Methylglyoxal– MG for
short, is a yellow pungent volatile oil C3H4O2
that polymerizes readily and is formed as an intermediate in the metabolism or
fermentation of carbohydrates and lactic acid — called also pyruvaldehyde MG is a compound found in
most types of honey, but usually only in small quantities.4

Antibiotic

also known as antibacterial, antibiotics is a medication that
destroys or slows down the growth of bacteria. They include a range of powerful
drugs and herbal remedies and are used to treat diseases caused by bacteria.
Infections caused by viruses, such as colds, flu, most coughs, and sore throats
cannot be treated with antibiotics5

Anti-inflammatory- acting to reduce certain signs of inflammation, as swelling, tenderness,
fever, and pain.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medical honey has anti-inflammatory properties
which may be useful for the prevention of chronic inflammatory process
like atherosclerosis, diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular diseases. 7

Oak Honey may help to treat INTERNALLY 8–

·        
Stomach Ulcer

·        
Stomach Pain

·        
Gum Disease

·        
Acid Reflux Disease

·        
Aches and Pains

·        
Arthritis

·        
Heartburn

·        
Diarrhoea

·        
Constipation

·        
IBM

Oak honey may also help to treat EXTERNALLY* –

·        
Athlete’s Foot

·        
Ring Worm

·        
Insect Bites

·        
Acne and Rosacea

·        
Eczema and Dermatitis

·        
Rashes

·        
MRS/ Staph Infections

·        
Chronic Wounds

·        
Pressure Sores

·        
Surgical Wounds

·        
Psoriasis

·        
Cold Sores

·        
Candida Albicans

·        
Burns

·        
Nail Fungus

·        
Skin Ulcers 

Lebanon Oak honey
has been reported to be good for liver problems, stomach ulcers, respiratory
infections, diseases resulting from malnutrition, digestive problems,
constipation, eye diseases, infected wounds and burns, surgical wounds
(including caesarean), promote speedy recovery after childbirth, and
facilitates menstruation.

Other reports of treatments include:9

Help
with SIBO, Low Stomach Acid, Acid Reflux
May
Help Treat Acne and Eczema
Combats
Staph Infections (MRSA)
Treats
Burns, Wounds and Ulcers
Prevents
Tooth Decay and Gingivitis
Aids
IBS and IBD Treatment
Improves
Sore Throats and Immunity
Helps
Allergies
Beauty
Treatment and Health Booster
Improves
Sleep  reference

 

Plant Description

Quercus libani is
a deciduous tree
growing to 8 metres (26 ft). The deciduous leaf is slender, elongated and
often asymmetrical, its base is round and its tip is slightly pointed. In the
adult state the leaf’s upper side is dark green and the underside is pale green.

The flowers are monoecious,
meaning that flowers from both sexes can be found on the same tree. They are
pollinated by wind. The tree produces acorns that grow to
about 2 cm to 3.5 cm in diameter. Its length is half covered by
the cupule.10

 

 

Production process

The bee farm is located in two different areas: one at high altitude
and the other in low altitudes. Our bees are able to work all year long.

There are two different types of honey harvested by the Cedar
Honey company. High altitude and Low altitude honey. This is why our honey has
two different tones and textures. We are able to provide two different
medically graded honeys that achieve different benefits for their consumers.

The high altitude (oak
elixir honey) is a dark amber colour and thicker in texture. Quantity is very
rare. It requires double the work from beekeepers and the bees. Located 1100 meters
above sea level in the mountains of Lebanon, where the bees are kept warm
through the winter and in summer the bees fly out to pollinate local oak trees.

The high altitude bees
are in harsh cold weather conditions making the harvesting process time harder
than the lower altitude and difficult for both beekeeper and bees. There is a
higher demand from locals for this type of honey as the bees are in hibernation
during the snowy periods which is 2-3 months per year. Beekeepers constantly
check up on the bees during this period as the conditions are quite harsh.
Beekeepers must ensure the bees are kept warm during the winter in specially
crafted beehives.

The low altitude
(vegetation elixir honey) is a light gold colour and the bees therefore work in
a warmer climate (located at the lower end of the mountains in Lebanon) feeding
off local vegetation mainly olive trees and fruit trees. The lower regions bees
are kept separate from are kept separate from the bees in the upper mountain. This
type of honey is readily available.

 

Supply
is Limited:

Oak
honey is extremely rare; the process is tedious and takes time. Oak honey is
not readily available like normal honey.  It is a top of the range honey that cannot be
easily harvested; Cedar Oak provides top quality honey from the exclusive
mountain regions of Lebanon.

Our high altitude
range, raw honey, has a limited supply approximately 100-150kg per year because
of this limited supply the beekeeper and family would only supply local
families and businesses that promote to sell their honey to consumers that
require medical grade honey and not just general honey. For generations, when
supplies would run out many locals would need to wait for next seasons batch of
honey.

Locals have been calling
our honey for generation, “jhawhar al asal” this means in English ‘elixir
honey’. Many local and international clients have proclaimed that this honey
has helped them with their health issues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The
healing property of honey is due
to the fact that it offers antibacterial
activities, maintains a moist wound condition, and its high viscosity helps to
provide a protective barrier to prevent infection. Its immunomodulatory
property is relevant to wound repair too.

Honey is hygroscopic meaning
it attracts water and it speeds up the healing process of wounds and
burns.  It speeds up the healing process by closing and sterilising wounds
therefore preventing the growth of bacteria. Honey is also used in hospitals
for treating deep wounds, burns or ulcers. Most micro-organisms do not grow in
honey because of its low water activity.

Currently, many researchers
have reported the anti-bacterial activity of honey and found that natural
unheated honey has some broad-spectrum antibacterial activity when tested
against pathogenic bacteria, oral bacteria as well as food spoilage bacteria. Reword

 

Raw honey is also an alkaline
forming food.

 

 

1 https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/manuka-honey-medicinal-uses

2 https://www.herbsense.com.au/copy-of-glutamine

3 https://www.benefits-of-honey.com/raw-honey.html

4 https://medicine.academic.ru/91043/pyruvaldehyde

5 https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/10278.php

6 http://www.dictionary.com/browse/anti-inflammatory

7 https://www.omicsonline.org/open-access/honey-and-its-anti-inflammatory-anti-bacterial-and-anti-oxidant-2327-5146.1000132.php?aid=23335

 

8 https://www.facebook.com/notes/a-new-earth-organic-eco-living-store/what-is-manuka-honey/10150179540843052/

9 https://draxe.com/manuka-honey-benefits-uses/ 

10 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quercus_libani

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