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Medicago sativa is the scientific name of the alfalfa plant and belongs to the Leguminosae family.
Alfalfa is fodder and medicinal plant that is of great importance in the world. This plant is very important for livestock farmers, especially for cattle and horse feed, and for this reason, there are very large fields of this plant in America and Canada.
This plant is very important in Iran and it is cultivated in most regions, but the key provinces in alfalfa production are Khorasan, Qom, Tehran, Fars, Sistan & Baluchistan provinces, etc.
The flowering season of alfalfa in Iran is from June to September.
How to Make Alfalfa Honey?
Alfalfa is very important in beekeeping because it is rich in nectar and pollen and is attractive to bees.
Alfalfa honey can only be harvested if the farmer intends to produce seeds from alfalfa cultivation.
The production of alfalfa honey is the favorite of many beekeepers, and every year to harvest alfalfa honey, bee colonies migrate to alfalfa fields, which of course benefits the farmer because with better pollination, alfalfa flowers increase and the quality of the seeds produced.
Features of Thistle Honey
Alfalfa honey has a bright color and crystallizes quickly, which means it turns from liquid to solid.
Alfalfa honey is rich in various minerals and vitamins, for this reason, in addition to the general properties of honey, it has unique and therapeutic properties, including
It strengthens the stomach and body, fattening, anti-fever, anti-scurvy, reduces blood cholesterol, regulates menstruation, increases breast milk, and is anti-fungal and bacterial.
SCA can supply this unique honey in large volumes and with world-class quality
Alfalfa Honey Benefits
- Tonic & Energizing
- The first property of honey is tonic and energizing due to its richness in various sugars and fast digestion, and the use of honey as a natural and healthy sugar compound is very important in providing carbohydrates to the body cells for metabolism and normal function of all organs.
- Wound & burn treatment
- The special property of honey is healing wounds and burns and repairing damaged tissues, which has been mentioned in traditional and modern medicine. The use of honey as a wound healer is the oldest human medicinal version of honey. In modern medicine in recent decades the use of honey in the treatment of wounds and burns and even wound healing has increased due to the healing effect and repair of uncomplicated skin.
- Anti-cold & Cough
- Treatment of colds, coughs and sore throats is another confirmed effect of honey in many sources and has been recommended by doctors and even in some countries including New Zealand, Australia and the UK use honey in doctors’ prescriptions to treat colds, sore throats and coughs.Honey is also used directly and indirectly in anti-cough products.
- Honey & diabetes
- The use of honey in type I and type II diabetes was associated with significantly lower glycemic index than with glucose or sucrose in normal diabetes. Honey compared with dextrose caused a significantly lower rise in plasma glucose levels in diabetic subjects. It also caused reduction of blood lipids, homocysteine levels and C-reactive protein (CRP) levels in normal and hyperlipidemic subjects . In earlier observations, it was found that honey stimulates insulin secretion, decrease blood glucose levels, elevates hemoglobin concentration and improves lipid profile.
- Cardiovascular health
- Honey contains antioxidants, so its consumption is beneficial for cardiovascular health. Honey helps skin health and is anti-aging.
- Antimicrobial properties
- The most important property of honey is its antimicrobial properties. While honey is a purely edible substance and should be a good place for germs to grow, germs are killed by exposure to honey and their bodies are eventually destroyed. Because honey contains antibiotics and the enzyme diastase.
- Improve sleep disorders
- Honey is hypnotic and people with sleep disorders are advised to drink a few tablespoons of honey before going to bed.