Updated: Jun 18, 2021
Honey has been used since the beginning of time, initially by the Chinese, for medicinal purposes. However, given the difficulty of obtaining it, the price was quite steep. It wasn't until the 19th Century when Henry Langstroth invented the first beehive. He recognized a need for easier accessibly to honey while also respecting the boundaries of honey bees. He coined the phrase "bee space" a term all beekeepers are familiar with. Basically, he hypothesized that in order for a hive to function at its best capacity, bees needed ample amounts of space within the hives for nursing, honey and pollen storage, as well as room for larger cells like the drone and possibly new queen cells. From then on, beekeeping has been transformed into an art. An art that is quite hard to master and takes years maybe even decades of experience to fully understand. However, with this new method of obtaining honey, beekeepers were able to produce massive returns of the sweet, golden nectar. Because of this, the price dropped and became virtually obtainable by everyone. The use of honey in teas and coffees is said to alleviate tension and discomfort in the throat. Furthermore, honey intake is said to reduce ulcers, improve digestive issues, regulate blood sugar, and even possibly prevent cancer and heart disease.