Honey has alot of health benefits which includes face mask for a smooth skin and also exfoliating lips. Some vendors are mixing honey with water and other things such as glucose so that they can have more honey in their batch. To be quite honest, pure honey does not come cheap and it’s a shame that you might be spending a lot of money on what you think is pure honey but is not. If you buy honey from out of town, in areas popular with bee keeping and bee farming, it’s likely that you will get pure honey. Pure honey solidify if kept for long. Here are some of the methods to check if honey is pure before buying it.
1. Using a matchstick
Dip a matchbox in the honey then light it up. If it lights up, the honey is pure. If it doesn’t light up, that honey has additives like water which prevents the matchstick from lighting up. Instead of a matchstick, you can also fold a small piece of tissue, dip it in some honey then light it. If your honey is pure, then the piece of tissue will catch fire.
2. Using a glass of water
Pour some water into a glass, then, pour a teaspoonful of honey into the water. Pure honey will settle at the bottom of the glass because it is denser than water while fake honey will start to mix with the water.
3. The swirl test
In a small white bowl, put a tablespoonful of honey, then pour about quarter a cup of water into the bowl and swirl. Keep swirling untill the honey starts to form a honeycomb shape. If you do not see the comb shape, then your honey is not pure.
4. Using vinegar
Mix a bit of honey and water then add four or five drops of vinegar. If it turns foamy, then the honey is not pure.
5. Put a little amount of honey on your thumb
Pure honey will stay put or very slowly start to drip to the sides. Honey that’s not pure will easily spill away from the thumb. You can also use a spoon instead. Dip a spoon in your honey then hold it up. Pure honey will trickle down very slowly while fake honey will spill or trickle down very fast. This is because pure honey has a very high density. Adding additives will weaken it's density.
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