14 Nov 5 Health Benefits of Honey
Honey is nature’s gold. It has so many medicinal health benefits, when consumed in its raw, organic form. White sugar tops the list of processed foods that contribute to gut issues and disease, so swapping it out for honey as a more natural sweetener is ideal. With the bee population declining, and faux honey production (check out Season1, Episode1) on the black market increasing, there are plenty of reasons to support your local beekeepers and be mindful of the many health benefits of honey and bee pollen.
My husband and I decided to become beekeepers, and it’s been hugely beneficial to our health and wellbeing! And we’re saving bees!
Raw honey is harvested straight from the honeycomb, and strained of debris, without adding any additives. When you see real raw honey start to harden, get cloudy, or crystallize, it’s ok! This honey is still great to use. In fact, crystallization is how you know it’s really raw!
Here are 5 reasons to start consuming raw, natural honey:
- Naturally anti-microbial/anti-bacterial. Raw honey, of course. That’s why your grandma may have encouraged a spoonful of honey when you’re feeling sick. It’s a natural immune booster. Also great for wound care.
- Allergy reliever. Consuming local raw honey daily can significantly boost your natural immunity to seasonal environmental allergens. It’s a natural anti-inflammatory, and can help to soothe respiratory issues. It’s important to note that this is typically only helpful if you’re buying from a local source where the honey is produced within your zip code. Check out your local farmers’ market, and ask questions!
- High in antioxidants. Raw honey is packed with antioxidants, which naturally eliminate free radicals from the body. Antioxidants are linked to reducing risk of chronic illness.
- Cough soother. Try a tablespoon of honey the next time you have a cough or sore throat. Its soothing effects work wonders and help to lubricate the glands that are affected and become dry with a cough or sore throat.
- Radiant skin. Honey is literally glowing, so it naturally will add a glow to your skin. It’s a great moisturizer and can help treat dry skin and eczema. Buying or making raw honey into soaps and lotions is a great way to make use of the honeycomb and beeswax.
Bonus: Have you ever heard of bee glue? Well, it’s called “propolis” and it’s what produced the super dark, thick honey. When removed from the honeycomb, it almost looks black. (pictured above, from our home hive prior to straining) THIS is the most health beneficial honey out there! And it’s super hard to find in stores, so it will cost you when you do!
Disclaimer: The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.