Honey has been used for centuries, not just as a sweetening agent, but more importantly as natural medicine for many ailments.
Honey is an excellent food that has tremendous benefits for the body and mind including the ability to boost energy levels as well as strengthen the immune system.
When we acquired our first bee hive and all the associated equipment necessary to keep the hive healthy, and later down the track be able to successfully extract the wonderfully sticky and tasty honey, we had two reasons:
- To be sure the honey we’re eating is 100% pure.
- To make an effort in the survival of the honey bee.
Commercial honey, in Australia and other countries, is usually not 100% honey and is also mixed with inferior overseas varieties. This has unfortunately introduced some unwanted diseases which are a major threat to not just the commercial producers, but also to the small backyard apiarist.
Always buy local honey if you can, because that’s where you’ll get the most benefits!
Raw Honey, Why Bother?
Raw honey is the unpasteurized version of commonly used honey. When you buy honey from the supermarket, it is pasteurized, heated to a specific temperature to kill off potential bacteria. Unfortunately that process also kills off many of the beneficial vitamins, minerals, anti oxidants and amino acids.
It’s those vitamins, minerals, anti oxidants and amino acids that are essential in ensuring the maximum health of honey.
Some Health Benefits
- ALLEVIATES ALLERGIES
When a person eats local honey, they are thought to be ingesting local pollen. Over time, a person may become less sensitive to this pollen. As a result, they may experience fewer seasonal allergy symptoms.
2. ALL NATURAL ENERGY DRINK
Honey is an excellent source of all natural energy at just 17 grams of carbohydrates per tablespoon. This natural unprocessed sugar, fructose and glucose, directly enter the bloodstream and can deliver a quick boost of energy. The rise in blood sugar acts as a short term energy source for your workout, especially in longer endurance exercises.
3. MEMORY BOOSTER
The sweet nectar is loaded in antioxidants that may help prevent cellular damage and loss within the brain. Taking a spoonful of honey every day helps boost brain health for everyone and especially post-menopausal women.
4. COUGH SUPPRESSANT AND SORE THROAT REMEDY
Honey could be the all natural cure when it comes to coughs and colds. It is also an old sore throat remedy and cough suppressant. Try adding it to hot tea with lemon.
5. SLEEP AID
Honey can be a wonderful aid for those sleepless nights. Similar to sugar, honey can cause a rise in insulin and release serotonin, a neurotransmitter that improves mood and happiness. To promote sleep, mix a teaspoon of honey into a glass of herbal tea or warm milk before bedtime.
6. PROMOTES BURN AND WOUND HEALING
The best variety of honey to use for wound healing is the New Zealand MANUKA honey. One of the biggest antiseptic features of manuka honey is its ability to release hydrogen peroxide that is essential for helping eliminate bacterial activity. The pollen collected from the manuka bush and transformed into honey has been known to effectively treat serious infections, ranging from skin rashes, boils to scalded skin.
Honey will assist in the healing process of burns, and raw honey has been found to also reduce the scarring that occurs after the wound has healed.
Are There Risks With Eating Raw Honey?
In addition to beneficial bacteria and nutrients, raw honey can also carry harmful bacteria such as botulism. This is particularly dangerous for babies, so you should never feed raw honey to babies less than a year old.
Botulism causes symptoms similar to food poisoning (e.g. nausea, vomiting, fever) in adults. See your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms after eating raw honey.
Add A Teaspoon Of Honey On Your Toast
Honey has been utilized for its medicinal properties for over 2,000 years and continues its legacy as a multipurpose health aid.
It’s delicious, but still high in calories and sugar, roughly 80% carbohydrates.
Consume honey responsibly and reap the numerous health benefits of this liquid gold!