What Everybody Ought to Know About Raw Honey
“HONEY HONEY, HOW YOU THRILL ME,AH HA, HONEY HONEY”“Honey, Honey” – ABBA
Definitely just listened to this song to get me pumped about writing this post. (I love ABBA)
Lately, I’ve had raw honey on my mind and on my face & I felt like sharing how freaking amazing the stuff is for your body, inside and out!
I think most people understand that honey is made from honeybees, which they store in the hive for food and nutrients. Honeybees themselves are freaking RAD little creatures, so maybe I’ll talk about them another time. But please don’t kill them, because our survival is so interconnected with theirs! 🐝
The difference between HONEY VS. RAW HONEY is that raw honey is taken directly from the hive, but is usually passed through a filter to remove impurities. But regular honey goes through processing, such as pasteurization, which involves heating to increase shelf life. The colors of the two are usually different due to this.
Therefore, being a fan of as little processing as possible, raw honey is my top choice. Also because the pasteurization and processing may take out some of the awesome health benefits that raw honey has.
WHY CHOOSE RAW HONEY:
1. BEE POLLEN
Pasteurization of honey takes out the bee pollen in it, which has the following properties:
- Antifungal and antibacterial
Bee pollen also has vitamins, amino acids, and nutrients that our body loves!
2. BEE PROPOLIS
This is what bees use to build their hive, and studies found that it may have anti-inflammatory and antifungal effects. It may also help fight cancer and ulcers in the body, while also providing vitamins, nutrients, and beneficial enzymes.
3. ANTIOXIDANTS, BABY
Antioxidants help reduce oxidative stress on the body and cell damage from free radicals. This stress and free radicals are majorly linked to all chronic diseases (including cancers) and the aging process – so the more antioxidants you can get the better!
Medical News Today says there are no ‘official’ studies shows that pasteurization removes some of these in honey – but heat does decrease these in other food.
Pasteurization does remove some of the great nutrients from raw honey although.
4. NO ADDED SUGARS / OTHER BS
Raw honey has nothing in it other than what was in the beehive.
However, regular honey can sometimes be made with added sugars, such as high fructose corn syrup or brown rice syrup. Check your ingredients when you buy!
These compounds found in plants to help protect it from harm are why raw honey has antioxidants, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. Heavy processing destroys these.
Raw honey has been used for medical purposes for years and years and years and years. And I understand why!
With all these amazing antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibacterial, and pain relieving elements that raw honey has, how can it benefit our bodies?
WHAT RAW HONEY CAN DO FOR YOU
- Heart disease and cancer prevention
- Helps kill unwanted bacteria and fungus (even antibiotic resistant kinds!)
- Helps heal wounds/burns and reduce infection
- Boosts the immune system
- Helps treat digestive issues & it’s a potent prebiotic
- Helps treat diarrhea
- Soothes sore throat
- Cough suppressant
- Can help lower blood pressure
- Improves cholesterol
- Lowers triglycerides (linked to heart disease & type 2 diabetes)
- Effective treatment for diabetic foot ulcers
- Can help treat skin conditions (like psoriasis and exzema)
- May help protect the brain
- Can help treat UTI’s
WOW! INSANE RIGHT!?
For wound healing and skin issues, I actually experimented with this back in 2016 when I was living in Italy for the first time.
At one point, after doing research, I self-diagnosed myself with ‘Angular cheilitis’, where the sides of your mouth get dry and start cracking. It hurt and was irritating. Since I had no plans of spending loads of money to go to the doctor in a foreign country, I looked up natural remedies and came up with honey!
It was probably not raw honey, as I hardly knew what I was buying since it was in Italian, but it did the trick!
Recently, I have been using raw honey to heal my skin after I pop a zit – and I swear its like magic! Here’s a photo progression to show you how my skin healed in less than a week! (No, I do not have a control situation to compare it to, soooorrrry)
But if you don’t think raw honey is magical by now, the wonderful Dr. Axe even explains even MORE benefits, such as:
NATURAL ALLERGY RELIEF
I actually learned about this while farming at Moonlight Acres in New Jersey last summer (where I am getting all my bee pictures – they have their own hive!). And it makes total sense why local, raw honey would help with allergies.
Based off immunotherapy, since you will be ingesting the local pollen that is causing you your allergies, you will then experience less symptoms as your body becomes less sensitive to the pollen.
Cool, right?! Try a daily tablespoon of raw honey if you are a sufferer! You need the raw stuff though because gotta have that bee pollen.
HELPS PROMOTE SLEEP
It can prevent the brain from waking you up searching for fuel and it fosters the release of melatonin in the brain. Melatonin helps immune function and rebuilding of tissues when resting – which are both hugely needed for lower your risk for all types of disease and illness.
I’m STOKED to hear about this one, as I personally suffer from insomnia at times. Sa-weeeeeeeet! (pun intended).
AIDS IN WEIGHT LOSS
Raw honey is an excellent substitute for regular sugar or sweeteners – and when you do this, it has been shown to help with weight management!
White sugar and other sweeteners taste good for sure, but do nothing for your body. You have already seen how raw honey can help your health, and it tastes delicious as well! So why not try swapping it out and see what happens?
GREAT FOR YOUR HAIR AND YOUR SKIN
I previously explained how raw honey is great for healing wounds, but it’s good for your skin and your hair regardless if you are experiencing issues or not.
On the skin, it can be added to help moisturize, exfoliate, and cure acne! Do your research and look up ways to use it! Dr. Axe explains a few in the resource link below.
For your hair, you can use it as a shampoo or hair mask to restore its health and shine.
Raw honey is legit medicine. Bees are AMAZING!
The ABSOLUTE BEST that you could try to get would be at your local farmers market – there is usually at least one beekeeper there! Even better if they are also organic as well!
But you can also find options at the grocery store these days too usually! For this time around, being short on time, I grabbed raw honey at the Fresh Thyme Farmer’s Market grocery store near me, which always has great products. Trader Joes probably has good raw honey options as well. I went for the one that was made as close to where I was as possible.
Honey can contain the harmful bacteria that causes botulism poisoning & doctors say it should never be given to infants under 1 years old. See the resource links below to read more on symptoms of this.
Also, of course – everything in moderation! Don’t eat too much because it is high in sugar!
So ya, as you can see, raw honey is the bees knees (almost literally) 😜 🐝
Hope this was informative & you try substituting it for sugar in your diet!