Honey- what’s not to love! Honey is truly the nectar of the gods and made by one of the most valued members of agriculture, pollinators; also known as bee’s. Raw honey health benefits are vast and wonderful; but honey can either be a rich source of vitamins , minerals and carbohydrates or a heavily processed compatriot of sugar. Therefore it becomes essential to indulge in the right kind of honey in order to get the most from it.
Raw Honey Health Benefits…The Nectar of the Gods!
Honey should always be raw and purchased from local purveyors because 1) it fuels the local economy and 2) local honey boast immune stimulating properties that are needed by the body to adapt to its environment. Most, if not all, farmer’s markets have honey stands; and they’re an excellent place to start looking for local honey.
Raw honey, in addition to being a ready supply of energy necessary for endurance and muscle repair, is a first class remedy for sore throat relief. When I was in music school my teachers would always recommend hot water, raw honey and lemon to keep vocal cords healthy and with good reason; honey has been used as a natural remedy for pharyngitis, laryngytis and every throat tickle in between! Honey also happens to be a natural preservative, due to its low water content; which makes it a poor place for bacteria to grow.
When you are buying honey, look for a product that is solid at room temperature with a milky white-ish color; raw honey is NOT liquid and golden brown. The only exception is Manuka honey, which is the most prized honey in the world; Manuka honey is liquid and a very dark amber color.
On the label look for the words raw and unpasteurized; the pasteurization process subjects honey to very high temperatures and is done to kill bacteria, but this makes no sense to me since honey is a poor breeding ground for, said, bacteria. In addition to killing the non-existent bacteria, pasteurization also removes all the benefits that come from eating honey.
One caveat when considering honey consumption is that children under one years of age should NOT consume it. Honey contains trace amounts of Botulinium (botulism) spores; but fear not. Over the age of one, our bodies are able to successfully prevent these spores from becoming anything harmful; but under the age of one, babies are still developing the needed antibodies to do so.
Sometimes it’s hard to see why we need to make certain changes; so I want to recommend a movie that may help you understand the role of pollinators in our food chain; and help reinforce why natural is best. The movie is called Queen of The Sun found on Netflix; it’s a must watch!
And lastly please remember that you should always purchase your raw, local honey in glass containers; plastic leaches into the honey and therefore renders all the benefits completely useless.