Those little bees work HARD for the honey! Did you know that a colony of bees will travel 55,000 miles and visit 2 million flowers to make 1 pound of honey?⁽¹⁾ They work hard, and the hard work pays off because honey is full of health benefits.
Choosing raw honey over processed honey will ensure the benefits are still intact. Processed honey is heated and often filtered, destroying and filtering out beneficial properties. Raw honey, on the other hand, is not heated or filtered to the same degree. There are no added ingredients or fillers. Raw honey is not heated any higher than what a natural temperature would be in a hive. This leaves all of the beneficial nutrients, pollen, and enzymes intact.
5 Benefits of Raw Honey
1) Immune Boosting
Honey is loaded with nutrients and antioxidants that make this food something to buzz about. Honey supports the immune system by providing free radicals that fight oxidative stress. It also contains polyphenols and flavonoids that can be protective against diabetes and respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and nervous system conditions, potentially even cancer!⁽²⁾
2) Reduces Inflammation
Honey reduces inflammation. Inflammation is at the root of the majority of illness and pain. Various studies have supported what they knew way back in ancient times: honey reduces inflammation. Some studies indicate a reduction in inflammation related to arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.⁽³⁾⁽⁴⁾
3) Helps Allergies
Raw honey is loaded with pollen. If you take about a tablespoon a day of raw and local honey, you are helping protect yourself from allergies. You want the pollen to be from flowers in your area, so you are ingesting local pollen. This small exposure to the pollen will encourage your body to produce antibodies. Plus, like noted above, honey reduces inflammation!
4) Great for Skin
Honey is great for your skin! That’s why we use it in our detoxifying coffee mask. It’s antimicrobial and loaded with nutrients that help fight acne. It also has enzymes that will help gently exfoliate the skin and is even safe for sensitive skin. Honey is also very moisturizing.
5) Heals Cuts and Burns
Besides being used for thousands of years to treat wounds, there are numerous studies that support the therapeutic effect of honey on wounds and burns. Raw honey has antimicrobial and anti-parasitic effects. It can create a barrier that protects the wound from infection while offering enzymes that produce hydrogen peroxide.⁽⁵⁾ Studies have also shown the therapeutic use of honey on wounds can reduce scarring.⁽⁶⁾
Raw Honey is Worth the Buzz!
As you can see, it’s well worth it to opt for raw honey and even better if you choose local. Another benefit is raw honey doesn’t go bad. If you see crystals in your honey just put the closed jar in a bowl of warm water to melt them away. Don’t let it get above 90 degrees.
Due to pesticide and herbicide use, the bee population is drastically going down. Don’t spray your dandelions and check out this article on the benefits of this first spring food for bees!
Check out the video below of Dr. Patrick Flynn visiting a bee farm.