Raw honey is unprocessed honey straight from the beehive, and it is a nutritional wonder. Real raw honey is never heated, never strained, never pasteurized, and never processed in any way. Make sure you read your honey labels carefully to make sure you’re getting the good stuff!
Here are just a few of the many things to love about raw honey:
- It’s a wound healer
- Raw honey is naturally anti-bacterial and antiseptic. It speeds the healing of wounds and creates a protective seal around the vulnerable tissue. It also soothes pain and discomfort when applied to minor surface wounds and burns.
- It’s pure nutrition
- Because raw honey is never processed or heated, it retains all of its nutritive value. Raw honey keeps its rich store of bioavailable vitamins, enzymes, phytonutrients, anti-oxidants, amino acids, and other nutritional elements that make it so nourishing.
- It’s pure energy
- Raw honey has been providing humans with a quick, delicious source of energy for thousands of years. Raw honey contains both glucose and fructose, so it provides us with an in-the-moment energy boost and sustained, long-lasting energy as well. And if you’re craving a sweet taste, you can have a spoonful of raw honey instead of refined sugar and avoid those violent spikes in blood sugar.
- It helps with allergies
- Raw honey contains small amounts of local pollens, so it acts as a kind of immunizer to the allergens in your area, building up your immune system’s ability to deal with allergy season. Raw honey also has a slight anti-histamine action, and its anti-inflammatory action soothes allergy symptoms as well.
- It helps with respiratory infections
- Raw honey is a natural expectorant, helping to dislodge excess mucous and decongest the lungs. It coats and soothes an inflamed throat, and its anti-inflammatory effects also help with asthma and bronchitis.
- It helps with acne
- Making raw honey part of your skin care regimen can help with acne and leave you with a healthy, beautiful complexion. Apply a small amount to blemishes each night for the best results. Massage a small amount into your skin in the morning and rinse for smooth, sparkling skin.
- It’s good for your gut
- Eating raw honey helps support healthy gut flora. Raw honey contains natural probiotics and has a soothing, balancing effect on the digestive system. Raw honey’s expectorant action translates to a mucous-reducing action in the stomach, helping to dislodge and melt away mucous deposits in the gut. Add a spoonful of raw honey to ginger tea for nausea relief.
- It helps with insomnia
- Raw honey has been shown to help the body release melatonin, the hormone responsible for regulating our sleep patterns. Try a spoonful of raw honey in your evening tea, and enjoy the benefits of improved sleep.
- It’s delicious
- Because raw honey is never heated, pasteurized or processed in any way, it retains a much more complex and flavorful taste than processed honeys, and it’s more satisfying too!
**Do not feed honey to infants under 1 year of age.