"Honey is more than just a sweetener." - R. Fessenden, M.D.
What is "Raw" honey?
Let’s start with what we consider “raw honey.” Not all of honey sold in stores is the same. To increase honey clarity and to prevent the honey from crystallizing, some companies will heat the honey to 160º Fahrenheit and then use high pressure to force the honey through small mesh filters. This over-processing either kills or removes a lot of the good stuff in honey such as pollen, propolis, enzymes, vitamins and minerals. Only raw honey (unpasteurized and unfiltered) has the ability to boost your immune system and provide other health benefits.
is it safe to eat raw honey?
DOES HONEY CURE ANY DISEASES?
1. Raw honey is packed with beneficial nutrients
2. Raw honey can boost your immune system and is a great source of antioxidants
According to Dr. Mehmet Oz, the natural chemicals found in food we get from plants (known as "phytonutrients") have beneficial properties that can help to boost your immune system and fight sickness. One way honey improves our immune system is through providing antioxidants. Poor diet, stress, cigarettes and alcohol can cause the body to release too many reactive molecules called oxidants. These oxidants can then attack healthy cells, resulting in the release of free radicals. If these free radicals are not contained, it can result in cellular damage and then disease. Antioxidants are compounds that slow or stop the oxidation process. Raw honey contains at least sixteen known antioxidants, which search, target and destroy free radicals.
3. Raw honey can soothe a sore throat
To relieve the irritations of a sore throat, eat a spoonful of raw honey. The honey will soothe your throat by coating your mucous membranes with a thick and naturally sticky covering. The raw honey will also send anti-bacterial agents to the problem location, where it will promote healing. Raw honey has also been used for generations as "Nature's Cough Suppressant." Recent studies have shown that honey performs even better than over-the-counter cough syrups for reducing cough severity and frequency.
4. Raw honey is a natural energy source
5. Raw honey promotes better sleep
The brain needs a steady supply of fuel to sleep through the night. The primary fuel that is needed is a compound sugar called glycogen, and it is produced by the liver. If the liver stops releasing a sufficient supply of glycogen during the night, then the brain becomes agitated and this can disrupt restorative sleep. By taking a spoonful of honey at bedtime (straight or with a glass of warm milk), the liver is restocked with sufficient glycogen to ensure a full night's sleep.
6. Raw honey has antibacterial properties
Raw honey has two properties that fight bacteria. First, honey is hydroscopic. This means that it attracts water. If bacteria come into contact with honey, the honey will essentially draw the moisture from the bacteria and kill it through dehydration. Second, honey is mildly acidic with an average pH level of 3.9. Many bacteria are acid intolerant and prefer a neutral pH level of around 7.0. So far, researchers have identified more than 250 different strains of bacteria that honey kills. One of these is the super-bug MRSA, which is resistant to clinical antibiotics.
7. Raw honey can improve gut health and digestion
Probiotics are a class of beneficial bacteria and yeasts that help to keep your stomach and gut functioning and healthy. In 1995, a French scientist identified a type of fiber compound that he named a prebiotic. Prebiotics feed and nourish beneficial probiotics, and also help to inhibit the growth of bad bacteria that may be present in the digestive system. Raw honey, as it turns out, is a good source of prebiotics and it also has strong anti-bacterial properties as noted above.
8. Raw honey provides natural allergy relief
Seasonal allergies flare up when your body reacts negatively to plant pollen. Unfiltered honey contains some of the same pollens that cause these allergic reactions. But the pollen found in raw honey is at relatively low levels. In addition, raw honey contains various beneficial enzymes, vitamins and minerals. In this harmonious combination, over time and with repeated exposure, some people become less sensitive to this pollen and therefore experience less severe seasonal allergies.
9. Raw honey can be used to cuts and wounds
Before the advent of modern medicine, raw honey was often used for treating cuts and wounds. Raw honey contains small amounts of the enzyme glucose oxidase which, under the right conditions, can convert into hydrogen peroxide (a common disinfectant). The two elements needed to complete this conversion are water and sodium, which are both present in sweat and body fluids. So, inside of a wound, raw honey continually converts into minute doses of hydrogen peroxide, which wards off infection as the wound heals.
10. Raw honey provides soothing relief for burns
Raw honey has been shown to be effective for treating minor (first degree) burns. Run cool water over the affected area for five minutes and then pat dry. Gently rub some raw honey over the burned skin and then wrap with sterile gauze to keep the honey in place. Change the dressing and reapply new honey on a daily basis until the burn has healed.
THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF RAW HONEY
Is raw honey healthy for your? It sure is. Raw honey is a functional food that when used in moderation has many health benefits. We’ve listed some of the many ways honey can positively impact your health well-being. Not only that, raw and unfiltered honey tastes great!
QUALITY HONEY AND REASONABLE PRICES
Did you know that there are over 300 different varieties of raw honey? From Acacia honey to Wildflower honey, each variety is unique in terms of color and flavor. At Smiley Honey, we offer a great selection of raw honey varieties and at reasonable prices. If you are having trouble selecting just one or two types of honey, then why not try one of our sampler packs?