To some, honey is honey, but a growing number of people are learning about the numerous benefits raw honey has over the honey that you would buy from a store. To begin with, what is raw honey. As defined by the National Honey Board, raw honey is “honey as it exists in the beehive or as obtained by extraction, settling, or straining without adding heat.” When we harvest our honey, it comes straight from the hive, first though a strainer to filter out any wax pieces and then into the bottles or jars that you have at home. There’s more that goes into it than that, but you can see that the honey you buy from us can’t get any more pure or natural! So called, ‘store bought’ honey, has gone through a filtration and heating process to, more or less, stabilize the honey for increased shelf life and/or better appearance. After these processes it strips the honey of many benefits and becomes basically a liquid sweetener.
Raw honey contains many beneficial aspects for your health and overall wellness such as pollen, propolis, and beeswax. Pollen contains almost all of the nutrients required by your body to survive. Pollen is the most beneficial aspect that raw honey has. It is rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats, and more that your body needs. Pollen has been believed to stimulate your immune system and lower cholesterol levels naturally. Propolis is a substance the bees produce in the hive that they use as their glue to fill voids and hold things together. They collect it from tree buds. Propolis is believed to have antibacterial, antiviral, anti fungal, and anti inflammatory properties. Propolis has so many uses and would be worth reading into! As much as we try to strain all of the beeswax out of the honey, it can also contain small particles that is also believed to be a cholesterol stabilizer as well as normalizing liver function.
We hear all the time that many of our customers believe, as well as us, that it is even more beneficial to consume honey from your local area. We have heard consuming anywhere from 1 teaspoon to 2 tablespoons of raw, local honey a day can help reduce your allergies when spring time comes. This method must be practiced well before the season starts in order to ensure your body has built up the necessary immune system from the pollen in the honey for a difference to be noticed.
As you can see, there are many benefits to consuming raw honey over honey that has been filtered or pasteurized. This is why when looking for honey to buy, buy from a beekeeper you know and trust if you are concerned about getting truly raw honey and receiving all the benefits it has to offer.
It is important to note that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that raw honey not be given to infants under 1 year of age because of the rare possibility of the raw honey being infected with the bacteria that causes botulism. Infants under 1 year do not have a well enough established immune system to kill these germs, unlike an adult’s immune system.