We have all heard that honey is supposed to be good for us but is all honey created equal? What about Raw Honey? Does this sticky amber substance possess magical powers, and can it really be good for the body?
In this article, we place raw honey under the microscope to answer the question: What are the benefits of raw honey?
Raw vs Not Raw
So not all honey is raw, which is strange as many o the bottles would lead you to believe you are getting the stuff straight from the beehives themselves. Sadly this isn't always the case.
You see raw honey is 100% untouched, it has not been heated, pasteurized or processed in any kind of way. If you're into only putting 100% natural, GM-free foods that are as close to mother nature as possible then raw honey is just the ticket.
If we take a look at the image below, you can see a clear difference between average store grade honey and our raw honey.[insert image]
notice how cloudy the raw honey is, with small particles from the bee pollen still present? This is because it hasn't been heated and cooled to remove all of those particles. The stores and manufacturers of the lesser grade honey think we want perfect amber liquid with an almost opaque appearance.
So why do they heat it?
When you heat honey it becomes runny, so when the honey hits around 70 degrees it is then easier to pour through huge industrial filters that remove the ‘bits' you can see in the raw honey.
The heating also kills off any yeast cells present, and as the yeast causes fermentation, that is the last thing suppliers want to happen to the honey as it sits on the shelves.
It is then rapidly cooled and jarred into what you see on the store shelves today. Looks perfectly innocent, and to be honest it will do you no harm as long as you read the label and ensure that the only ingredient is honey.
However, there are many added benefits of raw honey, the most commonly used and well known is its ability to help cure sickness and nausea. By mixing the honey with lemon juice and ginger to form a tasty medicinal drink, you can remove that nauseous feeling.
What are the benefits?
1) Settles an upset belly
First up raw honey contains many of the good stuff found in fruit, it can also help with acidity in the stomach as it is an alkaline-forming food which will combat against acid and acid reflux for example.
2) Natural energy booster
Rather than these modern day energy bars packed with sugar, colors and preservatives, why not use raw honey to give you that energy boost? For one, it tastes amazing when spread on your warm bread or bagel and two, it contains all natural ingredients.
3) Boost your immune system
People who eat lots of honey are known to be less susceptible to everyday sickness that those who don't. This is because honey acts as a natural booster for your immune system by providing it with lots of anti-oxidants and anti-bacterial qualities.
4) Foot care
If you've ever had of know of someone who has suffered from toenail fungus or athlete's foot you will know just how hard to is to get rid of. Honey can be used to treat these ailments due to it's natural antiseptic properties with kills off the bacteria.
Manuka honey has the highest antiseptic properties of all the honey varieties.
5) Rough night on the town?
Cure your hangover with a concoction of honey, orange juice and natural yoghurt to create a head-soothing hangover cure that gentle on the stomach. Many of my friends swear by this after a night of over-indulgence.
6) Soothe a sore throat
Yep, that's right, this is not just an old wives tale. In fact, it is used by singers and actors before they take to their stage to help soothe their throat before performing. Also used in ancient Chinese medicine as a natural cure against coughs and colds.
Wrapping it up
These are just a selection of the benefits of using raw honey, not only is it better from a moral and ethical standpoint, but also from its high concentration of natural anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties.
If you are sold on raw honey and fancy giving it a try, you are probably asking where you can buy raw honey?
Well, up until the last few years it was difficult to get a hold of raw honey unless you lived close to a bee farm. Today however with the power of the internet and a surge in demand for this product you can now purchase it direct from the suppliers and farms themselves via Amazon.
Below is a table comparing the different brands and varieties available to help you choose.
|Y.S. Eco Bee Farms Raw Honey||22oz|
|YS Organic Bee Farms Kosher||32oz|
|Nature Nate's 100% Raw Honey||32oz|
|HoneyTree's Raw Organic Honey||12oz|
|Trader Joe's Organic Raw Honey||16oz|
|Arizona Desert Wildflower Honey (Raw & Unfiltered)||48oz|