Many of us enjoy sweetening our foods and beverages with white table sugar, which causes many health problems. Instead, we should be sweetening our foods and beverages with natural sweeteners such as raw honey that can provide our bodies with many nourishing nutrients.
What is Raw Honey?
Raw honey is unprocessed honey that is rich in bee nutrients such as pollens, honeycombs, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes and propolis. When honey is processed repeatedly, it looses its potent nutrients that can be beneficial to our health and its smooth creamy rich texture and intense sweet wild flower flavor. Some raw honeys however, can be a deep golden brownish color, or a light yellow golden color with a thick syrup like texture.
How is Raw Honey Made?
Hard working honeybees make honey. The honeybees make the honey by collecting flower nectar and regurgitating it, which I know, sounds gross, but their regurgitation is actually the sweet tasting raw creamy honey that we all love. When the honeybees regurgitate they regurgitate into honeycombs, which is where the honey gets fermented and stored naturally until beekeepers come a long and remove the honey from the honeycombs. Once the beekeepers have all the honeycombs collected they strain the raw honey from them and store the honey in glass jars until they are ready to be used to help sweeten things up a bit.
Where Can You Get Raw Honey?
The best places to get raw honey are at a beekeeping business or local farmers markets. Some health foods stores and organic grocery stores carry raw honey as well.
Nutrients in Raw Honey
Medicinal Properties of Raw Honey
Health Benefits of Raw Honey
When you are suffering from many different kinds of infections whether it is viral, bacterial or fungal honey can help treat these types of infections due to the medicinal properties it has. Honey acts as a natural anti-biotic, which helps kill the germs or fungus causing the infection you might have. I know from personal experiences I have used honey to help treat my respiratory bronchitis infection and to relieving my wet coughing so I could sleep easier at night. Honey is even excellent for soothing sore throats caused by strep throat infections. At one time, I had white patches down my throat and them anti-biotic the doctor put me on did not help so I started taking tablespoons of honey a few times per day and within a week, my throat had healed.
If your looking for away to help prevent cancers and anti-inflammatory disease away or even help treat them naturally having a few tablespoons of honey a day can help. Raw honey contains powerful antioxidants in it that can help relieve inflammation and fight the free radical cells that cause cancers and diseases. Some of the different types of cancers and diseases raw honey can help prevent are digestive diseases, lung cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, skin cancer, Alzheimer's and gingivitis.
Another condition raw honey can help treat safely and effectively is athlete's foot. Soaking your feet in a warm footbath made with a cup of raw honey and Epsom salts can help keep the fungus causing it to dry up and go away. In addition, applying a thin layer of raw honey to your feet and covering the feet up with socks overnight can help the raw honey really soak into the fungal infection and help treat it well. This is a great remedy for treating yellow toenails as well.
Now if you have an open skin infection, cuts, scrapes or burns honey can help protect the wounds and promote healing. The anti-septic and anti-bacterial properties along with all the nutrients in raw honey can help repair the skin naturally without any harsh side effects. However, if your skin infections or burns are server you need to get appropriate medicinal attention immediately.
Other health conditions honey can help treat are high cholesterol levels, fatigue, stress, type 2 diabetes, low blood sugar levels, digestive issues, stomach and skin ulcers and eczema.
Beautifying Benefits of Raw Honey
Raw honey is excellent for keeping our skin radiant and beautiful naturally. Applying a thin layer of raw organic honey to our face can help cleanses the pores, reduce inflammation, treat acne spots, relieve skin irritation and fight signs of aging. In addition, a raw honey mask can also help keep skin soft in texture and help improve complexion.
If your looking for away to help soften up your hair and add shine naturally making your own hair treatment with raw honey can help. All you need to do is mix a cup of warm raw honey and a half cup of jojoba oil together and pour it over your hair. Next, massage the treatment into your hair, scalp well, and allow it to sit in the hair for 30 minutes or longer. After, rinse your hair out with warm water and wash it as you would normally do. Then, your hair will be super soft and shiny.
Raw honey is also wonderfully to use for pampering the body and skin in a warm honey and milk bath. Raw honey contains nutrients in it that help nourish and soften up the skin naturally while relaxing the body from head to toe from any aches or pains. Adding a cup of warm milk and raw honey to a bath and soaking in it for as long as you can will help maintain skins beauty and softness naturally.
Precautions with Raw Honey
Some people are highly allergic to raw honey due to the bee pollen in it so be careful adding honey to other peoples teas or foods. Raw honeys made by poison flowers such as rhododendrons or laurels should not be used for health or beauty because they contain toxins in them that can harm human health. Otherwise, honey is wonderfully to use as natural medicine or for natural beauty purposes.