The Benefits of Raw Honey
Raw honey is a staple for a well-stocked pantry!
Have you tried it? Raw honey is seriously one of the best tasting things ever. Not only is it tasty, raw honey is very health giving, too! The health benefits are really quite astounding—make sure it’s raw though, it will say “raw.” Raw honey is removed from the comb without heating above 120°F, whereas pasteurized honey is heated to destroy yeast and other microbes and extends shelf life.
Raw honey contains some vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, and it has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. *Although honey has antimicrobial properties, it sometimes also contains endospores of Clostridium botulinum, which can cause botulism poisoning in young children (so never give honey to children under one year of age)!
Prevent hay fever
If you suffer from on-going or occasional hay fever allergies, raw honey can help you out! You don’t need to be a prisoner inside your home with the A/C on while everyone else enjoys the warm weather outside. Raw honey contains grains of bee pollen, so it gradually helps your immune system get accustomed to the pollen. This way your immune system doesn’t overreact every spring! It is most ideal to have raw honey that has been produced in the general area that you live—local raw honey. This ensures it contains pollens from your local region. Find different local raw honey options at farmers’ markets, roadside vegetable stands, and health food stores.
Aim for 3 or 4 tablespoons a day! Some see allergy benefits with just 1 tablespoon a day.
Raw honey may help soothe digestion issues, due to being a potent antimicrobial as well as prebiotic! Raw honey can help with issues such as diarrhea, and it has actually been proven to be an effective treatment for the bacteria Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), a common cause of stomach ulcers. As a prebiotic, raw honey feeds the good bacteria in our intestines, as well!
A teaspoon or two of raw honey can help soothe diarrhea (avoid taking too much at once because excess sugar can aggravate diarrhea).
Try having some raw honey before bedtime to promote restorative sleep! Honey restores the glycogen supply in the liver so you won’t get woken up from a trigger sent to the brain for fuel. Also, raw honey helps melatonin to release in the brain by slightly spiking insulin and stimulating tryptophan. Tryptophan then converts to serotonin, which is then converted to melatonin.
Incorporate raw honey into your bedtime routine!
Protect the brain
A really cool effect I think is raw honey’s potential in providing protection for the brain. There has been an animal study that found honey consumption gave protection against brain damage caused by exposure to lead! The brain benefits of raw honey are likely due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
How to use raw honey
Raw honey is opaque and some versions are so thick they are like a solid! Don’t cook with raw honey as that would destroy its good properties. If you add it to coffee or tea, wait until its temperature is low enough for you to sip, and then add honey.
- Lick it right off the spoon
- Mix it into your coffee or tea
- Top your Greek yogurt with it
- Put it on chia seed pudding
- Drop some onto your salad, yes salad!
- Drizzle it onto your toast or corn muffin