RAW HONEY AND HONEYCOMB HEALTH BENEFITS
Since the dawn of civilization many cultures shave prized bees, and their wonderful creation, honey. From primitive cave dwellers to the ancient Egyptians and the Classical Greeks honey, honeycomb, beeswax, royal jelly and propolis have been prized for their healthful properties. Raw honey comes straight out of the hive, with minimal filtering. It is not pasteurized, nor does it need to be. Unheated honey contains vital enzymes, is anti-microbial and anti-bacterial. Heating destroys honey’s vital nutrients although it does keep honey in its liquid state. If your raw honey crystallizes (hardens) just pop it in a warm water bath. Never microwave it!
Honey and honeycomb are considered “superfoods” meaning they are loaded with good things that provide abundant nutrition and health benefits. Honey contains simple sugars (sucrose and glucose). It is easily digested and can be converted to energy quickly. It has anti-oxidant properties and can discourage growth of micro-organisms due to its anti-microbial content.
Allergies and Colds
A teaspoon or so of honey eaten each day is thought to prevent colds and alleviate some allergy symptoms. Buy honey from your local area, as it contains local pollens. Regular ingestion will help build up your immune system, and may lessen your suffering. Old-timers always chewed honeycomb for up to 30 minutes daily during allergy season, claiming it reduced sneezing, runny noses and watering eyes. Start chewing honeycomb a week or two before allergy season to keep allergy problems from starting. It won’t hurt to swallow the wax, but ingesting very large amounts could be bad for your digestive tract.
Honey contains potassium, and bacteria cannot survive in honey because of this ingredient. Raw honey straight from the honeycomb is used to treat scarring. Use straight from the jar or honeycomb as a moisturizer for your face; leave on for ten minutes as a facial mask; add oatmeal or Epsom salts for a body scrub. Honey may reduce the redness of rosacea and the itching of eczema and can help with other skin infections.
Among honey’s many medicinal uses are treatment of athlete’s foot, minor cuts and burns, arthritis pain (bee venom is also known to help) yeast infections, sore throats and insomnia (take a teaspoon with lemon or cinnamon and hot water before bed!). Some people evens swear by it as a hang-over cure.
Honey is a form of sugar and as such should be regarded with caution by diabetes sufferers. However, a study in the International Journal of Biological Sciences highlights the need for more clinical trials involving the benefits of honey for diabetes sufferers. The pre-clinical studies show “the beneficial or potential effects of honey in the gastrointestinal tract, on the gut microbiota, in the liver, in the pancreas and how these effects could improve glycemic control and metabolic derangements. In healthy subjects or patients with impaired glucose tolerance or diabetes mellitus, various studies revealed that honey reduced blood glucose or was more tolerable than most common sugars or sweeteners.” (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3399220/)
Take Your Vitamins (and Enzymes)!
Eating raw honey or honey right out of the comb is probably the sweetest thing you can do! Raw honey contains all the main amino acids and necessary B, C, D and E vitamins as well as essential enzymes. Honey is also said to boost metabolism and fight fat.
Digestion and Energy
Honey’s antibiotic properties can have a big effect on your body. It cleans blood vessels and aids in digestion, not to mention it’s instant energy boost — much better than an energy drink.
What’s in honey and honeycomb?
Honey and honeycomb contain water, pollen, fructose, glucose, organic acids, proteins & enzymes. Bee pollen contains lavish amounts of protein, fibre, fatty acids and B-vitamins, making it an ideal energy boosting supplement.
The above information is provided for educational purposes only. Red House Honey makes no claims as to the health or medical benefits of honey or honeycomb. This information should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.