Those little bees work HARD for the honey! Did you know that a colony of bees will travel 55,000 miles and visit 2 million flowers to make 1 pound of honey? (1) They work hard, and the hard work pays off because honey is full of benefits. You want to get the raw honey over the processed honey to tap into all those benefits. The bees worked hard for it!
Processed honey is heated up and oftentimes seriously filtered. Sometimes it even has added ingredients like high fructose corn syrup. Raw honey, on the other hand, is not heated up or filtered to the same degree. Plus, it has no added ingredients. Raw honey wouldn’t be heated higher than what it would get in a hive. This leaves all the beneficial nutrients, pollen, and enzymes intact.
They filter regular honey a lot in the U.S., so your honey doesn’t crystalize. People get their underwear in a bundle if their honey has a few crystals in it. If your honey has crystals don’t worry. That’s good. Crystals are good because that means the good stuff is there. They also don’t add anything to it like high fructose corn syrup. You want the good stuff with no bad stuff.
What does the good stuff do for you? Check out my top 5 favorite benefits.
5 Raw Honey Benefits
1- Immune Boosting
Honey is loaded with nutrients and antioxidants that make this food something to buzz about, it’s great for your immune system. Nutrients help build a healthy body and antioxidants get rid of free radicals and oxidative stress. Honey has polyphenols and flavonoids that are antioxidants that can be protective from diabetes, respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and nervous system conditions. Potentially even cancer! (2)
2- Reduces Inflammation
Honey reduces inflammation, which helps with many of its other benefits! Inflammation is at the root of the majority of illness and pain. Various studies have supported what they knew way back in ancient times- honey reduces inflammation. This includes studies on rats that show a reduction in inflammation related to arthritis and Inflammatory Bowel Disease. (3) (4)
3- Helps Allergies
Raw honey is loaded with pollen. If you take about a tablespoon a day of raw AND LOCAL honey, you are helping protect yourself from allergies. You want the pollen to be from flowers in your area, so you are ingesting local pollen. This small exposure to the pollen will get your body to kick in with production of antibodies. Plus, like noted above, honey reduces inflammation!
4- Great for Skin
Honey is great for your skin! That’s why we use it in our detoxifying coffee mask. It’s microbial and loaded with nutrients so it helps with acne and building skin. It also has enzymes that will help with a gentle exfoliation that’s even safe for sensitive skin. Honey is also very moisturizing, so you will have a happy, honey glow.
5- Heals Cuts and Burns
Besides being used for thousands of years to treat wounds, there are numerous studies that support the therapeutic effect of honey on wounds and burns. Raw honey has antimicrobial and anti-parasitic affects. It keeps the wound moist and can create a barrier that protects the wound from infection plus it has enzymes that produce hydrogen peroxide. (5) Studies have also shown the therapeutic use of honey on wounds can reduce scarring. (6)
Raw Honey Buzz
As you can see, it’s well worth it to opt for raw honey and even better if you get it local. These are just a few of the many benefits. Another benefit is raw honey doesn’t go bad. If you see crystals in your honey just put the closed jar in a bowl of warm water to melt them away. Don’t let it get above 90 degrees! Why let filtering and high heat ruin all the potential those bees worked so hard for? Go for raw honey!