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Benefits of Raw Honey

Updated on February 28, 2012
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The use of honey dates further back than many people realize. Honey was first cultivated by the Egyptians for food and medicinal purposes. Honey was so valuable that it was used as currency at one time. Even in the Americas, honey was already being consumed by the Native Americans before the white man stepped foot on the land.

Honey is a super food like no other and is best consumed raw. Raw honey is honey that has not been strained, heated or filtered. Commercial honey is usually processed with sugar and high fructose corn syrup - the stuff that's bad for you. Raw honey contains endless nutrients, including calcium, copper, vitamin C, zinc, magnesium, potassium, antioxidants, live enzymes and protein.

Raw honey can be found at most grocery stores all year round. Be sure to check labels and make sure what you are buying is really raw (and organic). Your best bet will always be to buy locally, from farmers markets and local beekeepers. Grocery stores like Whole Foods are another fine option.

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Health Benefits of Raw Honey

  • Honey raises levels of antioxidants in the body.
  • Treats viral, bacterial and fungal infections.
  • Lowers cholesterol.
  • Lowers blood sugar levels.
  • Alleviates hay fever and seasonal allergies.
  • Raw honey is more effective than over-the-counter cough syrups.
  • Can help to prevent certain cancers.
  • Aids in indigestion, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and other stomach upsets.
  • Use honey topically to ease arthritis and other pains.
  • Raw honey can give you a boost of natural energy. Many athletes take eat a bit of honey to energize them before their performance.
  • Soak feet in warm water and honey to treat athlete's foot.
  • Use honey as a facial mask. Apply a thin layer of honey onto the face. This will clear up acne and keep your skin soft.
  • Mix raw honey and jojoba oil and rub onto dry, cracked skin.
  • Rub a bit of honey on a burn to ease throbbing and prevent blistering. Also great for scrapes, cuts and bruises.
  • Honey in its raw form can even help you shed unwanted weight


How to Get More Honey in Your Diet

You should consume raw honey everyday to reap its benefits.

Stop using sugar and start using honey to your foods instead. Honey tastes wonderful in oatmeal, toast, teas and coffee.

For stomach upsets, cough or cold, mix a spoonful of raw honey with warm water and lemon. Mix well and drink. Repeat as often as necessary.


Some Fun Facts About Honey

Honey bees have five eyes.

In order to make a pound of honey, bees must tap over two million flowers. An average honey bee only makes about a half of a teaspoon in it's lifetime.

Honey will never spoil if it is put in air tight containers.

King Tut's tomb contains vats of honey that is still edible, even after over 2,000 years!

Legend has it that Cupid would dip his love arrows in honey.

Honey is mentioned many times in the bible. Isreal was referred to as "A land flowing in milk and honey" (Exodus 3:6-8). John the Baptist survived on nothing but honey while preaching in the desert (Matthew 3:1-4) and even Revelations contains this verse: "Take it and eat it. It will turn your stomach sour, but in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey" (Revelation 10:7-11)

Precautions

Never feed raw honey to a baby under 12 months old without consulting a doctor first. Pregnant women should also speak to their doctor about consuming raw honey.

References: Penn State University of College and Medicine, Mayoclinic.com, Web M.D, Dr. Gotte (Research performed at University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand)

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    • eatingright profile image

      eatingright 

      4 years ago

      I drink lemon water with honey every morning. Thanks for the great hub!

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      Glenn 

      4 years ago

      I've been doing a lot of research on honey lately, and have contacted quite a number of honey companies who provide honey to grocery stores, attempting to make their products sound like they're unprocessed or raw when they actually are not. A number have actually written back and told me that heating honey to make it easier to strain does not affect the honey at all, which is a total falsehood. But it goes to show you that even the companies that process, heating and straining the honey, do not understand how delicate and sensitive the product they are dealing with is, as any heating above 104 degrees will deactivate the highly desired enzyme content, and destroy vitamins the honey contains.

      Bottom line: ONLY honey that says RAW on its label is raw honey. All other honey is refined to some degree, is lacking some or all of the beneficial enzymes which honey is taken for, and should be avoided.

      Thanks for the article... enjoyed it very much...!

    • rbm profile image

      rbm 

      6 years ago

      Raw honey is definitely one of the "super foods", I love it too. Let's help the bees in whatever way we can!

    • vespawoolf profile image

      vespawoolf 

      6 years ago from Peru, South America

      I love honey and eat it regularly...I've used it as a face mask and to calm a cough, too, as you've mentioned. Here in Peru it's a common practice to heat honey, unfortunately. I'll have to chat with my honey merchant and tell her about the health benefits of raw honey. Thank you!

    • Rick Paul profile image

      Rick Paul 

      6 years ago

      Really informative, thanks a lot.......rick

    • amymarie_5 profile imageAUTHOR

      Amy DeMarco 

      6 years ago from Chicago

      References have been added.

    • amymarie_5 profile imageAUTHOR

      Amy DeMarco 

      6 years ago from Chicago

      I can assure you I did my homework before writing this piece- like I always do. There have been plenty of studies done to back up these claims, even though I may have not included them. Of course, you are entitled to your own opinion.

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      Ray Zich 

      6 years ago

      Not a single scientific citation yet people buy it hook, line, and sinker. Interesting.

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      Karen S Falcon 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Voted Up, awesome, interesting, useful :-) I love honey! Thanks for writing this up and sharing.

      xo

    • AliciaC profile image

      Linda Crampton 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love the taste of raw honey, especially buckwheat honey! Thanks for an interesting hub about some of honey's benefits.

    • amymarie_5 profile imageAUTHOR

      Amy DeMarco 

      6 years ago from Chicago

      Hi Berga,

      Over yogurt sounds delicious. I'm going to have to try that. Thanks for the tip!

      Hi Healthywholefoods,

      I'm glad you found this informative and learned some new uses. Thanks for reading and commenting!

    • healthywholefoods profile image

      healthywholefoods 

      6 years ago

      I love honey, and am aware of the benefits. Very informative and interesting. I did learn a few new uses for raw honey. Thanks for the article.

    • Berga profile image

      Berga 

      6 years ago from SKIEN

      excellent stuff! :) i use honey over yogurt, in smoothies and raw desserts to name some.... quality of honey matters. Salute!

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