Why Raw Honey Rocks

by polly on August 30, 2012

I had never spent a lot of time thinking about the process of how honey is made until I discovered raw unprocessed honey. You see there is a much healthier version available than the sugary processed honey you find adorning the supermarket shelves.

So what is Raw Honey?

Raw honey is honey that hasn’t been pasteurised. It also tends not to have been fine filtered, a process which removes pollen and any bits of wax, propolis and even royal jelly. Unsurprisingly, most supermarket honey has been pasteurised which destroys some of the natural properties of the honey and health benefits.

There are several health benefits of raw honey:

  • Not only does it contain huge amounts of vitamins and minerals but it is a natural medicine and can be used both internally and topically. It can be used to treat colds, respiratory infections, flu and a low immune system.
  • Raw honey is also a powerful antibacterial and antiseptic as it contains a mild solution of hydrogen peroxide, which is released when it comes into contact with moisture. This is antibacterial and fungicidal. It is also hygroscopic, meaning that it naturally attracts moisture; most bacteria breed in moist conditions and honey dries out wounds, preventing wounds becoming infected.
  • It also doesn’t spike the blood sugar like the highly processed refined honey you may have in your cupboard making raw honey a beneficial addition to your larder.
  • Honey is said to aid restful sleep and treat insomnia. The theory is that a spoonful of honey before sleep provides the body with enough glucose to ‘feed’ the brain during the night. This prevents or limits the early morning release of cortisol and adrenalin (stress hormones) which disturb sleep. It also stabilises blood sugar levels and contributes to the release of melatonin, the hormone required for recovery and rebuilding of body tissues during rest. (According to a recent study in Hershey, Penn, USA.)
  • Honey aids digestion. This is because the sugars in honey are pre-digested by the bees, honey becomes more easily digestible. Furthermore, some research says honey may aid the development of friendly bacteria in the digestive system that help digestion.
I have been using raw honey for around 1 year now and far prefer it to conventional honey. Annoyingly so does my brother who likes to use it liberally so I always make sure I buy plenty to make sure I get some!! I have also just started taking a small spoonful of Royal Jelly everyday as this is a wonderful blood booster.
Royal Jelly has long been touted as a wonder food as it contains an abundance of B Vitamins, iron, zinc, calcium, potassium and the all important amino acids.

Royal jelly is thick creamy white substance secreted from the glands in the heads of worker bees. It has powerful anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, wound-healing and cholesterol-lowering properties. Research also suggests that 10 HDA found in it may inhibit the growth of tumours. (1)
It is also thought to help with; weak bones, arthritis pain, depression, diabetes, high blood pressure, anaemia, hormonal imbalances, impotence, infertility, inflammation, menopause, panic attacks, Parkinsons, weight control and wound healing. So quite a lot then! Interestingly, it’s only the Queen Bees that eat the jelly and they live a lot lot longer than ordinary bees (I read a fascinating statistic about it the other day but now can’t remember where-sorry! But know its almost forty times longer according to one website!(2))
So there you have it. Raw honey rocks!
This post today is sponsored by Pyrenees Honey who are a fantastic organic supplier of the finest raw honey and royal jelly so if you are interested in trying some, check out their site below.

 

 

(1) http://ukpmc.ac.uk/abstract/MED/3570105/reload=0;jsessionid=sLgHH1P6vI34xlmcgdhY.0

(2) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1380138/Royal-jelly-makes-live-longer-Why-queen-bees-survive-40-times-longer-workers.html

 

 

 

 

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Olivia August 30, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Hi Polly
Where do you purchase your Royal Jelly from? Is it Raw Living?
Thanks
Olivia

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polly August 30, 2012 at 1:33 pm
Gwen September 1, 2012 at 10:53 am

Thanks for the tip about taking honey to help you sleep. I’ll try that out. My first year’s beekeeping has only produced enough to keep my bees fed for the winter, but I couldn’t resist taking out some honey for myself, just enough to fill a jar. It’s unfiltered so has all the bits of pollen and stuff in it.

This is the right time of year to get raw honey, as it’s harvest time.

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Anna September 12, 2012 at 11:44 am

Polly, thank you for the information about pyrenees honey! It’s really difficult to get proper natural honey. I ordered last week a jar of the Pyrenees Thyme Honey and it was delivered in the next 24 hours. Great service and it is sooo delicious.
I am happy that I finally can enjoy a really good honey. Thank you so much!

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