Raw Honey is Good
I’m with Winnie the Pooh when it comes to honey.
Although, I don’t recommend eating pawfuls of it from a honey pot.
To get honey’s natural health benefits, look for raw or unpasteurized.
Raw honey has some healing properties (may help with sore throats, stomach flu, digestion), strengthens the immune system and has antiseptic properties when applied to wounds, burns, and other skin conditions. Raw honey is Nature’s Neosporin.
Local raw honey may be beneficial for pollen allergies. Any raw honey that is harvested nearby where the same sort of plants are blooming at roughly the same time can be considered local. Try taking a teaspoonful daily.
Bees really are very busy. A colony of bees can visit up to 50 million flowers each day, with as many as 60,000 bees in each colony.
To make honey, worker honeybees fly up to 5km searching for flowers and their sweet nectar. Usually, they’ll visit between 50 and 100 flowers per trip.
This explains why there are so many benefits to enjoying raw honey. Botanicals have provided healing properties for centuries. Bees are gathering all this goodness to make their unique blend of honey.
Tip: Young kids are more prone to acute coughs because they’re still developing their immune systems. If your two-year-old develops a cough, give them honey. Mix a teaspoon into warm water and give it to your child to drink daily until the cough has gone away. Children under the age of 2 should not consume honey, as there could be bacteria present that could make them sick.
A teaspoon of raw honey added to your lemon water, herbal tea, drizzled over fruit or Greek yogurt, or enjoyed on its own, is a healthy way to sweeten up your day and get a boost of energy.
Recipe alert: I like to add my teaspoon of honey to a salad of mixed greens, blueberries or pear slices, goat cheese, walnuts, extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice. Toss to combine.
I’m thankful for bees. And their honey.
Health Coach Carol
“A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside.”– A. A. Milne