Honey is a very common natural sweetener that many of us already use. If you have chosen to do away with processed foods, you most likely have made honey your top choice for a natural sweetener.
When choosing honey as your natural sweetener, it is important to know the different kinds of honey that are available. Commercial honey sold in stores is heated to high temperatures and pasteurized, which removes most of the beneficial enzymes, antioxidants and other nutrients that are heat-sensitive. Commercial honey has also had most of the pollen removed. Bee pollen is one of the most nutritionally-complete foods available due to its high amino acid and antioxidant content.
Raw honey on the other hand, is very beneficial to your health! Raw honey is unheated, unprocessed and unpasteurized; leaving it’s nutrients intact. Raw honey contains bee pollen, has a high content of antimicrobial agents, and is full of antioxidants. Since raw honey is not processed, you will notice that it is solid in form and is cloudy in color.
Our favorite brand of Organic Raw Honey comes from Y.S. Organic Bee Farm. You can purchase it from Vitacost.com on their subscribe and save program
Another type of honey that we use in our household is Raw Organic Manuka honey. Manuka honey is a common natural healing agent that has been used for centuries as a topical antibiotic on wounds and acne. We exclusively use manuka honey for sore throats, colds, and other common ailments due to these properties. Our favorite brand of raw manuka honey is from Wedderspoon Organics, you can also purchase this from Vitacost.com
If you’re looking to add Raw Organic Honey or Raw Manuka Honey to your diet, we’d like to share with you a few of our favorite ways to incorporate honey into your life.
- Relieve sore throat – Honey uses for sore throats is another fantastic remedy. Simply mix it with lemon essential oil and peppermint oil for fast acting benefits.
- Restore Sleep – Raw honey promotes restorative sleep. Add a tablespoon to warm milk to help increase melatonin and help you sleep.
- Relieve nausea – Mix honey with ginger and lemon juice to help counteract nausea.
- Exfoliator – Honey makes a great exfoliator! Use honey on dry winter skin by adding two cups of honey to a bath, soak for 15 minutes, then add one cup of baking soda for the final 15 minutes.
- Improve diabetes – Consumption of raw honey can reduce risk of developing diabetes and help aid medication used to treat diabetes. Raw honey increases insulin and decreases hyperglycemia. Add a little at a time and see how your blood sugar reacts to it.
- Hair mask – Raw honey hair mask can help boost shine, mix 1 tsp of raw honey with 5 cups of warm water, rinse thoroughly , air dry and style as usual.
- Antioxidant support – Consumption of raw honey increases plaque-fighting antioxidants.
- Pre-biotic support – Raw honey is full of natural prebiotics which promote the growth of good bacteria in the intestine.
- Lower cholesterol – It can help reduce cholesterol and therefore decrease your risk for coronary artery disease.
- Shampoo – Raw honey can cleanse and restore the health of your hair and scalp. Try this homemade shampoo recipe.
- Lose weight – Substituting raw honey for white sugar can help in weight management
- Moisturize – A spoonful of raw honey mixed with olive oil and a squeeze of lemon can be used as a hydrating lotion.
- Acne cure – It can be used as an affordable face cleanser to fight off acne, gentle on sensitive/all skin types. Take half a teaspoon, warm between hands and spread on face gently, leave on for 10 minutes then rinse with warm water and pat dry.
- Improve circulation – Raw honey makes your brain function optimally by strengthening the heart and improving blood circulation.
- Eczema relief – Use to treat mild eczema. Use it as a topical mixture of equal parts of honey and cinnamon.
- Heal wounds – Raw honey used topically can help quicken healing time for mild burns, wounds, rashes, and abrasions.
- Cure UTI – Honey can help improve urinary tract infections due to its antibacterial properties.
- Improve allergies – If sourced locally, raw honey can help reduce seasonal allergies.
- Improve digestion – Use a tablespoon or two to counteract indigestion since it doesn’t ferment in the stomach.
As you can see there are many, many great uses for raw organic honey; such as personal care products, as medicine, and of course as a natural sweetener to your favorite foods.
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