What Doesn’t It Fix?
Fun Fact: Raw honey keeps all of its nutritional value, unlike commercial honey.
Fun Fact II: There is bee pollen in raw honey, which fends off infections, gives natural energy relief, and heightens immunity.
Fun Fact III: Honey is called “running fuel” because it gives you a supply of energy that is easily absorbed. At the Olympic Games in ancient Greece, it was used by runners to supply them with energy.
Helps with the following issues:
- low energy
- sleep problems
- allergies (especially local raw honey)
- sore throats
- eczema (equal parts of honey and cinnamon)
- dry skin (mix honey, olive oil, and lemon juice)
- dry hair (hair mask: 1 tsp. honey, 5 cups warm water; rinse well, air dry)
- nausea (mix honey, lemon juice, and ginger)
- acne (warm it with hands and apply gingerly; after 10 minutes, rinse with warm water and pat dry)
Benefits (if replacing processed sugars):
- weight loss (activates hormones that suppress appetite)
- lower blood sugar (its glycemic load is less than a banana)
- exfoliation (add 2 cups of honey to a bath, soak for 15 minutes; then add one cup baking soda and soak another 15 minutes)
- better sleep
- the fuel crisis “switch” in the brain is quieted because the honey supplies the liver with glycogen
- it slightly increases insulin levels, which causes a release of tryptophan in the brain; tryptophan converts to serotonin, which in converted to melatonin
- melatonin boosts immunity
- melatonin helps rebuild tissue while you rest
- 22 amino acids
- 27 minerals (iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, selenium)
- vitamins (B6, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, niacin)
- nutraceuticals (help neutralize the damage from free radical activity)
- 5,000 enzymes
- pre-biotics (help increase good bacteria in the gut)
- block free radicals that cause disease
- help immune system
- antioxidant polyphenols
- lower risk of heart disease
- lower risk of cancer
- antioxidant flavonoids
- support enzyme activity
- cause cell death of many types of cancer cells
Types of Honey:
- manuka honey: can be used topically as an antibiotic on acne and wounds
- acacia honey: cleanses the liver and digestive tract
- neem honey: treats high blood pressure and diabetes
Commercial Honey vs. Raw Honey:
- Raw honey is opaque. All beneficial properties have been retained in the honey.
- Commercial honey has been heated, and its beneficial properties have been destroyed.
- Commercial honey has a clear, sparkling, golden color indicating that it’s been heated.
- Commercial/processed honey may use the honey from bees that have been treated with antibiotics, or are fed sugar or low-cost syrup.
- Commercial honey could have high fructose corn syrup in it.
- Pasteurized honey may have additives.
- Replace 1 tablespoon of sugar in a recipe with 2 teaspoons of honey (as long as there’s not a lot of heating in the recipe).
- Don’t heat raw honey above 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Cooking will destroy its beneficial properties.
- Add honey to tea when the tea is comfortable enough to sip.
- Store honey away from a heat source.
- Honey does not need to be refrigerated.
- Make golden milk. (Honey and cinnamon combined helps with managing blood sugar and also with gingivitis and acne.)
- Eat 1 tablespoon of raw honey a day.
- Drizzle it on toast, yogurt, smoothies, or salad dressings.
- Have honey before bed for better sleep.
- Eat raw honey right before exercising (for energy) and/or after exercising (for recovery).
- Have 1/2 to 2 teaspoons before bed for a cough (not for babies one year of age or younger).
- If you’re treating burns or wounds with honey, apply a dressing of it directly to the body, and change the dressing every 24 to 48 hours.
- Combine honey and ghee for infected wounds.
- Use it as shampoo.
- Buy honey from a local farmer’s market or from a local beekeeper.
- Consult your doctor about eating raw honey if you’re undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments for cancer.
- Use it in moderation.
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