Raw honey is unfiltered, unprocessed pure honey that is produced from bees using nectar from flowers. It is a natural alkaline food with major nutrition, while containing all the enzymes, vitamins, minerals and water to sustain life. These properties make raw honey the perfect natural medicine in defending against sickness and allergies. It contains B vitamins, vitamin c, amino acids and minerals such as magnesium, calcium, zinc, potassium and phosphate. Raw honey is naturally anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic. Out of all the natural sweeteners out there, raw honey may have the longest history in proving itself to be an incredible super food. It’s been used from healing to refined sugar baking to natural beauty remedies. Raw honey may be one of our favorite natural sweeteners!
Benefits of Raw Honey
Honey can help aid in neutralizing toxins in the body. It also has cancer fighting properties and helps build the immune system. Raw honey can soothe coughs and sore throats and can help reduce fevers. It is often used topically to help heal skin rashes, acne or eczema. When honey is mixed with ginger or cinnamon it can help calm upset stomachs, constipation, and nausea. Honey and cinnamon are a particularly powerful combo in helping to regulate blood sugar levels and digestion.
During the winter, honey is one of our best defenses. We eat it often throughout the day if we feel any signs of illness coming on. And it’s a delicious remedy to speed up healing if a cold has already begun. When we eat honey raw, we’ve also noticed an improvement in digestion, energy and a lack of unhealthy cravings!
Perhaps the most convincing element of raw honey is that it has an incredibly sweet, floral flavor that’s perfect for sugar free baking! It’s sweet enough to substitute sugar in almost any recipe. Even if you don’t prefer the taste of raw honey, when baked in certain desserts, you won’t be able to taste any honey flavor. It’s a great sugar substitute!
Where to get Raw Honey
One of the best ways to buy raw honey is from a local beekeeper. With a little research, you’ll find beekeepers are all around and you can get amazing deals buying this way. Better yet, it will be local and you can find beekeepers that treat their bees well. Local will allow you to reap the most benefits out of it for defending your body against sickness and allergies in your climate and environment. If you can’t buy this way, you can always buy raw honey at natural health food stores, most groceries stores and online.
Raw honey can be found in a variety of forms.
Honey comb is a great form of raw honey. It contains wax that has many nutritional benefits when chewed.
Thicker pastes of raw honey make it easy to eat a spoonful for sore throats, allergies or coughs.
The most popular form and most convenient for in the kitchen is that soft, golden liquid. Use it in place of sugar as a naturally sweet sugar substitute. Try these raw honey recipes!
Healthy Raw Honey Recipes
Raw Dark Chocolate Coconut Truffles
When you need a quick dose of raw honey but don’t have time to bake, try these delicious fast honey fixes!
- Spread it on toast or bagels
- Add it to teas or other favorite hot drinks
- Add it to smoothies
- Drizzle it over yogurt and/or granola
- Mix it with butter for extra delicious honey butter
- Add it to peanut butter sandwiches
- Mix it with applesauce and cinnamon
- Replace maple syrup with it on pancakes or waffles