With all the incredible healing benefits of honey I was surprised to hear my grandma say, “I’m allergic to honey”. Apparently she was talking to a woman about her constant allergies and the woman asked her if she ate honey. My gram said “yes – pretty much daily, it’s how I sweeten my tea”. The woman then replied, “well there’s your answer – your allergic to honey.”
I guess when one thinks about it, bees collect pollen in order to make honey. So if you have a pollen allergy or a bee allergy – potentially I guess… yes this could be true.
Research seems to agree, that people are not allergic to honey – infact they are allergic to the pollen or bee.
Although it is not very common, a honey allergy is something that can be experienced by different individuals.
This allergy is not actual an allergy to the honey, but it is a root cause of individuals who are allergic to pollen, bee stings, and other components that go in to the making of the honey that they consume.
Due to the fact that honey is a byproduct of bees and pollen, those who suffer from those allergies, might be more susceptible to a honey allergy.
It is not usually a severe allergy, life threatening, and can generally be treated quite easily.
With that said, let’s go back to my gram for a bit. She stopped using honey and still has all her allergy issues. So I guess her allergies really had nothing to do with honey after all. Before I would go and tell someone that they are allergic to honey… I would probably look at the rest of their diet and living conditions before I jumped to a conclusion like that.
So let’s talk briefly about that shall we…
You know from my previous blog post about avoiding soy (it’s in the middle of the post). That soy is the #1 underlying reason why we have allergies, weak immune systems and an on-slew of other health issues. I’ll be doing a later post more specifically about the root of allergy issues, but for now we will keep it short… weak immune systems. You got it, the root of all allergies is weak immune systems.
Let’s just think back, before GMO crops. People didn’t have honey allergies. Why… people had stronger immune systems due to healthier lifestyles, healthier drinking water, and little to no soy consumption. It’s really that simple.
All that aside, let’s talk about why I choose to eat raw honey daily. Notice… I said “raw honey”, not organic honey. You want the good stuff, the unfiltered unpasteurized RAW honey.
Honey naturally contains nutrients and enzymes, however, these health benefits are specific to unpasteurized honey.
Manufacturers process most of the honey you find in grocery stores. Heating the honey helps improve the color and texture, and removes any unwanted crystallization. But…many, if not all of the beneficial antioxidants and bacteria are also removed or destroyed in the process.
I’ve not found many brands of Raw Honey, even organic honey comes pasteurized. I did find a devine brand of raw honey imported from Italy at Job Lots once… goodness me was it delicious. Seriously the best honey I’ve ever tasted. I went back and bought all of it that they had on the shelf. Of course I gave bottles to friends and family who I knew would appreciate it. Then Josh and I enjoyed the rest on toast; tea, bagels and even just by the tablespoon!
After I ran out of that, I found a Christian family that sells their raw honey through Shaws. It’s called: Nature Nate’s. Pictured above, I was also able to find it on Amazon for only $10 bucks!
Healing Benefits Of Raw Honey In Your Daily Life
So let’s get to the good stuff shall we?
What are the benefits of eating raw honey daily…
1. A Good Source of Antioxidants
Raw honey contains antioxidants called phenolic compounds. Some types of honey have as many antioxidants as fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants help to protect your body from cell damage due to free radicals.
Free radicals contribute to the aging process and may also contribute to the development of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Studies show that polyphenols in honey may play a role in preventing heart disease.
2. Antibacterial and Antifungal Properties
Raw honey can kill unwanted bacteria and fungus. It naturally contains hydrogen peroxide, an antiseptic. Several hospitals in Europe have used Manuka honey to fight methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or commonly known as (MRSA), a type of staph bacterial infection that’s become resistant to antibiotics. The effectiveness of honey as an antibacterial or antifungal depends on the type of honey.
3. Heal Wounds
Raw Manuka honey is also used in medical settings to treat wounds because it’s an effective germ killer. Researchers believe this is because it has additional antibacterial properties besides the natural hydrogen peroxide. Studies show that Raw Manuka honey can boost healing time and reduce infections in wounds!
4. Filled with Phytonutrients
Phytonutrients are compounds found in plants that help protect the plant from harm. For example, some may keep insects away or shield the plant from harsh UV radiation.
Phytonutrients provide both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, which help you maintain good health. Because honey is made from plants, it also has phytonutrients. These valuable nutrients are unique to raw honey and disappear when honey is heavily processed.
5. Help for Digestive Issues
Raw honey is sometimes used to treat digestive issues such as diarrhea, though there isn’t much research to show that it works. However, it’s proven to be effective as a treatment for Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), a common cause of peptic ulcers. (Peptic ulcers occur in the stomach or digestive system.) Taking 1-2 teaspoons on an empty stomach is said to soothe pain and help with the healing process.
6. Soothe a Sore Throat
Raw honey is also an old sore throat remedy. Try adding it to hot tea with lemon. It also works as a cough suppressant. Research shows that honey is as effective as dextromethorphan, a common over-the-counter cough medicine ingredient, in treating a cough. Just eat one or two teaspoons straight up.
Our goal is that when we start our farm, to collect our own honey using these new Flow Hives! I’m super excited about harvesting our own honey. Before the Flow hives – I never wanted to harvest my own honey. I felt it was just to much risk -the traditional way (for both me and the bees).
I love that the Flow Hives where designed by a father and son, my favorite part of the whole clip below.. is the little girl at the end. I grew up with a fear of bees and I love that this little girls brings to light a new generation of understanding and appreciation for God’s creation and enjoying the simple things in life – like honey!
Harvesting Your Own Raw Honey With Flow Hives!
You can learn more about Flow Hives on their website: www.honeyflow.com
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