The Healing Power of Raw Honey

I love honey.

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Did you know we keep bees? On my 10th birthday, our whole family traveled to Brushy Mountain Bee Farm to purchase my first 1st hive, and all the supplies needed to begin this entrepreneurial endeavor … it was pretty incredible. Twelve years later, we’ve still got bees! As of 2 years ago, I don’t personally care for the hives – another brother has taken on that responsibility. However, I still remember the fabulous memories of standing out there beside my dad, lifting frames from the boxes that were stacked as high as me … looking for the queen bee, inspecting the health of the colony, and estimating how much honey we’d get to harvest, come Summer.

With beekeeping comes patience, dedication, HOT hours in the Summer sun, stings, and a full day or 2 in the garage … de-capping, spinning, straining, wiping up sticky honey. The whole place smells sweet and yummy. There are always bees here and there, especially in our gardens. We occasionally get to catch a swarm that is off on its way to a new location and give it a new home. And even though we sometimes lose our colonies to health issues or starvation, we look forward to the sweet reward of harvesting our very own delicious raw honey! We get all different colors of honey, one year we even got delicious berry flavored honey that was purple!

Caring for bees has given me a whole new appreciation for how precious a spoonful of raw honey is – on average, 1 bee will create 1/10 or 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime. And living life with 9 other people {most of which love raw honey} has helped me understand the powerful healing benefits of ingesting honey.

Here are some of them …

Allergies

A spoonful of raw honey on a daily basis, can make such a difference with allergies! Many friends who have struggled with persistent allergies, have testified that this was huge for them.

“A common theory is that honey acts like a natural vaccine. It contains small amounts of pollen, which if the body is exposed to small amounts of it, it can trigger an immune response that produces antibodies to the pollen. After repeated exposure, you should build up these antibodies and the body should become accustomed to their presence so that less histamine is released, resulting in a lesser allergic response.” – Dr. Matthew Brennecke, Certified Naturopathic Doctor at Rocky Mountain Wellness Center, Fort Collins CO.

It is recommended that you purchase raw {unheated}, local honey from within your own zip code. Look for bee-keepers who have cared for their hives organically, without the use of chemicals.

Wounds

Honey has powerful wound-healing properties that stimulate tissue repair, prevent and reduce inflammation, soothe pain, and increase blood circulation. Apply honey to wounds that have been washed and cleaned.

Burns

For burns involving damaged tissue, raw honey may be mixed with ground up comfrey leaf and wheat germ oil, to make a paste. Apply to the burn and cover with a bandage. Repeat this process until the wound is healed, always keeping the burn moist with the paste and never washing off.

Sore Throat

Honey provides a soothing, antibacterial coating for the throat that may help reduce swelling, redness, and soreness caused by colds and sickness.

Brain Support

Raw Honey helps strengthen the heart, which increases blood circulation and provides support to the brain. This may help with memory, alertness, focus, clarity of thought, and reduce other health issues related to the brain.

Coughing

The smooth, thick consistency of raw Honey helps coat the throat while the sweet taste is believed to trigger nerve endings that protect the throat from incessant coughing. Studies have found that honey may be as effective as the common cough suppressant ingredient dextromethorphan.

Sleeping

Honey can be a very effective sleep aid. It stimulates a rise in insulin, and releases serotonin. The body then converts this into melatonin – a hormone that regulates our sleep and wake cycles.

Honey also contains amino acids, including tryptophan, which enter into the bran and are converted into serotonin and then melatonin.

Dandruff

The antibacterial and antifungal properties in raw honey make it excellent for dandruff and problematic scalp issues. Apply with warm water {and perhaps a few drops of Lavender, Tea Tree, or Rosemary Essential Oil} to the scalp and massage gently. Leave on for several hours before rinsing. This may provide itch relief, soothing of inflammation, decreased redness and flaking, healing of skin lesions, and even improvement in hair growth and health.

Immune Health

Honey is a powerful immune booster. I love to stir some into my Immune Boosting Tea all throughout the Fall and Winter months. A spoonful with some cinnamon is also an excellent way to encourage wellness.

Acne & Skin

Raw honey has powerful skin healing properties. Its antibacterial properties make it great for cleansing the skin and soothing/healing skin irritations. Apply to the face with a little warm water, and leave on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off. You can also add Cinnamon and apply to the skin overnight {although I have discovered this is quite messy}.

As an exfoliator, honey is fabulous for the skin! Add in some powdered oats and rub onto the skin, then rinse with warm water.

Add several cups to a bath to help with dry skin, especially during the winter.

Honey may be applied to the skin to help with eczema, skin rashes, and other skin irritations.

Weight Loss

Honey may be used in place of white sugar, to help with weight loss, cholesterol levels, and overall body health.

This is just the beginning …

Raw honey is fabulous for a wide variety of health issues! Not only does it provide healing for many common health issues, but it also works to energize the body and boost the immune system.

I often take a spoonful with some cinnamon, or fresh lemon juice. I also love to add some to my tea or smoothies.

  • Purchase raw honey, not heated.
  • Look for a local source, within your own zip code.
  • Many beekeepers treat their hives with chemicals to prevent disease and pests … so ask around and find someone in your area that cares for their hives without the use of chemicals.
  • Honey has a LONG shelf life. It is best not to heat the honey that you are ingesting for your health. Raw, cold, straight from the jar is ideal.

Manuka Honey

You may have seen a special kind of honey at your health food store … Manuka Honey is FAR more nutritional even than other kinds of raw honey. Check out Dr. Axe’s post on the benefits of Manuka Honey. 

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