October is National Honey Month, so I thought it would be interesting to post a small list of health benefits and interesting facts associated with honey.
You should always buy your honey from a local beekeeper and never from the grocery store. If possible, your honey should be raw, not pasteurized as raw honey will give you the most health benefits in the way of enzymes, vitamins and minerals.
All honey is anti-fungal and anti-bacterial because the bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide.
Honey contains anti-oxidants that can reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease. When you eat honey along with raw cinnamon powder you can reduce your cholesterol.
The ancient Olympic athletes used honey, among other things, to improve their athletic performance. This has now been verified with modern studies. Out of all the sweeteners, honey is the most superior in maintaining glycogen levels and improving recovery time.
Honey works very well with coughs and sore throats, especially buckwheat honey. If you mix 2 tablespoons of raw honey in with hot water, 2 tablespoons vinegar, a dash of cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and then drink that, you will feel better within the hour if you woke up with a sore throat or the beginnings of a cold.
Honey contains simple sugars. However, it is not the same as other sweeteners! Its exact combination of fructose and glucose actually helps regulate blood sugar levels rather than jolting them.
You can help heal wounds and burns with honey simply by slathering honey all over the affected area. A little sticky, but the anti-bacterial properties of honey work really well!
Besides helping to heal wounds and burns, the anti-bacterial properties in honey also help to give you beautiful skin! Honey nourishes and moisturizes your skin, especially when paired with other natural skin-empowering ingredients. The internet is filled with wonderful free skin care recipes that make use of raw honey.
So next time you’re out cruising the country roads or visiting your local farmer’s market, stop in at the beekeeper’s shop nearby and load up on magical, healthy raw honey! The bees will thank you.