The Health Benefits of Locally-Grown Raw Honey

Raw Honey is Tasty and Healthy!

Health Benefits of Honey

Honey has been used for centuries for its healing properties and sweet flavor. Honey is much sweeter than table sugar and is better for you.

When possible, it’s best to buy locally grown, organic, raw honey. This will be produced by bees in or near the environment you live. Consuming foods from the area you live is beneficial as they contain the immune stimulating properties needed for your body to adapt to its environment.

Fresh, raw honey will also be tastier, and more potent. When you buy from local independent farmers you help your local economy.

Health Benefits of Honey

As a healing remedy, raw honey can address multiple issues. There are far more benefits of honey than I can include here but here are some of the more interesting benefits you may not know about.

  • Organic, raw honey can provide an energy boost. Its carbohydrates supply energy and strength and it can boost your endurance and reduce muscle fatigue.
  • Honey is a great aid in relieving morning sickness, reportedly even more effective than traditional soda crackers.
  • Honey is good for sore throats, laryngitis and pharyngitis.
  • Honey and cinnamon can help in many areas including relief from bladder infections, arthritis, upset stomach and bad breath. It’s even supposed to be able to slow down hair loss.
  • Raw honey can be used as a medication for issues related to male impotence and female infertility. Warm raw goat milk and raw honey is believed to increase sperm count considerably.
  • A salve made of honey, for diabetic ulcers, has been proven effective when other topical ointments are not well tolerated. It can be applied to eczema, canker sores or bleeding gums.
  • Honey and apple cider vinegar can be used for many ailments like stomach aches, constipation and even migraines.
  • Honey and lemon goes to work in the body shifting the extra fat stores, thus making it usable energy for regular body functions. Honey is cholesterol-free and can reportedly help keep cholesterol levels in check
  • Raw honey has a viscous texture due to its low water content. It is a poor environment for bad bacteria to grow and is a good natural preservative.

Raw honey is a remarkable natural substance that is receiving a lot of well-deserved attention. Seek out local markets for organic goods to get the freshest products. Support your local independent farmers; helping them to stay in business is good for them and for your economy.

Precautions

Honey contains a natural presence of botulinum endospores, therefore, children under one year old should not be given honey. Before the age of twelve months, a child’s intestinal tract is not mature enough to inhibit the growth of Clostridium botulinum, which is often found in honey. No honey, in any form, should be given to babies younger than one.

- Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

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  • Ann

    Actually, kind beekeepers only harvest what they can from the hive – and leave the bees plently of sweet honey to give them energy over the winter. Also, it is highly more likely that genetically modified plants as well as pesticides and pollution are a greater cause of colony collapse disorder which has only become prevalent in recent years, though people have been keeping bees for much, much longer.

  • Ann

    There is absolutely a way to certify honey organic. My apiary is proof. Our bees live on ample acreage which far surpasses the 6 mile radius that bees will SOMETIMES travel if there are no nectar sources near the hive. The property has been in my family for over 50 years and absolutely NO pesticides have been used on the plants or the soil during that time. We are also certified organic vegetable and fruit farmers. I would really like to know where people get such bogus information that most beehives are located close to cities and such. Take a visit to Ohio! Pesticides and antibiotics are NEVER used in my hives. Try getting your information from the source! You may be surprised at the truth – as it greatly differs from your assumptions.

  • Dale

    I live in Ohio. Where in Ohio is your farm located? Do you market your honey with any of the health food stores in the state? What brand do you sell under?
    I’ve been buying honey recently, trying various brands and versions, from clover honey to wildflower honey and I’d like to buy raw organic locally branded, if possible.

  • Deb

    Maybe it’s just me, but raw honey tastes better to me than processed honey. I’ll never switch from raw honey, due to the flavor alone, not to mention the health benefits.

  • Raw Honey

    Thanks for posting this on our facebook wall. For just a few dollars more you can get the best honey around that truly does have some amazing benefits. Your typical store is concerned about making money, and not bringing you the best.

    Raw honey is amazing there is no comparison.

    HoneyPacifica.com

  • Nikki

    Depends on where you are, I get mine fro a local in texas, and it is the BEST honey I have ever tasted, all 100% raw, unfiltered, non-heat treated honey. My drive time is 15-20 minutes from home and the cost is very reasonable. I have lost 40 pounds, alot of OTHER pluses since last August with my secret formula, ready to share if interested!

  • Lilly

    Will raw honey still have it’s beneficial properties once added to hot tea?

    Thanks for any responses!

  • Zac Settles

    Boiling water added to honey will kill all of its enzymes. To be on the safe side I would stay belowe 100 degreess. I’ve had two beekepers say stay below 115 and 100.

    It’s the same concept for Fuits, Veggies and Raw milk. F and V enzymes are killed at 116 degrees, and not sure exactly for Raw milk, but it’s in that range.

  • Maribel

    Please share with me your secret formula! Thank you!

  • Guy

    If you want to try something different, check out the raw creamed cinnamon honey from QueenBeeRawHoney.com

  • http://msn.com jean

    does anyone know if type 2 diabetics can use raw honey as a sweetner?

  • Andy

    Diabetics should consider honey just like any another sweetener however honey causes a much lower rise in blood sugar than the refined sugars dextrose or sucrose.
    Very few people know that honey in the super market aisle is heated to and above 60* c -140* F to keep it from crystallizing. There is no way around it, you have to do it if you like to ship it to far off places. But heated honey is no different than sugar syrup devoid of healing enzymes that work synergically with natural sugars in honey. There are very few honeys which do not crystalize easily due to high water contents. Sidr is one of them.

  • Andy

    Bee feeding on Algae? Blue berries?
    It is highly unusual as bees diet consist of pollen and sugary syrup( nectar, honey dew, sweet juice of fruits, sugar syrup).
    Next someone will invent purple honey on island with bees fed with prunes :)

  • Andy

    Tim, I also ask for scientific study when someone makes outlandish, outrageous claims, But honey for impotence is definitely in not category. Because it will amount to defying the folk medicine and wisdom, people in middle east and far east have been using it for centuries. Now the study part, just because you can not patent honey so there is absolutely no money to be made by any research on honey. Give me couple of million bucks and I will design a study and prove it

  • http://msn.com jean

    Thank you very much for such a quick response Jean

  • Alice Ferguson

    Could you please share with me the secret of your weight loss with raw honey. I would appreciate it very much.

    Alice F.

  • Carla

    I AGREE WITH YOU I HAD BE TAKING CLOVER HONEY AND I SWITCH TO RAW HONEY AND THE TASTE IS SO MUCH BETTER AND SMOOTHER TO ME

  • Gary

    Andy, This makes zero sense. No money to be made in honey? The honey manufacturers are not in it for their health. But even more, I would expect universities in areas that produce a lot of honey to have investigated the question. After all, if there really were health benefits in raw honey, SOMEBODY would do a study and the raw honey backers would be trumpeting the study’s results every chance they get.

    Besides, these are pretty outrageous claims. It’s honey either way, raw or processed, which is basically sugar and water. What could raw honey have in it to increase fertility that processed does not?

    I’m not trolling here … I would sincerely like to see any kind of study or evidence for the claims raw honey supporters make.

  • Dr. Edward Group

    Hi Gary!

    Thanks for your response. Here are two links that will help direct you to more studies and clinical evidence that may give you more insight.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honey#In_medicine

    http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=96

    Thank you for participating in the conversation about raw honey!

  • Paula

    Please share you secret formula with me

  • Jim Crater

    Where can i buy local raw honey? I live in Crestwood, Illinois.

  • ehoneybees

    its a nice as well as informative article i ever read. but what is the difference between raw honey and the honey we buy from shop?

  • Barbara

    Just found this website. How did you lose 40lbs with raw honey? And what is your secrete reciepe?

    Thank you,
    Barbara

  • Shmeckelber

    Trader joes

  • Sandy

    Please share your weight loss secret…

  • Josh

    Yes, clover honey is gross to me. Wildflower is my favorite. It has the most depth flavor and can be used as a neutral sweetening agent in my recipes. I also enjoy creamed cinnamon honey from Raw Honey Farms

  • Judith

    from where?

  • Josh
  • My Guess

    So what exactly is the difference between raw honey and the perfectly golden, liquid honey that you see often bottled in a squeezable bottle?

    First of all, raw honey has not been heated excessively through pasteurization. The only way to get that perfectly clear look of most commercial honeys is to heat it and then filter it excessively.

    The problem with heat is that many nutrients in honey are very sensitive to it and die. It’s the beneficial enzymes found in
    raw honey that make it so digestible to humans. Raw honey is minimally filtered and does not destroy the health promoting enzymes and other nutrients.

  • Ashraf Nizamani

    I have heard that honey can act as weight reducing agent when used in warm water.If anybody knows about it he may let me know me the quantity of honey and water to be mixed.

  • Linda

    google the farmer’s markets in your area. Raw local honey is bound to be sold there. And it is delicious!

  • Tracey

    Nikki, please share, I am very interested.

  • Edward Group

    Thanks for reading the article, and I’m glad you enjoyed it. That is really a complex article, but it comes down to processed verses high quality organic products. Not only do you have a higher enzyme content, but the benefits will be astronomically higher.

    All the best,

    Dr. Edward Group, DC, ND

  • Herban Legend Farm

    Remember, it is usually a falsehood to say honey is “organic” unless you keep your bees 100% enclosed. We maintain our own hive but our bees go where they want. Raw, unfiltered honey is wonderful… But slapping an “organic” label on it is at best unaware and at worse false advertising to cater to the market.

  • Edward Group

    You bring up a good point. Honey is currently NOT included in the USDA’s National Organic Standard according to a recent policy statement by the USDA’s National Organic Program. This basically means that there is no legal definition of organic U.S. honey. However, the USDA does allow honey to be labeled “organic” provided its producer has had its honey certified as organic by one of the 120 or so USDA-accredited certified agents; typically this applies to honey imported into the U.S. The big problem is this – the policy states that a non-U.S. producer’s certifying agent must apply rules as strict as the U.S. rules – but there are NO U.S. rules specifically for honey, which is why it is some people argue it is easier to gain organic status for non-U.S. honey, some of which would not be considered organic by the average consumer.

  • Lina

    Can I get your raw honey recipe to loose weight

  • Sir2You

    They already have purple honey here. They use it in place of Ex-Lax…

  • http://bestpreparedness.com bestpreparedness.com

    I will be getting my own bee’s shortly, I have planted about 20-30,000 medicinal herbs and plant seeds around my property, here’s hoping that those benefits will transfer to the honey

  • LEO

    I don’t really know what you mean, when you said with the closer the farm from home the better. It does not matter how far the farm is from home , if the farm is a trust-able one, because honey that is not contaminated with water; never lose its nutritional value.

  • teri

    The store I work at has hives on the roof of the store. But we are only in the Portland, OR metro area.

  • Angequan

    No kidding, I agree with You 100 percent. The difference in the flavor alone is extraordinary, but the energy I feel from it is outstanding!! Never going back!

  • Char

    I buy my honey from a local farmer. I live in Washington State and we have many apple orchards that are sprayed. The farmer said it was organic and I asked him if there were apple orchards near him and he said no but his bees traveled at least 20 miles and I know orchards are in that area. When bees work on the flowers of sprayed trees what does this do to the honey. Another local gee keeper said you can’t label it organic because the honey is so pure no matter where it goes. Information would be helpful

  • char

    I purchased raw honey from a farmer here in Washington and it cost me $15 a pint. I thought it was outrageous but didn’t know where else to get it. It is delicious

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