Throughout history raw honey has been used as both as a delicious food and as a folk remedy for numerous health issues. It boasts a variety of health benefits. However, many of these are specific to raw, or unpasteurized, honey.
From radiant skin to fueling your workouts
There are lots of reasons to love honey, a gift from nature historically used for everything from skincare (think Cleopatra’s baths in milk and honey) to treating burns and wounds. Honey is also a superfood that supercharges workouts and boosts energy with complex carbohydrates. if you exercise, try adding honey to your smoothies for optimum post-workout recovery.
Got allergies? Try honey! Pollen is the culprit of most allergy symptoms; a small amount of pollen is in raw honey. Consuming a teaspoon of raw honey daily, year-round gradually exposes your immune system to pollen. Over time, you build up a tolerance to pollen, easing symptoms and providing relief during high pollen count seasons — more on the benefits of honey and allergies.
Food and medicine
The history of honey as medicine goes back to the ancient Egyptians not only as a source of food but as a medicinal healing power. The science may be new, but there is credible and documented research on using honey in remedies to treat disease. Here we explore the amazing power of honey as medicine.
Not all honey is equal
Most of the honey you find in grocery stores today is pasteurized. The reason for this is that the high heat kills unwanted yeast, helps improve the color, removes crystallization, and extends the overal shelf life. However, many of the beneficial nutrients that make raw honey the superfood that it is… are also destroyed in the process. So, if you want all the health benefits honey has to offer, choose raw instead of pasteurized honey.