If you haven’t heard of the benefits of local, raw honey, let me enlighten you!
First off ‘raw’ honey, is honey straight from the bees in its pure, natural state. It was never heated, cleaned or processed, the pollen is still inside and sometimes even have bits of honey comb in it. It varies in taste at different times of the year, based on what the bees have been pollinating. ‘Local’ honey is just that- local.
So raw honey has tons of benefits. It has been shown to help with
- Improving immune system
- Calming nerves
- Colds/Sore throats
- Relieving pain
- Clearing skin (used externally)
When you add local into the mix, it becomes an alley to removing seasonal allergy ailments!! Since its local, the same pollens that are causing you to have allergic reactions, are the same that the bees are pollinating. So if you eat local, raw honey, you get small amounts of the same allergens through the honey. This acts as an immune booster and can help relieve your allergies! I works in the same way receiving allergy shots over a long period of time does. You receive a small, much more manageable, dose of the allergen over a long time, keeping your body from over dosing when your exposed outside. Its pretty awesome, actually!
Mass produced ‘honey’ from the grocery store, is really not the same thing. Studies have shown that most of the honey in grocery stores has had the pollen removed! On top of that, a lot of big bee keeping companies will force feed their bees high fructose corn syrup. Which contributes to 2/3 of their production. Thus making only 1/3 of the honey, real, pure honey, and causing your ‘honey’ to contain HFCS. Not cool.
So if your still eating mass produced ‘honey’ from the grocery store, STOP!!
Get some good quality, local, raw honey and indulge in its yummy, local flavor!!
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~Courtney, The Crunchy Delinquent
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