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Raw Honey: A Tasty Natural Sweetener

Orange Icon  Raw Honey: A Tasty Natural Sweetener

Orange Icon  Raw Honey: A Tasty Natural Sweetener

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Raw honey is not only a tasty natural sweetener, but it is also known for it's many medicinal uses. In a raw state, honey is unheated, pure, unpasteurized, and unprocessed. Most honeys you will find in the store are processed and clear. They have gone through pasteurization (heating and cooling), and filtration. This process kills yeast and prevents fermentation. Raw honey, however, contains propolis, vitamins, pollen, honeycomb, trace minerals, and is made with no pesticides. It is more nutritious because it has not had all its naturally occurring yeast and enzymes destroyed, those which are responsible for activating vitamins and minerals. Because of this, raw honey is said to treat a variety of ailments.

Mixed with ginger and lemon in hot tea, raw honey relieves nausea, has been known to alleviate morning sickness, and help with infertility issues. It can provide an energy boost on a slow day, or soothe a sore throat during cold season. Used to treat skin rashes, burns, or abrasions, honey can be applied in a thin layer and then topped with a dust of cornstarch to get rid of stickiness. Raw honey is an antimicrobial and antioxidant, so it kills bacteria and repairs free radical damage in the skin. Some people claim to find relief from cold sores by applying a little honey to the affected area. Buckwheat honey, specifically, is used as a treatment for respiratory infections. Honey mixed with apple cider vinegar is helpful for a stomach ache, and honey combined with lemon is great for weight loss. As you can see, the benefits of raw honey are endless.

Personally, I like to make my morning tea with a small amount of raw honey and some fresh lemon juice before I eat breakfast to cleanse my system for the day. I suggest you drink green or white tea unless you have a sensitivity to caffeine. It is also wonderful for cooking and baking, and can be used to sweeten other beverages like coffee. Because honey is synthesized by the body differently than sucrose or sugar, the effect on blood sugar is less severe. I still encourage monitoring your intake, considering it is still a type of sugar, but it is a much better option. Make sure your honey is natural and raw to receive these benefits, since artificial honey is void of nutrients much like traditional sugar.

Tip: To soften your honey place it in a warm room for several hours or closed in a bowl of warm water. Make sure to store in a cool, dark place.