I always wanted to be a beekeeper. Ever since I was little, I had a fascination with the black-and-yellow-striped creatures. I never feared honeybees, and thankfully, had no adverse reaction to their sting. Maybe that’s why I remained UN-stung well into my adult life. Even so, the busyness of the worker bee always intrigued me.
So after years of downing Alka-Seltzer plus daily for my hay fever (I guess my parents weren’t aware the drug caused seagulls to explode), I decided to nip my health issues in the bud. I conducted some research and discovered the beneficial effects of raw honey. Here are some findings:
Raw honey provides seasonal allergy relief:
Check it out – if seasonal pollen causes you to itch, sneeze, water and flare up, why not desensitize your immune system to the nasty invaders? Bees collect the pollen that allergy sufferers dread and raw local honey, ingested in its natural state, delivers trace amounts of pollen to the system. The minute exposure desensitizes the immune system, coaxing it to “chill out” when encountering foreign invaders.
While I may not be telling you anything new – after all it’s common knowledge that honey helps allergies – here’s some findings you might not know…
Raw honey builds immunity:
Raw honey contains propolis, a substance bees make by combining tree sap with their own secretions. Propolis has natural antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. Mixed with a little turmeric, raw honey thwarts nasty viruses and lessens their duration. Take it from me. My children ingest Boo Candy all winter long. It REALLY WORKS!
Raw honey promotes digestive health:
Honey is a popular home remedy for digestive ailments. For immediate relief of diarrhea, constipation and nausea, try a little honey and lemon tea. Inflammatory conditions, such as Crohns Disease and irritable bowel syndrome, benefit from the properties of this potent syrup. And if you overdo your Memorial Day feast, just a dollop, loaded with crucial enzymes, helps your body churn through the excess.
Raw honey regulates blood sugar:
No doubt, honey is a good source of energy. But did you know that honey also bolsters athletic performance? During times of exertion, honey helps you maintain optimal blood sugar levels. It also speeds muscle recovery and healing, getting you back in the saddle after a day of bodily wear and tear.
The full benefits of raw honey can’t be disclosed in a trite blog post, so do some research if you have a specific ailment that needs fixing. And before reaching for a supplement loaded with caffeine and fructose, or worse yet downing toxic antihistamines, hit your health food store and pick up a jar of this local healing nectar.
** Note: At this time, Kate’s Real Food does not use RAW honey our bars, as it is not an economically feasible option. We do, however, use organic honey from Glory Bee Foods.
Christina Shepherd McGuire is a wife, mother, mountain biker and freelance writer. When she’s not busy pedaling her bike through the woods or engaging in first-grade homework, she’s crafting styly pose for cool brands like Kate’s Real Food. Check out her exploration of adventure living, creative work and modern mothering at www.skirtingseason.com.