First off, let me just put this out there....honey sold in grocery stores is almost always pasteurized. This process kills all of the enzymes and beneficial compounds that make raw honey so nutritious.
It's said that pasteurized honey is just as unhealthy as eating refined sugar or high fructose corn syrup. So for the record, we're definitely not talking about the store bought honey bear here.
On the other hand, raw honey contains pollen, enzymes, antioxidants, phytonutrients and many other beneficial compounds that researchers are just beginning to learn about.
There are so many benefits and uses out there for raw honey, especially local raw honey. Find a local beekeeper and make friends with them!
So what can you use raw honey for?
There are tons of uses! Here are 6 common uses that you might find helpful:
1. Raw honey is known for its antibacterial properties. Because of this it can be effective as a treatment for acne. Apply a small amount to blemish or create a raw honey facial mask.
2. The antibacterial properties also make it a good treatment for minor cuts and wounds. Apply honey instead of an antibiotic ointment.
3. Some studies and consumers have found raw honey to be effective at reducing allergy symptoms. Take a teaspoon of raw honey a couple times a day for a few months before
4. It has the ability to naturally suppress coughs and soothe sore throats. Add it to warm water or green tea and sip for relief.
5. Some studies and consumers have found raw honey to be effective at reducing allergies. Take one teaspoon twice a day starting a few months before allergy season beings. Try to find raw honey that is sourced as close to your home as possible to build immunity to the allergens.
6. Raw honey can also aid in relaxation and initiating sleep since it includes the sleep-inducing amino acid tryptophan (the same one that's in turkey and puts us all in a coma at Thanksgiving!).
On a side note: I think it's a good reminder that honey is still sugar, approximately 40% fructose and 30% glucose, with the remaining carbohydrates including maltose, sucrose, and other complex carbohydrates. As with any sugar, you should limit the amount you consume daily.
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