Raw honey is one of the most underappreciated health foods in America. It’s been cherished throughout history, yet lost its way during the dark ages of pasteurization. But raw honey is back and better than ever. Primal eaters call it nature’s greatest sweetener, vegans call it bee vomit, and Winnie the Pooh calls “Hunny,” lunch, but what is raw honey, really?
To give you a strictly technical answer, raw honey is a one hundred percent natural product produced by bees, using the nectar they extract from plants. It has been praised through history for its medicinal properties and various culinary uses. To give you a lighthearted, California paraphrase, raw honey is liquid gold, baby!!!
Raw honey has had a long and glorious career, making its way into nearly every civilization in world history. Ancient Chinese and Egyptians used it as medicine, while the ancient Romans traded it as currency. A jar of 5,000 year old honey was recently discovered in Georgia and, get this, it’s still edible!!! One of honey’s most iconic qualities is its, essentially, eternal shelf life. FUN FACT: It’s suspected that Alexander the Great was embalmed in honey. Even Pooh might that find a bit extreme!
Many people use raw honey simply because they know it’s healthier than white sugar. They’re not in on the secret that raw honey isn’t just a natural sweetener, it’s a superfood that some would go so far as to call, medicine. Raw honey is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal. It sounds a lot like medicine already, right? It can be used topically to treat skin ailments like acne and eczema, as well as, aid in healing open wounds and sores. It has long been applauded for its great effect on seasonal allergies. Many people take local honey instead of traditional anti-histamines. It’s soothing to the digestive tract and throat, hence the tradition of hot water, honey, and lemon for the treatment of stomach aches and hoarse voices. Raw honey has been shown to relieve anxiety and depression, partially because of its hormone balancing properties. If Pooh wasn’t so darn stingy with his “hunny,” maybe Piglet and Eeyore would have been in better moods. Alas, we’ll never know. We DO know, though, that raw honey has been used to treat ulcers, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and imbalanced blood sugars. If you didn’t think that honey could get any better, check this out. Raw honey pumps up the human immune system and is a powerhouse antioxidant with alkalinizing, free radical busting, cancer fighting properties. Now do you understand why I called this stuff “liquid gold?”
A friend asked me the other day if there was one food I would be devastated to have an allergy to. My reaction was quick and decisive. “Raw Honey!!!” I exclaimed without hesitation. I, without fail, consume raw honey on a daily basis. Whether I’m spooning it onto my soaked oatmeal or using it to sweeten healthy baked goods, I’m getting the good stuff in me. Raw honey has been an essential part of my health journey. It has helped me overcome detrimental allergies, seal the lining of my leaky gut, and work out my PCOS induced insulin issues. I have a strong emotional attachment to my honey, and, although I love watching my family getting healthier, I do hate seeing my honey vanish before my eyes. I’m a bit possessive, but, hey, at least I don’t plan on being buried in the stuff!
If you’re suffering from any of the above issues, or if you’re just trying to use food based medicine in a preventative way, raw honey is something that needs to be in your diet. You can use it as a 1:3 replacement for white sugar in baked goods, add it to tea or oatmeal, dip your apples in it, or eat it straight out of the jar. The possibilities are endless. Medicine has never tasted so good!
Originally posted to EatNaturallyMag.com