Raw honey is the concentrated nectar of flowers that comes straight from the extractor; it is the only unheated, pure, unpasteurized, unprocessed honey. The medicinal quality, taste, texture, color, aroma of honey differs according to the geographical area and species of plants from which it has been collected.
Honey’s nutritional profile is primarily carbohydrates, water, vitamins and minerals. These vitamins and minerals include: niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and minerals such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.
The following lists some of the health benefits of raw honey (natural sugar):
- Excellent source of antioxidants. Flavinoid pinocembrin is unique to honey, which optimizes health benefits; whereas, pinostrobin supports and promotes healthy enzyme activity.
- Propolis is a gummy substance full of enzymes, created by bees when they add their own proteins with tree sap and other plant resins.
- In sports and endurance, honey can provide 17 grams of carbohydrates per tablespoon, and can be an inexpensive alternative to commercial sports gels.
- Supports “good bacteria” like Bifidobacteria in the gastrointestinal tract, which is essential for efficient digestion and good health. Honey contains pre/pro biotics that help the growth and activity of Bifidobacteria because it is an alkaline-forming food, and is similar to ingredients found in fruits. It doesn’t ferment in the stomach and it can be used to counteract indigestion.
- Raw honey has inherent anti-fungal properties, can treat allergies by promoting a strong immune system, and has powerful anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Aging is the slow depletion of enzymes from the body, and raw honey is one of the few foods that can be ingested to get a surplus of amalase. Amlase is the enzyme that breaks down sugars and carbohydrates. It can restore damaged skin to give softer, younger look.
Healers from all over the world (Southeast Asia, Americas, Europe, and China) have used honey for centuries for many healing procedures: the eyes and eye sight, to increase libido and fertility, thirst, dissolving Kapha, reducing the effects of poison, stopping hiccups, cleansing wounds, healing and sealing wounds, aid the quick healing of deep wounds, initiating the growth of healthy granulation tissue, and treating insomnia. It is known that fresh collected honey can help increase body weight and is a mild laxative, while stored honey can be used to help metabolize fat and scrape Kapha.
Why honey is used for therapeutic reasons:
- Glucose is quickly absorbed by our digestive system and converted into energy. This can be an instant energizer.
- Fructose is absorbed more slowly providing sustaining energy.
- Calcium absorption and hemoglobin count can be increased by raw honey to prevent anemia.
- Honey causes a significantly lower rise in blood sugar than refined sugars, which provides a stabilizing effect.
- Natural honey may also lower total cholesterol while increasing HDL(good) cholesterol.
- As it is hygroscopic it speeds up healing, growth of healing tissue and dries it up.
- Honey acts as a sedative and is very useful in bed wetting disorders.
- Honey has antibacterial properties due to its acidic nature and enzymically produced hydrogen peroxide.
- Constant use of honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacterial and viral diseases
- Can help treat minor acne by attacking the bacteria that cause outbreaks while moisturizing the skin to aid in rejuvenation.
Home Remedies with Honey:
- Mix 2 teaspoons of honey with carrot juice and consume regularly. This helps to improve eyesight and is very helpful for those who sit before a computer for long hours.
- For a cold, cough, and congested chest mix 2 teaspoons of honey with equal quantity of ginger juice and should be consumed frequently.
- One teaspoon of honey every four to six hours can abate a persistent cough.
- A mixture of black pepper powder, honey, and ginger juice in equal quantities, when consumed thrice daily help to relieve the symptoms of asthma.
- Regular use of one teaspoon of garlic juice mixed with 2 teaspoons of honey help to control blood pressure.
- One glass of warm water taken with 2 teaspoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in early morning reduces fat and purifies blood.
The amazing health benefits have been known by healers for centuries. According to Pubmed, there have been over 4,357 medical studies on healing effects of honey; moreover, 1,194 of these studies relating to honey as a treatment, and 132 of these studies were relating to the antioxidants in honey. For more information check out the health article link.