For thousands of years, honey has been a cure-all, used both as a sweetener and as a healing agent. Unfortunaley, all of this healing power is no longer present in most mass produced honey today. When we appreacite honey for all it can do, beyond it’s flavor, we develop a higher care in the health of the environment and the virgin terrains on the globe that produce such purity, and the people who harness and harvest it
Frequently Asked Questions
Is your honey Fair trade and if yes, who has certified you?
Is your honey organic and if yes who has certified you?
What is the origin of your honey?
What is raw honey and what is organic honey?
In the global honey market, there are various demands of honey. Yet the two popular ones are raw honey and organic honey. Although there is not much of a difference between the two, raw honey is the most original sweet liquid that is produced by the honeybees from the concentrated nectar of the flowers. It is directly collected from the honey extractor so there is no added heat, completely unpasteurized and unprocessed.
It is rare to find raw honey in the supermarket. Usually raw or unfiltered honey can be bought directly from the bee farm or online. One of the reason why raw or unfiltered honey is rare to find in supermarkets is simply because it isn’t as appealing from a commercial standpoint. The honey is seen cloudier than usual and it contains particles such as bee pollen, honeycomb bits, propolis, and very rarely with broken bee wing fragments. On average, before bottling raw honey, any dead bees, legs, wings or chunks of beeswax are straining out.
What are the benefits of Raw Honey?
Raw honey, has a distinguished nutritional value and many health benefits. It is one of the best alternatives as a sweetener. Moreover, raw honey is considered as functional food or also as alkaline food. The ingredients in raw honey are also found in certain fruits, so once consumed it becomes alkaline in the digestive system. It does not ferment in the stomach and it can be used to counteract acid indigestion.
Raw honey contains 22 amino acids, 27 minerals and 5,000 enzymes. Minerals include iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and selenium. Vitamins found in honey include vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and niacin. Therefore, the benefits for raw honey varies. Here is to list a few:
- Natural Cough Syrup: Honey is an old sore throat and cold remedy. It works as a cough suppressant. Studies from US National Library of Medicine and National Institute of Health honey was just as effective as diphenhydramine and dextromethorphan, which are common ingredients in over the counter medicine.
- Natural Energy Source: Studies have shown that raw honey is one of the best choices of carbohydrate to consume right before exercising. That is why it is included in some of the best pre-workout snacks and post-workout meals. Raw honey contains natural sugars, water, minerals, vitamins, pollen and protein.
- Gastrointestinal disease: Evidence suggests honey might help relieve gastrointestinal tract conditions such as diarrhea associated with gastroenteritis. Honey might also be effective as part of oral rehydration therapy.
- Wound care: Topical use of medical-grade honey is showing to help wound healing, particularly in burns.
- Helps with sleep: Research indicates that honey facilitates restorative sleep by contributing to the release of melatonin in the brain. Honey triggers a small spike in insulin levels and insulin stimulates the release of tryptophan in the brain. Tryptophan is converting to serotonin, which in the dark is converting to melatonin. Melatonin in return inhibits the release of insulin, thus further stabilizing blood sugar levels during the night. Melatonin is necessary for restorative sleep. Often called the “wellness hormone,” it helps to enhance immunity and facilitate the rebuilding of tissues during rest.
How to check if your honey is raw and organic?
First, it is advised to note whether the coloration of the honey is light yellow, medium yellow, golden, yellow or slightly brown. On average raw honey will look lighter yellow and will be more opaque.
Second, look at the honey at the top of the jar to see if it is clear, opaque or if it contains a thick crust of brown pellets. It is because raw honey will contain a thick crust of healthful propolis, which will look like small brown or tan pellets on the top of the honey.
Thirdly, scoop the top off of the honey in the jar to inspect. It is advice to check if there is a demarcation between the top of the honey in the scoop and the bottom of the honey in the scoop. Raw honey will settle in layers, which will be the most noticeable at the top of the jar.
In general, honey is organic when it is taken from its natural location which is the beehive. In order for a food to be labeled as organic it must be grown in safe soil, have no modifications and must remain separate from conventional products, or products that are not organic. Therefore, no unnatural pesticides, bioengineered genes or other synthetic products can be used in preparing or storing the honey. When honey is collected using safe practices in a natural beehive, it is still in an organic state.