The pure form of honey that is unpasteurized and non-processed is known as Raw Honey. This honey is alkaline and is a rich source of natural enzymes, anti-oxidants, vitamins and other vital nutrients.
How Is Raw Honey Made
The worker bees collect the nectar of the flowers and store it in their honey sac where its combined with various natural acid secretions. The water content in the honey is reduced from 80 percent to 20 percent by these bees before the cell is sealed.
What It Contains
Raw honey is an instant energy booster as it contains approximately 80 vital elements that are required for human nutrition. Apart from glucose and fructose, this nectar is a rich source of minerals such as calcium, chlorine, iodine, sodium, copper, phosphorus, sulfur, and manganese. All of vitamin B-complex along with vitamins such as A, D, C, E and K are found in the honey.
History Of Raw Honey
The practice of beekeeping, apiculture, dates back to 700 BC. During this period honey was used mainly as an offering to the gods. Egyptians used it for embalming. Honey was also used for cosmetic and medicinal purposes. In those days, honey was a treat affordable only by the wealthy and aristocrats.
Health Benefits Of Raw Honey
- Natural source of antioxidants
Raw honey is a good source of phenolic compounds which, are antioxidants. Consuming a spoon of honey keeps the free radicals in the body under check. It also slows the aging process.
- Anti-fungal and antibacterial properties
Raw honey contains hydrogen peroxide, an antiseptic element that can kill fungus as well as bacteria. Note that the effectiveness of honey as an antibacterial depends on the variety of the honey.
- Natural source of phytonutrients
Phytonutrients are unique to raw honey and is lost when honey is processed. These compounds have anti-inflammatory benefits. Phytonutrients are compounds found in plants and they protect the plants from harmful insects and ultra violet radiation. These nutrients are transferred to the honey through the bees.
- Cures a sore throat
This natural nectar is a cough suppressant. Hot lemon tea with a spoon of honey will cure sore throat. It contains a chemical dextromethorphan, an ingredient that is found in the over-the-counter cough medicine.
- Relieves stomach pain
Honey is a home remedy used to treat diarrhea. Take a couple of teaspoons of it on an empty stomach to reduce the pain.
Procure raw honey from the local farmer’s market. Always keep a bottle of honey in your pantry.