Organic Honey: A Healthy Addition to Your Cupboard
When people go out shopping for honey, they will often imagine purchasing the bear-shaped squeeze bottle, or some other brand of honey, which has been mass produced for consumption. Usually, shoppers will often find organic honey in the exact same place mass produced honey is found, or in the organic food aisle. Either way, people tend to stray away from this type of honey. One of the biggest reasons for this is the price of the product, as most organic food products tend to be more expensive than their mass-produced counterparts. Unfortunately this especially holds true for honey. So, what makes natural honey worth its price tag?
First, it is important to know what sets apart organic (known as “raw”) from regular bottled honey. Obviously, they both come from the same location: bees! Bee farmers have large, wooden flasks with wires on the bottom. These wires hold a large foundation of wax, and bees are let into the flasks where they start building their hives. The bees create honey, and we as consumers extract this honey for consumption. This is one of the big things that sets apart organic from mass produced honey; the bee farms themselves. In organic bee farms, strict regulations are put in place to ensure that the hive is supplied with natural nectar that does not come from non-organic sources. They are kept within a strict environment to ensure that the honey produced is as natural as possible. This way, the product is kept nearly one-hundred-percent organic.
One other thing that sets organic raw honey apart from regular honey is the fact that normal honey is heated. This heat process often removes the almost five thousands living enzymes from honey (along with other nutrients), resulting in a product which is devoid of most health benefits. However, organic “raw” honey is not heated; it is kept exactly as it is when it comes out of the hive, and is not filtered of its health benefits.
Now here is where things get a little interesting; organic honey has an incredibly wide range of uses. While it probably cannot compete with George Washington Carver’s uses for peanuts, the uses of honey go far beyond what most people can imagine.
Honey’s most common use is for consumption. Since the “bottled stuff” is basically just sugar, you probably will not get many health benefits from it. However, organic honey is filled with nutrients and enzymes. In fact, a small amount in your tea or on your toast can provide you with almost a day’s worth of essential nutrients and enzymes (compare 50 calories from a tablespoon of sugar to the 64 calories from a tablespoon of honey). Many people actually make a diet comprised of drinking water mixed with lemon juice and natural honey. Dieters also enjoy honey, since it is a very tasty food that aids in weight loss.
Honey has been happily consumed by people (and bears) for centuries. Honey has actually been around since the time of the ancient Egyptians. Cleopatra was known to have a very young and natural skin, even in a time where skin care products were not nearly as available as they are today. She would often take baths in large tubs of milk and honey, knowing the restorative properties of the mixture. Honey can also be used as a hair-care product! Many people will rinse their hair with a small amount of organic honey after shampooing, which leaves the hair naturally shiny and bouncy.
In addition, the uses do not stop there! In fact, they get even more obscure. While it is imaginable that honey is used for skin and hair care, it also has fantastic antibacterial properties. When people get a cut or a scrape, they often reach for the nearest faucet, Neosporin and a band-aid. However, honey applied directly to the wound can have great healing properties, as it keeps the damaged area both moist and deodorized.
With all the great benefits from honey, it is definitely worth the extra few dollars to buy a jar!