The Many Health Benefits of Including Raw Honey Into Your Diet
Raw honey is something that has been used throughout history, not just because of its great taste, but also because of the many health benefits it offers. Believe it or not, honey is even used in some parts of the world to help treat wounds, such is the goodness packed into every spoonful.
However, it’s important to emphasise that we’re talking about raw honey here. We’re talking about a completely natural product that’s not pasteurised like the varieties you’ll find in your local supermarket. The reason why pasteurised honey doesn’t offer the same health benefits is the fact that the heat used in the manufacturing process destroys most of the nutrients locked inside.
So, if you want to sample the health-supporting qualities of raw honey, you’ll need to source yours from a local artisan manufacturer that uses a gentle manufacturing process so that it retains the myriad of nutrients it contains.
So, what exactly are the health benefits associated with raw honey?
A Powerful Antioxidant
Raw honey contains a range of phytochemicals that act as a powerful antioxidant for the body. In fact, there are almost as many antioxidants in raw honey as there are in fruit and vegetables and its these natural chemicals that protect the body’s cells from free radical damage.
Free radicals are largely responsible for the ageing process and are linked to the onset of diseases like heart disease and cancer, so including raw honey in your diet can quite literally save your life.
Antifungal & Antibacterial Qualities
The presence of hydrogen peroxide in naturally-produced raw honey means that it is able to tackle unwanted fungus and bacteria and it’s for this reason that it was used for hundreds of years to treat infection – before the advent of modern-day antibiotics. The efficacy of honey used in this way will vary depending on which variety of honey you’re talking about, but in general terms, topically applied raw honey is a great way of reducing inflammation and promoting the healing process.
When you’re experiencing digestive distress, such as with diarrhoea or stomach ulcers, traditional types of medication can be quite harsh on the system. However, when raw honey is taken regularly, it is known to represent an effective way to keep the presence of H. Pylori bacteria in check and prevent the development of gut soreness and ulcers. Raw honey is also a powerful prebiotic, helping to nourish and support the ‘good’ bacteria found in the gut, which is vital for not just digestion but also for general health.
Treats Coughs & Sore Throats
Colds and flu can really take a toll on your throat and lungs after a few days and raw honey offers a wonderfully soothing way to make swallowing and breathing a much more pleasant sensation. Taken neat by spoon or in a hot lemon drink, raw honey provides something of a hug in a mug for your airways and throat, just when you need it the most.
What’s Great About Wild Crafter Raw Honey?
With everything we’ve spoken about so far in mind, you might be considering trying raw honey for yourself and wondering where the best place is to purchase some. Well, at Wild Crafter, we supply completely naturally produced honey and we’re here to tell you all about what makes ours amongst the best you’ll find on the market.
Completely Wild Bees
Our bees are kept in a small village on the border between Norfolk and Suffolk and there are no agriculturally farmed fields for miles around. That means that our bees only forage on wildflowers and forest trees, which in turn means that they do not come in contact with crops that have been sprayed with pesticides or any other toxic chemicals.
Wild Crafter bees are also kept in the most natural way possible, using no chemicals or antibiotics and they’re always left with enough honey reserves to sustain them over the Winter. This is something that can be tasted in every spoonful and those who have tried our honey consider it to be the best-tasting variety ever, with a sweet and floral aftertaste.
As well as having very well looked-after bees, we also employ completely natural processing techniques, so that every single phytonutrient remains intact. Once a season, we harvest the raw honey by hand, painstakingly spinning the honey from the frames and passing it through a sieve in order to remove any large particles.
By not filtering, pasteurising or heat-treating our raw honey in any way, we can say with absolute confidence that ours is the rawest and purest honey you’ll find anywhere, as it reaches our customers in exactly the same state it left the hive in. All that’s left in our manufacturing process is to place it in jars and send it to our customers to enjoy.
It really is that simple, but often the best things are the simplest.
Want to Try Some Raw Honey for Yourself?
Raw honey is a completely natural way to support health which can be taken neat, spread on your morning toast or even put into your tea as a sweetener. If what you have read here has piqued your interest and you’d like to try our naturally-produced raw honey for yourself, you can purchase yours by taking a look through our website www.wildcrafter.co.uk and having it delivered direct to your door.
Whilst you’re looking through our website, you’ll also see that we offer a range of products designed to help you live a self-sufficient and greener life. All the plant-based products you find are manufactured from plants grown in our own Suffolk gardens and we are on a mission to spread the word about the benefits of including natural, non-processed goods like these into your life.
We hope you enjoyed reading our blog and that it has shown you that there is much to be gained from turning to organic, natural remedies. Check back with us soon for more from the home of all things natural.