We love honey for so many reasons. If you aren’t already using honey around your house, you might decide you want to after reading this.
I grew up with the plastic honey bear. I knew that honey tasted good, but I didn’t think much of it other than that. A number of years ago when I took refined sugar out of our diets, I knew that we were not ready to go cold turkey and that we would still need a little sweet every once in a while. I turned to honey. I began learning more about the benefits of raw, organic honey. This was not the honey in the plastic bear, but it was the real deal coming from bees feeding on organic plants. I began to understand that raw honey was the only food that never goes bad!
I found out that raw, organic honey is full of enzymes. Enzymes are an important part of honey. According to healthywithhoney.com, Some scientists call them (enzymes) “life force”. Enzymes are complex protein molecules found in every cell of your body. Molecules that accelerate, or catalyze, chemical reactions in our body.
I found that raw, organic honey is loaded with minerals and antioxidants. It tasted good in tea and baked goods and it works wonders when applied to our skin. I was using honey wherever we could in order to enjoy these healthy properties.
A few years ago, I took my honey knowledge to the next level when I learned about the company Beekeeper’s Naturals. From my understanding, the founder of this company healed herself using propolis, a component of honey. She went on to learn about the bees and the numerous ways that bee products heal and support our bodies. She has an intense commitment to the bees and to the environment. She sources her bee products from organic areas assuring her quality commitment. The main honey components that I discovered through her inspiration include:
- Bee Pollen – Pollen is nutrient dense and packed with protein. It has been recognized to be anti fungal, antiviral, anticancer, and to help fight inflammation.
- Royal Jelly – This product of the hive is the main food for the queen bee, who outlives all of the other bees. It is packed with protein and fatty acids and it has been recognized to support nerve health, mental clarity, skin health and more.
- Bee Propolis – Propolis is what the bees use to protect their hive from invaders. It is recognized to be supportive of our immune system, antibacterial, anti fungal, and anticancer.
With this additional knowledge, we have added numerous bee products to our supplement/first-aid cabinet. We keep honey for skin issues and to sooth sore throats. We keep propolis spray and use it when we feel that we need an immune system boost or when we feel a cold coming on. (As a side note, this is super easy to get kids to spray in their mouths because it takes great, just like honey!) We keep the BeeKeeper’s Naturals Bee Powered around and we enjoy a small spoon of this periodically. The pollen in this seems to help us with allergy season and the combination of the three is very energizing as well.
Honey is one of the easiest wellness choices that we make. It tastes delicious and we see the impact of it on our health almost immediately. I hope that this helps you rethink honey and perhaps inspire you to add it to your family’s medicine cabinet. Wishing you well!