The Benefits of Local Honey
So honey is pretty good for you, as far as sweets go everyone pretty much knows that. It’s a great alternative to processed sugar and is particularly good for a sore or scratchy throat, especially when added to a hot herbal tea. It can help give you an energy boost, can soothe and upset stomach, is good for your skin, and can help you keep your cholesterol levels under control. Plus it’s tasty.
What is even better for you than just generic store-brand honey is local raw honey. When it comes from areas near you it can help your health out quite a bit, especially if you have a pollen allergy.
Honey produced by bees in the towns near and around you can help build your immune system in a way that is most beneficial to your environment. Honey created through pollinating plants you are usually surrounded by and may have an allergy to can help you keep your allergic reactions under control.
It works very much like a vaccine you would get from your doctor — they inject you with a small amount of something to allow your system to fight it off and build immunity to it, so that if you are later exposed to the virus you will be capable of fighting it off before it can cause any damage. With local honey, your body will build up immunity to the pollen so that you’re not sneezing and sniffling all day long.
For the best results from this method of helping treat allergies it is better to buy your local honey raw. Raw honey has not been pasteurized and heat treated like most generic honey brands. You can tell because it is much less syrupy. When it has not been heat treated it maintains more of the pollen that you are trying to help get your system used to.
There are a few other benefits as well.
- Raw honey also has antioxidants.
- The enzymes that can be found in raw honey can also help with digestion, which is good news for people with ulcers or other digestive problems.
- It has trace amounts of several vitamins and minerals such as folate, calcium and vitamin C.
- And, if all that wasn’t enough, you can also use it on your skin as a salve for burns, or even just acne, as it is great for your skin.
Plus, let’s be honest, if you have ever had local honey then you already know how much tastier it is than the pasteurized stuff that is mass produced. It’s much sweeter and has a better texture; a much better choice for any real honey lover.