Raw Honey…is there really a difference?

Recently I was challenged by my dad that there was really no difference in raw honey and conventional honey you can buy at any store.  The conversation went something like this:

  • Me: of course there’s a difference!
  • Him: then what is it?
  • Me: {long pause} I don’t know, but I do know it tastes and looks different than what I used to buy!
And so I decided I needed to research what exactly raw honey is and why is it better than regular store bought honey.
In a nutshell, raw honey means it has not been pasteurized {heated to 161 degrees or higher}, which kills off yeast cells and diminishes enzyme activity in the honey. Pasteurization also helps to delay crystallization in the honey.
Some benefits of raw honey
  • can help with allergies: raw honey from a local source will still contain bits of pollen, which is said to help allergy sufferers
  • still contains beneficial enzymes and minerals
  • tastes much better than conventional honey
  • antibacterial 
Ways to use raw honey
  • on your homemade biscuits…yummy!
  • as a sugar substitue in your recipes
  • eat a tablespoonful every hour at the first sign of a cold or flu. NOTE: add a teaspoon of cinnamon to the honey for an extra antioxidant punch. I’ve tried this and it totally works, IF you start as soon as you feel the tickle in the back of your throat and stay consistant.
  • as a face wash…pull your hair back, dab some honey in your hand and smear all over your face and rinse off with a few splashes of water {super moisturizing, kills bacteria and a has a bit of anti-aging properties}. NOTE: “honey washing” does not remove makeup, so use on a makeup-free face
  • as first-aid care for wounds…due to its antibacterial properties
Some good local, raw honeys {in the Dallas area} that I like:
These honeys are available at Whole Foods and Natural Grocers.

Enjoy your raw honey journey!

And PS…I’m working on formulating a honey and coconut face scrub…stay tuned!

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