Raw Unfiltered Honey benefits

WHAT IS RAW HONEY?

Two Glass Jars of Natural Honey

Raw honey is honey that is pure, unfiltered and unpasteurized. It means there is no processing or heating to decrease its natural vitamin and mineral content. Natural (raw) honey contains nutrients and enzymes that have a variety of health benefits and medical uses. Perhaps that’s why it has been used as a folk remedy throughout history.

RAW UNFILTERED HONEY BENEFITS

Raw, unfiltered honey can only be purchased directly from the bee farm. It looks cloudier than a commercial one and contains particles and flecks made of bee pollen, honeycomb bits, propolis. Raw, unfiltered honey usually granulate and crystallize to a thick consistency after a few months.

Bees on Pine Tree Blossoms

Natural (raw) honey purifying process:

  • First phase: Collected raw honey should pass through an inox steel strainer. The strainer retains dirt, bee parts, whole bees or insects, and other impurities from extracted honey.

  • Second phase: Collected honey should be kept for a while in well-closed containers or barrels in a relatively warm place. In this phase, honey cleans itself by making bubbles/foam. This honey foam should be removed.

The raw honey purifying process goal is to remove different impurities from honey, as well as to avoid fast honey crystallization. However… It’s not the same as honey filtering!

Commercial (regular) honey is filtered and often pasteurized, to look cleaner, smoother and more appealing on the shelf. Filtering and pasteurization affect the taste of honey and its health benefits. Commercial filters remove dirt, bee parts, wax, and other impurities from extracted honey. Unfortunately, many filtering techniques remove the pollen, too! This fine powdery substance (pollen) is considered as Superfoods, thanks to its amazing health benefits.

The process of pasteurization: when honey is heated (at 70 degrees Celsius or more, followed by rapid cooling), its delicate aromas, yeast, and enzymes are partially destroyed.

Raw Honey on Wooden Cutting Board

Most golden honey you see at your local grocery is far from the health-promoting powerhouse of its raw, unfiltered and unpasteurized counterpart. Processed honey is not honey at all and if you desire any kind of health benefits, you must stick to the pure/raw one.

RAW UNFILTERED HONEY BENEFITS:

Pouring Honey on Spoon and White Bowl

– NUTRIENT-RICH  (rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, pollen etc.) –  The nutrient content of raw honey varies, but a 1-ounce serving contains very small amounts of folate, and vitamins B2, B3, B5, B6 and C. It also contains minerals (in small amounts, too) including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, selenium, sodium & zinc, as well as amino acids, enzymes, etc.

– ANTIOXIDANT- RICH   – Honey is rich in powerful antioxidants and cancer-fighting phytonutrients, which can be found in the propolis. Raw honey contains the widest variety of health-supportive substances,  while pasteurized honey does not.

–  FRIENDLY BACTERIA RICH – Different honey varieties possess a large number of friendly bacteria: 6 species of lactobacilli and 4 species of bifidobacteria, which may explain many of the “mysterious” therapeutic honey properties.

PROMOTES HEALINGRaw, unfiltered honey has Anti-microbial, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-fungal & Anti-septic properties. Raw honey can be used as medicine, due to mentioned properties. Intake of unfiltered raw honey promotes healing of wounds by creating a protective wall for wounds, skin ulcers, scrapes, sores, and burns.

Young Woman in White FlowersCURES COLDS AND COUGHS  – Natural honey lowers throat irritation and offers relief from the colds. Some studies showed that unfiltered raw honey functions just as good as a dose of dextromethorphan in fighting cough, especially at night, enabling you to sleep.

ANTI-ALLERGY – Unlike conventionally processed honey, unfiltered raw honey combats allergy better. The basis for this is that although it contains pollen (trigger for allergy); the same mechanism is helpful in treating the very symptoms it causes.

SKIN HEALTH -Unfiltered raw honey is the perfect remedy for various skin conditions such as abrasions, rashes, and burns. It also clears off facial defects resulting from the use of cosmetics such as acne and allergies. In addition, unfiltered raw honey also treats sunburn when applied on the skin.

SUPPORTS HEALTHY CHOLESTEROL LEVELS —  Natural honey may reduce total cholesterol 7%, blood sugar 6%, and increase HDL (good) cholesterol 2%.

 – IMPROVES BLOOD SUGAR CONTROL – Experimental evidence indicates that consumption of honey may improve blood sugar control and insulin sensitivity compared to other sweeteners. The body’s tolerance to honey is significantly better than to sucrose or glucose alone. Individuals with greater glucose intolerance (e.g., those with mild diabetes and Type 1 diabetes) showed significantly better tolerance to honey than sucrose.

Two Glass Jars of Honey on White BoardALKALINE FOODUnfiltered raw honey is a source of alkaline food containing vitamins, enzymes, and anti-oxidants. The honey alkalinity aids in combating various diseases.

SOURCE OF ENERGY – A teaspoonful of unfiltered raw honey energizes the body especially after a vigorous exercise, thanks to its high amount of natural sugar.

SUPPORTS HEALTHY WEIGHT MANAGEMENT  – Raw honey may reduce weight gain and percentage of body fat.

ANTI-TUMOR PROPERTIES – Raw honey contains cancer preventative phytonutrients.

Raw, unfiltered honey may also:

Young couple running across the bridge

– Support Healthy Immune System

– Reduce Oxidative Stress

– Help to detox Your body,

 – Help aging skin, etc.

Honey is also one of the Superfoods, which helps you to achieve your health, nutrition and weight loss goals! Read more about Superfoods…

PURE HONEY VARIETIES

Different Varieties of Natural Honey in Jars

There are hundreds of honey varieties, with hundreds of differences in flavor, aroma, and color. The color and flavor of honey differ depending on the nectar source (the blossoms) visited by the honey bees.

Very broadly, the darker the honey the heavier the flavor. Buckwheat honey, for example, can be dark to the point of being opaque and has heavier flavor. Conifer honey too, especially, pine honey with almost brown color and fantastic flavor! It’s one of my favorites. On the other hand,  Clover honey (common grocery store variety) is very light and tastes like inoffensive flowers. Orange blossom honey, another common grocery store variety, is a light amber with citrus notes. Lavender honey is medium amber and smells like lavender.

PURE AND ARTIFICIAL (FAKE) HONEY

Wooden Spoon with Honey, White Bowl

There are different ways of making fake honey:

  • Inverted sugar solutions and glucose syrups are often used for making fake honey, mixing with it / or replacing it entirely.

  • Another method is – feeding bees with sugar products or

  • By adding water (honey that contains more than 25% water, is considered to be falsified).

Artificial honey is a syrup, soluble in water, with a sweet taste, resulting from the hydrolysis of sucrose. It is widely used in the food industry as a sweetener, attracting criticism from many nutritionists and doctors.

Few ways to spot artificial honey:

  1. The Water Test — Fill a glass of water and add one tablespoon of “honey” into the water. Pure honey will settle at the bottom of the glass. Adulterated honey will start dissolving in water.

  2. The Shelf Life Test — Pure honey will crystallize over time. Imitation honey will remain looking like syrup.

  3. The Thumb Test — Put a drop of the honey on your thumb. If it spreads around right away, it’s not pure. If it stays intact – it’s pure!

WAYS TO ENJOY RAW HONEY

Healthy Fruits, Oats & Honey Breakfast

The best way to eat honey is with a spoon. The second best way – is on good bread. Some people like “comb honey”. I love it, too! This is honey that is still in a piece of the original honeycomb.  To use this, cut a piece of the comb honey and place it in a cup of your favorite hot tea.

You can also add more raw honey to your life in any of the following ways:

1.DELICIOUS BREAKFAST

Waffles & Honey Breakfast on White Plate-Spread on bread, bagels, muffins, pancakes, and waffles

-Stir a spoonful into oatmeal or yogurt

-Add to smoothies or shakes

-Try this simple combination – pear, feta cheese and honey toast

2.SWEET SNACKIN’

Cacao, Oats & Honey Balls

-Mix with peanut butter and spread on crackers

-Use as a dip for fresh fruit

-Make honey butter: honey +  softened butter +  cinnamon

-Make raw honey-cacao balls: Blend together ¾ cup raw honey, 2 cups nut butter, 1/3 cup raw cacao powder and ½ cup coconut flakes; roll into balls and chill until firm

Pancakes, Honey, Walnuts and Yellow Tea -Mix with Tahini – to boost your energy

-Mix with Walnuts

– Make pancake syrup

 

3.DRESSING  

-Make vinaigrette dressing: 1 tsp. raw honey + 1 tsp. soy sauce +  1/3 cup olive oil  + ½ cup apple cider vinegar

4.OTHER IDEAS

-Make honey lemonade: Blend 1 cup raw honey + 1 cup lemon juice. Add 6 cups cold, filtered water.

-Make ginger-citrus Ice Cubes (3tsp grated ginger, 4tsp fresh lemon juice, 3 tsp manuka honey, 3tsp water) You can add these ice cubes to anything you like and make the day just a little more special!

CONSIDERATIONS AND SERVING TIPS

Healthy Breakfast Ingredients & Honey

Enjoy the health benefits of raw honey, but consume it in moderation. Each tablespoon boasts 64 calories, and, while this might not seem like much, it can add up quickly if you eat raw honey on a regular basis. Make sure to measure your servings to avoid accidentally over-consuming honey.

RAW HONEY CAUTION

Those allergic or sensitive to celery, pollen, or other bee-related allergies should not consume raw honey.  Allergic reactions have been reported after honey use, including asthma, cough, difficulty swallowing, lip or tongue inflammation, shortness of breath,  voice changes, etc. Even though pure/natural honey is healthy, moderation should always be practiced.

Who should be cautious when consuming honey?

Bee on White Flower, Green Background

Infants younger than 20 months – Most pediatricians will warn against giving babies honey. Babies tend to have more immature immune systems and underdeveloped protective gastrointestinal microorganisms – the “good” bacteria.

People with FM (Fructose Malabsorption) – Some people have what’s called Fructose Malabsorption, which is characterized by symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, and gas. If you are not sure, maybe try a little honey on an empty stomach and see what happens, and then increase your intake as wanted.

People with high blood sugar or type 2 Diabetes – If you have been advised to decrease your sugar or fructose intake, consider both sides (pros and cons) before deciding to skip the nutritious benefits of honey!

DID YOU KNOW? BEE & RAW HONEY FACTS

Bee on Wonderful, White Flower

– Bees are actually one of the oldest forms of animal life, since Neolithic Age, preceding humans on Earth by 10 to 20 million years.

– In Ancient Egypt, the bee was used as a symbol, a hieroglyph, denoting the king of Lower Egypt. Honey was discovered on many wall paintings, belonging to Old Egypt.

– Ancient Egyptians, Assyrians, and Babylonians knew about honey therapeutic properties. They called honey  – AMBROSIA, which means:  the food of the gods!

-Early thinkers like Homer, Pythagoras, Democritus, Hippocrates mentioned that people should eat honey to preserve their health and vigor.

– Honey lasts forever /or almost…  An explorer who found a 2000-year-old jar of honey in an Egyptian tomb said it tasted delicious!

– Honey’s ability to attract and retain moisture means that it has long been used as a beauty treatment. It was part of Cleopatra’s daily beauty ritual.

-Honey was used by runners in the Olympic Games in ancient Greece as an energy source.

-It takes 12 bees their entire lifetime to produce just one teaspoon of honey (!)

-At very low temperatures, honey does not freeze solid. Instead, as the temperatures become lower, the viscosity of honey increases and a process of crystallization is slower.

If you enjoyed the article and would like to find out more regarding amazing Bees Super Products, have a look at my blog post about Pure Royal Jelly  & its health benefits.

 

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20 thoughts on “Raw Unfiltered Honey benefits”

  1. This is an amazing post! I’ve read about raw honey and its benefits but didn’t know the process of filtering it. Also, I thought pasteurizing honey was something that had to be done (like milk)
    Is there a specific way to remove the bubbles from the top or is it just simply skimming it off? i’m worried if there’ll be some side effects of not doing this correctly.
    thanks!

    • Thank you, Vivek:)
      Regarding your question – it’s just skimming that honey foam off.
      The raw honey purifying process goal is to remove different impurities from honey…. and that’s all! This process cannot have and does not have any side effects!

  2. Your article is very good written and contains a lot of valuable information. In my country we use honey to Healing a lot of diseases, or just to enjoy a delicious “ghrayef” something as pane cake with a nice cup of coffee mmmm

  3. I always heard raw honey was one of the best foods you could add to your daily diet, but I had no idea just how many benefits and uses their were from honey.

    When you go to your favorite marketplace and you check the honey and it says 100% honey does that mean it is pure raw honey or still processed?

    Jeff

    • Hi Jeff,

      Thank you for your comment and great question. As I’ve already mentioned in my article: raw, unfiltered honey can only be purchased directly from the bee farm. So, the answer to your question is, that even the one found on market claimed to be 100% honey is (still) commercial, which means -not pure.
      Regards

  4. Hello,
    I thank you for answering my question, I have another question where or how does one find a bee farm to purchase raw unfiltered honey,

    Thank You
    Jeff

    I am amazed at all the benefits from raw honey, I noticed most of the honey sold in the stores where I live are filled with sugars and preservatives

    • Hello Jeff,

      I’m sure that there are bee farms in your neighborhood. You have to search for it a bit… I feel lucky because I have few friends who are beekeepers:)

      Agree with you that pure and commercial honey cannot be compared in any sense.
      Best regards & thanks again!

  5. I absolutely adore Honey and here in New Zealand we have Manuka Honey . have tried it? It is very healing and also so delicious
    This article will be so beneficial to people so thank you for the wonderful information you have shared

    • I’m glad you liked my article:) I’d like to thank you for sharing your thoughts. I’ve never tried Manuka honey, but have heard about it & its health benefits. I’m sure this honey is delicious, too!
      Regards

  6. Hey Vesna! I’ve read about the health benefits of raw honey before, and didn’t realise that commercial honey has often been stripped of it’s goodness. Do you know of any way to harvest raw honey in this manner without disturbing or harming the bees?

    • Hey Kay Dee!

      The way beekeepers collect raw honey is bee-friendly. Beekeepers take a good care of their bees and beehives. I hope my answer helped:)
      Best regards

  7. Hi, I didn’t even know that they filter honey in some places. I usually try to get real fresh honey from the farm directly.

    Now I know why some honey at friends places tastes so different.

    Here in Thailand, we get wild honey it is definitely unfiltered and often you have bee larvas and wax bits in it. It is the purest type of honey I have ever tried.

    • Hi, Stefan!

      Only when you buy directly from the farm, you can be sure of getting the best honey quality. I’m sure that the Thailand type you mentioned is the purest you’ve tried and extremely beneficial, too!
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts:)
      Regards

  8. I always thought the clearer it is the higher quality or the purer the honey is. Little did I know that is a commercial honey with lower health benefits. #Facepalm

    And, thanks for sharing how to spot artificial honey!

  9. Hi,
    I just want to thank you for this post. I really learned a lot from this article. I never thought raw honey have so much benefits. I will also be trying your methods to determine if the honey I have is artificial or not.

  10. What a nice post you wrote! I really enjoyed reading it and I could not be silent about your post so I decided to leave my comment here and say Thank You! For sharing this quality post with others.
    Actually this is exactly the information that I was looking for honey benefits and when I landed to your website and read this post, it answered all my questions in details.
    So I’m happy that you decided to write about this topic and share it with people. It’s very useful and can definitely be used as a great source for raw unfiltered honey benefits.

    I will come back to your website again for sure and I’m looking forward to read your new posts.)

    Thanks!

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