To most of us honey is just a sweetener, something to soothe our throats in a nice cup of hot tea. But not all of us are aware of all of the amazing health benefits of raw honey! The practice of incorporating honey for health is older than the history of medicine itself. From Ayurveda to Chinese medicine, raw honey has been used to heal both internally and externally. With its many benefits somewhat forgotten in the 19th century with the rise of modern western medicine, raw honey has reappeared in mainstream discussion and reclaimed its rightful spot in our arsenal of healing tools. Whatever part of your body you’re looking to bring attention to, raw honey might be something to consider. Below are some of the ways raw honey can heal. As they say, it’s a superfood!
If you’ve ever cringed at the idea of slathering honey all over your face think again, because the benefits definitely outweigh the temporary sticky sensation. Raw honey is naturally antimicrobial, meaning it has the power to balance the bacteria on the surface of your skin. Even tougher issues like candida overgrowths can be managed by raw honey. Because of the enzymes present, raw honey is also a natural exfoliator. Those with acne, or autoimmune disorders like eczema and prsoriaisis, can all benefit from topical application of honey. If you’re struggling with lingering acne marks, honey can fix that too, as it speeds up cell recovery!
Immune system health impacts literally all other health! That’s why it’s so amazing that the lavonoids and polyphenols present in honey do so much good for immune health. These guys are powerful antioxidants that create an environment for healthy immune cells to grow, while also neutralizing free radicals that would threaten the integrity of immune cells.
Bee pollen is also great for your immune system, and studies have shown it can ironically decrease symptoms of allergies! For whatever reason, bee pollen has been shown to reduce the activation of “mast cells,” and it’s these mast cells that release chemicals which trigger allergic reactions. Sounds counter-intuitive that pollen would HELP with allergies, but this isn’t your average tree pollen, it’s BEE pollen!
Hair and skin? Can we just say goodbye to biotin now and use raw honey on everything?! Essentially, yes. Studies have shown that raw honey promotes the growth of epithelial cells, which is just a fancy way of saying skin cells. Your scalp is composed of hair follicles and ducts that are made up of epithelial cells, which means honey has the power to promote a healthy scalp, and as a result, healthy hair! Raw honey is also a great conditioner. Full of vitamins like ascorbic acid, pantothenic acid, niacin and riboflavin, and minerals like calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc, raw honey gives your hair everything it needs to be strong and shiny.
To balance the practical with the cosmetic, we have to include the ways raw honey is so great for digestion. Raw honey does wonders for your gut because of the enzymes present and a funny compound called methylglyoxal, which is what makes honey antimicrobial. Enzymes are essentially compounds that act as biological catalysts. When ingested they speed up the digestion process and break down carbs and sugars that might be upsetting our stomachs. Upset stomachs can also be caused by bad bacteria in our gut. Studies have shown that honey is proven to control the growth of helicobacter pylori in the stomach. That’s the bacteria that causes many of our digestive disorders.
Throughout this article, note the use of the term “raw honey.” Raw honey, like Pildora’s curation of honey and pollen, is unprocessed and all natural. Our curated raw bee pollen comes from remote green apiaries in the lush mountains of British Columbia, where the bees enjoy a rich variety of wildflowers for foraging. Our curated pollen is never treated in order to preserve all the natural enzymes and vitamins, and you can really taste the difference! Much of the honey you get in stores today has been so over processed that many of the benefits have been removed. Some honey is actually just flavored synthetic honey. Make sure to buy from trusted sources, like Pildora, if you want to reap the many superfood benefits raw honey affords.