When I was younger, you would never find a bottle of honey anywhere in our household. Besides the fact that the word “healthy” never crossed my parents mind, honey to them was extra and totally unnecessary. I mean, why would we have honey when you can just put butter on top of whatever you were eating. And no, not the good grass fed dairy type. The I can’t believe it’s not butter processed garbage. I never had a bottle of honey in my kitchen until I moved out and researched the serious benefits of why it should be a permanent pantry staple.
Over the years, I’ve learned that honey, specifically RAW honey, not agave or sugar free syrup, is incredibly good for you. According to Dr. Axe, raw honey is a pure, unfiltered and unpasteurized sweetener made by bees from the nectar of flowers. Most of the honey consumed today is processed honey that’s been heated and filtered since it was gathered from the hive. Unlike processed honey, raw honey does not get robbed of its incredible nutritional value and health powers. It can help with everything from low energy to sleep problems to seasonal allergies. 50 percent of the population directly purchases honey, 35 percent never eats honey, and the remaining 15 percent consumes honey in products made with honey, like honey-roasted peanuts.
Here are 6 ways that Raw Honey can positively impact your wellbeing:
1. Assistance with Healthy Weight Management
2. Counter Pollen Allergies and Natural Cough Source
3. Raw Honey is a natural energy source
4. Huge source of Antioxidants
5. Sleep Promoter
6. Wound and Ulcer Healer
As you can imagine, the type of raw honey to use is crucial and finding a brand you can trust takes time. A good place to start looking is on the aisles of your local health food store. After researching a few different brands and comparing its positives and negatives, I have strictly been loyal to one brand, Heavenly Organics. HO was founded Inc 2005 by a man named Amit Hooda. Amit was a young boy that grew up around conflict during the Punjab Insurgency; that experience of living near a conflict zone stayed with him and influenced him (along with his father) to develop a way to eliminate conflict is to provide the people in these areas with ethical job opportunities. The duo saw the potential in combining this idea with Amit’s father’s organic agriculture projects, and the idea of Heavenly Organics was born. HO supports almost 600 farmers and produces 100% Organic Raw Honey, Chocolate Honey Patties, and 100% Organic Whole Cane Sugar. This work helps displaced people find markets to sell their goods and ensures them a reliable income. Awesome right? Who can honestly tell me that they don’t like a clean and organic product with a HUGE proactive concept.
Here are three different types of Raw Honey from HO to check out:
White Honey : Smooth, Sweet, and Velvety, this type of honey opens your senses to a multitude of exotic flowers as it lingers on the palate.
Acacia Honey : Acacia honey is prized for its delicate fruity taste and mild tangy finish. This rare honey is perfect for anything you use honey for like drizzling on fruit and yogurt and in herbal and green teas.
Neem Honey : This dark, robust and rare honey is perfect for anything you use honey for like drizzling on warm cereals and pancakes. Also makes a wonderful baste for fish and meat.