My favorite thing to buy at the farmers market is honey. I love the various sized containers with caramel or cream colored honey that is so sweet and so delicious. In my romantic heart I think of it as sunshine in a jar.
The reason I prefer buying my honey at the farmers market is that it’s usually raw and local. These two factors combined make more powerful medicine as heating the honey destroys many of its benefits. Honey is one of those amazing healing food that can help us in so many ways while at the same time being delicious.
I like to eat yogurt with fruit and honey for breakfast. I also use honey a lot in my tea. But what exactly are the health benefits of honey?
It gives you energy immediately, when you need it. I have a friend who spreads raw honey and almond butter on toast and says it keeps her going for a long time. When exercising, or if you’re just on your feet a lot it is very useful to stir some honey into your water bottle for quick pick me up.
It boosts your immune system. And soothes a sore throat. This might be the most known health benefits of honey. It is frequently used in herbal formulas for its taste and immune boosting qualities. Whenever I feel a cold coming on I mix up a potion of apple cider vinegar and honey.
It heals wounds and can be used in skincare. I have a friend who uses honey to heal scrapes and wounds. Personally I’ve used honey to heal painfully sore lips by applying it before going to bed at night. It works great, but you have to make sure not to lick it off before it has had a chance to work its magic.
Honey helps you sleep. There are few things more comforting than warm milk with honey. Drink this in the evening to get nice and drowsy before bed.
These are just a few of the health benefits of honey. I’m sure it has a lot more uses as it has been valued for its healing magic for thousands of years. The vikings made it into mead, religious texts praises it, and honey has even been found in the ancient tombs of Egypt, still edible. This golden sunshine made into food is magical, healing and will last forever.
If you can’t find raw honey near you I recommend getting it from Tropical Traditions. They sell high quality products and I have only good experiences buying from them. If you’re a new customer you will also receive a free book on Virgin Coconut oil if you buy through one of my links. Currently their raw honey is on sale!