In its natural state, honey is a superfood with medicinal properties. Raw honey can raise antioxidant levels in the body, restore muscle glycogen after a workout, and help lower cholesterol and the risk of certain cancers. As a topical substance, it can decrease infection and work just as well as alcohol solutions.
Honey is composed primarily of the sugars glucose and fructose and some water. The honey you buy in your local grocery store is only good as a sweetener because it has been homogenized–heated and purified. The enzymes, phytonutrients, resins and propolis are all gone. The delicate aromas and enzymes which activate vitamins and minerals in the body are destroyed.
Raw honey appears milkier and contains particles and flecks made of bee pollen, propolis, honeycomb bits, and fragments of broken bee wings. Don’t go yuck. This is the good stuff that’s healthy for you. Also, raw and unfiltered honey is relatively low in moisture content and has a high antioxidant level.
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If you’re thinking of reducing the amount of sugar in your diet, raw honey is a good substitute. In general–
- One cup of honey contains ¼ cup water. As a rule, when you replace sugar with honey, cut the liquid by ¼ cup.
- When you use honey in cake and cookie recipes, prevent burning by lowering your oven temperature by 25 degrees.
Pore Tightening Mix
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon dried chamomile flowers (crumbled)
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh mint
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and apply to the face and neck. Leave it until it dries. Rinse with warm water. Makes one application.
Cough Syrup or Night Cap
Equal parts of raw honey, lemon and whiskey. Extremely effective cough syrup.