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When it comes to making better health choices, many of us are always looking for safer alternatives and substitutes for some of the things we have found to be not-so-great for us. I wanted to share what I found while exploring the use of honey in place of regular processed white sugar.
For centuries, honey has been used both in the kitchen and medicinally, provided by over 300 varying plants and trees and bees that work hard to make it happen. It gives a sweet treat from nature, is shown to help with alleviating dry skin, and offers healing that has been caused by damage from wounds and burns. Many of us reach for a glass of hot tea with honey when our throats or tummies aren’t feeling well. It contains beneficial antioxidants/flavonoids/enzymes that have been shown to help aid digestion and reduce inflammation.
Honey may not be appropriate for those with disease such as diabetes who are seeking to lower blood sugar or for infants who run the risk of botulism. However, it does not require the same processing and refining that sugar does and provides a more natural alternative for those seeking to reduce their refined sugar intake. It is also helpful to know that honey that is stored in an airtight, properly sealed container has a shelf life of forever!
Many attest to the benefits of ingesting local raw honey in order to provide relief from seasonal allergies as a sort of natural form of immunotherapy, although I am probably required somewhere to mention that it needs more studies or scientific proof. At any rate, it is important to remember that you want to strive to obtain honey from a local source for best results.
You can use this tool to check for local honey bee farms nearest to you. For those who are feeling particularly adventurous, it can be a fantastic idea to look into bee keeping as a hobby. Now is the proper time to plan before the spring! This is also a great addition for any avid gardeners or homesteaders looking to increase pollination on their property! See the resource area for some related info if you are interested!