Raw honey: get your buzz on
Ok, now that I’ve gotten the obvious out of the way, let’s talk about what all the buzz is over…. buzz, buzz, buzz…
Have you been sick this year? Fortunately, I haven’t (yet). My older daughter goes to public school, so it really is just a matter of time before some germy mcGermson comes home with her and infects the rest of us. Bright outlook, huh?
If you have been sick, maybe you’ve already consumed a bit of honey this winter. If you haven’t, maybe you’ve given out the “hot toddy” recipe to your sickie friends… a shot of warm whiskey, some lemon juice, and some honey. Well, if you’re from the south, anyway. I think most people recommend green tea with lemon and honey. I digress.
Honey isn’t just there for you when you’re sick. But I bet you didn’t know that if you’re consuming honey from the bear-shaped bottle at your local Wal-Mart, you’re probably not getting many of the benefits from it anyway.
Say, what now!? But I love that honey bear! It was always a welcome sight to see on a Saturday morning when my mom would serve us big fluffy buttermilk biscuits and butter smothered in honey on the side. Yuuusssssss so good! My step-dad would always shoo us away from the honey-butter bowl and slurp it all up. Too bad we weren’t *really* eating honey, haha.
So besides being sick, here are a couple of reasons YOU should be consuming raw honey on the daily:
1. It has anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties. CHA-CHING!
2. Raw honey promotes digestive health
3. It strengthens the immune system, and can even alleviate allergies!
4. RAW HONEY TASTES BETTER
5. It can treat skin wounds and infections
6. Raw honey can stabilize blood pressure and balance sugar levels!
7. LOCAL raw honey can carry the type of pollen an individual is allergic to, so consuming LOCAL raw honey will seriously help with allergy problems. AMAZING, right?!
8. Raw honey is an expectorant and anti-inflammatory.
9. Raw honey has not been pasteurized or treated- if you’re consuming honey that HAS BEEN pasteurized or treated, you might as well be consuming refined sugar. Scary, right?
10. Did I mention that raw honey just.. tastes better? It is like eating spoonfuls of delicious candy RIGHT FROM THE JAR!
If these reasons aren’t enough to make you seek out a local bee keeper… well, you’re doomed. Ok, I’m kidding, you’re not doomed. But you’re seriously missing out. Honey is good for SO many things… grab yourself a jar of local raw honey and enjoy!
Why shopping local is important, especially when it comes to honey:
The health and wellness of the bees, first and foremost. By buying locally produced honey, you can be in touch with the source, and ask questions. How do the bees live (what types of materials are their hives made from?)? Where are the hives kept? What, if any, pesticides are used around the hives?
Bee keeping is a beautiful thing, and the bees work hard to make the honey… and the bee keepers work hard, too. Buying locally produced honey is a bit more expensive, but you also get the guarantee that you know your honey isn’t being mixed with GMO corn syrup, or any other chemicals.
My husband bought a little Meyer Lemon tree for me yesterday. I’m so excited! It smells amazing in my house, and once it warms up, it will be placed outside during the day to catch some sun… and to provide a little rest stop for any little bee that wants to visit! Part of saving the bees is creating a habitat! Planting flowers that bees like in your garden, or creating a nesting site with hollow bamboo, there are so many things that you can do to help save our bees! Find out more by visiting buzzaboutbees.net
RECIPE time, y’all!
You didn’t think I would create this gorgeous post about delicious honey and leave you to your own devices, did you!?
Please try my delicious Sweet & Spicy Carrot Fries!
To serve 2-3 people, use 4 large, whole carrots. Wash and peel them, then dice them in to french-fry shapes.
Bake them at 400 with coconut oil and cayenne pepper until tender, then broil them on high for about 3 minutes. When they come out of the oven and you’ve plated them, drizzle a teaspoon or two of fresh, local honey over them. Enjoy!
*I am not a carrot fan and these were SO AMAZING. Please enjoy this recipe and let me know how you liked it! If you’re serving to kids, you can definitely substitute the cayenne pepper for garlic or even sea salt.