Take a trip through Valencia in East Spain. There, deep inside the Araña Caves, you’ll find several different prehistoric cave paintings. Herds of wild goats, hunters firing arrows, all painted in ancient dark pecan-colored paint. And along with these images, you’ll also see the famous ‘man of bicorp’, an 8000-year-old painting that shows a man gathering honey from a beehive, the earliest evidence we have of humanity’s millennia-long obsession with honey.
For more than 8000 years, honey has been prized not only for its delicious taste but also it’s amazing power as a medicine, beauty treatment, and rich source of nutrition.
But the honey that the Ancients valued so highly for its taste and life-giving properties isn’t the processed kind that you’ll find in your grocery store, the kind that comes out of a plastic squeezy bottle shaped like a bear.
Instead, they were eating something entirely different…raw honey.
Unlike processed honey which is boiled, filtered and, in the process, stripped of all its goodness, raw honey comes from the hive to the bottle to you with no filtering or boiling, just a gentle straining to remove any debris, so you get to enjoy honey the exact same way as those prehistoric tribes in Spain.
But what is it that makes raw honey so special and why has it became so popular again over recent years?
Well, that’s exactly what we’re going to explore in this article.
1. Raw Honey is Full of Antioxidants
Raw honey, like Doux Bee honey, is packed full of powerful antioxidants thanks to all the different phytonutrients contained in the honey, pollen, and propolis that make up this amazing liquid. These antioxidants protect our body from the harmful effects of unstable, highly-reactive molecules known as free radicals. Throughout the day, as we’re exposed to pollutants, pesticides, fried foods, UV light, and more, free radicals are created in our bodies. They damage our cells’ DNA, play havoc with our skin, accelerate the aging process, and are even linked to many chronic diseases. Luckily, antioxidants, like those contained in raw honey, can stop these harmful free-radicals in their tracks, shield our body from their damaging effects, and can even repair the damage they’ve caused. And antioxidants have also been shown to help maintain heart health and normal blood pressure.
With raw honey, you have a delicious way to get these powerful antioxidants into your diet. You can add a spoonful of raw honey to your tea or smoothie, drizzle it over pancakes or breakfast cereal or simply enjoy a spoonful every morning as a tasty way to combat free-radicals.
2. Raw Honey Helps Boost Your Immune System
Raw honey has been used for thousands of years as an antiseptic and wound dressing. That’s because of its incredible antifungal and antibacterial properties (In fact, honey is one of the few substances that is able to kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria) And while we’re not recommending you apply our delicious raw honey to cuts and grazes (what a waste!), you’ll be interested to know that it’s these antibacterial, and antifungal properties, combined with its rich store of antioxidants, that are thought to be responsible for raw honey’s ability to boost your immune system. Quite simply, a spoonful of our delicious, natural raw honey each day helps keeps the doctor away.
3. Raw Honey Supports Digestive Health
4. Raw Honey Gives You Beautiful Skin and Hair
For thousands of years, raw honey has been a part of beauty regimes used all across the world. In fact, it’s said that honey was the secret behind Cleopatra’s radiant beauty.
Both a powerful natural moisturizer and humectant, raw honey is incredible at helping your skin soak up and retain moisture. This not only keeps it feeling soft and supple but also give you a youthful, healthy glow sometimes known as ‘honey skin’. Raw honey also makes for a great cleanser because of its ability to unclog pores and remove debris from your skin without stripping away natural oils, and, as a natural antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial, raw honey is incredibly gentle on your skin, which makes it perfect even for people with sensitive skin. And let’s not forget about all those antioxidants packed inside this liquid gold which help to protect and repair your skin from free-radical damage and premature aging.
You can apply honey directly to your skin as a DIY cleanser or use it as a face mask and let your skin soak in all that rich honey goodness. And if you’re looking for a way to soften your hair and give it a gorgeous, natural shine, try diluting a teaspoon of honey to four parts water and applying it to your hair for about 15 minutes before shampooing.
With all these beauty benefits, no wonder honey is part of so many skin and hair care products today.
5. Raw Honey is a Powerful Natural Energy Source
6. Raw Honey is a Healthier Sweetener Than Sugar
Unlike the harsh energy spike and crash caused by refined white sugar and high fructose corn syrup, raw honey provides a sustained release of energy. While raw honey is a carbohydrate, and so it does raise blood sugar levels, it’s able to do this without the jolt of insulin. Not only does raw honey have a smaller impact on blood sugar levels than refined sugar, a tablespoon of raw honey actually has a lower glycemic load than a single banana. So, when you compare the empty calories of table sugar to all of the different vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, and antioxidants that raw honey offers, the choice is an easy one. But you may be surprised to learn that eating this sticky, sweet stuff can even help you to lose weight. That’s because raw honey helps to stimulate the production of hormones that suppress our appetite. So the next time you go to reach for the sugar bowl, consider using raw honey instead, especially in recipes that don’t require heat which allows you to get all of the honey’s added health benefits.
8. Raw Honey Helps Suppress Coughs and Soothe Sore Throats
For those times that you feel under the weather, instead of heading to the drug store, you may want to head to the honey jar instead. That’s because raw honey is excellent both at soothing sore throats and at easing coughs. In fact, research shows that raw honey is just as effective as over-the-counter cough medicines (and does it all without filling you full of unnatural chemicals). So, at those times when you feel a cold coming on, you can simply take a teaspoon of raw honey and let it coat the back of your throat or try adding honey to hot tea and lemon.
9. Raw Honey is a Natural Sleep Aid
What do raw honey and turkey have in common? That drowsy feeling you get after your Thanksgiving meal is thanks to the tryptophan in the turkey meat, which causes melatonin (the sleep chemical) to be released into your body. And eating raw honey stimulates the same release of tryptophan in your body and gets your ready for a long snooze.
That’s right! A tablespoonful of raw honey added to a glass of warm milk or chamomile tea is a great way to unwind before bedtime and help you drift into a deep, relaxing, peaceful sleep so that you can wake up in the morning feeling refreshed and ready for the day.
10. Raw Honey Makes a Great Gift
Thanks to its delicious taste and amazing health and beauty benefits, raw, natural organic honey, like ours, makes a great gift. And at Doux Bee, we go a step further by bottling up this natural goodness inside our iconic hexagon honey jar which comes with a traditional wooden honey dipper. So whether you’re looking for an unforgettable gift for that someone special or even feeling a little indulgent and want to experience the luxury for yourself, our raw honey is a treat for the eyes as well as the taste buds.
Experience the Amazing Benefits of Raw Honey for Yourself
More than just nature’s candy, raw honey is a superfood packed full of nutrients that can do everything from giving you beautiful glowing skin and shiny hair to slow down the aging process, help maintain a healthy heart and digestive system and provide you with a natural, healthy (and tasty) energy boost whenever you need it. So now you know some of the amazing benefits of raw honey, why not take the opportunity to explore our luxury Doux Bee raw honey, made by bees in SouthEast Louisiana’s legendary Honey Island Swamp, and experience it all for yourself.