Raw Forest Honey

Honey is a sweet, thick liquid made by honeybees, they collect sugar (fructose) from sugar rich nectar of flowers. Bees consume, digest and regurgitate the nectar, thereby harvesting honey.The kind of flower the honeybees take their nectar from determines the taste, colour, smell, anti-oxidant and vitamins content of the honey. More than half the sugar in honey is fructose and pure honey is low in glycemic index, hence it has less effect on blood sugar levels. It is safer and preferred form of sweet than sugar, jaggary or anything else, etc. Honey is referred as Yogavahi in Ayurveda since it has a quality of penetrating the deepest tissues of the body. Holistic practitioners consider it one of nature’s best all round remedies and have been using it in medicine over 5000 to 6000 years. As honey has low PH level, it can kill harmful bacteria and fungi in the body. Honey’s existence has been there since as far as one can record, honey has been used in various forms as offering to Gods across various cultures like Egyptian, Greeks, Romans, etc. Today there is no part of the world where honey is not used as part of cultural diet. The nutrition and chemical composition of raw honey varies between different environments and countries.

Benefits of Honey

Honey is rich in bio-active compounds and anti-oxidants, helps reduce oxidative stress and blood pressure
• Honey has anti-septic and anti-bacterial properties, hence can easily cure burns and heal wounds
• Honey helps in preventing acid reflux, hence good for people suffering from acidity
• Honey can be used to relieve cold and cough symptoms, it helps suppress coughs in children as well
• Honey has the potential to clear up stuffy noses and allergies in case triggered by pollen
• Honey is a probiotic and phytonutrient powerhouse as it contains almost 600 compounds and large amount of friendly bacteria
• Honey has exact combination of fructose and glucose that helps regulate blood sugar levels
• Honey reduces ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders as it is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal
• Honey improves cholesterol as consumption leads to modest reduction in total and bad cholesterol, also lowers triglycerides
• High quality honey is anti-microbial, rich in organic acids & phenolic compounds like flavonoids

Caution:

• One shouldn’t give honey to children below 12 months as it may contain botulinum endospores that can cause infant botulism, a rare but serious type of food poisoning.
•  Honey is high in calories and sugar content.

Best form to have:

•  Honey should never be heated to retain its properties, can be added to desserts, food, drinks, tea, etc, etc.
•  Honey is the best replacement to sugar.

Note:

All benefits mentioned are specific to raw and unpasteurised honey.
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