Other than beeswax (we’ll talk about that in Part 2!), honey is probably the first thing that you think of when it comes to honey bees. It is, of course, what gives them their iconic name! That was certainly the first aspect of honey bees that I was introduced to when I got into the #beepower business.
You probably also think of this when you hear “honey”:
You know you had one of these in your cupboards growing up, I know I sure did. Truth be told – that cute little teddy bear bottle of honey hardly resembles true honey in its original state. Nor does it carry any of the nutritive or healing powers of its raw counterpart. When first harvested, honey actually looks more like this in its raw, natural, unadulterated state:
See the difference?
Honey in its raw state is unfiltered, unheated (a.k.a.: unpasteurized), and will typically contain other little bits of bee goodness, depending on the process that was used to harvest and process the honey. In its purest form, honey retains all of the things that have made it such a unique product for centuries – which includes 22 amino acids, 27 minerals, and 5,000 enzymes. When it’s heated above 95 degrees Fahrenheit (be it during the bottling process or once it’s in your kitchen), much of its nutrients are burned off. Once honey is further processed and filtered for commercial consumption….well, that’s just plain game over my friends. The end result? Great for sweetening that cup of tea…but that’s really about it. And don’t be surprised if your so-called “honey” also contains high fructose corn syrup by that point. In fact, the FDA maintains its stance that unless it’s truly raw honey (as in: unfiltered, unpasteurized), the health benefits of honey cannot be claimed. Bottom line: if you’re looking for the real health benefits that come from honey, make sure you know what you’re buying and read the labels! Better yet – find your nearest local bee farm and get it straight from the source.
So what are these so-called benefits I speak of?
Well, let’s take a look at the not-at-all-fully-inclusive list (keep in mind I’ll stick to skincare benefits, as I’m not qualified to make any other health-related statements – if you’re curious though our friend Google will provide you with all sorts of helpful info):
Moisturizing - no matter your complexion (dry, oily, combination, and everything in between) raw honey will be a soothing moisturizer – it aids in creating a natural glow!
Anti-aging - raw honey is an antioxidant powerhouse, which means it’s a workhorse for slowing down those dreaded signs of aging
And here’s the big one:
Healing – thanks to those extra “bee bits” in raw honey, multiple studies have shown honey to have antibacterial effects, which means it helps clear acne and other common skin ailments. Don’t bother with over-the-counter anti-blemish creams that are full of harsh chemicals (and have this nasty effect of drying out your skin, which – to the joy and profit of clever manufacturers – causes your skin to create MORE oil and therefore results in a vicious cycle of more acne and more chemicals – ya see what I’m getting at here?). Instead, reach for that bottle of raw honey and let it work its magic. Its anti-inflammatory compounds also help to reduce redness and decrease the appearance of scars.
Now that's #beepower!
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