What is Local Honey…or are they Wrong
Most doctors would say local honey is honey produced by bees within a certain milage. They claim 20 - 50 miles from your residences. So to be clear, they couldn’t be further from the truth…Let me explain and it may take a little research on your end too.
Local Honey should be called Regional Honey. Milage has nothing to do with the benefits you receive from honey. Its the plants and trees, (Foliage) that grow in your region and this is where the research on your end may come in. The plants the bees pollinate and the nectar they gather is all based on what is grown in your region. This nectar and pollen is where the benefits of honey comes from for allergies. Let take someone who lives in Pittsburgh, PA. Plants from Philadelphia are the same plants and trees that grown in Pittsburgh but there is 300 mile gap between the two cities. But foliage in lower Virginia have more pine so its a different region.
Regional Honey has been getting a lot of buzz (no pun intended) lately, but do you really know why? If you are thinking it is just one of those fads and we will stop hearing about it soon, think again.
Did you know that using heated and pasteurized honey (like the honey in that cute little bear shaped bottle) is actually just as unhealthy as consuming refined sugar?
If you are someone who makes a conscious effort to be healthy, why would you put that in your body? Another good question is, if you are sick or have a cold and put a bit honey in tea, why would you want to pump your body full of non-nutritious sugar? Honestly, the questions could go on and on.
Benefits of Raw Honey: Honey has been around for a very long time often used in ancient Egypt as a sweetener and in ancient Greece as a healing medicine.
So what are these ‘healing’ benefits that raw honey was used for?
- Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal
- Soothes and heals skin wounds
- Reduces coughing
- Soothes irritated throats
- Promotes the growth of good bacteria in the intestine
- Maintains a healthy heart
- Helps digestion
- Source of antioxidants
- And much more
Raw vs. Pasteurized: Most of the honey you see in stores has been heated and pasteurized. The process of heating the honey is said to be used to kill certain types of bacteria that are responsible for infant botulism and prevent crystallization. This process, however, cannot remove all of honey’s bacteria levels (which is why honey should not be given to infants) but also removes the natural flavors, antibacterial benefits, nutrients, and antioxidants.
Local Honey: We mean Regional Honey, is seen as the best to use due to its pollen benefits to specific region. Regional Raw Honey contains pollen from your regional area which is known to help those local seasonal allergies.
So now you can see, milage doesn’t matter but you must have a understanding of what plant and trees grow where. Do a little research and become educated in the benefits of Regional Honey.
Share with others so we can put this myth based on milage to rest and have a Bee-utiful Day
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