So just what is “organic” honey and why does it matter? Isn’t all honey naturally organic anyways?
The simple answer? No.
The bee keepers, who produce organic honey, make sure it is really organic by following certain standards. The natural habitat and life cycle of the bees are protected. They don’t expose the honey bees to any kind of synthetic chemicals or antibiotics to control diseases. The reason organic honey is excellent for your health is because it’s made without anything artificial that could harm you.
Interestingly enough, several scientific studies have proven beyond all doubt that organic honey is good for you. Honey can for example be used to treat sore throats, common calls, and even bronchial problems. It can also be used to help treat a number of stomach related problems such as ulcers. Furthermore, honey contains certain enzymes which help you to digest food. Lastly but not least, honey can be used to treat wounds in order to speed up the healing process. This is of course because honey is rich in natural antibacterial and antifungal properties, and because of its thick constituency, it also provides a natural barrier to open wounds.
Because honey has a low PH and high sugar content, it can be used effectively to prevent bacteria from infecting wounds. In fact, honey has an antiseptic action very similar to that of hydrogen peroxide. Honey is also recognized as being an effective remedy for treating burns, because not only does it reduce the pain by keeping the burn moist, but it also seals the burn which helps to prevent further contamination. Another benefit of using honey to treat burns is that the resultant scars tend to be less prominent than they would be if the burn had been treated with a different compound.
Thanks to surveys, it has been found that the vast majority of people prefer the taste of organic honey over other types of honey which contain additives. Organic honey is also known to be extremely gentle on your stomach, and it can very often contain beneficial bacteria which can aid your digestive system. Another noticeable benefit of honey is the energy factor, due to its fructose and glucose content. Essentially, these cause the body to store glycogen in the muscles and in the liver, which in turn means you end up having more energy. For this reason, organic honey is often eaten by athletes before taking part in events. Of course, because of organic honey contains antioxidants, it can also be extremely beneficial for the immune system.
Nowadays more and more people are discovering the convenience of organic honey crystals, in that they are a natural sweetener which has the entire flavor of honey, but without the stickiness. The crystals are made from pure organic honey and pure organic cane juice, meaning that they contain no preservatives, no artificial coloring, and no artificial flavoring. In fact, the crystals are ideal for adding to beverages and food recipes if you want to add the flavor of honey. For example, you can add the crystals to your tea and coffee, to smoothies, and even to things such as salads, breads, puddings, and cereals.
As you can see, there are LOTS of uses for honey, and especially organic honey where the bees are taken care of and the honey you consume is naturally made without the bees ingesting antibiotics, steroids, or artificial pollen and nectar. So the only lingering question…is “organic” honey the same as “raw” honey? Nope! But that’s an entirely different post. Stay tuned!