Today it’s all about how to use honey-the amazing health benefits of pure, raw honey. The next time you go online or to the supermarket to purchase some honey be sure and check the container to see if it’s the real thing. It may be wise to see where the honey was harvested, if possible. Sometimes those containers are not honey at all. Yikes, did I say that? Yes, I did. Here’s the deal, just because that container says honey it may not be honey at all, or a very small percentage may be honey. Some containers have some ingredients you may not want to feed your family. Please buy from a trusted company, or your local farmer’s market IF you know they are selling raw, pure honey. I only buy my honey from Cox’s Honey in Shelley, Idaho. I also receive containers of honey from Cox’s honey just so you know. I was buying their honey years before they started shipping me a few containers.
Honey-The Amazing Health Benefits
1. help cure or alleviate allergy symptoms
2. good for memory-Alzheimer’s
3. good for our immune system
4. helps with sleep and sleep apnea (helps with the dry throat feeling while using a CPAP)
5. take one tablespoon before bed and you may have a better nights sleep
6. your cholesterol will improve
7. your triglycerides can go down
8. helps with depression
9. honey helps with the highs and lows of Diabetes blood sugar levels-helping to stabilize glucose levels
10. health of your gut
11. melatonin and the mind
12. reproductive processes/infertility
13. menopause issues
14. thyroid conditions
15. slows down the aging process
16. overall better health
17. good fuel for exercise
18. easy to cook with
19. stores very well
20. good sweetener substitute
21. it’s good for your heart
22. healing wounds/cuts
23. helps heal burns
24. helps alleviate a cough
25. a spoonful a day keeps free radicals away….
Remember to always do your own research. I am storing honey because I can see how it would help my family in so many situations in life. Everyday or emergency situations, it could come in handy. Plus it stores indefinitely.
Rochelle talks all about honey:
HI! I’m excited to be doing a guest blog post! My name is Rochelle Allen and I grew up as a beekeepers daughter in Shelley, Idaho. My paternal grandpa, Orville S. Cox, actually was the one that started the business which is known today as Cox’s Honey Farms Inc. He started as a hobbyist and it just took off from there. His kids, Roy (my daddio), and Merrill were the two that wanted to follow in his footsteps.
As a child, I got to ride out to the bee yards with my dad and wear a bee suit. I helped by “smoking” the bees. This makes them actually thirsty, so they retreat into the hive to drink and it has a calming effect. A bee smoker is actually filled with dried vegetation and dried manure and a hot coal…not exactly perfume smelling, but it creates enough smoke to get the job done. As I grew up, I got to help out more with the extraction of the honey.
This is done with a giant spinner and its hard to explain, but VERY fun to watch. I also got to help out with the bottling process as a kid. Our creamed honey bottling is time-consuming, but it gave a good chance to talk to family and learn more about the business. As kids, we took turns on who did what when it came to packaging. We needed to glue the cases, put the bottles inside, and then stack the boxes up. We turned it into a fun game.
Now, that I’m grown, I use honey to cook with all the time. It makes the best FOODS! I also am the Cox’s Honey vendor to our local Walmart stores. Our company has been in Walmart for about 15 years now, and uses vendors as the supplier to the store. We just have a few vendors, but enough to get the Utah stores serviced. I love my little side job of taking the honey into the stores and seeing how empty the shelves are every week. Well, enough about me! I thought I’d answer some frequently asked questions about our honey in general…
Q: Is our honey pasteurized? Heated? Is it raw? Here are the answers:
A: Pasteurizing is used to kill bacteria in milk. Bacteria does not live in honey! We flash heat our honey so it will flow through the gravity strainers which allow the food value containing pollen grains to pass through with the honey, keeping the nutrients and allowing the foreign items to be strained out. It also may delay granulation for about a year. Doing the flash heating and quickly cooling it down makes minimal effect on the natural qualities of honey. Honey and heat are worst of enemies, cold and honey are best friends because it is a time temperature situation. Honey stored at 100 degrees for months is damaged much more than heating to 140 degrees for a few minutes. Flash heating exposes the honey to heat for minimal time, keeping the good flavor and quality very high. Comb honey is totally natural and does not need to be strained as the bees seal it with wax to keep dust etc. out. Creamed honey is less time with heat so it requires larger openings on the containers filled with it. Cooling is quicker and for a longer period of time than liquid.
Q: Is your honey raw? Organic? Processed?
A: Our answer for raw honey is YES! Comb honey being the most natural, then creamed as it is a cold temperature packaging, whereas liquid is packaged warm. Both are still raw because it is only gravity strained instead of force filtered, allowing the pollen grains to remain with the honey. Organic–we do not add or take anything away from the honey. Where the bees are over a wide range of territory, we may not be able to fit in the organic definition due to we cannot control where they fly to, we need a definition of organic, but our guess is we are as organic as possible. Even the comb honey is packaged, is that defined as processing? Our honey is as natural as it can possibly be in all the forms we package it in. Nothing is added and nothing is taken away, which is about as natural as you can get!
Q: What is Creamed honey? How do you store it?
Creamed begins as granulated seed honey that is drained into a mill tank that whips it as it drains into the tank. It comes out in a thicker, white color. Nothing is added. Nothing is taken away. It is great on scones, toast, peanut butter and honey sandwiches, etc. Best if kept at around 70º or cooler. Keep in the coolest part of the house. When the heat comes, I actually freeze most of the creamed containers, and have one in the fridge thawed and one in the cupboard. I then rotate them as I use them-fridge to cupboard, freezer to fridge. The creamed will separate and darken in color if exposed to heat for long periods of time. The nutritional value is the same, just doesn’t look as pretty! I like using it in my meat recipes. The taste is out of this world!
Thanks so much Rochelle for sharing this great information! This is my favorite honey too! Here is another way to be prepared for the unexpected, store raw pure honey and enjoy the benefits for years to come. Think about it, honey has been mentioned in the Bible and has been in use for centuries. It is a natural sweetener and is good for you. Try it in place of sugar whenever you can, you’ll benefit in healthy ways, and you’ll feel good about how your family will be better for it. Be adventurous, try it your recipes where it will work out best, you’ll be glad you did!