Raw honey is an incredible food and medicine.  Honey is antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal.  It is wonderfully soothing for coughs and helps to boost the immune system.  Honey is a humectant which means that is encourages moisture retention, making it perfect for hydrating the skin.  Put right on the face, honey provides a wonderful soothing facial.  It can also be used on burns to soothe the skin and promote healing.  Raw honey is high is phytonutrients including antioxidants, friendly bacteria and propolis making it a superior food.  Honey can provide relief to those suffering from seasonal allergies.  The small amounts of  pollen in honey provides a kind of homeopathic treatment for allergy suffers, but only if the honey is local to the person taking it.   It makes an excellent addition to syrups preserving and enhancing the properties of the syrup. The uses of honey are so encompassing that further study can be made into the amazing substance.  The World's Healthiest Food's has a wonderful article on the uses of honey.  Please click here to read.

Honey should not be given to children under one year of age because it may contain spores that can be harmful to a young child's still developing digestive system.

Purchasing honey from conscientious bee keepers helps to support healthy bee populations.  Bees pollinate many of the foods we eat and we need them to be strong and healthy.  Being mindful of where our honey comes from gives us a chance to help protect our food.  Also pasteurized honey looses many of its healing properties due to the high heat that is used.  Raw honey is best!