Health benefits of raw honey + an iced coffee recipe

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Not only is honey tasty and sweet, it’s raw form also offers a number of health benefits to the body. It’s far better for you than than other sugar or substitute sweeteners.

When you can, it’s always a better option to purchase raw honey that is organic or locally grown. This ensures the honey has been harvested from local bees in your area. By buying locally you are giving your body immune stimulants to help it adapt to the environment. It’s more potent as well and has a fresher taste to it.

Health benefits of raw honey

Raw honey is great for dealing with a number of issues. It’s a great substance that is all natural. Not only is it great for giving your body natural energy, but it’s great for helping to keep the body regular. It’s also cholesterol free and can help for those trying to keep their levels in control.
Honey can be helpful for pregnant women suffering with morning sickness. It’s possibly even a better remedy than soda crackers. It’s also great for aiding with dry or sore throat.

Raw honey is great for natural energy. It helps give your metabolism a boost by burning off carbohydrates in the body. It helps with supplying strength to the body and helps with muscle fatigue by boosting your endurance.

Honey combined with cinnamon can help relieve bladder infections as well as upset stomachs and arthritis. It is great for slowing hair loss down and has also been shown to help with bad breath.

Local raw honey can help decrease allergies. Be sure it’s local, if you’re using it for allergies, since honey from bees across the country won’t always help you.

Some studies even suggest raw honey to have anti-cancerous properties. Eating a spoonful of honey each day is a great way to give your body necessary antioxidants. Antioxidants are friends – especially if you ever indulge in any not-so-healthy habits (not that you do, right?).

Dr. Oz refers to raw honey as being liquid gold, and it’s no wonder. Raw honey contains necessary vitamins such as B1-B6, potassium, magnesium, vitamin C, and phosphate, not to mention the wealth of enzymes.

Many people are making honey a part of their everyday diet, and when you are in the market for this valuable food, buying organically is a better option. This helps to avoid any pesticides that might get carried from the flowers to the beehive. Organic raw honey is untouched and contains no chemicals or pesticides. However, do not give honey to small children especially in those under 1 year of age as it contains Clostridium botulinum which has been linked to infant botulism.

Raw honey can be used as a replacement for sugar in any recipe. Use half as much. For example, if a recipe calls for half a cup of sugar, use a quarter cup of raw honey. I never use it in my baking, since baking it obviously kills any enzymes – it’s not raw after you bake it! I do like to use it in frostings and beverages, though. You can even just put a little on toast or crackers or just take a spoonful. 🙂

One of my favorite drinks lately is iced coffee with raw honey. I kind of just throw the ingredients together but a rough recipes is:

  • 6 cups of brewed coffee, cooled
  • 1.5 cups vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • an extra splash of vanilla for good measure
Mix it all up in a 2 quart pitcher, stick it in the fridge to cool & enjoy! I like to mix the honey in with the coffee is still a little warm (not hot) since it's easier to dissolve. Then I just let it cool a bit longer before mixing all the ingredients together. It's rather good warm too. The only thing you need to remember is that if the raw honey gets too hot, it's not raw any more.
Please do share any raw honey miracle stories in the comments or even any recipes you'd like to share – it's great stuff!
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13 Responses

  1. Sarah @ made in usa challenge

    I am not typically a big honey fan, but after reading your post I think I’ll give it more of a try. I have too much of a sugar tooth and if I could cut down but substituting sugar I think that would be a great start.

  2. Margaux at YoungNesters

    Wow, I’ve heard about the allergies thing but the rest is news to me! Thanks for sharing. I don’t usually have honey very often either but I’ll think I’ll try to add it into my diet more often.

  3. Myn @ fresh graNOLA family

    Oh man, that coffee recipe sounds great. I’m going to have to try it. We use raw honey as facewash here, and I give it to the kids for a sore throat (or sometimes just a treat!), but we’re going to have to start using it more often, espeically since you mentioned the fact that it can help your metabolism. I think I’ll go have a spoonful right now!

    • Kylie Worthington

      Facewash, awesome! I have been using it in place of sugar (still very much in moderation of course) for everything as I’m losing my baby weight and it seems to help!

  4. CelloMom

    CelloDad must be closely related to the original HoneyBear: the way he loves his honey!

    One way to find local raw honey is to search around your area for beekeepers who sell beeswax (we get that by the pound for dipping candles). Very often those same people will have honey also, including raw.

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