According to a study published in “Scientific World Journal” in 2012, conventional, non-organic honey is often contaminated with pesticides, antibiotics and microbial bacteria. Real organic organic honey is produced with agriculture methods that prevent the use of any synthetic products or chemicals to treat and care for the bees. The beehives are kept in wooded areas far away from urban and intensively farmed areas where polluting factors would damage the honey and the bees only come into contact with wood, metal and wax, never plastic. The result is a healthier honey which looks and tastes amazing. Moreover, organic honey offers unique health benefits you might not be aware of. Here’s our top 5:
1) An energy boost
If you’re in need of a quick energy boost, such as before or after a workout, look no further than honey! Ancient Olympic athletes would eat honey and dried figs to enhance their performance. Recent studies show that honey helps maintain glycogen levels and improves recovery time better than other sweeteners.
2) Sooth that cough!
According to new research by experts at Tel Aviv University, taking two teaspoons of honey before bed can be as effective as taking common cough medicine. Honey coats the throat and sooths irritation relieving both sore throat and cough.
3) A natural antibiotic
The effectiveness of honey as a topical antibiotic for wounds and burns was well known in traditional, natural medicine but somewhat forgotten with the arrival of penicillin and antibiotic creams. According to a study undertaken in New Zealand, honey contains amounts of hydrogen peroxide as well as phenolic acids, which help remove various bacteria from a topical injury.
4) Mosquito bite relief
Save money on expensive after-bite creams and lotions! Honey can also be used to treat insect bites. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it effective relief for mosquito bites, calming the skin and reducing redness and itching.
5) Antioxidant properties
Honey is rich in polyphenols, natural antioxidants which help our bodies to prevent numerous diseases as well as slowing down the ageing process. A teaspoon of honey could give your body an extra edge against cancer and heart disease, and generally promote heart health. Honey is as rich in antioxidants as some fruits and vegetables and also helps to eliminate free radicals.
Our honey is great too bake with too…
Try this simple recipe to make yummy & healthy honey biscuits:
100g of butter,
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tspn ground cinnamon
½ tspn powdered cloves
300g plain flour
150g raw cane sugar
2 free range eggs
50g organic honey
Place the flour, sugar, butter, honey, two eggs and the spices in a large bowl; mix and bring the ingredients together until the dough is smooth.
Wrap the dough in cling film and place in the fridge for at least an hour.
After this time, take the dough and roll it out on a pastry board until about ½ cm thick.
Cut out the biscuits using the cutter/s of your choice and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper, around 2-3 cm apart.
When you have filled the first tray, bake the biscuits at 180 ° for about 15 minutes or until the edges of the biscuits start to brown.
If you would like to glaze the biscuits, you can prepare an easy glaze with a little icing sugar, a drop of the food colouring of your choice along with some boiling water: add water in small doses (half a teaspoon at a time) and stir vigorously until mixture is creamy and very dense. If the mixture is too liquid, add more powdered sugar, if it is too thick, more hot water.
Once the biscuits have been removed from the oven and have cooled, brush them with the glaze.