Oh honey! by Angelo Narciso Songco

My apologies about not being able to bring home any maple syrup on my recent trip to Canada.  It’s just so heavy!  I did get to bring home organic maca and quinoa and some goji berries!  Check them out in our store soon!

But with our raw wild honey sourced locally, who needs maple syrup?  Well, maybe for a change maple would’ve been nice with our pancakes.  Anyhow, sharing an article I wrote some years ago about honey…

It is said that honey was found in the tombs of ancient Egypt, providing as food source for the spirits of the Pharaohs in the afterlife.  The logic behind this is that honey does not spoil. This unique characteristic is due to the naturally occurring antibiotic produced by the bees that end up in the honey.  This antibiotic prevents bacterial growth, which causes spoiling.  Its high sugar concentration also prevents other organisms to thrive in it.  Going back to the jars of honey found in the Egyptian tombs, it was found to be still edible despite being untouched for centuries.

Aside from this unique trivia, this sweet syrup made by bees has a lot of benefits in the body.  The sugar gives the body energy needed for the day. It’s a natural upper and energy booster minus the palpitation. It also strengthens the immunity system and helps fight cancer since honey possesses anti-carcinogenic and anti-tumor properties.  Due to its antimicrobial properties, honey also helps fight sore throat in soothing the inflammation and honey’s natural sobering agent is an amazing cure for a hangover.  A jar of this amazing stuff should definitely be kept in the kitchen.  If some beauty brands have honey-infused products like soaps and facial creams, this is due to the fact that honey is good also for the skin, promoting tissue growth, anti-ageing, and moisturizing.  It is also a natural antiseptic and a natural exfoliant.

Honey is a natural sweetener and may be used to sweeten tea, smoothies, and juices.  It may be spread on toast in the morning as the perfect energy booster especially if you’re feeling a little lethargic.  There are also recipes that call for it as a sweetener instead of table sugar, such as salads, muffins, breads, and doughnuts.  Even mixing honey with warm water is an excellent drink that even children would enjoy. It’s also very healthy for the body as well.

This miracle in a jar is a natural food that can be used not only to up the sweetness factor in breads, pastries, drinks, and dessert, it also has health benefits for the body by boosting energy and help fighting diseases like the common cough and sore throat and also in the long run, with its anti-tumor properties, fight cancer as well. This sweet stuff does indeed have a lot of good uses, and it’s no wonder why some households have made it a staple in their kitchen cupboards.  There are also yummy recipes from smoothies to biscuits, and sometimes savory main dishes, stir fries, and stews that maximize this sweet stuff as well.

Remember to keep honey as raw as possible as some claim honey loses it’s health benefits once heated.

Lastly, for those with diabetes we recommend limiting the consumption of honey and instead opt for low glycemic but still organic and natural sweeteners such as stevia, coconut sugar and nice syrupy coconut nectar, syrup or “cocohoney”.