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    Benefits of Local Honey

    Content provided by Harvest Land Honey.

    Most people have not had the opportunity to taste truly raw honey. Over the years HLH has provided individuals their first taste of this perfect product, and their reaction is always the same. They are taken aback by the power of its taste.

    Did you realize that honey does not have an expiration date, and will never go bad? Crystallization is often mistaken for honey going bad; however, this is not the case. It is part of the natural process of honey. Storages of honey have been found in the ancient Egyptians tombs. The more amazing part is that the honey was still consumable. The reason for honey placement in the tombs is that honey has often been used as an alternative form of currency. In addition to food and currency, honey has often been used throughout history medicinally. Many historical medicines contained honey or products from the hive such as, venom, bees wax, or propolis (a reddish resinous cement collected by bees from the buds of trees, used to stop up crevices in the hives, strengthen the cells, etc.).

    Currently raw local honey is often consumed by allergy suffers. They traditionally begin by taking (1) tablespoon of raw local honey a day, two weeks prior to allergies season. The thought behind this is that bees pollinate the flowers, trees, and weeds, which are allergen irritants, depositing their pollen in the honey. Because of this, as you consume these pollens directly through the honey, your body will build a tolerance. Honey is also a natural antibiotic as well, containing 18 amino acids and many vitamins and minerals. Raw local honey is also widely believed and used to:

    •          Soothe sore throats, sunburns, dry skin, acne, skin infections, or to calm a cough
    •          Kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria
    •          Give fuel for athletes
    •          Help aide sleep

    The two most frequent questions that we get are "Why local?" and "Why raw?" Local honey comes from bees that are in your area, pollinating the flowers, trees, and weeds that are troublesome to you. The reason "raw" is important is that raw honey has not been altered by heat, which is commonly believed to destroy the healing properties of honey.

    Whatever the reason you decide to eat raw honey, delicious will be the first thing that comes to mind as you eat it. The thought of a hot buttery biscuit with fresh, sweet, and wholesome honey has brought many beekeepers into the hobby. We know that you will agree that there is nothing better than honey from your own hive. That first taste is an experience second to none - as the honey flow begins for the season or as you check your hive, poking your finger into that beautiful sweet honey, only to lick off the best-tasting substance on this Earth, knowing that you helped make it possible.