The South Carolina Mid-State Beekeepers Association

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Why Beekeeper's Honey?

There is an important difference between what you might get at the supermarket and nature's finest raw honey available from a  beekeeper. Beekeepers offer you local, pure raw honey, complete with pollen grains and enzymes, direct from the hive, just the way the bees made it. Local honey includes pollen from flowers in the area where the bees work. Natural enzymes, pollen, vitamins, minerals and amino acids are found in Beekeeper's Honey.  When honey is processed commercially, it is finely filtered and heated.  Filtering removes most pollen particles and heat can change the color, taste and destroy vitamins and enzymes.  Additives and sugar syrup have even been discovered in commercially processed honey found in stores.


Raw Honey as the Perfect Food

Honey is being rediscovered as a natural source of energy that also offers a unique combination of nutritional benefits.  Recent studies suggest that the unique mixture of sugars occurring naturally in honey works best in preventing fatigue and enhancing athletic performance.  In addition to being a concentrated energy source, honey contains a wide array of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants & amino acids.


Honey's Healing Properties

Honey has long been regarded as a medicinal aid used in a variety of ways. Since ancient times, raw honey has been used to cure all manner of ills. The raw honey ancient civilizations used was able to aid in maintaining peak health because, like raw honey, it had not had its enzymes or nutritional value partially destroyed by the heating process of pasteurization.


A recent scientific study showed that honey worked well as a wound dressing. Honey not only cleared existing infection, but protected the wound from additional infection. Besides honey's anti-inflammatory effects, it reduced scaring, speeded healing, and stimulated new tissue growth. Scientists at the University of Bonn have been experiencing these positive results from the medical use of honey. Even when dealing with multi-resistant bacteria, many infections healed within just a few weeks.


Healing wounds with honey goes back to the ancient Egyptians. It's use was lost with the rise of the use of antibiotics. However, as we are faced with the "new germs" that seem to be resistant to any chemical antibiotic, perhaps it's time to take another look at this old remedy.


In addition to the above mentioned amazing healing properties of honey, it can be used to treat digestive problems, stomach ulcers and gastroenteritis. It's also a fast remedy for athletes foot. But use raw honey, as heating during manufacturing destroys nutrients and enzymes.


Most honey sold today has been commercially processed. Finding raw, natural,  unfiltered honey can be challenge, but worth the effort for its healing properties. Raw honey is often less clear and may granulate faster than processed honey. Today's consumers have a passion for liquid honey, so most honey available on the market is heat processed and then filtered which increases its shelf life and clarity. However, pasteurizing the honey results in destroying digestion-aiding enzymes and vitamins while removing protein-rich pollen and comb particulates.