Honey is extracted once a year, usually in the fall. Fresh from the hive, it is in a liquid state - but only for a short period of time. It soon changes into a semi-solid, spreadable form, also known as crystallization. This is a normal natural process common to all raw, unprocessed honey.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
1. Honey is known to be anti-microbial
Being antimicrobial means that this agent kills microorganisms and/or stops their growth. Antimicrobials are used in different types of medicines such as antibiotics. This agent is useful in honey to withstand long periods of time.
2. Honey is known to be anti-bacterial
Antibacterial means that there are agents that fight against bacteria. These types of agents are used in many different medicines and food products to make it healthier. This is also useful for long uses of honey, if you are planning on keeping the honey for a long period of time.
3. Honey is a good source of antioxidants
Antioxidants include organic acids and phenolic compounds like flavonoids. Antioxidants are used in different medicine practices along with different food products. "Researchers Heidrun Gross of the University of California-Davis and colleagues say that antioxidants are thought to protect humans from disease by slowing potentially dangerous disease processes in the body."
4. Honey NEVER goes bad!
Thanks to the wonderful worker bees you can enjoy honey... well... forever! The nectar and pollen from flowers mixes with enzymes inside the bees that extract it, which changes the nectar’s composition and breaks it down into simple sugars that are deposited into honeycombs. Containing both antimicrobial and antibacterial agents honeys is good to last a lifetime or two. The oldest jar of honey reported is about 5,500 years old, now that's some old honey!
5. Believed by many to relieve allergies when taken from a local floral source
People believe that honey is a helpful remedy for allergies, think of allergy shots. With an allergy shot you are injected with a small dose of your allergy, the same with honey which includes pollen. But while allergy shots have been proven to be effective, honey hasn’t. When a person eats local honey, they are ingesting local pollen - over time, a person may become less sensitive to this local pollen. As a result, they may experience fewer seasonal allergy symptoms.