Raw honey is one of the oldest known foods in the world. It has been used since the beginning of time and is often mentioned in the Bible and other historical writings as sacred because of its healing properties. Raw honey has also been widely used in various cultures around the world and has held important roles in culinary, medicinal, and religious traditions. Beekeeping dates back to at least 700BC. Honey has been found in ancient writings throughout various cultures, including the Sumerian and Babylonian cuneiform, the Hittite code, and ancient Egyptian and Indian writings. Centuries ago honey was used for both medicinal and cosmetic purposes. Honey was also used regularly during the embalming process. Pollination is the transfer of pollen from one flower to another. This is critical to fruit and seed production and is often provided by insects and other animals on the hunt for nectar or pollen. Bees and other insects provide pollination services for over three-quarters of the staple crop plants that feed humankind and for 90% of all flowering plants in the world. Busy honeybees collect nectar and pollen from flowers and bring it back to the hive. The bees collect the nectar from the flowers in their stomachs and then bring it back to the hive and regurgitate it. Then the honey is stored in wax honeycombs. When bees are kept for honey production, beekeepers encourage an overproduction of honey so that there is enough for human beings and bees. There are three different forms of honey known as comb honey, liquid honey, and cream honey. Raw honey is honey that has been unprocessed, unfiltered, unpasteurized, and unadulterated. This ensures that it still contains the pollen, enzymes, vitamins and minerals. Unprocessed honey in its raw living form is a miracle from God and the earth. Honey has saved human life during drastic times of starvation and it will become critical again in the future as a food for our survival and as one of the foods that heals. This wild healing food really is nectar. It is liquid gold that can turn your life around.
The sugar in honey is nothing like processed sugar. Bees collect from plant species far and wide. The fructose and glucose in honey are saturated with more than 200,000 undiscovered phytochemical compounds and agents. Our immune systems are constantly adapting to whatever microorganisms we encounter. Raw honey is one of the most healing foods on the planet and it is very important for supporting immunity. Raw honey is a great source of B vitamins including niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, biotin, and thiamine. It is also a great source of energy, has vitamins A, C, D, E, and K, and contains digestive enzymes. Raw honey is a secret weapon against infectious illness. Raw honey acts as a healing food to assist your body in keeping a strong first line of defence by strengthening neutrophils and macrophages so they can fight off pathogens. Thus raw honey helps to strengthen your immunity and fighting colds, flu, stomach bugs such as norovirus, and food poisoning. Raw honey is anti-inflammatory because it inhibits pathogens from reproduction and thus lowers toxin release. Raw honey can stop all types of cancer in its tracks. Phytochemicals when drawn into cancerous tumours and cysts shut down the cancerous growth process. Phytochemicals are pathogen killers that also protect you from radiation damage. Raw honey’s highly absorbable sugar and B12 coenzymes make it one of the most powerful brain foods around. Also, raw honey repairs DNA and is extremely high in minerals including calcium, potassium, zinc, selenium, phosphorus, chromium, molybdenum, and manganese. Raw honey in your daily diet also helps with healing many other conditions. These include sinus infections, ear infections, diabetes, hypoglycaemia, PTSD, allergies, eye infections, MRSA, staph infections, infertility and low functioning reproductive system, insomnia, adrenal fatigue, ADHD, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, all autoimmune diseases and disorders, parasites, food poisoning, respiratory infections, bronchitis, laryngitis, and thrush.
Raw honey has incredible medicinal nourishment and will remain one of the top foods that heal so long as global bee populations are maintained. Raw honey nourishes the body and brain and boosts any spiritual activity including prayer, energy circulation, and meditation. Consuming honey prior to meditation strengthens the mind and brings pleasant sensations throughout the body. Honey is a food for healing your soul and your DNA. If you avoid honey you are shutting off a part of yourself that connects all the way back to the beginning of human life. As humanity became cut off from honey it shows how disconnected we are from the plants and foods that heal. Connecting with honey puts you back in touch with yourself and the world. Honey is traditionally used in religious ceremonies to pay respect to the gods. Honey is mentioned 60 times in the bible and also in many other religious and spiritual texts.
If you work with bees then beekeeping will enhance your connection and appreciation for this wonder food. The best raw honey is complete with chunks of honeycomb, flecks of pollen and even a few bee parts. It is wise to replace all processed sugar and other sweeteners with raw honey. Use raw honey as a healing food. Look for wildflower honey or Manuka honey if you can find it. Add raw honey to lemon water. This enhances bioflavonoids in the honey and gives the drink an additional immune boost. Take a teaspoon of raw honey before bed if you feel like you’re coming down with a cold or flu. This is also a good remedy to enhance a night’s sleep. Raw honey is also great for healing small wounds and revitalizing the skin when applied to the skin externally. Try it on scars where you want to speed up the healing process.
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This recipe makes 4 servings
Equipment needed: blender, chopping board, chefs knife, wooden spoon, saucepan
TOTAL TIME: 10 minutes
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Equipment needed: 2 x round cake tins, oven, baking paper, mixing bowl x 2, whisk, measuring jug, sieve, grater, cooling rack, chopping board, chefs knife
TOTAL TIME: 1 hour
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Equipment needed: large saucepan, wooden spoon, chopping board, knife, small skillet/frying pan
TOTAL TIME: 45 minutes
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Equipment needed: large frying pan, chopping board, chefs knife,
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