honey and white flowersDid you know that honey could be used as much more than just a sweetener? Most honey sold commercially in stores have been heated and pasteurized. Through this pasteurization process, the natural enzymes and compounds of raw honey are compromised. On the contrary, local, raw honey that has not been pasteurized, such as the honey sold by Southwest Honey Co., is left in its natural state and therefore contains pollen, enzymes, and antioxidants.

Allergy Protection
Local pollen, purchased from a vendor as close to where you live as possible, has been proven to help with allergy symptoms by building immunity to local pollen.

Antioxidants and Phytonutrients
Honey is rich in antioxidants and cancer fighting phytonutrients found in the propolis of the hive (the “honey glue” that bees use to sterilize the beehive). These compounds are found only in raw natural honey, NOT the pasteurized type.

Digestive Aid
Raw honey also contains enzymes that help digest food more easily so it has been known to help treat ulcers and diarrhea.

Vitamins and Minerals
Generally, a 1-ounce serving of raw local honey contains small amounts of folate as well as vitamins B2, C, B6, B5 and B3. Minerals including calcium, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, selenium, sodium and zinc can also be found in raw honey in small amounts.

Topical Salve
Honey is also capable of being using in a medical form. It has anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antiseptic properties. Therefore, it can be applied topically to treat burns.

Cough Suppressant
Local, raw honey has also been used to treat upper respiratory infections. A study at Penn State College of Medicine in 2007 found that a small dose of buckwheat honey was more effective than an over-the-counter cough treatment for children.