A beekeeper checks the health of a hive in the Franciscan Monastery apiary in Washington, DC.
There are many reasons to love the honey from the Franciscan Monastery. Besides being delicious, there are health benefits to raw honey, especially if you live in the area where it’s harvested. Healthy lifestyle author Deborah Tukua cites 6 major benefits:
Local, raw honey is known to be a powerful antioxidant and contains bee pollen and propolis, substances produced by bees that have been used medicinally by humans since ancient times. Check out this impressive list of all the things honey can do!
1. Make your own healthy, hydrating sports drink.
Honeycomb with raw, unfiltered honey.
Add a spoonful of raw honey, a spoonful of protein powder, and a pinch of Himalayan sea salt to a glass of spring water. Stir vigorously and drink to replace electrolytes and increase energy and athletic performance.
2. Need to soothe a minor sunburn?
Honey can ease pain and peeling caused by that Summer sunburn.
Try this relieving remedy. Mix ½ cup of honey and 1 cup of milk. Apply the mixture to the sunburned area. Leave on as long as possible to ease the pain and to prevent skin from peeling.
Reapply as needed to ease discomfort and to promote healing. Severe sunburn can produce swelling, blisters, nausea, fever, and chills. Seek professional medical attention if these symptoms arise.
3. Mix up a healing salve for minor burns, cuts, or scrapes.
Applied topically, honey is a natural antiseptic, containing 3 powerful wound-healing components: sugar, hydrogen peroxide, and propolis. The nectar-based compound propolis kills bacteria, while hydrogen peroxide disinfects.
The sugar absorbs moisture, creating an environment in which bacteria cannot survive. Another plus, as the honey dries, it forms a natural bandage.
4. Relieve allergies.
Local, raw honey can relieve allergies to pollen.
Eating unfiltered, unheated, raw honey produced within your area, (50-mile radius or less) is like receiving a natural anti-allergy shot! Quercetin, a component of honey, has been found in studies to reduce inflammation and pollen allergy symptoms.
It stabilizes the cell membranes that release histamine, which triggers allergic reactions. Raw honey also contains bee pollen and bee propolis, which boosts the immune system and builds immunity to allergens.
4. Use as a cough suppressant.
Use honey mixed with apple cider vinegar for an annoying cough.
Mix apple cider vinegar and honey to taste in a small glass jar. Take a tablespoon as often as needed to relieve minor coughs, colds, and sore throats.
6. Promote relaxation and restful sleep.
Take a spoonful of raw honey at bedtime. For best results, use raw, unfiltered, unheated, unprocessed honey raised within a 50-mile radius or less of your home.
Note: Never feed honey to an infant younger than one year. Honey can contain spores of the bacteria that cause botulism. While this poses no problem for adults and children, the spores can colonize in an infant’s digestive tract and produce the deadly botulinum toxin.
Raw honey bottled at the Franciscan Monastery in Washington, DC. Honey is also used in making their all-natural granola.
Proceeds from the purchase of raw honey from the Franciscan Monastery through the Holy Land Gift Shop will help replenish the bee population in the Monastery apiary, which has lost many beehive crops in the last couple of years. The Holy Land Gift Shop carries Monastery honey in different quantities, and also carries honey from the Holy Land.
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