Raw Local Honey And It's Benefits
Honey has long been considered to have positive health benefits. Recent studies based on western medicine are beginning to document the healing qualities. Honey comes in many forms. Choosing raw local honey can enhance the benefits.
It has been shown to be a more effective cough suppressant than dextromethorophan (DMX) by a team of Pennylvania State University School of Medicine physicians working at a clinic associated with the university. DMX is widely used as the active ingredient in over the counter cough suppressants. View the Study
The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital, cites numerous studies documenting honey's anti-biotic properties.
It is also proposed that eating raw local honey can help reduce alergies when taken regularly over time prior to alergy season. Raw honey has not been heated and the enzymes in the pollen have not been broken down. The premise is that local honey contains the pollen from local plants that trigger alergic reactions and that taking regular doses help build an immunity to the allergies. While there are no western medicine studies documenting this, Ayervetic Medicine has been using honey for this purpose for milenia and there is a large school of anecdotal information available.
The definition of "local" can be confusing. For the purpose of honey, local can have a fairly wide conotation. New England for instance, is fairly homogenous when it comes to plants. They may bloom slightly earlier or later in the year depending on latitue and costal proximity; however, they are found throughout the region and are significantly different from the general flora makeup for instance, of the south west.
The seasons also produce different types of honey. The spring blossoms produce a lighter, more clear honey while the summer wild flowers produce a darker, richer honey. Both varietals, shown here, provide the health and antibiotic benefits.
Gleaned from bee hives in Carlisle Mass, located just 20 miles north west of Boston, Core de Vie and Carlisle Honey are commited to providing only the highest quality raw local honey. Learn more about bees and Carlisle Honey.
You can view the Beth Israel Deaconess page about honey.
Note: The FDA recommends that children under 12 months should not ingest honey.