Honey, Sweeten Up Your Day!
September marks National Honey Month and in its honor, we want to share some lesser-known facts about this delicious and nutritious sweet treat. With just 64 calories and 0g of fat in each tablespoon, honey has been used as a multi-purpose health aid for more than 2,000 years.
- Alleviates Allergies: Due to its anti-inflammatory super-powers, honey can help those troubled with seasonal allergies. It’s widely believed to act as a natural vaccine (although there are no clinical studies to prove it) and may help the body build up antibodies to pollen that’s contained in the honey. A spoonful of honey helps the sneeze attacks go down!
- Contains (Natural) Energy: Skip the Red Bull and add some honey to your smoothie to power through a long workday.
- Boosts Memory: Honey is loaded with antioxidants, which prevent cellular damage in the brain, help with short-term memory and aid the body in absorbing calcium, which also increases brain functioning. You won’t have to ask, “Where are my keys?” for much longer.
- Functions as a Cough Suppressant: There’s a reason for all the honey flavored cough drops in pharmacies. The thick consistency helps coat the throat and the sweet taste affects nerve endings that trigger the constant need to cough. Plus it tastes so much better than cough syrup… blah!
- Works as a Sleep Aid: Honey can cause levels of serotonin to rise, which improves one’s mood and happiness. The serotonin converts to melatonin, which aids in regulating the length and quality of sleep.
- Treats Dandruff: To help with itchiness and scaling within a week’s time, dilute honey with water and apply it to problem areas then let it sit for three hours before rinsing. Honey has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, allowing it to treat dandruff and other skin conditions caused by an overgrowth of fungus. Who knew?
- Helps to Heal: Acting as a natural antibiotic, honey can assist in treating and disinfecting wounds and burns.
Why buy local honey versus the giant bottle at your grocery store? The reason stems from the black market for honey. Yes, you heard right. The jar may not be stamped with the the words, “Made in China,” but will often be stamped with Indonesian, Malaysian or Taiwanese labels and regularly the product will have sugar or corn-based syrups mixed in to fake good taste. China, the world’s largest producer of honey, often uses banned antibiotics in bees to keep them from falling ill and dilutes the honey with water, eliminating the true nutrition and essence of honey. Next time you need honey for your tea, make sure you purchase it from a local market and know the source. Farriss Farm and Lip SMAKin’ Good Honey both sell honey at the Delray GreenMarket!