Liquid gold. Ambrosia. Manna. Nectar of the Gods. Honey is seen as a celestial indulgence, the symbol of purity, love, and wisdom. There’s a wildness to it, a warming feeling that reminds us of its health benefits and connection to the past. Known for its incredible sweet taste and holistic properties, honey has been prized and revered for hundreds of years.
A sacred ingredient that was used in spiritual ceremonies and art dating back to the 7th millennium BC, it’s far more than just the latest health food trend.
Honey contains antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, which can help support and improve the digestive system and boost immunity. Even more, it has antiseptic properties that can inhibit the growth of certain kinds of bacteria. Finally, it contains antimicrobial properties that can help fight bacteria that cause sore throats.
Honey is a source of natural carbohydrates that are quickly converted to energy. In a study performed by the University of Memphis Exercise and Sport Nutrition Laboratory, they found that honey increased performance in cyclists.
Unlike other sugars, which can cause blood sugar levels to spike, honey has actually been shown to help stabilize blood levels.
The World Health Organization (WHO) lists it as a demulcent – relieving inflammation and irritation of the mucous membranes in the mouth by forming a protective film.
A Sweet Rival: Honey vs. Sugar
Honey contains roughly 64 calories per tablespoon, it also contains vitamins and minerals that table sugar does not, including calcium, vitamin C, iron, fiber, and protein. It’s is also more digestible and converts to energy quicker than regular table sugar. This makes it a better choice for those who want some sweetness with added benefits.
Even better, it’s delicious with kefir! Try our Wasabi Honey Kefir Salad Dressing, this delicious kefir smoothie, drizzled over scooped Frozen Kefir (or bars!) or on top of a bowl of fresh fruit and Farmer Cheese. We love honey so much, we even have new kefir cups with honey!
Beyond the Belly: How to Use Honey Outside of the Kitchen
Honey isn’t just great to eat, it’s great for your skin and as a cold remedy! Mix honey with kefir and lemon juice for a cleansing and revitalizing skin mask. Honey is also a divine savior when it comes to healing acne, it has anti-inflammatory qualities that help prevent the swelling and redness! You can even try adding a tablespoon to hot water or herbal tea for a delicious, natural sore throat remedy.