Many folks who frequent local farmers' market would know J and his Boyco Foods raw honeys well. J has been one of the most knowledgeable bee keepers in Oregon and Washington since year 1983. He is passionate about bee keeping and able to talk for hours about bees and honey. Indeed, managing and moving thousands of bee hives every week is no easy task. J has thousands of bee hives to move between fields during the week and still has to drag himself to Portland Farmers' Market at PSU on every Saturday. He just never gets tired when it comes to anything about honey and bees.
J has one of the most exotic collections of honeys that he believes fit every mood in the morning. You can drink your coffee with blackberry raw honey and put raspberry raw honey on your toast. If you feel fancy in the morning, meadow foam raw honey which is so rare will lighten up your mood even more with some marshmallow aftertaste. Carrot raw honey is good for your eyes and buckwheat raw honey is friendly to many people as it has a lower glycemic index than other honeys. If you have allergy or stomach upset issues, go with wild flower raw honey which contains the most enzymes, nutrients and types of pollens from different flowers that supposedly to ease up your symptoms. White clover raw honey is the typical American table honey as the flower is in field for almost half a year but this is raw. Having a nice collection of all 7 honeys in your kitchen can be a delight experience.
So what is raw honey and why it has medicinal benefits after all?
Raw honey is pure, crude, unpasteurized, unheated and unprocessed nectar from flowers. One of the most important characteristics and medicinal benefits of raw honey is that it preserves all natural vitamins, anti-oxidants, enzymes, phytonutrients, minerals and other elements. True raw honey is antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti-fungal and is quite different from highly-processed, heated, pasteurized commercial honey from grocery stores. True raw honey works well as a therapeutic antiseptic for topical treatment of wounds, burns and ulcers for its antimicrobial, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.
Which raw honey offers the most benefits for allergy?
According to J, the best raw honey to treat allergies in Spring is wild flower raw honey. Wild flower raw honey is pure, unpasteurized and unprocessed honey extracted from more than 30 different types of wildflowers from the 5,000 ft elevation of the Mt. Hood area. Because of its wide spectrum coverage, it contains the most variety of enzymes, nutrients and healthy substances that help people cope with allergies, hay fever and stomach upsets.
In fact, it is most ideal for our health to take raw honey from local area rather than honey from other parts of the country. Non-local honey does not harm our health but local raw honey just has more benefits to offer. It is a well-accepted fact among natural medicinal medicine community that local raw honey helps our immune system to recognize and cope with 'local elements' such as pollens and other substances. Many people reported their allergy symptoms were eased after consuming local raw honey due to such properties. People living in Europe and Asia rely raw honey to treat allergies and immune system symptoms for thousands of years already.
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