Raw honey is natural honey that hasn’t been pasteurised or fine filtered (or ultra filtered sometimes). Simply put, it’s had minimal processing before reaching the jar and contains a host of vitamins and minerals that just don’t exist in refined sugars.
It contains phytonutrients (surprise surprise, also found in plants) which give raw honey it’s antioxidant properties and is the main reason that it is has antiseptic and antifungal properties. Scientific studies link the specific antioxidants present in raw honey – glucose oxidase – to a reduction in oxidative stress, therefore lowering blood pressure and also the boosting of the immune system.
The medicinal properties of raw honey are as exciting as its breadth of flavour.
Unlike pasteurised honey, raw honey is recognised as a powerful prebiotic – it contains living microorganisms that can increase and drive the growth of good bacteria in your stomach and digestive tract.
Did we mention that raw honey can also be used as a dressing for minor skin complaints? It’s used in wound dressings for ulceration in the form of ‘medihoney’, allowing the body to heal from the outside in, also for the relief of eczema by direct application to sore areas and even our animal friends benefit when they cut themselves as it creates the perfect barrier against infection for wounds.