HEALTH

Raw Honey For Nutrition and Medicine

Raw Pure Unfiltered Honey

I would recommend buying a significant supply of raw unfiltered pure honey for long term storage preparedness. Why? Because this honey will never spoil. This type of honey can be used for food (sweetener, nourishment) and medicinal purposes (treat wounds, burns, and even ulcers).

Note that honey never spoils because it inhibits the growth of bacteria (and fungi and viruses). It will essentially store forever under the right conditions.

Honey Nutrition

It contains roughly 80% natural sugars (glucose & fructose), about 18% water, and 2% vitamins, minerals, pollen, and proteins.

Vitamins in honey:
Riboflavin, B6, thiamin, niacin, pantothenic acid, and a variety of amino acids.

Honey has a lower glycemic index than other sugars and is more slowly absorbed preventing spikes in insulin levels.

It is a strong antioxidant, specifically one named Pinocembrin.

Honey is apparently the only sweetener that is not man made or processed.

 

Antimicrobial Benefits of Honey

Honey draws fluid out of the cells of most germs like bacteria and fungi (osmotic effect). So these germs can’t grow in honey.

The exception is the dormant endospores of Clostridium botolinum. Therefore children under the age of 1 should not be given honey because their immune systems haven’t evolved enough.

Since nothing can grow in honey due to it’s antibacterial and antiviral properties, it is good to use on wounds. In fact the ancient Romans discovered this and widely used honey to treat troop wounds.

Because honey is so thick (viscous), when applied to a wound it has a strong pull to carry debris, dirt, bacteria, etc. away from the wound into the dressing.

Note: It’s best to apply the honey directly to the dressing and then apply to the wound.

Honey also has an attractive effect upon water. When honey combines with water it will steadily produce hydrogen peroxide. This has a strong antiseptic effect promoting wound healing.

You can also use honey for an upset stomach. Combine with ginger and lemon juice to treat nausea and vomiting or gastric distress of any kind, including ulcers.

 

Best Type Of Honey

The best type of honey for food and medicinal is RAW HONEY.

Honey that has not been processed by man. Not pasteurized with heat.

Note that strained honey is okay.

Pure Raw Unfiltered Honey (3 pounds)

Why is most honey pasteurized? Two reasons…

1. Pasteurization (161 degrees F) will kill the yeast spores. If the water content of honey (normally about 18%) reaches 25% then the yeast spores that are in honey will activate the fermentation process. This doesn’t make the honey go bad, however it will change the flavor as it ferments. This is why it is important to keep your raw honey covered. To prevent moisture from the air diluting the honey and increasing the overall water content percentage.

2. Pasteurization also dissolves sugar crystals in honey. People often mistake the granular appearance of the suspended sugar crystals as though it has spoiled.

Look For Local Honey

Check your local farmers market for a beekeeper selling raw honey. Most all honey at a farmers market will not be pasteurized and therefore good for medicinal purposes with the enzymes still intact. If in doubt just ask them…

Beware of Honey from China

The Chinese have been notorious for adding other ingredients to their honey. Glucose, dextrose, molasses, corn syrup, starches, and other substances. Most honey at the grocery store is not pure raw honey and has been altered in some way.

Manuka Honey is best for Medicinal Properties

From New Zealand or Australia the Manuka flower (of the Manuka or ‘Tea’ tree) is the sole source for honeybees producing Manuka honey.

It is the thickest honey in the world (highest viscosity) and therefore has a very strong antibacterial effect.

If you are a prepper with interest to keep some honey for wound treatment and it’s medicinal properties, I would purchase some of this honey specifically for that. It’s expensive because it’s seasonal and only sourced from that part of the world.

Raw Premium Manuka Honey

 

How To Store Raw Honey

It’s best to store honey in glass or other food grade containers.

Honey should always be stored in a closed container with a tight lid to keep humidity and moisture out.

Note: Always use a dry utensil when scooping honey out of it’s container to avoid adding moisture.

Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and away from heat sources.

 
Some of the information in this article was sourced and credited from a book written by Ralph Guardia M.D., an excellent resource.

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62 Comments

  1. Gotta love food that would never spoil if stored right! Spot on about the health benefits and medicinal properties. I have also seen dried fruits in honey and bet they taste great. You can use it in lotions and creams for your skin and it works well on a hangover.

  2. Years ago when our son was 2, he ran through the soil we were heat treating to kill the weed seeds so we could put it on his grandpa’s grave. Blistered his feet badly. We treated it with honey. When we had to take him to the doctor for another reason we had him look at son’s feet. He wondered how we were treating him & said he had never seen such a burn heal so beautifully.

  3. I do have a supply of honey–nowhere near as much as I need. I wish I could afford to replace what I’m using, but that will have to wait. At the moment I’m using it ONLY for medical.

    1. @ Lauren…. Mypatriotsupply has #10 cans (about 325+ servings when rehydrated) of honey powder for $19.95. Considering the price of honey where I’m at, I may got this route to buffer my fresh honey stock.

      1. Jon,,,, take a close look at the ‘honey’ in the #10 cans most has corn syrup in it ,if it’s dehydrated.

        1. @ oldhomesteader…. I have seen that before. The cans on the site I mentioned uses refinery syrup which is different. It’s still natural sugar (pure fructose and glucose) that’s left over after the boiling of sugarcane, just no molasses left in it. Basically it’s “cracked” sucrose.

          1. Jon,,,,, expensive sugar ,,,,,,, buy and store real honey add sugar later if your so inclined ,,,,
            But your still buying adulterated food ,and why would want to do that ????? Sugar and honey will keep forever if stored right
            The cans look like a ripoff to me

      2. There’s no need to pay for dehydrated honey when natural honey has an indefinite shelf life. Not sure if there are any good enzymes left after processing into powder…

        1. Ken

          Thanks BUDDY, next you’re going to tell me that dehydrated water I bought was also a bad investment?

          UGHHHHH

          1. blackjack22

            Now don’t you go telling me that my 20 cases of #10 cans of Dehydrated Water is not a good investment for long term storage and survival….

          2. Of course it’s not a bad investment. Just add water, you’re good to go!

          3. Lauren

            Thank you, I was really getting concerned there. After all that Dehydrated Water is not cheep you know, somewhere around $50 per 6 can case.

            What really surprised me was the Sheaf Life of well over 50 years, amazing for sure.

        2. @ Ken and oldhomesteader….I haven’t bought anything. I was trying to give someone else a lower cost option I may have considered myself given the price (between $15-20/pint) of “clean local” honey where I’m at. I was also at least referring them to a sponsor of this site. I keep real honey. It’s all raw unfilted white clover honey from the PNW.

    2. We sell our honey for 30.00 a gallon. We’ve sent it to Colorado and California before. Shipping is expensive. Are you close to northern Michigan?

  4. Honey really does work for healing shallow wounds and injuries. Sometimes I’ll get a small cut that doesn’t want to heal and turns a little red,and I do as Ken suggests,and put some honey on a bandage and apply it to the cut. By the next day,the redness is usually gone,and you can see it start to heal.Been doing this for years. It also works for scrapes,etc. My wife got bit or something this summer, on her arm,and it turned into a small wound that kept spreading each day.Nothing seemed to help,and I was ready to take her to the doctor. I talked her into letting me put a honey dressing on it for one day,and told her if it didn’t work, I’d take her to the doc. The next day,it had stopped spreading,and the inflammation eased up. I changed the dressing every day. It started to heal after that,and within two weeks was healed. Had me worried for a while. what ever it was, it left a scar,but it healed nicely. I used 100% pure,unfiltered,uncooked clover honey,from the U.S.A. All that said,don’t be silly. If you sustain a serious or deep wound or a bad injury,SEE YOUR DOCTOR or emergency room.Only treat bad injuries if you have NO other choice,unless you are a professional. Also,keep a good first aid kit available at home and in car.

  5. I can attest to honey’s properties in helping burns heal, as I have used it multiple times. I even once used pasteurised honey, and it worked rather decent. Not as well as the raw honey, but still worked better for me than burn creams. Otherwise, I have to store enough hunny in case of a Winnie the Pooh type of emergency!

  6. I store only local honey in 1/2 Gallon Glass Canning Jars, vacuum sealed and kept right at 55 Degrees Fahrenheit temperature. I simply deliver new cases (6 per case) of unopened canning jars to the Beekeeper and pick up a few days later. I much rather store in Glass than any plastic, remembering this is for longgggggg term storage.

    If I run across a jar (rotating stock, FIFO ‘First In First Out’) that has crystalized I slowly heat to around 120º well below the “Pasteurization Temps”, the crystals will “melt/dissolve” back into the remaining Honey.

    Remember to label with Date, Producer, and other info. I do like to also add the price paid to the label.

    1. When you receive the honey back from the beekeeper do you
      :”process” in any way? I assume the jars in the box have not been opened
      therefore not washed. Would it make a difference? I’m new to canning
      and nothing has to be sterilized unless it is processed for less than 10 minutes
      the authorities say.

      1. Ladywest

        No, as stated above and by many of reports I have read, I just vacuum the lids down to assure a good seal and keep at 55º
        I do have Honey that’s many MANY, up to 15 years old stored this way with absolutely no problems.

        I do understand that the Glass needs to be very clean, but I do not sterilize the Jars first.

  7. We use a lot of honey. And buy it as local as we can. Honey and ACV are our 2 go toos as remedies. I have a book that says mix honey, ACV and fruit help combat cancer.

  8. I had bees in one of my past lives. What wonderful creatures! The more local the better for allergies. The bees are in trouble because the keepers do not let the bees decide on their queen. Keepers artificially, so to speak, make queens and divide the hives. Plus they feed the bees sugar and they don’t forage on healthy natural plants. Sad………..

  9. Been huge problems here with colonies dying off. Not many apiary folks to begin with and the good ones are real limited, most are tied up supplying to retailers or restaurants so products unavailable except through the retailer,
    There are issues with pesticides too, far too many farms that use restricted use chemicals and basicly kill everything, so the bees pick up residues, take them to the hives then it kills the hive, is a real bummer, then theres a couple apiary folks who are just scammers, learned about them the hard way,

  10. My wife and I have used Manuka Honey for several years. We also have a supply of the powdered honey. They’re both good to have.

    CD in Oklahoma

    1. CD in Oklahoma

      I also have Powdered Honey from Augason Farms, but have not tried it, (Long/Emergency Storage Stuff)

      Have you tested it? how’s it compared to allll-natural?

      1. NRP:

        I have a couple of cans of exactly the same Auguson honey. I haven’t tried it yet, but the reviews online are quite good.

        As an aside, I’ve also bought and used, freeze-dried maple syrup. Ooh THAT is quite delicious indeed. And I’m spoiled, having access to sugar shack products from Quebec. The powdered stuff is nearly as good when reconstituted.

        1. OMG I love maple syrup and all it’s variants. I happen to live in Maple Syrup country and do enjoy the local blends!

        2. Ken – if you should ever get the opportunity to try it, we can occasionally find pecan syrup (made like maple syrup) in some of the stores around here. If you ever should find some, you most definitely have to taste it.
          – Papa S.

      2. NRP – We’ve only used the powdered honey by sprinkling it on freshly buttered toast, and that was wonderful. We vacuum sealed small jars of the Augason Farms powdered honey and butter both and gave them to friends. One friend mixed the two per the recipe given, and said it was delicious.

        CD in Oklahoma

  11. Love honey! We started beekeeping a few years ago. Plus having them to pollinate the gardens is a plus.

  12. Besides Amazon, saw this honey in our local Costco store. The name sounded familiar but could not recall why it was so important. Thanks Ken, will add this to our storage supplies. We purchase our honey locally, this area has a lot of bee keepers who sell their honey at the local farmers markets. Some will sell directly to customers, but you have to drive to their businesses to pick it up. It is about 30-40 minute drive, but is it worth it, as we get out of the house for a nice drive up into the mountains.

  13. Manuka honey is one of the worlds most amazing products. As an anti-bacterial it actually creates it’s own hydrogen peroxide when in contact with a wound.

    I spent some time this summer in the southern villages of Armenia. There are a lot of beekeepers there who produce very high quality honey. But during that trip I also learned that some unscrupulous bee keepers have been known to ‘dope’ their hives with refined sugar as a means of increasing output. I never knew that. Something to be aware of if the price seems too good to be true.

    1. Not sure what you mean by doping the hive–feeding the bees sugar (or “candy” as they call it) is pretty standard in the US (I can’t say all over the world because I don’t know, but I suspect so). Some beekeepers let the bees keep enough honey to survive through the winter, but the standard is to take most and provide sugar patties to get them through the winter. Then they all wonder why the bees are dying…I spent a week fuming after visiting the local bee keeper’s association website.

      Honey is bee food! They won’t stay healthy on sugar water!

  14. We buy our honey already in glass jars, raw unfiltered, unheated. In glass, this honey will be around long after I am gone. I had been reading about the decline of the honey bee and the possible extinction of the bees, so I buy extra honey when I can. Once the bee is gone, there will be no more honey ever.

    1. @Peanut Gallery, Once the bee is gone, we’re all doomed. Without their pollination there will be a food supply failure.

      1. Ken
        We have about three different types of bees around our raspberry blossoms every year. None look like honey bees.. I hope we are far enough away from the factory farm corporations where this suicide is taking place. There are others that do some pollinating – our hummingbirds seem to visit all the blossoms so maybe they are helping a bit..

        1. @ hermit us… you could also put in a butterfly garden to attract other pollinators. It would also be good for yesterday’s topic of anxiety.

        2. There are thousands of varieties of bees to pollinate–pollination won’t be the problem unless things get a lot worse than they are. It’s honey that will disappear, as most bees are solitary or put their hives in inaccessible areas (such as underground)

  15. Did I miss this?
    What’s the best way to reconstitute crystallized honey?
    Hot water? Microwave?

    1. Mr. Gray

      I have no way of knowing the Best Way to reconstitute Honey, BUT I simply place my 1/2 gallon Canning Jars (if Honey is crystalized) into a small diameter Pan approximately the same height as the Jar, fill the pot with water and very slowly heat, I do watch the Temps to make sure not about 120º, I do NOT want to Pasteurize the Honey. Be sure to place something on the bottom of the pan so the jar is NOT siting directly on the metal pan. I actually use an Asparagus Steamer Pot with the strainer inserted.

    2. NEVER NEVER NEVER put honey in a microwave. It kill the good stuff in the honey. Put it in a pan of hot water or do what i do. Put the container (provided it isn’t plastic) on one of those candle melters. It works beautifully.
      There is a beekeeper in Pleasant Valley, AZ (also called Young, AZ) who has 4 kinds of honey. Every other year it is orange blossom and mesquite and then wildflower and camelthorn. All is Raw honey- $10 a quart. He makes enough selling to the Mormon churches in the area that he doesn’t have to sell to anyone else. Oh and you don’t have to be Mormon to buy it. And FYI the Mesquite and Camelthorn are excellent if you don’t like the heavy sweetness of regular honey. Finally found a honey i can eat! They also have honey called Baker’s grade that you can also use like regular honey, it just isn’t as expensive.

        1. Oh I like you Mr. Gray.
          Another note, we have powdered honey form Emergency Essentials and it has a whole lot of cane sugar added.

  16. I found manuka honey in small packets ( like restaurant size packets) at a vitamin store). Perfect for a medical kit. A previous bee keeper told me that all that is necessary in order to get the bees to kick production into high gear, is to simply give them a bigger (taller) hive. He said that they see that and say ” let’s get to work ” 😊

  17. I seem to remember reading in an archeology magazine a few years back that they had found a sealed jar of honey from like Roman times that was still edible when they cracked it open and tested it.

  18. I buy local raw honey each year from a local farmer. Last year they had their honey for sale and said that was all they would get this season. Well, I bought every jar on their shelf, which was about 4 quarts and 7 pints. I still have honey left, and I enjoy some honey in my hot tea at night. It is believed to help relieve allergy symptoms. If the honey is local, the honey comes from local flowers and plants. When you ingest it, it builds up resistance to allergens that may bother some people. I love local raw honey. It will last forever and it’s worth it’s weight in gold.

    1. I agree on the honey relieving some allergy issues. I find if I use honey daily, I don’t sneeze as much with little to no congestion as well. Local is the way to go.

  19. I have a question for anyone who has an answer :)
    I’ve often seen commercial bee keepers, those with hundreds of hives on the back of an 18 wheeler. They drive the bees around to different orchards at different times of the year for pollination. Would bees not get “lost” being moved around so much? I always thought of honey bees as creatures that have their homes, and know where they are. Is this type of commercial bee keeping / pollination business bad for honey bees?

    I’ve been thinking about bee-keeping. But, I worry about having the time to really take care of them. luv ya’ll, Beach’n

    1. Also, I do have lots of raw unfiltered local honey in storage. It looks so beautiful! Our local bee keepers had a hard time last year. So, I couldn’t find as much for purchase. I did find a couple of containers at the ACE hardware, but they were in plastic jars. I took them home and put the honey in a canning jar. Thanks again ya’ll, Beach’n

    2. Whether it’s good for the bees is a matter of perception–the hives are wrapped so the bees can’t get out, they’re usually transported at night when the bees are sleeping anyway. The bee’s home IS his hive. He travels outward from his hive, not from the spot of ground the hive is sitting on. So spacial disorientation isn’t necessarily an issue.

      I personally think it’s bad for them, but what do I know? A truck like this crashed last week and I believe they were told that the most “humane” thing would be to kill the bees. Humane for whom? I don’t know how it ended–apparently after the first click-bait article it wasn’t newsworthy anymore.

      1. Thanks Lauren,
        That makes sense.

        Why couldn’t they set the hives up, allow the bees to come back… load them up again, and move on? I can’t imagine euthanizing an entire truckload of honey bees! I also can’t imagine a bee-keeper allowing someone to destroy all their bees. Take care!

        luv ya’ll, Beach’n

    3. Beach’n
      I have seen the local producers move their bees during the day time, they have a special covers over the top of the bee hives to keep them enclosed for transport. This is only for short distances here in our area. One beekeeper puts out boxes on a large cattle ranch so they can collect from the star thistle pollen which is popular in this area for honey producers. The problem last year was a bear, he was breaking into the hives stealing honey. Costing the company big money, not sure if they caught the bear to have it moved away from us. It is common to find them digging through the neighbors trash on occasion. We have a Yogi & BoBo every so often :-)

  20. I’m a fan of honey with comb, and hadn’t realized just how scarce it is these days (at least in this region). I stopped at a local farm’s roadside stand on a whim a couple months back and scored a couple of jars.

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