Honey from one of our local farmers at the East Nashville Farmers Market is pure and natural! It is much more than a sweetener. Honey is known for its healing properties and health benefits, and local honey is used to cure many ailments! Most of the honey sold in stores has been heated and pasturized, which is a process that destroys many of the enzymes and beneficial compounds that make raw honey so nutritious. Regular honey often looks clear and syrupy. Raw honey has not been treated with heat; it is often more buttery, solid and opaque than pasteurized honey and often contains “cappings,” or small pieces of beeswax. It is completely left in its natural state and therefore contains pollen, enzymes, antioxidants and many other beneficial compounds that researchers are just beginning to learn about.
Vitamins and Minerals
The nutrient content of raw honey varies, but a 1-ounce serving contains very small amounts of folate as well as vitamins B2, C, B6, B5 and B3. Minerals including calcium, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, selenium, sodium and zinc can also be found in raw honey in small amounts.
Honey can be used as medicine. It has anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antiseptic properties. For this reason it can be applied topically to treat burns, as researchers at the University of Auckland in New Zealand describe in a 2008 study.
Honey has also been found to be especially useful in treating upper respiratory infections. A study at Penn State College of Medicine in 2007 found that a small dose of buckwheat honey was more effective than an over-the-counter cough treatment for children. Many cough medicines for this reason contain honey!
You can find honey at the East Nashville Farmers Market all season long from Johnson’s Honey, and limited amounts from Flying S Farms and Delvin Farms when they “rob” the hives on their vegetable farms. For more information about the healing properties of honey, talk to Mr. Thurman Harris of Johnson’s Honey at the East Nashville Farmers Market!