Here’s a product I’m mad about: local honey!!!

Not only is honey delicious, it’s clean as well!! Honey has lots of benefits, but locally made honey is best. Why? Locally grown honey is produced by bees which are from the environment in which you live. It is always best to grow or consume foods from the area in which you live as they contain the immune stimulating properties needed for your body to adapt to its environment. In addition, it’s always best to support local businesses whenever you can.

What about simply buying honey at your local grocery store? Mmmmm..not so much. The problem with mass produced grocery store honey is that you can never truly be sure what it contains. Or doesn’t contain for that matter. One of the crucial components of honey is bee pollen. The majority of honey found in chain grocery stores does not even contain any bee pollen! Read here for more information about the dangerous ingredients which most likely you’ll be getting from mass production honey.

Honey also contains antibacterial properties.  This is due to the low water activity causing osmosis, hydrogen peroxide effect, and high acidity. Honey can be used to alleviate the discomfort of a sore throat and the antibacterial, antiseptic properties are good for the throat as well. Another wonderful use of honey is in the treatment of pinkeye! I’ve used this on my kids for years and I’m always astounded at how well it works and how quickly! Simply mix a tsp. of local honey with a small amount of warm water. Mix it together and place in an eye dropper. Put 3 drops in the affected eye. It will sting for a little while but it is extremely effective. (Note: Sometimes pinkeye can be causes by a viral infection in which case the honey may not work.) You may need to repeat this a few times. Your child’s pinkeye will be gone very shortly, usually within a few hours!