What is Raw Honey?
Raw honey is honey in its purest form. It is extracted without any refining process which preserves a lot of its antioxidants and minerals. Since it is not refined or processed, the pollens can be found in raw honey also.
Raw honey is higher in mineral and nutritional components than processed honey. It contains 31 different minerals and plenty of other vitamins and enzymes.
Raw honey has been known to soothe a sore throat, help reduce allergies, support blood pressure, cholesterol, and protect against free radicals.
I am always asked which brand is the best. Well, this one really depends on where you live. Local raw, organic honey is the best when it is within 25 miles of your home especially if you are taking honey with lavender vitality to support outdoor allergies. Local, raw honey contains small amounts of the pollen that is near your home, so your body may build up a natural immunity to allergens. We added a drop of lavender vitality with a teaspoon of honey to build up our son’s system. This takes consistency and time, but many have seen the benefits including us.
If you cannot find a local, raw honey or absolutely want to buy something online, Stakich Raw Honey is my suggestion as it comes directly from bee hives unsprayed and unfertilized from fields of Michigan wildflowers! Pure Michigan in a jar. All of their products are free of harmful phlatates, parabens, petroleum products, synthetic fragrance oils, preservatives, FD&C colorants or dyes, or other toxic chemicals. And while being super nutritious, they are also delicious! We use this in our Elderberry Syrup, Thieves tea or other teas, baking, cooking, etc…
What is Manuka Honey?
Manuka honey is produced in New Zealand from the nectar of the manuka tree. Basically, it is raw honey from just one tree native to New Zealand. It is darker, thicker, has a different taste. In our home used for medicinal purposes, not our everyday tea.
The medicinal uses for manuka honey were starting to be recognized by scientists in the 1990’s. The benefits of manuka honey range from treating sore throats, digestive disorders, wounds, diabetes, immune system support, IBS, and supports dental health. With all these claims, unfortunately a lot of manuka honey being sold internationally is not legit. If you are an oiler, you know you can’t trust what is on the store shelves. The same goes for manuka honey. I mean, I even saw manuka honey under $20 in one of my favorite stores, ugh.
With so many brands out there, what brand of manuka honey do I suggest? I really like Steens Manuka Honey that is certified at least UMF 15+. And let me clarify, no, I do not work for them.
Let’s talk about UMF. UMF is a certified rating that protects you from untested, low grade honey with little or no beneficial health value. The higher the UMF number, the purer the Manuka properties. Those with 15+ have the benefits that most people are looking for in a manuka honey. If you want to dive deeper, here is a link.
I love that Steens is unpasteurized, cold pressed and minimally processed to ensure the honey is just as nature intended, raw and untouched. Cold pressed honey has a higher nutrient and enzyme content, which also makes it thicker than other manuka honey brands. This is unique to Steens and what makes this brand stand out to me. I truly appreciate this effort as it makes the honey have a higher content of bee bread, a mix of pollen, enzymes, probiotics, and honey.
I also like that you can follow the trace code on the label to see that it is a genuine New Zealand product. Every jar is authentic and packed in non BPA jars. Plus, the company was founded by a couple with over 3 decades of beekeeping experience.
The downside to REAL manuka honey is it is expensive, but I would rather pay for well care over sick care. At least, that is just my humble opinion.