Benefits of Local Raw Honey

Burns Feed Store carries local raw honey.  We have lots of different sizes and flavors.  Honey is one of nature’s purest foods and is far more than just a natural sweetener.  It is a “functional food”, which means it is a natural food with health benefits.  Some of those health benefits include:

  • High-quality honey contains many important antioxidants. These include organic acids and phenolic compounds like flavonoids.
  • Research has shown that raw honey can kill unwanted bacteria and fungus. It naturally contains hydrogen peroxide, an antiseptic. Its effectiveness as an antibacterial or antifungal varies depending on the honey, but it’s clearly more than a folk remedy for these kinds of infections.
  • Honey is sometimes used to treat digestive issues. It’s proven to be effective as a treatment for Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacteria, though, a common cause of stomach ulcers. It’s also a potent prebiotic, meaning it nourishes the good bacteria that live in the intestines, which are crucial not only for digestion but overall health.
  • Have a cold? Try a spoonful of honey. Honey is an old sore throat remedy. Add it to hot tea with lemon when a cold virus hits you.


It also works as a cough suppressant. Research has suggested that honey is as effective as dextromethorphan, a common ingredient in over-the-counter cough medication. Just take one or two teaspoonfuls, straight.

  • Did you know that consuming wild, raw, local honey may offer a gradual desensitization to your seasonal allergies?

Bees pick up the pollen from their environment. This is the same local pollen that may be contributing to your seasonal allergies. When you go to an allergy clinic and get multiple shots, you are actually slowly building up your tolerance to the specific allergens contained in the shot itself. Each time you visit, you are injected with more of the allergen. In some cases the allergy can be alleviated altogether, and you stop reacting to that specific allergen.

Honeybees can offer this same benefit, without all the pricey shots!

It is important to consume raw, local honey because raw honey has not been treated, pasteurized, or processed in any way. When consuming raw honey, you reap the benefits of local pollen collected by the honeybees. No specific dosage of honey is proven to be the perfect amount, but a daily dose is preferred.

Honey has become very popular with athletes!  It is a high-carbohydrate food.  One tablespoon contains 60 calories and 17 grams of carbohydrates of which 16grams comes from sugars.  Consuming carbohydrates before and during exercise can help improve your performance.

Although honey is an affordable food, bees spend thousands of hours collecting pollen from around two million flowers to make one pound of pure honey.  Raw honey has been used as medicine since ancient times.  Come see us today and try some local honey!