It’s no secret that honey is a great sweetener with benefits that sugar just can’t compete with. But did you know that raw honey — or locally harvested honey — can give you even more benefits than store-bought? We sure did! That’s why we’re bringing locally harvested honey into select C-A-L Ranch Stores. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of eating locally harvested honey.

Natural Allergy Medicine

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Because local, raw honey sometimes contains the same pollen giving you the sniffles, consuming it may help you build a resistance to those allergens. One study found that consuming a high dose of raw, local honey for eight weeks helped relieve allergy symptoms. The honey does this through a process called immunotherapy; ingesting the very pollen that causes your allergies may actually help you fight the reaction.

Digestive Aid

Raw honey has enzymes that can help you digest food. It can also help treat ulcers. One website suggests that eating one teaspoon of raw honey with a pinch of pepper powder will help ease diarrhea symptoms.

Antioxidants

Unlike store-bought, pasteurized honey, local honey contains valuable antioxidants. These antioxidants protect against free radicals which contribute to aging, cancer, and heart disease.

Vitamins & Minerals

Local, unpasteurized honey also contains vitamins B2, C, B6, B5, and B3. It also provides calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, sodium, zinc, and many other minerals.

Harvest Your Own Honey

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Supporting local beekeepers is great, but so is harvesting your own honey! Beekeeping is a rewarding hobby, and it’s a lot easier than you think. Find more info about starting your own beehive here. You can also order bees and beekeeping supplies online at calranch.com.