Is your Honey Local?
Does Local Honey Help With Allergies?
The bottom line is that there does not appear to be any comprehensive empirical scientific study. There does seem to be some evidence that certain people may benefit from honey, but there is too little research now to draw any broad conclusions. Regardless, honey is an incredible food with many health-providing properties. Just remember that most honeys you find in grocery stores have been filtered and contain therefore very little, if any, pollen. Raw honey like our TheraBee culinary honey hasn't been heat-treated or pasteurized so it still contains many enzymes and antioxidants that support a healthy immune system.
The Health Benefits of Honey
Honey also hosts a horde of antioxidants.. A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that the antioxidant activity of honey is comparable to that of many fruits and vegetables on a fresh-weight basis. And while you likely will not devour a cup of honey in lieu of broccoli, the golden liquid makes an antioxidant-rich alternative to sugar. Generally, the darker the honey, the higher its antioxidant content. Other factors that can influence antioxidant content, particularly within a species, include climate, soil, processing, handling and storage.
Honey’s wound-healing properties are among its most impressive medicinal qualities. A study published in the journal Burns found honey salve healed superficial burns more quickly and effectively than a standard treatment of silver sulfadiazine. Another study examined the therapeutic effects of honey applied to surgical incisions following Caesarean sections and abdominal hysterectomies. Compared with patients treated with a standard solution of iodine and alcohol, those treated with honey were infection-free in fewer days, had a reduced hospital stay and experienced accelerated wound healing with minimal scar formation.
Honey helps heal wounds in several ways. Its thickness provides a protective barrier against germs, and honey naturally absorbs fluids in wounds, helping to prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi. Raw honey also contains an enzyme called glucose oxidase. When the enzyme mixes with body fluids, it produces hydrogen peroxide and acts as a mild antiseptic.
Bear Foot Honey Farm, a third-generation family honey farm in Santa Rosa, California, offers these instructions for substituting honey for sugar in recipes on its website.
Because of its high fructose content, honey has higher sweetening power than sugar, which means you can use less to achieve the desired sweetness. When using honey as an alternative to granulated sugar in recipes, begin by substituting honey for up to half of the sugar called for in the recipe.
For baked goods, reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees to prevent overbrowning. For each cup of honey used, reduce the liquid called for by 1/4 cup and add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda.
For more on using honey and other natural sweeteners as an alternative to sugar, read the article “Smarter Sweets.”
Honey makes it to the Shark Tank
The critically-acclaimed business-themed show, Shark Tank has created a lot of Shark Tank Success for food products. In the upcoming episode this Friday March 14 (Episode 516), we get to see some competition and awareness about culinary honey™, make it to the screen with an appearance by Henry Miller, a 16 year old entrepreneur and founder of Henry's Humdingers Honey. We don’t know the outcome of the show yet, but will be watching very closely. You might think that we would be nervous and/or question why would we be posting a blog about the competition. Well…its worked for us before.
Martha was invited to participate in the 1st season of Shark Tank way back in the early days of the show and just as Action Wipes was picking up steam. We thought about it long and hard but ultimately decided to pass based on the crazy contractual language that was required. In the meantime, another wipe company (Grease Monkey Wipes) was picked up and they got a deal with Barbara Corcoran and Robert Herjevic. We always thought their success was great for raising awareness about the product, especially since the Action Wipes and Grease Monkey wipes were really for different applications. In the end, the competition heated up with more and more “natural body wipes” appearing on the market, but all it did was help to boost the awareness of the category and increase sales of Action Wipes that ultimately resulted in an exclusive partnership with leading fitness manufacturer Harbinger to promote, distribute and sell Action Wipes body wipes worldwide.
Like Action Wipes, we are very confident with our TheraBee brand and the business plan for the Culinary Honey, Body Care and TheraTea product lines. So, we’ll be watching Henry on Shark Tank and wish him well with his Henry’s Humdingers and get ready for the boost in awareness for the preservation of honey bees and the joys of culinary honey.
Free Shipping and new Retail Stores that sell TheraBee Honey
It has been just over a month since we launched TheraBee at the Sunset Magazine Savor the Central Coast Food and Wine Festival. We’re blessed and thankful that the response from retail and wholesale customers has been PHENOMENAL. That is good news—bad news—good news story.
Good news is that you can now find TheraBee honey and body care products online here as well as the following retail stores in an around the Central Coast:
Paso Robles/Templeton, CA
San Luis Obispo, CA
Fromagerie Sophie (Opening November 15)
Bad News is that we have already sold out of most of our first batch (Lot 1) of infused honey and will have to place your order and wait till Lot 2 has finished the infusing process. And therein lies the other Good News: We are making a LOT of infused honey, BUT, demand has been incredible, so get your order in now to ensure you get what you need for the holiday cooking and gift season! Remember, we have free shipping on orders over $75.