|Buying Local Honey is Considering frugal|
1. Local honey helps many people with allergies including my family. When you purchase local honey it means that the bees are pollinated in the state where you live and therefore you will be getting some of that bee pollen in your system by eating this local honey. We started purchasing local honey for this reason alone about a year ago. The whole family used to take allergy tablets twice daily, now there is no need. As long as we have our local honey we are immune to most allergies.
2. Speaking of immunity, honey is high in B vitamins, minerals and digestive enzymes so we have found that our immunity has improved greatly as well.
3. Oh but there is more! When you buy raw local honey the quality of nutrition and digestive enzymes is even greater not to mention the taste! Oh the taste is so yummy. If you like a spicy flavor go for Clover, if you like your honey more mild, wildflower and Orange Blossom is great for teas.
4. We bake with honey. You can substitute half the amount of sugar with honey and then add 1/4 cup liquid. Honey is especially good in sweet tea and banana bread.
5. Honey makes an excellent facial mask; clears those blackheads right out and aids as a natural astringent.
Precautions with honey:
There are some precautions that you should take with honey, the most important being NEVER GIVE HONEY to a child under a year old. I personally never give my babies honey until they are 2 years old just to be safe. Remember those natural enzymes I talked about earlier, well those can produce a type of bacteria that can multiply too quickly in infants. Giving honey to an infant can cause death. Don't give your baby honey!
6. Buying local honey supports your local farmer, your local economy and your local eco system! Buying honey in bulk saves waste. We buy our local honey by the gallon and not only do we save a great deal of cash but we also have left over jars to use as storage canisters.
7. Finally, honey is non perishable which means that it is a great food to have in storage. John the baptist survived the desert on nothing but honey and locust, you could do it too if you had to! Anyway, if you carefully examine honey at the grocery you will see that it does have an expiration date, however that date is simply there to comply with Food and Drug regulations. Honey does not expire. It does crystallize and when it does you simply need to heat it up until it becomes liquid again.