On a recent trip to Coba, Mexico I climbed to the top of an ancient Mayan temple built to worship the honey bee God! I thought now this is a temple I can get excited about!
The honey bee and honey were so important to this ancient civilization that they built one of their highest temples to honour it! It was used in ceremonies, to sweeten chocolate and as an important medicine.
It is still used by many Mayan people today for its health and medicinal properties. Of course, these ancient cultural practices were onto something all those years ago that we are now just beginning to appreciate again in our modern culture.
Honey is delicious and perhaps deserves to be revered just for that fact alone, but it also comes with a pretty impressive list of nutrients most people don’t know about.
Now be mindful that we are talking about raw honey here…that beautiful luxurious sweetness in its natural un-processed state. This gorgeous golden liquid comes with its own compliment of enzymes that help us digest it and act synergistically in the body for other chemical reactions.
Raw honey has also been shown to contain antioxidant flavonoids that are important for reducing free radical damage in the body.
Now prepare to have your mind blown…raw honey also boasts an impressive 22 amino acids, all of the B complex vitamins and trace minerals like magnesium, potassium, iodine, calcium and iron!
Put that list beside your average table sugar that has absolutely no nutrient value and requires the body to use important B vitamins to deal with it.
Honey is also supportive of gut health as it is easier to break down and digest higher up in the small intestine so does not tend to feed the pathogenic and opportunistic gut bugs that can wreak havoc on our health.
Pretty clear that not all sweeteners are created equally!
Honey might just be a true nectar of the Gods! Maybe we should go back to worshiping those wonderful little bee’s. Maybe without the sacrifices this time 😉
If you would like to learn more about using honey in your recipes and other natural sweeteners and whole foods that support health and help improve symptoms of asthma, allergies and eczema join me at the Light Cellar on Nov 10th at 10:30 am.
Check out all the Light Cellar workshops here: https://lightcellar.ca/collections/in-person-classes-events
We will be sampling some great recipes you can take home to enjoy with your family!
Hi, I’m Deborah Morgan creator and head revolutionary at Kids Health Revolution. I am a fierce mama bear to one busy little boy who has been the inspiration and motivation for my mission to help parents take action and help their kids.