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There's really nothing out there like fresh local honey.
Honey is not just a tasty natural sweetener; it's a treat that is loaded with healing properties, allergy relievers, stress relief, and more.
Historically, honey has been used as a healing food and topical ointment around the world for as long as we can go back and study it. 

I find that the best places to get honey are either from local bee keepers or farmers markets.  Usually if you find a honey stand at a farmers market you get to sample some different flavors of honey and pick one that you love best. You also get the benefit of the local produced honey which means you get the healing properties of the local pollens in your system. You also provide the benefit of supporting a local beekeeper, and where would you be without them?

Honey provides a nice serving of Vitamins B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, and 22 of your amino acids.  Minerals in honey are calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, and manganese. 

Each tablespoon of honey contains 64 calories.  The nature of honey helps the body with more efficient digestion, and helps lower cholesterol.  This is what makes honey such a great natural sweetener. While it does contain a good dose of calories, the way it all works in your body helps you with better digestion and a smooth working metabolism and can thus help aid weight loss when used in place of refined sugars. 

Some other healing properties of honey:
• For a daily immune system building, digestive system healing,  and liver cleansing morning drink, pour a pint of warm water and add in 1-2 tbsp lemon juice, and 1 tsp honey. 
• For cuts, burns, scrapes, and rashes, apply honey to the affected area of skin and cover with gauze.  The antibacterial properties of honey will help you heal fast!
• For a sore throat, gargle with a mixture of 2 tbsp honey, 4 tbsp lemon juice, and a pinch of salt. This will sooth and heal many throat ailments.
• For seasonal allergies, add a tsp of local honey to your diet every day.  The pollen used to create the honey will work naturally to help your body stay on top of the local allergens. 
• For swelling, arthritis, and other joint pain, drink 8 oz of warm or cold water with 1 tbsp cider vinegar and 1 tbsp honey. Taken daily this can cleanse and alkalize your body to relieve swelling and joint pain.
Now, like all good things, honey is there for you in moderation.  This is not a free card to guzzle a jug of honey every day.  Use in moderation for best health benefits.

Chocolate Honey Cookies
  1 ½ c whole wheat flour
  1 ½ c pastry flour
  1 tsp baking soda
  3/4c quick applesauce (recipe below)
  3/4c honey
  2 tsp vanilla extract
  3/4c dark chocolate chips
  1/2c chopped nuts of choice

Preheat oven to 350
In a large bowl, combine flours and baking soda. In another
bowl, mix applesauce, honey, and vanilla. Add this to the
dry ingredients and stir well. Fold in chocolate chips and
Drop batter by the tablespoonful onto a nonstick or lightly
oiled cookie sheet. Bake until brown, about 12 minutes.

Quick applesauce:
  6 apples
  1/4c water
  2 tbsp honey
  ¼ tsp cinnamon
  Dash nutmeg

Core and dice up your apples and put them in a sauce pan
with the water, honey, and spices. Cook on medium heat
for about 15 minutes until apples are broken down.
Serves 6

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