The wonders of raw honey

Written by contributor Krissa Jeldy of More Than Mundane.

One of the things I always keep well stocked in my home is raw honey. Of course I use honey all the time in the kitchen, but I’ve also found many other uses for honey in our home.

That’s why, when the local U-pick blueberry farm opened up this Spring and I remembered enjoying the couple of containers of honey I had picked up the year before (and run out of far too soon,) I decided to stock up. A good price on local, raw honey? I’m in!

The girls at the counter seemed surprised by my request for so much honey and asked me what in the world I used all the honey for, and all I could think was, “Everything! What don’t I use it for?” I couldn’t understand why it wasn’t completely normal to be buying so much honey!

Honey not only is a natural sweetener and a delicious addition to baked goods and other dishes, but it also has many other amazing qualities as well. Here are a few benefits of raw honey:

  • Natural humectant, drawing moisture from the air, making it wonderful for your face and hair.
  • Antibacterial, making it great for minor cuts, scrapes, and burns.
  • Good source of antioxidants.
  • Good source of carbohydrates, providing a natural energy boost.

In the Kitchen

Baked Goods

Honey is sweeter than sugar and has a distinctive taste, which is important to keep in mind when substituting honey for sugar. I always use a little less honey and decrease other liquids in the recipe slightly when using honey. Try these delicious baked goods made using honey:

Salad Dressings and Marinades

Raw honey is a perfect replacement for sugar in many salad dressings and marinades. Honey is a natural emulsifier as well, so it is a great addition to any vinaigrette. Simply substitute honey for sugar in your dressing and marinade recipes, or try one of these dressings or marinades containing honey:


Honey is commonly used to sweeten tea, but I also love adding honey to warm milk with a little vanilla and/or cinnamon for a sleep-inducing bedtime drink.

Smoothies don’t usually require much sweetening, but if you find that you do need a little sweetness, a squeeze of honey is perfect.

Perfect Honey Pairings

  • Nuts: almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, pistachios, walnuts
  • Fruit: apples, apricots, bananas, blueberries, figs, citrus, peaches, pears, plums, raisins
  • Herbs and Spices: cinnamon, ginger, lavender, mint, mustard, nutmeg, sage, thyme, vanilla
  • Vegetables: carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes
  • Dairy: butter, buttermilk, soft cheeses (goat, ricotta), cream
  • Meats: chicken, duck, ham, lamb, pork

Some winning combinations:

In Your Beauty Routine


I love to wash my face with honey. It’s simple and easy and does the trick! Honey is great for all skin types, and since it’s a humectant, it provides great moisturizing benefits as well.

To wash your face with honey, simply take a small dime sized amount and rub between your fingertips. Smooth all over your face and rinse off. Read more about washing your face with honey here.


Honey makes a great conditioner. Smooth into your hair and leave on for 20-30 minutes as a moisturizing hair mask, or if you’re short on time, add a squeeze of honey to your conditioner.

Homemade Honey Beauty Products

In Home Remedies

Colds, Coughs, and Sore Throats

For a cough and sore throat take a spoonful of raw honey or mix some honey into your tea.

I also use honey to help get the garlic down. Garlic is a natural antibiotic and a well known home remedy for illness. However, it’s not so fun to eat raw. I’ve found it so much easier to stomach when it’s mixed with raw honey on toast, and then you get double the benefits from the garlic and honey combined!

Immunity Booster

I make this Elderberry Syrup all Fall and Winter to boost our immunity and help us get better quickly when we’re sick. Naturally, it contains raw honey, which should be added after the Elderberry Syrup mixture has cooled down enough to not destroy all of the health benefits of the raw honey.

First Aid

Raw honey has antibacterial properties and provides pain relief while healing, making it perfect for cuts and scrapes and even bee stings. It also helps make removing bandages less painful.

Honey is also helpful for postpartum care.

The uses and benefits of raw honey are extensive. Always make sure you buy raw honey to achieve the maximum benefits and local, raw honey is even better! Use this Honey Locator to find raw honey near you.

**Remember not to give honey to infants under one year old.

Am I the only one so crazy about honey? What’s your favorite use for honey?

About Krissa

Krissa Jeldy is a busy mom of two who, since starting a family, has become passionate about learning all she can about living a simpler, more natural lifestyle. She enjoys discovering new home remedies to try, greener products to make and use, and real food recipes to nourish her family. She juggles her time between her job as an educational specialist, homeschooling her kindergartener, and chasing after her toddler. When she's not busy grading papers she blogs at More Than Mundane .


  1. I love honey! But I had no idea it was so versitile! It’s amazing stuff isn’t it?! My parents use to buy honey in huge (10 gallon?) buckets when I was a kid. It took some serious muscle strength to scoop some out into our honey pot. I’m pretty sure it was raw. It was delicious!

  2. It’s great as a a sweetener for lemonade too!

  3. Mmm, I love honey! I’ve never used it for hair/face yet though! Might have to try that. I’ve heard it’s a natural hair lightener too.

  4. I love using it for colds and sore throats with a bit of lemon and hot water. Beyond that, when I was singing in a choir, I took a container of it with me for the performance! lol

    • It’s great for sore throats…and something my kids will actually swallow, so that’s always a plus! I’ve heard that before–that vocalists will often use it before performing. Thanks for the reminder!

  5. i have never heard of the raw garlic thing. i will have to keep that in mind this winter!
    i just started the honey as a face wash a little over a week ago. i first heard about it on i suffer from mid-cycle acne and while i am having a break-out cycle i can tell that the honey is working (ps- i dont think i had raw honey when i started using it, and have since gotten some true local honey, but it still works!)

  6. Fantastic Post. Just wanted to add that raw honey should be unheated, unprocessed and unfiltered. The only way to know is to ask your local beekeeper.

  7. My son has been dealing with what we call ‘water warts’ (not sure of the English term, here it is for quite some time now. They will go away on their own, eventually, we knew that. But a few of them got infected, and they were starting to really bother him. And then I remebered reading this post, and I put some honey and a bandaid on the infecten spots. At the end of the day, the redness had faded and the spots had opened up, releasing some of the yucky stuff inside. The spots were smaller! I’ll continue this treatment, cause it’s something I have in my house and it’s easy, I have no idea if it’s really the honey doing the trick, but I still want to thank you for the idea :)

  8. Honey can cure diabetics.&high blood pressure. Squeeze bitter leaf &add d juice with pure honey.take a spoom full2 times daily(hypertension).diabetics soak water leaf inside water for 24hrs and drink with a spoon of honey. For more info call 08169681994 or like heroic pure honey page

  9. Haajar Eberle says:

    I have heard that drinking warm water with honey every morning can aid in losing weight.
    For me, I’m a huge advocate of honey and use it for almost everything mentioned above. Case in point: Only a week ago my 16 month old tripped, hit his head on a jaggedy brick wall, and had a gash on his forehead with blood soaking his face and jacket, enough to send anyone scrambling to the emergency where he undoubtedly would have gotten stitches. I quickly got my jar of honey and applied a generous amount to the gash, closing the gap between my thumbs and index fingers and holding it there for a minute or two. Soon there was no more blood loss, so I cleaned him up with warm water, reapplied honey on the gash and the gauze that went over it, taping it securely. I followed up with two more treatments that day, and disinfecting it with peroxide the following days. It’s been a week, and it looks like he only had a minor cut! I had some students as witnesses who come daily to me, and when they saw the injury the next day, they exclaimed, “wow! That’s like magic!”

  10. It goes beyond all limits Skin vitamins orthomol

  11. I was incredibly pleased to obtain this web-site.I wanted to thanks for your time for this splendid read!! I certainly enjoying each little bit of it and I’ve you bookmarked to take a look at new stuff you weblog post.
    jordan shoes online

  12. I’d have to check with you here. Which is not some thing I normally do! I take pleasure in reading a post which will make many people believe. Also, thanks for allowing me to comment!
    jordans free shipping

  13. Definitely, what a great website and informative posts, I definitely will bookmark your website.Have an awsome day!
    Discount Louis Vuitton rain boots

  14. Great post. I was checking constantly this blog and I am impressed! Very helpful info specially the last part :) I care for such info a lot. I was looking for this particular information for a long time. Thank you and good luck.
    Discount Louis Vuitton odeon pm

  15. These are Good! So wonderful. So adorable. Really like eso gold

  16. There is noticeably a bundle to know about this. I think you made certain good points in features also.
    Discount Louis Vuitton speedy handbags

  17. I’ve been browsing online more than three hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It is pretty worth enough for me. In my opinion, if all website owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the web will be much more useful than ever before.
    Discount Louis Vuitton price

  18. We’re a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community. Your website offered us with valuable info to work on. You have done an impressive job and our whole community will be grateful to you.
    Discount Louis Vuitton kids shoes

  19. Great goods from you, man. I’ve understand your stuff previous to and you are just too wonderful. I actually like what you’ve acquired here, certainly like what you are stating and the way in which you say it. You make it entertaining and you still care for to keep it wise. I cant wait to read far more from you. This is actually a great site.
    Discount Discount Louis Vuitton shoes for women

  20. What’s up, I check your new stuff like every week. Your humoristic style is awesome, keep it up!
    Discount Louis Vuitton bags prices

  21. I’m extremely impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself? Anyway keep up the excellent quality writing, it’s rare to see a nice blog like this one these days..
    Discount Louis Vuitton layaway

  22. Just desire to say your article is as astonishing. The clearness in your post is just cool and i could assume you’re an expert on this subject. Well with your permission let me to grab your RSS feed to keep up to date with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please keep up the rewarding work.
    Discount Louis Vuitton america s cup watch

  23. You really make it appear really easy with your presentation however I to find this matter to be actually one thing which I think I would never understand. It sort of feels too complex and very large for me. I’m taking a look forward on your subsequent put up, I will try to get the dangle of it!
    Discount Louis Vuitton planner

  24. I enjoy, cause I found just what I was looking for. You’ve ended my 4 day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day. Bye
    Discount Louis Vuitton hawaii

  25. Hello my family member! I wish to say that this article is awesome, nice written and come with approximately all vital infos. I¡¦d like to see extra posts like this .
    Discount Louis Vuitton belt–15822986.html

  26. I’ve been absent for a while, but now I remember why I used to love this web site. Thanks , I will try and check back more often. How frequently you update your web site?
    cheap bigbang Beanies snapbacks hats

  27. Hi, i think that i saw you visited my website thus i came to eturn the favor?I’m attempting to find things to enhance my site!I suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas!!

  28. Just want to say your article is as surprising. The clarity in your post is simply great and i could assume you’re an expert on this subject. Fine with your permission let me to grab your RSS feed to keep up to date with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please keep up the enjoyable work.
    cheap ER snapbacks

  29. Hi to every one, because I am genuinely keen of reading this blog’s post to be updated daily. It contains pleasant data.
    cheap SUPMEN Beanies snapback hats

  30. Thank you for sharing excellent informations. Your web-site is so cool. I’m impressed by the details that you¡¦ve on this site. It reveals how nicely you understand this subject. Bookmarked this web page, will come back for more articles. You, my friend, ROCK! I found simply the info I already searched all over the place and simply could not come across. What a perfect site.
    New Era Blank snapback hats wholesale

  31. Hi, I just wanted to tell you, I disagree. Your post doesn’t make any sense.
    ESPN NBA snapbacks wholesale

  32. You can certainly see your enthusiasm within the paintings you write. The world hopes for even more passionate writers such as you who aren’t afraid to mention how they believe. All the time follow your heart.
    cheap Jordan Beanies snapbacks hats

  33. Thank you for any other great article. The place else could anybody get that kind of information in such a perfect means of writing? I have a presentation next week, and I’m at the look for such information.
    Discount handbags Louis Vuitton

  34. Awsome post and right to the point. I don’t know if this is actually the best place to ask but do you people have any ideea where to employ some professional writers? Thx :)
    AMAKIPKIP snapback hats

  35. I keep listening to the news update lecture about receiving free online grant applications so I have been looking around for the finest site to get one. Could you tell me please, where could i acquire some?
    VOGUE beanies snapback hats wholesale

  36. This is really interesting, You’re a very skilled blogger. I have joined your feed and look forward to seeking more of your excellent post. Also, I’ve shared your website in my social networks!
    buy cheap snapbacks

  37. You really make it seem really easy with your presentation but I to find this topic to be actually one thing which I believe I’d never understand. It kind of feels too complicated and very wide for me. I am taking a look ahead on your subsequent post, I¡¦ll try to get the hold of it!
    Stussy snapback hats

  38. certainly like your website but you need to check the spelling on quite a few of your posts. Many of them are rife with spelling problems and I to find it very bothersome to tell the truth on the other hand I¡¦ll surely come back again.
    Discount Louis Vuitton international wallet

  39. you are truly a just right webmaster. The site loading pace is incredible. It kind of feels that you are doing any unique trick. In addition, The contents are masterwork. you have performed a wonderful activity in this matter!

  40. I have read some good stuff here. Definitely value bookmarking for revisiting. I surprise how much effort you place to create the sort of fantastic informative website.
    Cayler & Sons Caps

  41. whoah this weblog is fantastic i love reading your posts. Stay up the good work! You understand, many people are hunting around for this info, you can help them greatly.
    Stussy snapbacks wholesale

  42. Great blog here! Also your website loads up fast! What web host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host? I wish my web site loaded up as quickly as yours lol
    FELINE Beanies snapback hats

  43. Great post. I was checking constantly this blog and I am impressed! Very useful info particularly the last part :) I care for such info a lot. I was seeking this certain info for a very long time. Thank you and best of luck.
    GANGNAM STYLE Beanies snapbacks

  44. Great post. I was checking continuously this blog and I’m impressed! Extremely helpful info particularly the last part :) I care for such info a lot. I was seeking this particular information for a very long time. Thank you and good luck.
    Discount Louis Vuitton shades men

  45. Terrific paintings! This is the kind of info that are supposed to be shared around the net. Disgrace on the search engines for now not positioning this put up higher! Come on over and talk over with my web site . Thanks =)
    Hawaii snapback hats

  46. Normally I do not learn post on blogs, but I wish to say that this write-up very compelled me to check out and do so! Your writing taste has been surprised me. Thank you, quite nice article.
    Supreme Beanies snapbacks

  47. certainly like your website however you need to take a look at the spelling on several of your posts. A number of them are rife with spelling problems and I find it very bothersome to tell the truth then again I¡¦ll certainly come back again.
    Discount overstock Louis Vuitton

  48. Hello there, I found your web site via Google whilst searching for a similar subject, your site came up, it seems great. I have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.
    cheap OH SHIT Beanies snapback hats

  49. It¡¦s actually a great and helpful piece of info. I am happy that you just shared this useful information with us. Please stay us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.
    Obey snapbacks

  50. Hurrah, that’s what I was looking for, what a stuff! existing here at this web site, thanks admin of this website.
    Discount Louis Vuitton fanny pack


  1. [...] The Wonders of Raw Honey: Simple Homemade [...]

  2. [...] want to have honey on hand as the winter approaches to use in your natural medicine cabinet. Here are lots more great uses for raw [...]

  3. [...] The Wonders of Raw Honey | Simple Homemade [...]

  4. [...] The wonders of raw honey | Simple Homemade [...]

  5. [...] The wonders of raw honey [...]

  6. [...] Sucanat: This sweetener is made from crushed sugar cane and boasts iron, calcium, vitamin B6, potassium and chromium. If you’re substituting raw honey, read about it’s many benefits here. [...]

  7. [...] The Wonders of Raw Honey from Simple Homemade [...]

  8. […] Raw honey helps to soothe sore throats and coughs and also has immune boosting properties. Also, it’s a super easy one for me to give to my kiddos! They practically beg for a spoonful of honey every day, so why would I say no?! […]

Share Your Thoughts


CommentLuv badge