All raw, organic honey has natural antibiotic, antiseptic, antiviral, anti-fungal, and antibacterial compounds, but by using the pollen from different types of flowers, we can get additional therapeutic and medicinal value. So, what are the most popular types of honey? How can we benefit using different kinds?
Types of honey
It has a slightly bitter aftertaste, but has a super relaxing effect on the body and improves the mood. Sage honey will help stop coughs, and clear congested lungs. Sage is also known for strengthening the immune system.
It has a rather intense smell and flavor. You will find it in bright and darker colored hues and is one of the most healing types of honey around. Lavender honey is great for pregnant women or those who suffer from calcium deficiencies, as it stimulates the body to use more of the calcium and iron consumed. If you have weak or thin bones, teeth, sun allergies, high blood pressure, or osteoporosis, then lavender is one of the best types of honey for you. If you struggle with seasonal allergies, a tablespoon of lavender honey each day can greatly help reduce your allergy symptoms.
Heather (Calluna) Honey
Honey has a super pleasing taste that kids really go for. Heather honey is terrific at removing mucous from the lungs and bronchial tubes, as well as problems with the kidneys and urinary tract.
Amorpha honey is a great way to help deal with exhaustion or for giving yourself a natural boost of energy at the end of the day. Amorpha honey has lots of protein, minerals, and vitamins, so this is the perfect honey to use for replacing lost energy.
This honey is great for those with heart problems as it helps those suffering from angina pectoris, myocarditis, atherosclerosis, while it regulates the blood pressure. Hawthorn honey is used because it has a naturally calming effect on the body. It can also lower cholesterol levels.
This honey comes from California when the avocado trees are in blossom. It has an almost buttery taste to it and is absolutely delicious, but one of the types of honey that are very hard to find.
This is one of the most popular types of honey because of its taste, but it does tend to crystallize quickly. Sunflower honey is good for those suffering from throat or sinus problems. It can also help reduce inflammation and gives those who use it an extra boost of energy.
This honey has a great deal of flower pollen. It crystallizes soon after it is made, but this only makes it easy for you to tell that it is real, raw honey. Rapeseed honey cleanses the liver and helps to regulate fatty acid levels in the body.
This honey is super tasty and very dark in color. It has super strong anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial compounds. This honey is rich in iron, so it’s a good choice for those who are anemic or are trying to recover from surgery. Low in sugar but rich in minerals, it’s also a good choice for athletes and diabetics.
Linden honey is a good choice for the treatment of the flu because it promotes sweating. It has very positive effects on the digestion as it is anti-spasmodic, and can sooth stomach or abdominal pain. This is a good honey to use when you are doing a detox program as it stimulates the body to excrete toxins.
This honey has a nice amber color, is very sweet, and has a delightful smell. Because it comes from a large variety of flowers, this honey is especially good at improving the immune system. It can also help those who suffer from seasonal allergies or allergic asthma. If you want to really lessen your allergies, be sure to get wildflower honey from the area where you live, as it will contain pollen from the flowers that cause you allergies.
This is perhaps the darkest honey of them all, as well as having a super strong taste. This honey is super rich in minerals and antioxidants, which makes it a good, general, all-purpose type of honey. Terrific for those with anemia or persistent coughs.
This is one of the most healing types of honey because of its super antibiotic powers. It has powerful anti-inflammatory powers, and works well for helping to cure ulcers, urinary tract infections, and poor circulation. One tablespoon of this honey before bed will relieve constipation naturally in the morning. This honey is great for detoxing as well.
This honey is obtained from wild herbs that grow in high mountain areas in unpolluted areas, so it is a popular for its healing compounds. Even when diluted 150 to 1, this honey still has powerful antimicrobial compounds so it’s the perfect honey for fighting coughs, colds, flus, sore throats, infected sinuses, and other types of respiratory problems. This is the type of honey used most often in folk remedies to heal skin wounds and infections.
Acacia honey is very relaxing, taken with chamomile or valerian tea it will calm anxiety and nervous tension, help to sleep.
Jerusalem Thorn Honey
This honey strengthens the immune system, and reduces bad cholesterol in the blood, so it’s great for those with heart problems. It also stimulates blood circulation. Helps with erectile dysfunction.
It does not crystalize. This honey has a high nutritional profile and is helpful for those suffering from high blood pressure.
This is another honey that will crystallize quickly. This honey will help to improve digestive problems or liver malfunctions, such as cirrhosis. If you suffer from colitis, constipation, or gastritis, add one tablespoon of dandelion honey to a glass of mineral water and drink this daily. Your digestive system should regulate itself within days.
This honey improves circulation so it’s a good choice for those with cardiovascular problems. Rosemary honey improves the function of the liver by encouraging it to produce more bile, naturally. This will help ease poor digestion, gout, and relieve high blood pressure.
This honey is a natural diuretic, which is great for relieving swelling, edema, and removing toxins from the body. *
At the top of the list is manuka honey – called the king of all honeys! Manuka honey comes from the Manuka tree, which grows only in New Zealand. This is considered to be the most powerful, healing honey in the world. This honey has powerful and unique antibacterial c
ompounds that are not found in any other type of honey. It fights the most antibiotic resistant types of infections. This has been proven in study after study to be the most powerful antimicrobial honey that can be found. This honey improves the immune system and can treat just about any disease or infection.
Historically honey has been used for medicinal purposes dating back thousands of years. Seeing that it is one of nature’s richest antimicrobial sources, it shouldn’t surprise us to hear that many archaeologists claim that while excavating the tombs of Egyptian royals from thousands of years ago, they discovered unspoiled honey in pots!*
Most genuine high-grade manuka honey from New Zealand includes a
UMF rating on the label. Some honey producers instead use an MG or MGO (methylglyoxal) rating. Honeys without a UMF or MG/MGO rating are generally low-grade honey without the beneficial characteristics that have made premium manuka honey so much in demand.
NPA stands for non-peroxide activity, the property that makes certain grades of UMF and MGO manuka honey special. Those manuka honeys that carry only a ‘total activity’ or ‘peroxide activity’ rating do not have this special NPA property and should be considered low-grade honey.
UMF ratings are based on specific natural markers characteristic of manuka honey, such as leptosperin and methylglyoxal. UMF ratings correspond to the potency of the desirable NPA properties of honey. Typically honey with NPA between 5 and 9.9 are labelled UMF 5+, honey with NPA ratings between 10.0 and 14.9 are rated UMF 10+, and so on.*