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The 7 Benefits of Raw Honey

Raw honey is one of the healthiest natural sweeteners on the market, and one that is rapidly rising in popularity.  Raw honey is incredibly versatile, and can be used in a variety of delicious recipes, and to sweeten beverages such as coffee, tea, and smoothies.  Since raw honey is a naturally sourced substance, it is a much healthier alternative to other refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, and is even superior to “pure” honey.

What is Raw Honey?

Raw honey is sourced during the initial honey extraction process. It is the sweet liquid made by honeybees, after they have collected nectar from the flowers and turned it into “raw honey”. When the raw honey gets extracted, it is not pasteurized, processed, or heated like typical store-bought honey is. Raw honey is beneficial for your digestive health, because it becomes alkaline when it digests in the stomach, and therefore it assists with indigestion and acid reflux.

Honey in this raw form is very high in nutritional content. However, it is not widely available in supermarkets, due to its cloudy look and texture. Raw honey contains bee pollen particles propolis, bits of honeycomb, and even tiny fragments of actual bees. While this may not initially strike you as appetizing, take a look at these 7 amazing benefits of raw honey:

Raw Honey is an Excellent Wound Treatment

Raw honey is said to be an effective substance to treat infected wounds, as it accelerates healing, reduces redness and inflammation, and can help treat bacterial infections. Raw honey acts like an antibiotic, and is also credited for treating eye infections known as infective conjunctivitis.  It is effective in reducing discharge and swelling, as well as speeding up the healing process

Raw Honey is a Recognized Burn Treatment

Honey in its raw form has been studied and deemed effective for burn treatment. Apparently it can help to soothe the pain of the burn and prevent infection. The New York Times has shared research findings that found that honey is a quicker alternative for healing minor burns, as opposed to other prescribed antibiotic burn ointments.

Raw Honey can Help Relieve Some Allergy Symptoms

It has been studied that raw honey can be effective in relieving some of the symptoms associated with certain types of allergies. Raw honey achieves this, because it contains small amounts of pollen, therefore allowing the body exposure to an allergen. Some allergy shots actually work the exact same way. This helps the body to become desensitized to the allergen, and helps improve symptoms.  However, the amount of pollen in raw honey cannot be regulated, and therefore may be dangerous when not supervised by a doctor.

Raw Honey Sweetens Naturally

Raw honey is an effective alternative to refined sugars and artificial sweeteners. Being more natural, it is a healthy sweetener to include in recipes and beverages. Raw honey is superior, because of its temperature, which ensures that its nutrients stay inside it.  That makes it unique to “pure” filtered honey, where many of the beneficial nutrients are removed in the filtering process.  It is also sweeter than refined sugar, so you don’t need as much to get the same sweet taste!

Raw Honey is an Energy Booster

Raw honey is a source of natural energy, due to its high carbohydrate content.  Nutrition and fitness experts often advise eating honey prior to exercising, as it provides a healthy spike in energy.

Your Skin will Love Raw Honey

Raw honey is a natural humectant, which means that it provides moisture retaining properties which help to keep the skin hydrated. It is often used in skincare products for this very reason. Using honey for more beautiful skin is an ancient practice dating back to Cleopatra’s time and it’s one of our Top 5 Honey Hacks.

Sore Throat Remedy

Honey is very often regarded as a sore throat cure in many cultures all around the world. Honey and lemon tea is a sore throat remedy that has been passed down for centuries. Due to its antimicrobial nature, honey acts as a perfect sore throat soother, and is great to enjoy in a cup of tea.

In addition to all of these benefits, raw honey is also high in antioxidants, meaning that it helps the body fight off free radical damage.  Despite raw honey being such a nutrient-rich sweetener, it’s not safe for consumption by anyone with bee-related, pollen, or celery allergies or sensitivities.  With so many health benefits of raw honey, it is definitely worth making the switch from unhealthy sugars, to a sweeter and more natural alternative!


05 2015

It’s a bird…It’s a plane…It’s Barclay the Bee!

We are so excited to announce the arrival of “Barclay the Bee,” a little six-legged supergal who is the star of a new comic book by artist Olga Andreyeva.

Created by the InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel and The Center for Sustainable Design Strategies at Pratt Institute, the children’s comic underscores sustainable hospitality and the importance of honeybees for the environment. Barclay (who is based on the real-life bees we keep at the hotel) is a new worker bee who learns the ropes of harvesting pollen and making honey while meeting the many fabulous faces of New York City.

The comic is free to download from the hotel’s sustainability blog New York Barclay Buzz. It’s also available in print at the hotel for a $5 donation. One hundred percent of proceeds are donated to support the Honeybee Conservancy! (Would you like to donate to The Honeybee Conservancy directly? If so, please click here!)

We joined the artist, hotel staff, and thirty enthusiastic children for Barclay’s buzz-worthy debut. Olga taught kids how to draw bees on paper and with a computer. The Honeybee Conservancy’s member, Nicole, introduced the children to the real Barclay bees, the beekeeping suits we wear while tending them, and most importantly…their delicious honey!

Watch, enjoy, and please share our video with your friends!


11 2013

We depend on pollinators for over 1/3 of the food we eat

A stunning video from TED.  As described:

Pollination: it’s vital to life on Earth, but largely unseen by the human eye. Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg shows us the intricate world of pollen and pollinators with gorgeous high-speed images from his film “Wings of Life,” inspired by the vanishing of one of nature’s primary pollinators, the honeybee.

An abridged version showing only the footage of the pollinators is shown below. In it, you’ll see a variety of bees as well as bats, butterflies, humming birds and other pollinators.

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The full TED talk about pollination and pollinators can be viewed here:

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09 2013

The Honeybee Conservancy is now part of Sakroots’ Karma Circle!

Sakroots has launched Karma Circle, a charity program that includes The Honeybee Conservancy. We need your help spreading the word!

Sakroots is a lifestyle collection that appeals to the artist, musician, and nature lover in all of us. Their Karma Circle partners artists with charitable organizations like ours that share in Sakroots’ belief in peace and harmony among all things. The Honeybee Conservancy has been partnered with Marq Spusta, a concert gig poster artist based in Pacifica, CA. His print “True Love,” is inspired by a secret garden bejeweled with birds and bees.

After clicking on your favorite item on, you can add a donation to The Honeybee Conservancy. Sakroots will match your donation.

Send us a photo of you with your Karma Circle item on the The Honeybee Conservancy or Sakroots Facebook page! In the meantime, watch the True Love video…

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08 2013

See MORE THAN HONEY; Taste Local Honey


Come join us at a a screening of the award-winning documentary, MORE THAN HONEY, in which Oscar-nominated director Markus Imhoof tackles the issue of why bees, worldwide, are dying. He searches around the world including the Swiss Alps, Varroa destructor-free Australia, California’s almond orchards and the fields of China, where so many bees have died that crops have to be hand-pollinated.


We’re hosting tastings of delicious, authentic NYC-grown honey with at the screenings. It’s a great opportunity to connect with people and discuss of bees, honey and the importance of supporting local beekeepers. Come join us!

  • DATE: Wednesday, June 12th (opening night) and Friday, June 14th
  • TIME:  6pm and 8:30pm screenings each night
  • LOCATION: Film Forum, 209 W Houston St, NYC
  • TICKETS:  Learn more and purchase your tickets here


Oscar-nominated director Markus Imhoof (THE BOAT IS FULL) tackles the vexing issue of why bees, worldwide, are facing extinction. With the tenacity of a man out to solve a world-class mystery, he investigates this global phenomenon, from California to Switzerland, China and Australia. Exquisite macro-photography of the bees (reminiscent of MICROCOSMOS) in flight and in their hives reveals a fascinating, complex world in crisis. Writes Eric Kohn in Indiewire: “Imhoof captures the breeding of queen bees in minute detail, ventures to a laboratory to witness a bee brainscan, and discovers the dangerous prospects of a hive facing the infection of mites. In this latter case, the camera’s magnifying power renders the infection in sci-fi terms, as if we’ve stumbled into a discarded scene from David Cronenberg’s THE FLY.” This is a strange and strangely moving film that raises questions of species survival in cosmic as well as apiary terms.

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06 2013

Film: Dance of the Honey Bee

Have you seen the beautiful film, “The Dance of the Honey Bee”?  Filmed by Peter Nelson, a beekeeper and cinematographer, it recently won the Miro Inspiration Challenge. This rich film captures in slow motion the movement of honeybees both inside and outside of the hive.  Even the rapid beating of the honey bee’s wings –typically between 200-230 times per second — is slowed down for the viewer to watch. Take a moment to enjoy the film…


03 2013

NYC Beekeeping Event: 2/1 Talk by Professor Seeley, Author of “Honeybee Democracy”

NYC Beekeeping, which offers free beekeeping classes and takes part in extensive outreach, is hosting a talk on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 2:00 pm with Professor Tom Seeley.  Dr. Seely, a Professor at Cornell, will speak on the topic of his new book “Honeybee Democracy: How Bees Choose a Home.”

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02 2011

Remembering Dr. Charles Henry Turner

Charles Henry Turner

Charles Henry Turner

Born on February 3, 1867 to former slaves, Dr. Charles Turner rose to become one of the preeminent entomologists in the United States. Dr. Turner earned his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Cincinnati and later became the first African-American to receive a Ph.D in zoology from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Turner published nearly 50 scholarly papers and is the source of a number of groundbreaking breakthroughts including the discovery that insects can hear and that ants use light and smell to travel to and from their nests.  He also discovered that honey bees have color vision and are able to recognize patterns and shapes. His seminal work pre-dated that of Nobel prize winner Karl von Frisch.

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02 2011

I knew it …

“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” Buddha

Sometimes you just know something, you know.  And when there isn’t any scientific evidence to prove it, you just have to wait until the science catches up. Well, it looks like they’re finally catching up.

I have posted about what might be causing colony collapse in the past.  Over the summer, Italy’s rebounding bee populations after banning neonicotinoids seemed very promising (Leave me the birds and the bees, please …).  It’s the theory that made the most sense to me then, and still does.  At the very least it seems to be a significant contributing factor in colony collapse, IMHO.

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12 2010

Thank You to our Donors

Thank you to our Donors! The Honeybee Conservancy is deeply grateful to the following individuals for their generous gift towards the “Sponsor A Hive” program:

  • Sydney M.–in memory of Sara Stone-Willis, who had been so active in saving bees in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Stephanie C.
  • Rebecca K.
  • Michelle L.
  • Woodenhive on Etsy
  • James P.


12 2010