Did you know that organic honey exists? It’s a fact: organic products are a trend. In recent years, the consumption of organic products has grown exponentially. A greater awareness of the environment and natural products are behind this increase.

Changes in eating habits have given impetus to organic products. And this has brought with it a modification of the entire food production process. Honey, too, has been one of them.

What is organic honey?

Organic honey is honey in which no chemical compounds are involved in the process of obtaining it.

Obtained directly from the hives, organic honey has not been treated with chemical products for its production. In this way, it retains all its properties intact.

Where organic honey is obtained

Obtaining organic honey requires a very careful and sustainable process over time. The beekeepers in charge of collecting it must prioritise natural resources in order to take care of its production.

The hives must be located at a distance of at least 3 kilometres from sources of contamination. They must not be close to crops of genetically modified origin.

What makes organic honey different from conventional honey?

It is possible to find different aspects that make organic honey different from conventional honey:

  • Is free of residues from chemical compounds. In conventional honey, it is possible to find traces of chemicals used to deal with bee pests. However, these compounds are replaced by natural substances produced by the insects (such as formic acid vapours or essential oils) to prevent pests.
  • Organic honey is collected from the nectar of plantations that have had no contact with any chemical or pesticide residues. In this way, beekeepers only use nectar from residue-free flowers, avoiding crops that may have been sprayed by pesticides.
  • Organic honey comes from bees that are cared for with natural remedies. In the case of conventional honey, various medicines or antibiotics are used to treat diseases in the bees (which is then passed on to the honey obtained from them). In addition, their feed does not contain non-organic sugars.
Beekeeper organic honey

Are organic and ecological products the same thing?

Usually, and not only with honey, the labels “organic” and “ecological” are often used as synonyms. However, there are differences.

Ecological products are those that are produced according to procedures that are as natural as possible, without artificial intervention. They are guaranteed not to be exposed to pesticides or unnatural fertilizers.

Organic products come from crops grown far away from sources of contamination. In their production, priority is given to the use of renewable resources. Pests are dealt with biologically (avoiding herbicides, pesticides, fungicides or insecticides).

Benefits of honey

Organic honey, free from any kind of chemical and artificial products, has numerous health benefits thanks to its properties. Did you know that?

  • It is a remedy for sore throats: organic honey is tremendously effective for sore throats. A spoonful of organic honey with lemon on an empty stomach for those days when we wake up with discomfort or a cough, can bring relief. Or if you prefer, a tea or infusion with honey is also a good option. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, organic honey can also help soothe a sore throat and reduce coughing.
  • It is antibacterial: organic honey, due to its high sugar content, is effective against numerous bacteria such as Salmonella, E.Coli, Staphylococcus or Helicobacter Pylori. It also contains hydrogen peroxide, a compound that helps in the treatment and healing of wounds or gastric lesions such as ulcers or sores.
  • It’s a natural antioxidant for your skin: did you know that consuming organic honey can help improve your complexion? Thanks to its calcium phosphate and iron content (especially when the honey has a dark tone), honey is rich in vitamin C. It is an antioxidant agent that has a detoxifying effect against bacteria that can cause acne problems or other skin pathologies.
  • Sharpens your memory: thanks to its high calcium content, a neurotransmitter used by neurons to send electrical signals, honey helps you have a better memory. Including honey in your daily routine can have great benefits on your memory, helping you to be more alert and more efficient
  • It’s a great help for a good night’s sleep: honey helps to increase insulin levels in the blood, and with it, serotonin. Have you heard of this hormone? Our body transforms serotonin into melatonin, a great ally when it comes to falling asleep. How about a glass of milk with organic honey or an infusion at night? They can certainly help you sleep peacefully and improve your rest.
  • It is a natural laxative: an excellent alternative to pharmacological alternatives. Thanks to its fructooligosaccharides, it produces a subtle laxative effect, equivalent to vegetable fibre. If you suffer from constipation on a regular basis, including honey in your routine can improve your intestinal transit.

Organic honey at Maes Honey

At Maes Honey, we have different organic honeys, did you know them?

  • Bio Bonapi honey: this is a multi-flower honey obtained from strict quality controls that certify that the process has been carried out from the hive to the packaging. In this way, we can guarantee that the bees that collected the honey have not been in contact with chemical agents.
Bonapi organic honey
  • Las Abejas honey: this is a multi-flower honey, as its composition is not dominated by the nectar of any one flower over that of another. It is a honey that vindicates the importance of biodiversity and the ecosystem, tradition and the company’s beekeeping origins.

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