Capped Raw Honey

Raw Honey

Raw honey is simply real honey as the bees make it: pure, unpasteurized, and unprocessed. 

Why Raw Honey?

First of all, raw honey is delicious! Many people don’t realize honey has wonderful floral aromas and flavors that are destroyed by processing.

People have used honey for thousands of years for food, medicine, and healing. Yes, it’s actually good for you—in moderation, of course! Raw honey is high in natural antioxidants plus a host of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. 

My son, eat honey, for it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste.

Proverbs 24:13

Did you know raw honey can help heal a nasty cut or burn? Studies have shown that honey reacts with the exudate (bodily fluids) from a wound to slowly release hydrogen peroxide for a natural antibacterial effect.

And that’s just a fraction of raw honey’s surprising benefits. Here are some of our favorites: 

  • Delicious flowery aromas and flavors
  • Reduces seasonal allergies
  • Good for digestive health
  • Aids wound healing—naturally antibacterial
  • Natural cough suppressant
  • Boosts energy
  • Sleep aid
  • Improves memory
  • Fights dandruff

Why Cincinnati Local Honey?

The Cincinnati area is known for being miserable to allergy sufferers. But local honey can come to the rescue! Many people testify to the power of raw honey from local flowers to take a bite out of allergy symptoms. All our honey is produced and harvested in Northern Kentucky, just south of Cincinnati, Ohio. It’s helped our family’s allergies—maybe it can help yours too.

Of course, you’re also supporting local farmers. And there’s the added benefit of knowing where the honey comes from, what is (or is not) in it, and how it was processed. 

What Makes Our Honey Different?

Really Raw Honey

More than just unpasteurized, we never heat the honey. That preserves all of the natural enzymes as they are in the beehive. We only loosely strain the raw honey, instead of forcing it through a filter like commercially processed honey. That way any pollen grains stay in the honey, where they can help fight seasonal allergies!

Sustainable Beekeeping

At Faithful Hands Farm, we use some less common methods in order to be good stewards of our honeybees. We aim for sustainable beekeeping so future generations can continue to enjoy these wonderful pollinators and their sweet, golden treasures! 

In order to keep healthy honeybees and healthful honey, we do not treat them with chemical pesticides or fungicides. Instead, we emphasize letting natural selection produce bees that are better equipped to survive in our local area.

To avoid having to feed our bees artificially, we are careful to leave enough honey for them to get through the winter. Of course, sometimes nectar is scarce, so we do feed sugar syrup if needed to keep them from starving!

Also, we use “foundationless” frames to let the bees build honeycomb naturally. This helps prevent pesticides and other contaminates from building up in the wax. It also produces smaller (natural-sized) honeybees—which has been linked to fewer problems with varroa mites. Did you know that the typical “foundation” strips used by many beekeepers actually force honeybees to make cells with 50% more volume than they naturally would? Plus, foundation isn’t needed; God designed bees to build comb just fine on their own!

Using Raw Honey

If your raw honey crystallizes, don’t worry! It’s still perfectly safe to use. If you want it to be liquid again, just put the jar (with the lid on) in warm water for a while. Also, don’t refrigerate your honey; it’s not needed (since raw honey is antibacterial) and it just crystallizes faster when cold.

Raw honey on the comb