Honey has been valued as a natural sweetener long before sugar became widely available sometime in the 16th century.
Honey production flourished in ancient Greece and Sicily, and Egyptian pharaohs savored honey as a sweet delicacy and used it as a preservative thousands of years ago.
The Pilgrims supposedly had the foresight to bring honeybees along with them when they left the Old World for North America, and they apparently shared this sweet treat with the local natives during that first Thanksgiving.
Potent Antioxidant Properties
Honey is a truly remarkable substance, made even more extraordinary by the process with which it is made. This blend of sugar, trace enzymes, minerals, vitamins, and amino acids is quite unlike any other sweetener on the planet.
And while honey is high in natural sugar, it has many potential health benefits including potent antioxidant properties.
High-quality organic honey contains a number of potential free-radical busting antioxidants and more:
- Powerful antioxidant flavonoids that include pinocembrin and pinostrobin, which may help support enzyme activity in the body.
- Antioxidant-rich organic acids that provide honey with a slightly acidic pH that helps reinforce a healthy vitality.
- Amino acids that are nature's building blocks of protein.
The key to having the most favorable chance of benefiting from honey’s healthful properties is with high-quality organic honey and not overly processed honey found in grocery stores.
But there’s a challenging issue with the creators of honey, the honeybees, that requires immediate attention if we want to continue to enjoy this delightful treat…
Diminishing Bee Population Creates a Clear and Present Danger
It’s no secret that bee populations around the world have been diminishing. In the past decade alone, it’s estimated that more than 60% of the American honeybee population has died. And it’s a problem the rest of the world is facing as well.
Honeybees go beyond simply making honey for all of us to enjoy.
Honeybees have been around for about 80 million years and are the primary pollinators of more than a third of the earth’s food resources.
As we lose more bees, we also risk diminishing supplies of fruits, vegetables and even grains. And without these, we begin to lose birds, mammals and other species.
Bees are a cornerstone of earth’s biodiversity.
One of the theories behind why the bee population has been diminishing is climate change. This is a global issue that everyone needs to collectively help address through environmental initiatives.
Another major source of the decline in honeybee populations is the widespread use of pesticides. Even organic pesticides can pose some threat to the bees.
A perfect example is glyphosate, a common pesticide with extreme adverse side effects yet to be banned in many countries around the globe.
And just like other commercialized food production around the world, a great deal of conventional honey is produced using artificial methods, including artificial insemination of queen bees, and mass-production techniques that simply are not favorable for the longevity of honeybees.
So what’s the best solution for high-quality honey and protection of the bee population at the same time?
Harvested from Free-Range Wild Beehives
From beehive to jar, our Solspring® Organic Wild Acacia Raw Honey is pure, raw and made from the love of bees and a respect for nature.
This delicious honey can be used as a spread, added to your favorite teas or simply enjoyed pure by itself. It’s a perfect complement to our Solspring® Biodynamic® and Organic Teas.
Our honey is harvested from naturally-occurring, wild beehives in Northern and Central India and parts of the Himalayas. Due to their remote location, each wild beehive contains the purest organic honey.
The free-range bees in these hives constantly contribute to the environment, pollinating plants to foster biodiversity.
Our Organic Wild Honey is sustainably sourced with the purest of intentions:
- During the six-month harvesting season, honey collectors use sustainable techniques to stimulate the growth of wild beehives throughout a special area of forest in India, maintained under Organic Standards.
- In India, forest fires are a serious environmental concern and many honey collectors intentionally start fires to harvest their honey. With smoke-free methods that protect wild bee colonies from harm, eliminate the risk of potential forest fires and more, our Solspring partner makes the health of the environment a top priority.
- Harvesters collect only excess honey, triggering each hive to maintain its natural growth.
- Wild bees are naturally prompted to continue pollination and create more honey.
- Each and every wild beehive makes an impact on the pollination process which allows plants to reproduce, contributing to the surrounding ecosystem.
Preserving Honey’s Natural Beneficial Properties
By sourcing all their honey from remote and untouched areas, isolated from industrialized agriculture, our partner is able to hold the honey to a higher standard.
This also helps them reduce processing to better preserve the honey’s naturally-occurring beneficial properties.
Our Solspring partner is one of the few, if not the only one, who crafts their honey from free-range wild bees in a forest location certified and maintained under Organic Standards. Plus, when you include the fact they utilize smoke-free collection methods to avoid potential environmental damage, this makes them even more exclusive.
To ensure our Solspring® Organic Wild Acacia Raw Honey maintains its purity and potential beneficial properties, our partner puts the harvested honey through a battery of complex evaluations for:
- Pesticides including glyphosate.
- Antibiotics including ciprofloxacin and nitroimidazoles.
- Heavy metals including iron and lead.
- Mellissopalynology for pollen content.
- Adulteration to verify purity against sugar substitution.
Stable Support for More Than 650 Local Families
Our Solspring partner goes far beyond just producing a deliciously sweet and classic honey…
India features some of the most unique and diverse cultures on earth, with 23 different languages spoken and more than six religions practiced.
It is home to pristine natural resources and the awe-inspiring Himalayan Mountains, a beautiful backdrop for its diverse ecosystem.
Despite the overwhelming beauty of this country, parts of India have been beset by conflict between the government and opposing militias.
Our partner believes that people in conflict areas need steady employment in order to stay detached from the violent struggles around them. Their added purpose is to provide stable, ethical jobs in these conflict zones, in order to unify communities and to help create peace through prosperity.
At last count, more than 650 local families have been provided ethical and stable jobs.
By enjoying our Organic Wild Honey, you are helping to lift hundreds of families out of harsh and sometimes violent situations.
Importance of Avoiding Overly Processed Honey
You may be tempted to simply go out to your local grocery store to purchase inexpensive honey.
Even though you may find some organic honeys available, the majority of what’s on the shelves is far from high-quality honey and could be lacking in important beneficial properties due to over processing and ultra filtering.
Ultra filtering is a high-tech process where honey is heated, sometimes watered down, and then forced at high pressure through extremely small filters to remove pollen.
Not only does this eliminate a potential beneficial property from the honey, the pollen is the only foolproof sign identifying the source of the honey.
Without the pollen, there’s not any apparent way to determine whether or not the honey came from a legitimate and trusted source for wholesome honey.
In fact, a few years ago, Food Safety News (FSN) decided to run its own exclusive test using 60 containers of honey sold in various outlets in the U.S. The contents were analyzed for pollen by one of the nation’s premier melissopalynologists, or investigators of pollen in honey.
The results of the testing were eye-opening:
- 76% of samples bought at grocery stores, like QFC, Safeway and Kroger, had all the pollen removed.
- 100% of the honey sampled from drugstores, like Walgreens, Rite-Aid and CVS, did not have any pollen.
- 77% percent of the honey sampled from big box stores, like Costco, Walmart and Target, had the pollen filtered out.
The FSN analysis did find that your odds are somewhat better of finding unfiltered honey in major retail chains if you stick to organic brands… but even then, the results were not 100%.
Fortunately, you can rest assured that our Solspring® Organic Wild Acacia Raw Honey is unfiltered. An innovative straining process is used to eliminate any foreign particles, such as dirt, but the natural pollen remains intact in the honey delivered to you.
Enjoy Certified Organic, Wild and Unfiltered Raw Honey
Deep in the Himalayan forests of India, our Solspring® Organic Wild Acacia Raw Honey is harvested from wild beehives using regenerative, non-invasive methods.
With the collection of this honey, hundreds of local families are provided with ethical and stable jobs, helping to encourage peace to the neighboring regions in India.
The sustainable, smoke-free harvesting practices protect the wild bee population and aid in the preservation of the forests’ natural ecosystem. Sweet and classic with a floral aroma, this soy- and gluten-free Organic Wild Honey reflects the biodiversity of the Himalayan forests.
Our partner’s revolutionary business model is transforming lives, preserving bees and protecting the environment.
Order your Solspring® Organic Wild Acacia Raw Honey today, and enjoy this 100% Certified Organic, wild and unfiltered raw honey while helping to preserve peace at the source.