Honey – The Ikarian Panacea
Panacea, [pan-uh-see-uh], is defined as a cure-all or a remedy for all diseases or ills. On the "Blue Zone" island of Ikaria, people will start their day with a spoonful of honey, taken like medicine. There, it is used for everything from treating wounds to curing hangovers.
This particular honey is raw and unstrained from a private bee farm in northern Minnesota. 'Raw' means that the honey is collected straight from the extractor, is totally unheated, unpasteurized and unprocessed. When you heat honey, its natural yeast and enzymes responsible for activating vitamins and minerals in the body are partially destroyed. This honey has a high antioxidant level, may reduce inflammation, and contains amino acids and vitamin C which are known to speed the growth of healthy tissue in the body. Because it is unstrained and unheated, it will usually granulate and crystallize to a thick consistency after a few months; this doesn't affect the honey's potency, crystallization is the natural state of most honeys after it leaves the hive.
Blue Zones® Honey comes in a 16-ounce, glass Mason jar weighing 1 pound and 15 ounces.