Southern Hive Honey Company - Company Message
     Honey is so sweet and comforting that many people don’t give its healing abilities a second thought. The fact is, honey is far better than what most people perceive. Researchers are turning up new evidence of honey's medical benefits all the time. The benefits of honey don't just stop at satisfying the palate; honey also offers incredible antiseptic, antioxidant and cleansing properties for our body and health, hot beauty and skin care tips for ladies, and amazing healing properties as a head-to-toe remedy. Its powerful healing attributes have been used for thousands of years and known to promote healing for cuts, cure ailments and diseases, and correct health disorders for generations after generations. The renowned UMF Manuka honey, perhaps the tastiest natural medicine, is commonly cited in many discussions on health benefits of honey. This honey not only fights infection and aids tissue healing but also helps reduce inflammation and scarring. In addition, it is often used for treating digestive problems such as diarrhea, indigestion, stomach ulcers and gastroenteritis. Medical journals all over the world are filled with eye-popping testimonies about the healing power of honey. With more and more health experts and theories supporting its benefits, this oldest natural sweetener just keeps getting better.
Some of honeys benefits are.....
  • increases calcium absorption
  • can increase hemoglobin count and treat or prevent anemia caused by nutritional factors
  • when combined with vinegar, can help arthritic joints
  • fights colds and respiratory infections of all kinds
  • when used externally, speeds the healing process
  • can help to boost gastrointestinal ulcer healing
  • works as a natural and gentle laxative
  • provides an array of vitamins and minerals
  • supplies instant energy without the insulin surge caused by white sugar
Did You Know???
Did you know that a local, raw Wildflower Honey can help to alleviate seasonal allergies? By eating the pollen found in raw honey you will build up a tolerance to the flower, tree or shrub that you are allergic to, kind of like a flu shot. The reason Wildflower Honey works so well is because it  is a multi-floral honey and has pollen from all the plants in the area. If you know exactly what your allergic to then you can use that specific honey! Take a teaspoon once a day for a week if your allergies are really bad take a teaspoon twice a day.
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Did you know that Buckwheat Honey is a better cough suppressant than Robitussin DM?  A study, published by the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, found that children who received a small dose of buckwheat honey before bedtime slept better and coughed less than those who received either a common over-the-counter cough suppressant (dextromethorphan) or nothing at all. Parents whose children received the honey rated their kids' sleep and symptoms as better -- and their own sleep as improved as well.  Honey is also generally less expensive than over-the-counter medications and bring none of the side effects like dizziness or sleepiness. Since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's recent recommendation that cough and cold medicines not be given to children under 6 years old, this new research may calm the nerves of parents who wonder what to give their children, and lets not forget it works great for adults too!!!
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Manuka Honey (tea tree) is a strong honey that has recently receiving a great deal of interest worldwide with the discovery of its very effective natural antibiotics. The University of Waikato has carried out much research and the honey is currently being tried on hospital patients suffering from stomach or dudenal ulcers. It appears to be a more successful antibiotic than traditional medical treatments in certain applications.  Active Manuka Honey is a researched product by Dr. Molan and his team at Waikato University in New Zealand. He has shown scientifically that all honey have varying degrees of healing properties. The anti-bacterial activity of honey is based partly on its osmotic effects in that the bacteria that cause infection are unable to survive in honey because they become dehydrated, due to the anti-bacterial agent hydrogen peroxide (produced from an enzyme that bees add to the nectar) - found in honey, being effective against most strains of bacteria. As hydrogen peroxide decomposes, it generates highly reactive free radicals that react and kill bacteria.  Dr. Molan's research proves that Manuka Honey destroys many strains of bacteria including Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, Staphaureus and especially exciting its ability to kill Helicobacter Pylori (the stomach bacteria associated with stomach ulcers). It appears that Manuka Honey likely can offer a cure for millions of peptic ulcer sufferers worldwide. Manuka Honey can be taken both internally or externally. The research team headed by Dr Peter Molan of Waikato University, has found Manuka Honey very effective for topical use on burns, wounds (supports recovery of infected cells), acne, eczema, indigestion, abscesses, cracked skin, stomachache, diarrhea and heartburn, the list keeps growing. (No other honey in the world has these outstanding abilities!)  The peroxide antibacterial activity of other honeys (including ordinary Manuka Honey) was found not to be effective against Helicobacter Pylori.
Manuka Health’s research partners - Technical University of Dresden - have recently found the active compound in manuka honey responsible for the reliable antibacterial activity is Methylglyoxal - MGO Manuka Honey. Methylglyoxal is a compound identified as the active ingredient responsible for the anti-bacterial action of Manuka honey, by Professor Thomas Henle, Head of the Institute of Food Chemistry at the Technical University of Dresden. Prof Henle found the higher the Methylglyoxal level, the greater the anti-bacterial effect. Until now this antibacterial activity has been called UMF (Unique Manuka Factor). Most honeys have a concentration of MGO Manuka Honey from 0 to 10mg/kg. Typically MGO Manuka honey ranges from 100 to over 800mg/kg.  MGO Manuka Honey with these high levels has proved to be effective against some antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria and even outperformed conventional antibiotics in treating infected surgical wounds, stomach ulcers and burns.  Professor Henle states "We always must realize that Methylglyoxal is a NATURAL compound, which has been ingested for decades, and up to now NO negative consequences are known."
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Tupelo Honey, is produced from the White Ogeechee Tupelo (nyssa ogeche), it ranges through the Ogeechee River, the Apalachicola, and the Chattahoochee River Basins of northwest Florida.  These river valleys are the only place in the world where Tupelo Honey is produced commercially.  Bee hives are placed on boats or barges along the river's edge the bees then fan out through the surrounding tupelo-blossom rich swamps during April and May and return with nectar to produce their liquid treasure. Pure Tupelo honey has a amber golden color with a slight greenish cast.  This honey is a choice table grade honey with a delicious flavor with a delicate distinctive taste.  Honey produced from only the White Tupelo is the only honey that will not granulate.  Due to it's high laevulose (44.3%), low dextrose (29.98%) ratio (average), doctors have recommended Tupelo Honey to patients with diabetes. 
Did You Know???
Raw honey contains a rich supply of live enzymes which are required for the proper functioning of all body systems. Like royal jelly, bee pollen and propolis, some substances in honey cannot be identified, hence they cannot be chemically reproduced.
Did You Know???
Honey is a mixture of glucose and fructose (white sugar is made up of sucrose), the simple types of sugars found in honey are more easily assimilated into the bloodstream - supplies instant energy and less likely to cause an over stimulation of insulin production, thus is a safe alternative for diabetics. 
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When used externally for cuts and scrapes- honey covers the wound and starves any bacteria so that they stop growing and it also serves as a protective barrier against new bacteria and enzymes in honey actually promote skin growth!
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Organic Honey must come from organic bees. Bees and hives that have not been medicated in any way. Hive equipment that has had prior non-organic use is forbidden to become organic. Organic honey must be produced from naturally foraging bee colonies that are located at least 2 miles (straight-line flight) from any source that could cause the honey to contain pesticides or herbicides. Within this 2 mile radius no pesticides or herbicides may be used, and must not have had any chemical application in the previous 3 years. Feeding of bees is prohibited. If feeding is necessary to prevent starvation, the honey produced is not organic. Hives need to have all of their parts (supers, queen excluders, etc.) numbered to prevent accidental use in non-organic hives. All hive parts must be made of wood. Comb foundations must be made from organic beeswax. The extraction facility must also be certified organic. All organic honey must be certified by an approved organic certifying agency. The USDA's NOP program (National Organic Program) certifies the agencies. The certifier must have physically visited the organic producing area. Prior to final packaging, all organic honey is stored in a segregated area to prevent co-mingling organic and non-organic product. Organic honey is only processed after all equipment has been completely flushed with hot water and PCO approved chemicals. The system is then flushed with fresh water. All equipment is then completely cleaned and emptied of all prior honey. There are no certified organic honeys that are collected form the U.S., American companies that offer an organic labeled honey gather their honey, primarily, from Brazil.