by Dennis Matherly on 11/17/18
Did you know that raw local honey can provide a number of benefits for your health? Before we dig into all the ways raw local honey can boost your health, it's important to be able to tell whether the honey you're buying is raw. Raw honey is often more buttery in consistency and looks more opaque (not transparent) and can have bits of beeswax in it called cappings. Honey that looks syrupy and clear is heat-pasteurized and processed - which removes the majority of the compounds and benefits raw honey provides. Also, please remember that honey of any kind or preparation should never be given to children younger than 12 months old. Now, let's get to the good stuff!
This is where making sure the raw honey you buy is local to you is key. Bees gather pollen from various plants in your area. These are the same plant pollens likely causing the immune response that results in allergy misery. The honey produced by local bees includes small amounts of those pollens that, when ingested daily, reduce the body's reaction to those pollens and help relieve allergy symptoms.
Raw, local honey contains compounds that suppress coughs naturally. In fact, studies have shown that local raw honey is more effective in reducing coughing than over-the-counter cough syrups.
The exact nutrients vary by area but raw local honey can provide a number of B vitamins, vitamin C, major minerals (magnesium and calcium) and trace minerals such as copper, selenium, manganese and zinc. Raw local honey is like mother nature's multi-vitamin.
Local raw honey contains enzymes that can help and enhance digestion. In fact, it has been used to treat digestive ailments such as ulcers and diarrhea.
Local raw honey has anti-fungal, antiseptic, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties that make it an ideal treatment to help heal burns. Even some hospitals in a number of countries use local raw honey from their area to help treat burn victims.
Raw local honey contains powerful plant compounds called phytonutrients and also antioxidants that can help fight cancer.
Raw honey from your local area can have a number of positive health benefits. Of course, it's important to remember that consuming any product in a raw (unpasteurized) form could carry risk of food poisoning, however small. So, you want to purchase your local raw honey from a reputable and knowledgeable beekeeper to reduce risk of contamination or illness.
by Dennis Matherly on 11/17/18
Our area is a natural habitat for a number of wild critters, including both coyotes and wolves. While you wouldn't want to encounter either one unexpectedly, it's helpful to recognize the differences between them.
Coyotes are smaller than wolves and typically have a thick, bushy tail that they hold low toward the ground. You're more likely to encounter a solo coyote or a pair of coyotes as they are not known to travel or hunt in larger groups, such as packs. Coyotes have noticeably smaller, thinner legs than wolves. Coyotes are usually shy with humans but are more adaptable and more likely to get used to human presence faster than wolves. Coyotes also have a high-pitched yelp-sounding "howl" that more resembles a dog bark than a wolf's howl.
Coyotes prey on smaller animals, including mice, rats, rabbits and other rodents. They are also opportunistic scavengers and will take advantage of any road kill or other dead animal they encounter. If you have pet birds or poultry outdoors, coyotes will take advantage of the easy catch, if you don't have the animals secured. Coyotes have also been known to snatch small dogs and cats when hunting for food. When hunting a larger animal, such as a deer, coyotes typically hunt in pairs.
Wolves are larger in size and typically at least double the weight of coyotes. Wolves travel, live and hunt in packs. It is rare to see a wolf by itself without pack members nearby. They are also shy and secretive where humans are concerned and because of their pack, are less likely to get used to or approach humans, in most cases. Wolves use scent marking to carve out territories and secure hunting areas for their pack. Wolves communicate with the well-known howling sound. They also howl to attract mates or alert pack members to danger.
Wolves tend to prey on larger animals that can feed more members of their pack. Typical prey for wolves can include deer, sheep, goats, moose and elk. Wolves hunt in large groups called packs and work together to isolate and kill their prey. While wolves are less likely to attack poultry or pets, any animal left unprotected is vulnerable to becoming prey for wolves or any other wildlife looking for an easy meal.
Wolves and coyotes are both native to our area. In most cases, both will keep their distance from humans. However, if you do have pets or poultry that live outdoors, keeping them secure and protected is the best defense against a hungry predator of any kind.