Keeping It Raw
You may notice that our honey and all of our honey tonics are made with Raw Honey. We are very careful to make sure that none of our honey is ever heated above 110 degrees Fahrenheit. We consider this “hive temperature” – we never allow the honey to reach a temperature higher than it might get inside the beehive on a hot summer day. By maintaining a low temperature, the honey’s therapeutic virtues, delicate fragrances and flavors, and enzyme content are all preserved. Honey contains the essence of flowers, and also has small amounts of pollen and propolis residues. Keeping it raw ensures that it is at it’s peak medicinal potency.
Raw Honey Never Goes Bad!
Raw honey has an indefinite shelf life. Even a 2,000 year old jar excavated from an Egyptian tomb was reported to taste delicious. The bees have created something magical that can truly last forever! Honey will eventually crystallize, or become more solid, over time. This is totally natural, and does not mean that it has gone bad.
Health Benefits of Raw Honey
Raw honey is therapeutic and healing both internally and externally. Honey is a complex and unique blend of many different sugars, aromas, enzymes, vitamins, proteins, minerals, salts, acids, lipids, pigments and flavor compounds. Since honey contains pollen grains from a wide array of local plants, daily consumption of locally harvested honey provides a homeopathic dose of potential allergens. Raw local honey can assist in decreasing the immune response to and relieving symptoms of pollen-based allergies. Oral ingestion of honey can help combat insomnia and sleeplessness, laryngitis, indigestion and constipation. Honey does not stimulate insulin secretion to the degree that regular sugar does. Externally, honey has been known to help heal burns, wounds, athlete’s foot, and eczema. It is anti-viral as well as anti-fungal, and helps support the growth and maintenance of beneficial gut bacteria.
Our Sourcing Ethics
Our careful sourcing of local honeybee products is part of what makes our product line so special. Matt and Madelyn started this business with a commitment to keeping bees organically, without the use of antibiotics, miticides, or other chemical hive inputs.
As our business has grown, we have developed relationships with other beekeepers we trust who are equally committed to organic beekeeping methods. We are proud to use only Pacific Northwest bee products, sourced directly from beekeepers rather than distributors. This helps keep the line of communication between us and our beekeepers open. Our honey and beeswax comes exclusively from organically-raised bees that are kept on organic farmland, or wildlands far from cities or agriculture. We have built a network of Pacific Northwest beekeepers to trap propolis and bee pollen for us, which is always fresh and high quality. We also independently test our honey for antibiotic residue.
At Mickelberry Gardens, we raise our own bees at a collection of yards near the Portland area. We have hives on a few local organic farms, and also maintain hives in smaller yards and gardens. Working with the bees is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable aspects of what we do. We also host visiting groups at our hives, and offer educational workshops to the community about beekeeping and pollinator stewardship.
Check out some older blog posts from us about honey:
Purchase Our Raw Honey!
Visit our online stores to see our latest varietal availability of raw honey, as well as our other products made with local raw honey.