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Chemicals in Cosmetics Increase Demand for Honey as Health Conscious Consumers Seek Natural Alternatives

Utica, NY — Honey. Dr. Oz calls it “liquid gold” and on his show titled Healing Honey, he gave a demonstration with one of the audience members about how to make a honey face mask.

“Now, this is very important,” Dr. Oz said after giving the demonstration. “we’ve talked a little bit and had some fun playing about honey, but I actually think honey is a great healer, but you’ve got to get the right type of honey, it’s got to be raw honey, that’s the operative word here.”

“Dr. Oz is right” said Mary Ross of The Mohawk Valley Trading Company where they specialize in raw honey. “If you are planning to buy honey for its health or beauty benefits, it must be raw honey. Heating honey (pasteurization) destroys the all of the pollen, enzymes, propolis, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, minerals, and aromatics. Honey that has been heated and filtered is called commercial, regular or liquid honey.”

The reason some honey is heated is that the majority of Americans prefer the convenience of being able to spoon, pour or squeeze honey from a bottle onto their cereal or into their tea.

In addition, commercial honey is clearer, easier to measure or spread than raw honey and many people think that honey that has crystallized is spoiled so they discard it. Honey that has been heated and filtered will not crystallize as fast as raw honey.

“Honey facial masks have been used for thousands of years by beauty wise women because they know the medicinal properties of honey.” Ross continued. “Some beauty secrets and formulas are handed down from mother to daughter for generations and as more health conscious consumers look for natural alternatives to chemical laden beauty products, the growing demand for honey continues at the Mohawk Valley Trading Company.”

Here is Dr. Oz’s recipe for a Honey Beauty Mask that draws out toxins and impurities to rejuvenate the skin.


2 tbsp raw honey
1 tbsp French green clay or rose clay
2 drops lavender or rose otto essential oil (optional)
Water to thin as needed


Wash face and leave slightly damp. Apply mask all over face, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Gently pat dry.

About Honey

Honey has been used by humans since ancient times for its health benefits and as a sweetener and flavoring for many foods and beverages with tea being the most popular. Honey bees make honey by collecting nectar from flowers and regurgitating it to store in beeswax honeycombs inside their hive. Beeswax is a natural wax produced in the bee hive of honey bees of the genus Apis and one it’s most popular uses is beeswax candles.

The flavor and color of honey is determined by the type of flower the bees gather the nectar from. Dark colored honey is considered to be higher in minerals and antioxidants than light colored honey and one of the most well known dark colored honeys is buckwheat honey. Raw buckwheat honey contains a higher amount of minerals and an antioxidant called polyphenol, which gives it its dark color.

Honey is a healthy alternative to refined sugar, however when cooking or baking with honey, it is not necessary to use raw honey since the heat destroys the all of the pollen, enzymes, propolis, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, minerals, and aromatics. Since the flavor and color of honey is determined by the type of flower the bees gather the nectar from, it is a good idea to taste the honey before using it in a recipe. For example; a dark honey like buckwheat honey will result in a strong, heavy, a pungent flavor, whereas orange blossom honey will result in a delicate orange flavor.

Organic honey from the United States is a myth because the country is too developed and uses too many agricultural and industrial chemicals to for the production of organic honey. Honey bees are free-roaming, wild creatures and it is impossible guarantee that while foraging they have not come in contact with prohibited substances, like pesticides.

Kosher honey is 100% honey with no additives or dilutions, thus: although not certified, pure, raw honey is kosher.

To get the best price when buying large quantities of honey, look for a company that sells bulk honey which is usually sold in 5 lb., 12 lb. and 60 lb. pails or 650 lb drums.

Although the Mohawk Valley Trading Company specializes in raw honey, they also offer liquid honey for those who prefer it.

The Mohawk Valley Trading Company hours of operations are 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST, seven days a week. Reach them at (315)-519-2640 to learn more.

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