Regularly consuming local, raw honey means less seasonal allergies. Additionally, the natural germicidal properties of honey help inhibit disease causing bacteria. Consuming local, raw honey soothes sore throats, reduces coughs, and kills bacteria associated with the common cold. These benefits are not found in mass produced honeys because they are filtered and heated in the commercial process of bottling. This process also destroys the beneficial enzymes in honey, and the honey loses taste and aroma that gives local honey its unique flavor based on seasonal wildflower growth and location of the hives.