Please pass the honey!

Some call it  the ambrosia of the Gods and it is mentioned in the Bible, honey really is one of the most versatile and antibiotic medicines that nature has provided us with.

I use it everyday for something or another and entire books have been written about this first sweet of mankind (not counting licorice), so next time you’re in the library or surfing the net have a look and you’ll be amazed how often honey is referred to, and how generally amazing it is considered to be.

Each country, and each area within a country, tends to have a distinctive type of honey. Some say that if you have hayfever – try eating honey produced nearest to your home (honeys are labeled generally to flower and origin).

Firstly, its brilliant for sores, cuts, wounds and extra brilliant for mouth ulcers. During war shortages honey was often used with vegetable oil as a dressing for small wounds, with great effect.

It makes an excellent gargle for sore throats. Mix one tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a cup of water. Gargle with it 3 times a day.

Honey’s a brilliant addition to cosmetic facials…mix it with ingredients such as olive oil, egg white, powdered brewers yeast and rosewater for an amazing and soothing facial.

You can substitute it for sugar in recipes, but be careful with measurements. As a rough guide, when you substitute honey for sugar you have to use less liquid by the cup. Always deduct three tablespoons of any other liquid in the recipe for every cup of honey you use. If the recipe calls for one Cup of dry sugar, use only 2/3 Cup of honey as an example.

To bring a boil to a head, mix honey with a tiny amount of flour and apply it with a plaster over to keep it clean. Keep reapplying for 24 hours and you should have results.

Honey is also slightly laxative, so try having a teaspoon dissolved in hot water with your breakfast if you are prone to constipation.

Lemon and honey drinks are fantastic. I make these up in the summer as well, and keep the drink in a container in the fridge to be drunk as a cool summer drink. Its a yummy sweet beverage, and kids love it. As a warm drink, its really soothing and vitamin-packed and its a great habit to get your family into drinking them as well.

It can be added to any herbal tea to sweeten it, a really good mid-afternoon drink.

Please note though: Scientific Evidence tells us : Don’t give honey to children under 2 years of age. Some uncooked honeys may contain botulism organisms. These are easily digested and eliminated by adults, not so in infants. For this reason many health organisations advise you also to avoid giving it to smaller children. Please be aware of this.

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