A research team in Denmark is currently investigating the use of honey instead of antibiotics.
Hippocrates used honey to heal wounds. While we seam to have forgotten its powers honey is still used today in development countries to heal burns and diarrhea.
A pot of honey is a great resource in the kitchen cabinet. Especially during the cold winter months.
Here are some great alternative uses of honey. Read more
Â Italian women used to use basil to attract and charm men.
The herb makes our food taste great and is loaded with key nutrients.
Basil is known for these health benefits:
- Awaken sexual instincts
- Energize both body and mind
- Improve cardiovascular health
- Improve eyesight
- Promote healthy skin and hair
- Easy physical and mental fatigue
- Energize tense and overworked muscles
- Ease head ache
- Heal infection in the respiratory system
- Help sinus problems
- Relive asthma
- Cure influenza
Basil can be use in food. It is best use fresh and raw or with a minimum cooking. So add the herb at the end of cooking.
To relax tense muscles or spice up your sex life mix 2-3 drops of essential basil oil is 1 cup of unscented massage oil and use as massage oil.
Basil is and excellent source of vitamin A (beta carotene), calcium, vitamin C, phosphorous, iron, magnesium and potassium. The vitamins make basil a good antioxidant.
Basil is fairly straightforward and inexpensive to grow.
The result was an overall drop in cardiovascular disease with 28%. For women it dropped even more to 31%.
Attention green chai tea drinkers! If you add milk to your tea the positive effect is gone.
So drink as much plain green tea as you can.
Learn more about the health benefits of green tea.
Chamomile, a small white and yellow flower, is one of our oldest garden herbs. The flower is often used as a herbal tea. The herb is known to promote healing of wounds, it has anti-inflammatory properties and it has a calming effect.
How to use chamomile tea
- There are many reasons to drink naturally caffeine-free chamomile tea. Here are some of them:
- It has a relaxing effect on the intestine and is effective on cramps, constipation and motion sickness.
- It has a calming and anti-inflammatory effect in cases of irritable bowel syndrome
- It helps you to relax if you are stresses or unbalanced.
- It treats insomnia.
- It relieves cough and sore throat.
It also has other scopes of use, such as:
- Rinse your hair with the tea to make your blond hair shine.
- Use as month wash to relieve sore gums and oral inflammation.
- Dab on your skin to treat skin inflammation, wounds and burns.
- Add to your bath to calm irritated skin.
Chamomile and babies
Chamomile tea is so gentle it can be given directly to the baby, as a mixture of 50% tea and 50% water. As breastfeeding mother you can also drink it yourself then it will benefit both you and the baby.
The tea is a great to help the baby relax and fall asleep. It also relieves the common baby cramps.
The calming effect on the body in combination with the relaxing effect on the intestine makes it very good for babies suffering from colic.
Chamomile tea eases morning sickness during pregnancy.
How to make chamomile tea
Put fresh or dried flowers in a pot. Pour boiling into the pot and brew for 10 minutes. Use a tea-strainer over the cup.
The bees make royal jelly in a gland on their head and it’s used as food for the bee queen. Royal jelly contains 2,84% of substances that have not yet been totally analyzed by man and these substances have made royal jelly known for its benefits to cell regeneration, longevity and hormonal imbalances. They also help weight loss by increasing the body’s metabolism with 24%. Use the benefits of royal jelly to:
- Enhance your physical and psychological performance
- Loose weight and increase metabolism
- Strengthen immune system
- Take care of your skin both from the inside and the outside
Royal jelly is best consumed fresh but as it is very heat and light sensitive fresh royal jelly can be hard to find and can be very expensive.
However its fantastic properties are well preserved if it is freeze-dried.
The freeze-dried flakes can be dissolved in water. Another way to preserve the great properties of fresh royal jelly is to mix it with honey or pollen.
Bee pollen is considered by many to be the most nutritionally complete food available to man. The bees actually don’t produce pollen they simply gather and eat it. The pollen is collected from bees as they enter the hive.
One exceptional thing about bee pollen is that it contains the 22 amino acids that are essential to the human body. Since 15-30 % of pollen are amino acids it’s enough with 20 grams (0,04 pounds) of pollen to fill our daily need. 100 grams (0,22 pounds) of pollen contains as much protein as 0,5 kilogram (1,1 pound) of beef. Pollen contains high concentrations of B vitamin complex plus the vitamins C, A, D and E, minerals, enzymes and antibiotics. If taken on an empty stomach bee pollen is said to correct metabolism disorders that cause overweight and obesity.Use the benefits of bee pollen to:
- Strengthen your body with proteins, vitamins and minerals
- Take care of your skin from the inside
- Stimulate blood circulation
- Enhance your physical and psychological performance
- Keep your digestive system healthy
Pollen is sensitive to heat, light and moisture. If bought as a powder bee pollen can be added to your food in a vast variety of ways.
Here are some ideas:
- Add to juice or sprinkled over cereal.
- Mix pollen with honey and use as bread spread.
- Combine bee pollen with yoghurt, buttermilk or bread baked on sourdough and you get combination that is very good for your digestive system.