Propolis is a building material. It is a kind of wax that the bees use to join cells together into honeycombs. It’s also used of isolation of the beehive and for disinfection. Propolis has been used as medication since the days of Hypocrites for its miraculous anti-fungal, antibacterial and anti-viral properties.
Use propolis benefits to:
- Ease inflammation in the gum or tongue
- Remove cold sores
- Remove acne
- Heal serious sunburn, cuts and burns
- Remove corns and warts
- Heal and prevent scars
- Stimulate immune system
- Help remove toxins from the body
- Stimulate digestion
- Protect against constipation
Propolis can be bought as capsules or powder. The power can be consumed in juice or herbal tea.
An excellent product for skin problems is propolis extract with minimum 50% propolis.
A regular bath with some propolis extract gives an outstanding protection against fetal skin problem.
Use propolis tincture in your juice or directly in your month to stimulate digestion, boost immune system and detoxify your body. For warts, acne, cold sores and other skin problems dab directly on the effected area.
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Ginger is known for solving digestive problems like morning sickness in pregnant women, motion sickness, flatulence, nausea, food poisoning, diarrhea, indigestion and vomiting. It may cure migraines since both intestinal activity and neurological relaxation are promoted by the herb. Ginger speeds up the blood circulation and sweating. It promotes both the supply of nurturing and healing substances with the blood and the removal of waste material through perspiration.
To avoid motion sickness and vomiting, eat fresh Ginger starting some days before entering the plane, the car or the boat as well as during the trip.
Ginger can be consumed raw or cooked, whole or as powder.
- Treat yourself to a hot bath with slices of ginger this eases stiffness and aching muscles.
- Cut very thin slices of the fresh root and make a tea with it. Use 5-6 slices
- Chew on a small piece of fresh ginger.
- Eat marinated ginger, a fresh addition to your meal.
Aloe vera is a stem less or very short-stemmed succulent plant that originates from northern Africa. It has an exceptional ability to absorb nutrients from the soil.
Inside the leaves is a thick gel and this gel is what is used in so many health products. The aloe vera gel can be used both internally and externally. The gel contains many important nutrients and enzymes plus saponin which give aloe vera its antiseptic properties. Aloe vera contains antiviral and immune-enhancing properties.
It’s antipuritic because it relieves itching and it contains proteins that decrease inflammation. Aloe vera is also both antibacterial and anti fungal. Aloe vera is even said to heal HIV infection.
Internally aloe vera is usually taken as a juice, aloe vera juice. Aloe vera’s anti-inflammatory properties soothe the digestive system and help it to maintain a proper pH balance. The saponin in the juice helps the body and the intestines to clean out toxins.
Externally the gel is used preferably in an as pure form as possible. Aloe vera gel has fantastic moisturizing properties and is excellent for the skin because its pH value is almost identical to that of skin. It can be use to both cleanse and moisturize the skin. Aloe vera can be used to help skin problems such as rashes, eczema, burns and insect bites. It heals first degree and second-degree sunburns and has a pain relieving effect on the skin. The gel is simply applied on the affected areas.
When you buy a aloevera product to use on your skin make sure you buy a gel that contains at least 98% aloe vera.
An even better alternative to buy aloe vera gel is to get a aloe vera plant. The Aloe vera plant is relatively easy to care for. It needs sandy potting soil and moderate light. Potted plants should be allowed to completely dry before it’s re-watered. During winter, the plant may become dormant, during which little moisture is required. When you to use aloe vera simply cut the leaf about an inch from the end and squeeze out the gel you need.
Honey is sweet, sticky and often yellowish. In general a light honey has a milder taste that a dark honey. Honey consists of 16-20% water , 75-79 % carbohydrates, proteins, minerals, vitamins (especially B vitamin complex) and several antibiotics. Honey is light and heat sensitive and looses its antibiotic properties if it is heated above 100 F (38ºC). Honey increases the serotonin level which makes it easier to relax and fall asleep.
Use the benefits of honey to:
- Get fast energy
- Lower infection
- Help remove toxins from the body
- Strengthen you immune system
- Heal and avoid infection in cuts and burns
- Get rid of fungus
- As sleeping aid
- Remove sugar cravings
- Ease coughing and sore throat
Make sure the honey you buy is a natural product that has not been heated. Don’t use it in hot drinks.
A daily bath with honey and balm helps to improve blood circulation.