Honey

I frequently pass a honey store and educational bee farm that I thought was just a personal residence and felt uncomfortable venturing inside. This past weekend I worked up my courage and gave them a ring. I am very glad I did because it turned out to be a very special and unique Pacific Northwest experience (it was raining, but that did not stop the adventure). The lady at the shop shared with us her passion for bees and honey. I did not realize that honey is flavored depending on the type of plant it visits. Of course it seems obvious to me now that honey would taste like blackberries because the bee obtains the nectar from a blackberry bush. I also learned how to make creamed honey for spreading. And I learned that most honey one would buy at the grocery store is made from bees who live off of sugar water. There is a catch here. Currently due to abnormal weather patterns and overuse of pesticides, the bees do not have access to the necessary amount of nectar producing plants. To combat this shortage many bee enthusiasts feed the bees sugar water to ensure that colonies survive. So, honey made from bees that live off sugar water does not contain the healing properties of a good, local honey, but many are finding that without the sugar water the bees would not stand a chance. We bought three bottles of honey: blackberry, fireweed and rasberry and have enjoyed all three over the weekend.

Uses For Honey

  1. In teas to help relieve allergies
  2. In face masks and body scrubs as a moisturizer and anti-bacterial
  3. As a sweetener

 

Cold and Flu Season Tea: Mix and Match

I have really enjoyed the process of making my own tea to both deal with symptoms of colds and prevent future colds. By mixing and matching the following ingredients I am able to create a perfect tea for whatever the cold season brings! Just add your ingredients of choice to a small saucepan and simmer.I prefer to add certain ingredients such as the vanilla and honey at the end. Strain into a mug and enjoy!

A note about honey: Honey loses many of its medicinal benefits at 104F.

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INGREDIENT HEALING PROPERTY
Ginger  Anti-inflammatory/Boosts immunity/Loosens congestion
Honey  Boosts immunity/ Loosens congestion
Bay Leaves  Boosts immunity
Onion  Boosts immunity
Lemon Boosts immunity/ Loosens congestion
Vanilla  Anti-inflammatory/Boosts immunity
Cinnamon Boosts immunity
Apple Cider Vinegar  Boosts immunity/ Loosens congestion

Each ingredient is linked to an external site that provides additional information on each ingredient. I am still working on learning more about the benefits of each ingredient and will update each link as I find sites that provide better, well researched information.

The Dreaded Cold: A Tea

I have been struggling with an icky cold that has been muscling its way into my life. I tried to keep it at bay, but due to lack of sleep and not paying attention to what I have been eating, it got me! The tea below really helped to soothe my throat, clear my nose and de-fuzz my head. A lot of this is done to taste. Have fun with it!

What You Need:

  1. 1 1/2 cups water
  2. 1-2 inch hunks of fresh ginger root (peeled and chopped into small, but hearty pieces)
  3. 1 lemon (squeeze the juice into the saucepan; it’s ok if the seeds fall in as you will strain the concoction)
  4. 1-2 cinammon sticks
  5. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (extract is fine as long as it is not imitation)
  6. 1 -2 teaspoons local, raw honey (to taste)

What To Do:

  1. Put ingredients 1-5 in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. I prefer to add the honey at the end. Simmering it for a few minutes will really bring out the flavor.
  2. Strain into a mug and enjoy!