Wednesday, August 15, 2012

HONEY FOR SALE

HONEY FOR SALE - GET YOUR PURE RAW HONEY!!!  OK maybe my honey is NOT ready yet...but I'm anticipating a honey harvest real soon!  Keep working girls!

I would love to build a roadside stand for honey.  My really good friend sent me a card with a photo of a beautiful roadside stand (see below).  I absolutely love it...and I definitely think we could build it!




Here are some of the health benefits of honey:

Sweetener: Sugar can be substituted with honey in many food and drinks. Honey contains about 69% glucose and fructose enabling it to be used as a sweetener.

Energy Source: According to USDA, honey contains about 64 calories per tablespoon. Hence honey is also used by many as a source of energy. On the other hand, one tablespoon of sugar will give you about 15 calories. Further the carbohydrates in the honey can be easily converted into glucose by even the most sensitive stomachs. Hence it is very easy to digest honey.

Weight Loss: Though honey has more calories than sugar, honey when consumed with warm water helps in digesting the fat stored in your body. Similarly honey and lemon juice and honey and cinnamon help in reducing weight. Read more about benefits of honey in weight loss.

Improving Athletic Performance: Recent research has shown that honey is an excellent ergogenic aid and helps in boosting the performance of athletes. Honey facilitates in maintaining blood sugar levels, muscle recuperation and glycogen restoration after a workout.

Source of Vitamins and Minerals: Honey contains a variety of vitamins and minerals. The type of vitamins and minerals and their quantity depends on the type of flowers used for apiculture. Commonly, honey contains Vitamin C, Calcium and Iron. Check for the vitamin and mineral content in sugar from any source, you will find it to be either nil or miniscule.

Antibacterial and Antifungal Properties: Honey has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and hence it can be used as a natural antiseptic.

Antioxidants: Honey contains nutraceuticals, which are effective in removing free radicals from our body. As a result, our body immunity is improved.

Skin Care with Milk and Honey: Milk and honey are often served together as both these ingredients help in getting a smooth soothing skin. Hence consuming milk and honey daily in the morning is a common practice in many countries.

Honey in Wound Management
Significant research is being carried out to study the benefits of honey in treating wounds. Nursing Standard provides some of these benefits in the document - The benefits of honey in wound management. These have been given below:

o                        Honey possesses antimicrobial properties.

o                        It helps in promoting autolytic debridement.

o                        It deodorizes malodorous wounds.

o                        It speeds up the healing process by stimulating wound tissues.

o                        It helps in initiating the healing process in dormant wounds.

o                        Honey also helps in promoting moist wound healing.

Now that you know the benefits of honey, how do you eat it? You can eat it raw, add it it in water and different beverages and you can add it in several recipes also.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Harvest

Here's a few harvest photos from this past weekend. This year's garden has been a challenge - that's for sure but I have learned a ton of valuable information!