Treat your mother to something special this Mother’s Day with homemade skin care products. Honey’s antioxidants make it an excellent natural ingredient for pampering one’s skin. Honey helps speeds skin cell turnover and boosts radiance.
Honey - as the product of the altruistic bee - embodies the sacrifice, devotion and nurturing that mothers and mother figures play in all of our lives. In a single bee's lifetime, she will only make 1/2 teaspoon of honey. Bees must visit 2 million flowers in order to make one pound of honey!
The inception of the first Earth Day is inexorably linked with a time of great political unrest and social upheaval. On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets to protest against environmental indifference and rampant pollution. These organized protests ultimately led to political change and the passage of landmark environmental laws, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, and Estuary Protection Act.
Throughout millennia, honey has been used to heal injuries and infections and help improve human and animal health. It can be ingested as a treatment for coughs, allergies and other ailments or it can be applied directly to the skin as balm for healing rashes, burns and cuts. Honey is at its most potent in its natural state, i.e., “raw”, which means that it is not pasteurized. Raw honey has the substantial benefit of being chock full of active vitamins and minerals, powerful antioxidants and beneficial enzymes.
Why not try baking with honey this month? Irish Soda Bread, a traditional favorite around St. Patrick’s Day, lends itself beautifully to the benefits of baking with honey. Plus, because it is easy and quick to make—you can make it on a whim and eat it almost as quickly. A fresh, hot loaf takes only a little over one hour.
Honey is enduring—it never spoils. It essentially lasts forever. Remember the news story touting that ancient honey was found in the Egyptian pyramids and it was still edible? What a wonderful, timeless symbol for a romantic month. If you would like to give your sweetie a homemade gift, try one of these delicious recipes enhanced with honey: chocolate covered strawberries and raspberry truffles. These treats are perfect for gift giving as they require no baking, are fun and easy to make, and will impress your loved ones.
Honey is truly amazing. It is loaded with vitamins, minerals and bacteria-fighting enzymes. Researchers report that honey also contains a variety of polyphenol compounds, which are powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants can help prevent heart disease and cancer. Honey can actually help keep you healthy!
Homemade gifts come from the heart and are appreciated for the love and effort that goes into making them. This time of year provides the perfect opportunity to give family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, teachers, etc. a gift they will cherish because it is handmade with them in mind. The good news is that homemade gifts don’t need to be hard, time-consuming or expensive to make.
Honeybees are found all over the world and so are the food dishes that incorporate their sweet honey: Caribbean jerk, Spanish tapas, French sauces, British biscuits and Turkish cakes. Honey is truly a globally recognized and treasured resource that enriches many different cultures through their recipes and cultural traditions. This connection is especially true during the holidays. When considering what to give your loved ones, friends, neighbors or coworkers—think about giving the gift of honey.
What’s the one dessert you have to bake for Thanksgiving? You know, the one you either love to create or the one that everyone asks for each year and if you don’t make it, you’re in trouble? Is it pumpkin pie, pecan pie, cranberry bread, dinner rolls, or apple bars? When pulling out your recipes for the holidays this year, think of replacing white refined sugar with honey instead. Honey is a versatile alternative and easy adaptable to most recipes.