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Saturday, January 26, 2013

HONEY & CINNAMON A CURE-ALL?

HONEY & CINNAMON A CURE-ALL? Try it and decide for yourself!

Original post shared by: Homesteading / Survivalism Aug 4, 2012 – Public by April McCarthy [Local, Raw] Honey Improves Immunity and Relieves Anxiety

Disclaimer: I found this interesting and wanted to share it with you.  I am not affiliated with it's origination.  This has been provided for informational purposed only, and is not designed to take the place of medical advice.  I made some of the wording bold and underlined for enhancement.  No other changes have been made to the original article. 

For ages, the anti-bacterial properties of honey have been revered and so it is little wonder that it has been used for medicinal purposes all over the world. If you have a sweet tooth but shrink at the empty calories in processed sugar, honey is your savior. It’s not only sweet, but “nutritionally quite promising,” says Engeseth, an assistant professor of food chemistry at the University of Illinois. Her research indicates that honey seems to offer many of the benefits of the fresh fruits and vegetables that nutritionists recommend for a daily diet. “Honey has been used medically for hundreds of years for various reasons, but no one put any really strong science behind it,” Engeseth says. “Honey is often regarded as just a sweetener, but that’s not true. There is a lot of work to show that there is more value to it than has been thought.” Even in our day-to-day lives, whether it’s a sore throat or a slight burn, we immediately use honey as a quick home remedy. But did you know that this magical product is effective in many other ways too? Here are some alternative ways you can make use of honey.

To relieve anxiety and nervousness: Yes, if you want to reduce or lower your stress levels, you don’t necessarily have to depend on medical prescriptions. Add some pure honey in your porridge. The nutrients in honey produce a calming effect, especially when taken in significant amounts. That’s the reason why some consider it a part of the breakfast of champions.  Honey can also be mixed with a suitable beverage for a good night’s sleep!

Acts as an energy booster: Why consume palpitation-inducing energy drinks when you already have honey? You can mix honey with some water and then drink this solution. The glucose content in the honey will be absorbed by the brain and in the bloodstream, which will reduce your body fatigue. This one is simple, yet effective.

Honey reverses antibiotic resistance: Manuka honey could be an efficient way to clear chronically infected wounds and could even help reverse bacterial resistance to antibiotics. Raw, natural honey contains a variety of antioxidants and enzymes, and also has antibacterial properties, which can be effective both internally and externally.

Improves immunity: Though it hasn’t been scientifically been proven, daily consumption of honey is said to strengthen your immune system. Drink a teaspoon of honey daily, along with your morning vitamins and see the difference.

Remedy for ulcers in diabetics: While you have a host of products in the market that can cure ulcers, you can speed up the healing process naturally, if you use honey as a topical solution. Its ability to heal wounds will certainly come in handy when other ointments are not advised to use, especially if you suffer from diabetes.

Helps to heal wounds: Honey may reduce healing times in patients suffering mild to moderate burn wounds. A systematic review by Cochrane Researchers concluded that honey might be useful as an alternative to traditional wound dressings in treating burns.

Sprinkler-Free Watering

You can make your own soaker hose. It doesn’t require a specialist or a lot of (if any) money. I created my own irrigation system simply by using an old leaky hose. I used garden shears to make holes in a garden hose that I would have otherwise thrown away. I placed it around my plants (and areas where I knew I would add seedlings) in an “S” shaped pattern. Then I cut one hole per plant, and capped off the end. Lastly, I turned on the water to determine if I needed any additional holes, and covered it with mulch so it wasn’t an eyesore. It was really that simple. Garden centers sell hose end caps, but you can just as easily clamp or tie it and get the same effect. This type of watering system keeps water off of plants, preventing leaf mold and other fungal diseases, and conserving water. It is said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is definitely true in the garden. Fungicides are expensive, harmful, and widely ineffective. Soaker hoses provide the precision of watering only where wanted and needed. Plants can easily be killed by over watering. Also, a variety of plants means a variety of needs. I either group them based on watering requirements, or place more or less holes as needed. I have several gardens and use a splitter (also found at your local garden center) to water several areas at once. Two hoses can be connected for larger spaces, and sections can be buried under sod. If you do bury parts of your hose, do not cut holes in those sections. Otherwise they will get clogged with dirt. However, if your goal is to water the lawn, you can. You’ll need to dig trenches under the sod and place rocks or gravel in them as an alternative. Of course, if you don’t want to go through the initial work of all that digging, you can always place your hose on top of the yard and put it away after watering. Just remember: you get out of it what you put in. The longer a hose is exposed to the elements, the quicker it breaks down. Setting your system up correctly in the beginning will save you time and trouble later. Store bought irrigation systems are costly, and often overly complex. Another disadvantage is that they often come with pre-drilled holes (great for lawns, not gardens). Watering the driveway or sidewalk is akin to leaving the door open with the air conditioner running. Design your own soaker hose this weekend and watch your plants thrive. If you want help or need advice, I will be happy to answer any questions and offer suggestions. Article written 1/26/2013 ~ by +Jill A. Tobin, Landscape Designer