Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Wednesday What Herb Is This - Honey

While Honey is not an herb, per se, it is a natural substances, and as such qualifies for this Daily subject, as far as I'm concerned - and it's mine, so that's all that matters, right..?

Old Honey Based Remedies
*Never give honey to infants under 1 year as it can
make them deathly ill with botulism.*

Home Remedies and Beauty Secrets
In olden times, man used honey for almost every
illness of the body and mind. Honey was good for the
stomach and intestinal disorders. It was used as a
gentle laxative. Honey was also used as a sedative.
Modern research has found that honey increases blood
calcium and has the same effect as a glass of milk
before bedtime. Honey is good for the skin. Its'
antibacterial properties make honey a good natural
remedy for open wounds, skin rashes, and burns. It was
the base for many home remedies such as cough syrup,
diarrhea cures and even a cure for bedwetting:

Burn Cure
Mix one egg yolk, one tablespoon of honey and one
tablespoon of olive oil. Spread onto surgical gauze
and place on the burned area. When the dressing dries,
repeat the treatment until the healing is complete.
The pain should subside and disappear completely in a
short time.

Diarrhea Cure
Mix one teaspoon of honey in eight ounces of barley
water in a glass and drink. This will stop summer

Bedwetting Cure
Before a child goes to bed, make sure he has no liquid
refreshment. Just before he goes to sleep, give him at
least 3 to 4 teaspoons of honey.

Before going to bed, steep one cup of chamomile tea,
fresh or dry mint leaves, and one teaspoon of honey
for three minutes.

Cough Syrup 1
For a simple cough syrup, mix equal parts of honey and
lemon juice and use as needed.

Cough Syrup 2
Blend well 1/4 cup of glycerin and a 1/4 cup of honey
and a tablespoon of fresh lime or lemon juice. Keep in
a jar tightly covered and take a teaspoon every two
hours, or as needed.

Cough Syrup 3
Mix equal parts of honey, bourbon whiskey, and lemon
juice for a truly exceptional cough syrup. Take as

Two teaspoons of honey and two teaspoons of apple
cider vinegar taken in a glass of water one or more
times a daily, will replenish the body's minerals.
Take as needed when doing mental or physical work.

You may enjoy these beauty secrets some date back to the
time of Cleopatra!

Honey Facial
Starting with a perfectly clean face, pat on enough
honey to cover. Lie down for 30 minutes and relax.
Clean the face with warm water and a clean washcloth.
If your face is oily, add a little apple cider vinegar
or lemon juice to the rinse water.

Oatmeal Facial
Mix 1/3 cup of finely ground oatmeal with enough honey
two or three teaspoons) to make a smooth paste. Spread
the mixture over the face but not around the eyes and
let it remain for thirty minutes. Rinse face and pat

Facial for Acne
Mix 1/3 cup of honey with 2/3 cups of water. Pat
gently all over the face or affected areas. Let this
mixture remain for 20 or 30 minutes, rinse well and
pat dry.

For Dry Skin
Mix 1 tablespoon of sweet almond oil with 2
tablespoons of honey. Blend and spread over a clean
face and neck and allow to remain for 15 minutes or
more. Rinse face with lukewarm water and pat dry.

For Oily Skin
Mix one tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of lemon
juice, and 2-3 drops of milk. Mix into a smooth paste
and spread over face and neck. Allow to remain for 10
to 15 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water and pat
dry. Do not use more than once every 2 weeks or once a
month if your skin dries up to much.

Honey Hand Scrub
Mix three tablespoons of finely ground cornmeal, two
tablespoons of honey and one tablespoon of cornstarch
in a small, unbreakable container. Leave near the sink
and use as you would any hand soap. Softens, cleans
and soothes the hands, and should always be rinsed
with cold water.

Hand Cream
8 egg yolks
2 cups of honey
2 cups almond oil
1/2 pound bitter almonds, finely minced
1/2 teaspoon oil of orange
Beat egg yolks with honey, add almond oil gradually,
and then almonds and oil of orange. Apply small amount
to hands to maintain a youthful appearance.

Cooking With Honey by Judy Powers
Gleanings in Bee Culture by Connie Krochmal
Beeswax Elegance by Dr. Arnold Krochmal

Disclaimer: No one involved in this blog or its contents may be held responsible for any adverse reactions arising from following any of the instructions/recipes on this list. It is the reader's personal responsibility to exercise all precautions and use his or her own discretion if following any instructions or advice from this blog.

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