Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Buzz about Beeswax, Honey & Mead………….



The Beeswax Facts~

Beeswax has been utilized since the beginning of time and can be considered the Duct Tape of ancient times! It has been found in ancient tombs, ruins, sunken ships, and as it never goes bad it was still usable.







Uses for beeswax can include……...

Reconstructive Surgery

Glass Etching

Dental Procedures

Embalming Procedures

Wood Filler

Wax for sports equipment

Beard & Mustache Wax

Candles

Creams

Lotions

Lipsticks & Lip Balms

Wood Polish

Lubricants

Polishing

Dental Floss

Crayons

Dreadlocks

Oil Spill Control

Didgeridoo Mouthpieces

Waterproofing

Salves

Ear Plugs

Baking

Cosmetics

Cracked Hooves

Ear Candling

Paint Restoration

Moustache Wax

Crafting

Soap Making

Slippage for belts in machinery





Beeswax candles have been used since the beginning of time and are far healthier to burn than paraffin. Paraffin is a by- product of petroleum and paraffin has only been used for candle making in relatively recent times. Paraffin candles emit gases, soot, and up to 11 documented toxins when burned. Two of these toxins have been documented as being carcinogenic. A Smokey film in your home and indoor air pollution can be directly related to the burning of Paraffin candles with synthetic fragrances. The soot particles from burning these candles can get into the duct work in your home, stick to your rugs, furniture and walls. The American Lung Association has warned consumers that there is a danger of breathing unhealthy air when burning paraffin candles.

Burning Beeswax candles does not create any airborne toxins and as a matter of fact it does the opposite for your home. Burning beeswax candles emits negative ions. These ions capture and neutralize dust particles, toxins, molds, bacteria, pollen and unwanted odors. This makes these candles a great preventative tool during the winter months. Your candles must be 100% beeswax in order for you receive these benefits from your candles. Because of these attributes, burning beeswax candles before bed will provide you with cleaner air to breathe while sleeping, creating a more restful sleep. Candles that are 100% Beeswax also burn as a drip-less candle making them a much less messy candle to burn.

Beeswax Candles Are Expensive, Yes & No!

Beeswax Candles are more expensive than paraffin candles but Beeswax candles burn approximately 5 times longer than other candle waxes making them quite cost effective in the end to burn.

Great Places To Get Beeswax Candles In The US & Australia….

1) Beeswax Creations, East Perth, Australia
http://www.beeswaxcreations.com.au/
2) Queen Bee Candles, Sydney, Australia
http://www.queenb.com.au/
3) Beeswax Candle Co., Virginia, USA
http://www.beeswaxcandleco.com/
4) Beeswax Co. LLC, Texas, USA
http://www.beeswaxco.com/
5) Quiet Light Candles, WA, USA ~ This company has the most beautiful candles I have ever experienced. My business makes a few beeswax candles along with soy wax candles but the fact is my candles nor any other company can compare to this one!
http://www.quietlightcandles.net/
6) Vital Earth Traditions llc. La Conner, Washington USA http://shop.vitalearthtraditions.com/

Please, let me know if you sell 100% beeswax candles and would like to be listed here!

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Honey Benefits, Facts & Fun Tidbits…….

1) Honey has no fat, cholesterol, or sodium

2) Contains vitamins and minerals such as; B1, B2, B6, C, E, K, A, Calcium, Phosphorous, Potassium, Iron, Copper, Manganese, Magnesium, Sulfur, Zinc, Trace Enzymes, Minerals, Amino Acids, and Antioxidants.

3) Is an Antiseptic and Antioxidant.

4) Honey is the only food that has every substance including water that is necessary to support life.

5) Bacteria will not grow in honey because of its natural high sugar content and can combat infection in open wounds.

6) Honey can speed the healing of an open wound and help with tissue healing.

7) Is soothing for minor burns and has the capability to speed up the healing process.

8) Honey is used in personal care products and herbal remedies.

9) Honey is a natural energy booster, it helps fight fatigue, can boost athletic performance, honey taken before and after sports activities can help athletes recover from exertion and fatigue more quickly and effectively.

10) There are studies suggesting that consuming honey can help people remember things better.

11) The glucose in honey is absorbed quickly into the body creating an immediate energy boost and the fructose absorbs more slowly into the body providing a 2nd stage of sustained energy.

12) Is known for treating digestive disorders, diarrhea, indigestion, stomach ulcers, reduces inflammation and scarring.

13) For many people daily dosages of local honey can provide a natural preventative for reactions to airborne allergies to different pollens.

14) Ancient texts claim honey may help cure diseases of the lungs, kidneys, liver and heart.

15) Ancient texts also documents that honey salve was used to treat eye problems like conjunctiva, eye styes, swelling cataracts, and eyesores.

16) Honey Never Goes Bad!

“A land flowing with milk and honey” this reference is mentioned 21 times in the Bible.
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My Irish Great Grandmother with Druid Ancestry had many recipes, stories, and remedies that were honey and cinnamon based. Many of the things I recall her creating were very similar if not the same as what I found in the article below.

I found this article at http://www.advancedhealthplan.com/honeyandcinnamon.html

Facts on honey and cinnamon:

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Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil?

A. Honey
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It is found that mixture of Honey and Cinnamon cures most of the diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Ayurvedic as well as Yunani medicine have been using honey as a vital medicine for centuries.

Scientists of today also accept honey as a "Ram Ban" (very effective) medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without any side effects for any kind of diseases. Today's science says that even though honey is sweet, if taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm diabetic patients.

Weekly World News, a magazine in Canada, on its issue dated 17 January, 1995 has given the following list of diseases that can be cured by Honey and Cinnamon as researched by western scientists.

HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply on bread, chappati, or other bread, instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack. Also those who already had an attack, if they do this process daily, they are kept miles away from the next attack.

Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heartbeat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as age the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalizes the arteries and veins.

INSECT BITES: Take one part honey to two parts of lukewarm water and add a small teaspoon of cinnamon powder, make a paste and massage it on the itching part of the body slowly. It is noticed that the pain recedes within a minute or two.

ARTHRITIS: Arthritis patients may take daily, morning and night, one cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. If taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured.

In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week out of the 200 people so treated practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain and within a month, mostly all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis started walking without pain.

HAIR LOSS: Those suffering from hair loss or baldness, may apply a paste of hot olive oil, one tablespoon of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder before bath and keep it for approx. 15 min. and then wash the hair. It was found to be effective even if kept on for 5 minutes.

BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder.

TOOTHACHE: Make a paste of one teaspoon of cinnamon powder and five teaspoons of honey and apply on the aching tooth. This may be applied 3 times a day till the tooth stops aching.

CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder
mixed in 16 ounces of tea water, given to a cholesterol patient, was found to
reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10% within 2 hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, if taken 3 times a day, any Chronic cholesterol is cured. As per information received in the said journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for 3 days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold and clear the sinuses.

INFERTILITY: Yunani and Ayurvedic Medicine have been using honey for thousands of years to strengthen the semen of men. If impotent men regularly take two tablespoon of honey before going to sleep, their problem will be solved.

In China, Japan and Far-East countries, women, who do not conceive and need to strengthen the uterus, have been taking cinnamon powder for centuries. Women who
cannot conceive may take a pinch of cinnamon powder in half teaspoon of honey
and apply it on the gums frequently throughout the day, so that it slowly mixes with the saliva and enters the body.

A couple in Maryland, USA, had no children for 14 years and had lost hope of having a child of their own. When told about this process, husband and wife started taking honey and cinnamon as stated above; the wife conceived after a few months and had twins at full term.

UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomachache and also clears stomach ulcers from the root.

GAS: According to the studies done in India & Japan, it is revealed that if honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacteria and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacteria and viral diseases.

INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food, relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.

INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ingredient, which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

LONGEVITY: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly arrests the ravages of old age. Take 4 spoons of honey, 1 spoon of cinnamon powder and 3 cups of water and boil to make like tea. Drink 1/4 cup, 3 to 4 times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age.

Life spans also increases and even a 100 year old, starts performing the chores of a 20-year-old.

PIMPLES: Three tablespoons of Honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water. If done daily for two weeks, it removes pimples from the root.

SKIN INFECTIONS: Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections.

WEIGHT LOSS: Daily in the morning 1/2 hour before breakfast on an empty stomach and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one-cup water. If taken regularly it reduces the weight of even the most obese person.

Also, drinking of this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

CANCER: Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder for one month 3 times a day.

FATIGUE: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens, who take honey and cinnamon power in equal parts, are more alert and flexible.

Dr. Milton who has done research says that a half tablespoon honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3.00 p.m. when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, increases the vitality of the body within a week.

BAD BREATH: People of South America, first thing in the morning gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water. So their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

HEARING LOSS: Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder taken in equal parts restore hearing.

Source: UNSURE at this point. Is very good information, and if you are the deserving for the credit of compiling the above information, Please feel free to contact me for updating and correction. Thanks!


I found this article at http://www.advancedhealthplan.com/honeyandcinnamon.html
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Now It Is Time To Discuss Mead!



Mead is the oldest fermented alcoholic beverage in the history of Mankind. Many different cultures and societies produced and drank Mead independent of each other and the documented history goes back over 8,000 years. Mead is historically known to enhance virility, fertility and well known for its aphrodisiac qualities. There is historic importance of this drink is documented in Ireland, England, Celtic Cultures, India, Ethiopia, Egypt, Germany, Greece, and in many other countries. The national beverage in Ethiopia is Mead and is called T’ej. Honey used to ferment in the bee hive naturally so that mead could be eaten or drank. There is a huge amount of information available on the history of Mead, delicious recipes and sources to purchase this nectar of the Gods!

My most favorite story of Mead is that in Medieval times it was customary for newly married couples to be given enough Mead for each to drink a glass every night for the 1st Moon Cycle (1 Month) of their marriage hence, the origin of the term “Honey Moon” that we still use today. It was very common for a baby to be conceived during this month and when this occurred the Mead Maker was congratulated for the potency of his Mead and held is high esteem if the wife bore a son.

Many degrees of “sweet” mead can be found on the market today that are made available for you and I to purchase. My most favorite flavor is a “Semi Sweet” on the edge of tart. Mead can be served warmed or chilled. My most favorite way to have it is with the delectable herb & spice pack that is made specifically for Mead warmed & steeped just toasty right on a chilly winter evening while playing my gorgeous lever floor harp! Chilled to the icey edge is quite delicious also! My door is always open to share a glass of warmed or chilled Mead and a lovely dessert with a good friend! Cheers!

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1 comment:

Classy Career Girl said...

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