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Sep
12

cycling, nutrition, manuka honeyMany athletes today have gotten into the habit of using packaged food as their primary source of fuel when they are working out. Watch a bike race on TV and you see cyclist after cyclist unwrapping some gu like substance and tossing it down. For many of these athletes, honey would be a much better source of nutrition and energy.

Athletes need carbs during prolonged efforts to keep their engines fueled. Instead of eating some pre packaged food, a tablespoon of manuka honey would be more than sufficient. For lighter workouts, consider adding some honey to your water for a natural boost throughout the workout. This is perfect for cyclists doing a 60 to 90 minute ride, as they generally do not use their sports drink for shorter rides.

It is common knowledge that athletes benefit from eating proteins and carbs within 30 minutes of their workout being completed. Doing this helps the muscles recover better and helps the athlete avoid tired and sore muscles. By adding some honey to a protein-laden dish, the athlete will be able to replenish the supplies and give the body what it needs to recover. This can also help avoid that dizzy feeling some athletes get after a significant effort.

One of the best aspects of active manuka honey is that it is very flexible when it comes to cooking methods. It is just as good in a smoothie as it is on steak or chicken. It can be used as a glaze or a dipping sauce. It can even be used as a spread, such as a peanut butter and honey sandwich. With roughly 65 calories per tablespoon, it probably has fewer calories than most jams!

If you are a cyclist, consider using honey as part of your on the bike nutrition. Homemade nutrition bars are becoming very popular and word has it they are not only better tasting, but also much easier to digest. Some of the most popular recipes feature rice, some type of nuts, dried fruits, peanut butter, and of course, honey. There really is no secret other than finding the proper ingredients that suit your taste buds.

Somewhere along the way athletes seemed to forget that the best source of energy is real food. There is no need to stuffed processed foods down your throat when real food is easy to convert to portable foods. With a little time in the kitchen and some trial and error, you can infuse honey into your water and solid nutrition for a better tasting energy supply during your workouts.

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Sep
12

home spa, bath salts, mud masks, honey wax candlesNow that the summer is over and everyone is back to work, stress levels can get a bit high as you get back into the flow of things. While you may not be able to sneak away to the beach, there is nothing wrong with giving yourself a home spa treatment for some early fall stress relief. It will cost you significantly less than heading to the local spa and best of all, you get to dictate the types of products you use!

Masks are a staple at spas. One of the more expensive treatments is a mud mask. If you have ever had one, you know how refreshing and rejuvenating they can be. You can find some of these coveted recipes online and then tweak them to make them even better. For instance, Dead Sea mud is one of the most cherished ingredients, but adding a touch of manuka honey and some lavender will make it even better.

Bath salts are another treatment that often revitalize the body. Himalayan salts are some of the best available today. While these bath salts are great on their own, the effect can be enhanced by adding active manuka honey 16 to the warm water. Soak in this and you will settle for nothing less ever again.

On the days when you cannot have a long soak, try using honey bar soap to give you a few moments of relaxation while you bathe. The rough winter air and inside heaters can do horrible things to your skin. The dryness that is normal during the winter can be combated with honey bar soap. This soap is unlike many soaps on the market today in that it does not possess harsh fragrances. You will simply be left with soft and supple skin after your bath.

Of course, no spa is complete without some candles to set the mood. Beeswax candles are perfect for the home spa, as they will have soft light that will last for hours and hours. You can truly lose yourself in your bath without having to worry about getting up to replace quick burning candles. Put some soft music on and when the days stress finally leaves your body, there will still probably be a few hours left in those candles!

Instead of wasting money on a spa day, treat yourself to a supply of home spa products and enjoy a spa day whenever you want, instead of only a few times a year. The wide array of honey products that we have available will allow you to treat yourself like a queen, but only spend with the budget of a pauper. The stress of the work season after summer vacation as well as the upcoming holidays will be no match for your secret spa treatments.

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Sep
07

manuha honey, beeswaxHoneybees secret a substance from their glands that is used to divide beehives into cells. Called beeswax, it is commonly used in cosmetics and to make candles. Beeswax has many other uses, some of which are quite famous. Visit a local farm market or craft store and purchase a cake of this bee byproduct to use around your home.

Beeswax has been popular almost as long as bees have been creating sweet honey. Ancient Greeks made paint from beeswax and used it to coat walls of their structures. In the year 1215, copies of the Magna Carta featured seals made from beeswax. This natural wax is comprised mainly of long chain alcohols and esters of fatty acids. Worker bees secrete it from mirror glands in their abdomens and use it to create honeycomb cells, capping cells that contain pollen and honey.

This sticky substance has many uses within the home. Applying a thin coating to wooden rails of old furniture makes drawers slide smoothly and does the same for wooden window sashes. For exposed beams and other structural elements that do not take wear, apply a heated solution of equal parts turpentine, linseed oil, and beeswax with a burlap rag.

Moist air oxidizes certain metals including bronze. To prevent this, melt 1/3 pound beeswax in one quart of turpentine and brush this onto bronze items. Create a protective coating by buffing the item with a clean towel. Dark concrete countertops that have been sealed take on a naturally muted luster when rubbed with melted beeswax using a chamois cloth. Let the substance dry on the counter and then wipe it away to reveal the polished surface.

Wooden cutting boards experience their share of wear so condition them with a substance made from one cup mineral oil and a half-teaspoon of beeswax. Microwave the ingredients until the wax melts and use a soft cloth to apply the mixture. Waterproof leather items by combining equal parts manuka honey or other beeswax, neatsfoot oil, and tallow. Warm this mixture and rub it on with a rag.

Wax created by bees that make manuka or other honey even has purposes in the workshop. Rubbing the substance over screw threads prevents corrosion and makes screws drive smoothly. When rope or string frays, it can be difficult to use. Restore functionality by wrapping a waxed portion of string around the tip of the rope approximately 12 times. Tie off this loose end and trim off the excess.

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Sep
07

active manuka honeyFew natural substances are as sweet as honey, making the bee creation very popular for dietary purposes. People use honey to sweeten their hot and iced tea and smear it on biscuits, toast, and scones to make these bland foods taste fabulous. Honey has long been used to make natural remedies for various ailments, making it popular with practitioners of alternative medicine.

Honey has certain properties that make it useful for healthcare purposes. It is an anti-microbial, which helps to stop bacterial growth. Active manuka honey is especially potent in this regard and some people buy raw manuka honey online with the intention of creating remedies for the common cold. Adding ginger, lemon, and honey to tea creates a warm fluid that tastes delicious and can make you feel better.

Ayurvedic and oriental treatments feature many natural substances including honey. A paste made from ½ teaspoon of cinnamon and one teaspoon of honey is commonly used to treat cold symptoms. Like honey, cinnamon has antimicrobial properties and both substances are used to treat sore throats. People with allergies may be able to increase their resistance by consuming two teaspoons of local honey each day. There is no scientific proof that this treatment is effective but it is worth trying.

To get an energy boost, many people turn to coffee or energy drinks. Honey is a natural alternative that some athletes use. Take a teaspoon of honey by itself or dissolve it in milk or water as a midday pickup. When added to bathwater, ¼ cup of honey can make skin soft and smooth and the substance can even be applied directly to hair for beauty purposes.

Honey has antinflammatory properties, making it popular for treating burns, cuts, and other wounds since World War I. Brush a sterilized bandage or gauze with honey and apply the covering to the wound. Acne inflammation can be treated by massaging between a teaspoon and a tablespoon of honey into clean, dry skin and leaving it on for between five and 30 minutes. Rinse off the honey with warm water and pat skin dry.

To nourish lips, create balm by melting five teaspoons of coconut oil and three tablespoons of unbleached, grated beeswax in a double boiler or small pan. Remove from heat and stir in one teaspoon of honey and ½ teaspoon of vitamin E oil. Pour the smooth substance into containers and wait three hours for it to set before applying to lips.

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Sep
06

skin care tips, honey skin careMost people would love skin that is soft and smooth. Unfortunately, many of us are plagued with dry, flaky skin that will not go away. Dry air created by extreme weather and artificial heating and cooling can worsen the situation, leaving skin looking and feeling very unpleasant. There are several ways to smooth and moisturize skin with manuka honey products.

Mixing one teaspoon of honey, one teaspoon of vegetable oil, and ¼ teaspoon of lemon juice creates a smoothing skin lotion that can be used all over the body. After combining these ingredients rub the lotion onto dry skin. Leave it on for ten minutes, rinse it away with warm water, and pat dry to reveal smooth skin free of dry flakes.

Soften skin while enjoying a relaxing bath by adding ¼ cup honey to bathwater. Before jumping into the tub, cleanse the face and apply a thin layer of manuka honey 16 mud mask. Leave the mask on for 15 to 20 minutes while in the tub and then rinse it off. Made from Dead Sea mud and an active version of this unique honey, the mask flushes toxins from skin cells while tightening skin. It can also be used on other areas where skin needs firming or refreshing.

Tightening is not the only anti-aging skin trick in the book. Increasing collagen production can make wrinkles appear less prominent. Apply anti-wrinkle serum featuring active manuka to improve the elasticity of skin and regenerate skin cells. Special substances in this beauty treatment address skin tone, making it more attractive. This non-greasy formula can be applied to clean skin every morning and evening. Skin absorbs the serum naturally and the all-natural ingredients are gentle and safe yet powerful.

When searching for honey-based skin treatments or concocting these at home, look for products and recipes that contain mostly natural ingredients that have not been tested on animals. This ensures that you are doing the most for your skin and not harming nature in the process. Beautiful skin should not come at a price.

Skin is our largest organ so we should take care of it. Age, the environment, and other factors conspire against those of us who want eternally youthful skin. Honey is one substance that helps many people win the battle to retain young-looking skin throughout their adult lives. Try it to see the difference it makes on your skin. Honeybees may become your new favorite insects!

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Sep
06

honeybee, national honey monthNational Honey Month has officially arrived, giving the sweet stuff and its producers national attention. Think you know everything about honey and honeybees? Think again because even beekeepers do not claim to and researchers are only beginning to unravel the whole story. Here are some honey facts that may pique your interest.

Approximately 20,000 species of bees have been identified but honeybees are the only ones that engage in honey production. There are currently only seven recognized honeybee species and 44 subspecies. Some other bees make and store honey but only members of the genus called Apis are considered honeybees. These bees have been creating honey for 150 million years or longer.

Humans have long coveted pure manuka honey and other varieties. A Valencia, Spain, cave painting dated approximately 15,000 years ago depicts a figure stealing honey from a hive. When honey is stored in an airtight container it will not spoil. Pharaohs of ancient Egypt placed honey and other prized possessions in their tombs. Sealed vats of honey discovered in the tomb of King Tut, which was more than 3,000 years old, contained honey that was edible.

The largest bee is the queen and she lays up to 2,000 eggs each day, which is twice her body weight. Stingerless drone bees have the sole job of mating with virgin queens to make new bees. Worker bees are charged with making honey. To make just one pound they must gather nectar from approximately two million flowers, which requires more than 55,000 miles of flying. This makes it easy to understand why the average worker bee makes just 1/12 teaspoon of honey in a lifetime.

During a single trip to collect nectar, honeybees visit 50 to 100 flowers. Bees enjoy eating honey as much as they like making it. Two tablespoons of the sweet stuff is enough fuel to support a honeybee flight around the globe. The European honeybee may develop wanderlust because it is not native to our country. Europeans brought the insect here in 1638.

Under the United States Department of Agriculture, the National Honey Board established National Honey Month in 1989. Every September, the media gives more attention to manuka honey and other varieties in an attempt to increase public awareness of the importance of honeybees and their work. In addition to producing honey, these bees are responsible for 80 percent of the pollination of vegetables, seed crops, and fruit in this country.

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Sep
05

active  manuka honeyAntioxidants are natural disease fighters and studies show that honey raises antioxidant levels in blood. Honey joins fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and some fish, poultry, and meats as substances containing antioxidants. A daily spoonful of New Zealand manuka honey could benefit much more than the sweet tooth.

Honey contains varying levels of polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that researchers think might reduce risk of cancer and heart disease. Olive oil, tea, vegetables, and fruits are some other foods that contain polyphenols. One study revealed that a dose of honey delivered an antioxidant surge to the system and a more recent study examined how long-term consumption of the sweet stuff affected the body.

Blood samples gathered at the beginning and end of this study revealed a line between polyphenol levels and honey consumption. The more polyphenol-laden honey the participants ate, the higher the antioxidant levels in blood. Researchers believe that antioxidants protect humans from diseases by slowing disease processes within the body. Antioxidants scavenge free radicals, which are unstable compounds that can harm healthy cells and affect their functioning.

An average person consumes more than 150 pounds of sweetener each year. This provides many opportunities to substitute honey for traditional sweeteners like sugar and doing so could raise antioxidant levels in blood. These antioxidants can then go to work on free radicals acquired through exercise, environmental exposure, and when the body breaks down food. Free radicals can cause oxidative stress, which is believed to play a role in various diseases including cataracts, cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases.

Polyphenols are not the only antioxidant substances that researchers have identified. Beta-carotene, selenium, lycopene, lutein, and Vitamins A, C, and E are others and these are found in foods we consume every day. Diets that are high in fruits and vegetables that provide antioxidants have been found to be healthy. Researchers have not yet proven that manmade antioxidant supplements are beneficial for disease prevention.

To date, there have not been concerns regarding the safety of food-based antioxidants. However, it is always advisable to consult a doctor before taking high-dose antioxidant supplements. To get a regular dose of antioxidants naturally, enjoy a spoonful of the best manuka honey every day. Different levels of potency are available and dried fruit is added to enhance the flavor. Honey can be used to sweeten hot or iced tea, top biscuits or other bread products, and to make plain oatmeal tastier.

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Sep
05

manuka honey, honeyLast week, The Wall Street Journal reported that the New Zealand honey industry was being scrutinized due to the activities of some disreputable suppliers. Regulators in the UK warned that cheap honey coming from the South Pacific was being marketed as manuka honey, a premium product that many people enjoy. The UK Food Safety Authority is investigating a possible case of fraud resulting from mislabeling of manuka originating in New Zealand and sold in local supermarkets.

This announcement is the latest bombshell in an industry that has been plagued by fraud, confusion, and the massive exodus of bees. A few weeks ago, New Zealand was in the spotlight for certain milk products containing potentially harmful bacteria being sold to other countries including China. Now, its lucrative honey industry is under the magnifying glass.

Manuka is created by bees that visit the tea tree, a dense New Zealand shrub that can survive in nutrient-deprived soil. The antibacterial properties of this honey make it unique and have allowed producers to charge premium prices. Over the past five years, these prices have increased due to heightened demand from Asia. The latest news could change this. New Zealand exports approximately $99 million worth of honey every year according to Statistics New Zealand. How much of this is manuka is not specified but the nation is known for this special honey.

The UK Food Safety Authority reported that some jars of honey tested did not have the active properties they claimed to. The agency has requested an investigation by local authorities in New Zealand. A Food Safety Authority spokesperson said that the agency and New Zealand authorities are in the process of determining whether evidence of fraud exists.

The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) in New Zealand is now reviewing the labeling used for active manuka honey sold to customers overseas. It plans to hold meetings with local honey producers regarding this issue. Within the next few weeks, MPI, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, and industry representatives plan to publish interim guidance regarding labeling.

One honey producer, Comvita Ltd., is calling for a national standard for manuka. Currently, the quality mark UMF is voluntarily used by many exporters. Doing so requires approval from the New Zealand Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association. Any marketer based in New Zealand can use this trademark if standards are met, causing Comvita Chief Executive Brett Hewlett to comment that consumers should wonder why the companies making their manuka are not licensees.

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Aug
31

UMF, manuka honeySingle-varietal honey is created predominantly from the nectar of one type of flower. Also called monofloral honey, its availability reflects the flowering patterns of local plants. Beekeepers must account for these patterns when planning the location of their beehives and the timing of honey harvests. Unlike blended honey available on supermarket shelves, each single-varietal honey has a unique color and flavor. These characteristics can even vary within a varietal from one year to the next.

Artisanal single-varietals are usually raw, meaning they are unfiltered and unpasteurized. For example, raw manuka honey may contain wax and pollen that affect the flavor and texture of the substance. Many people find raw honey desirable and use it as a topping for bread products. Some use it to replace syrup and others enjoy it as a beverage sweetener. Raw honey can even be used to make marinades and salad dressings.

Consumers can buy raw manuka honey online at reasonable prices. Those who want the most potent version should look for a Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) of ten or higher on the product label. This is called active honey and is available plain, with propolis and royal jelly bee products, or flavor-enhanced with cinnamon or dried fruit.

Manuka is made from nectar of the tea tree bush, a New Zealand native. This sweet substance is big business in New Zealand and honey exports play major roles in the national economy. Shoppers can purchase this honey online from American suppliers. This allows them to pay in U.S. dollars and take advantage of national shipping discounts.

Some cooks incorporate honey into their recipes and the substance is becoming more popular in baked goods. Honey lends a moistness and flavor that cannot be duplicated by other substances. It gives baked bread a golden brown texture that is appealing. When substituting honey for sugar called for by a recipe, use the same amount of honey for ½ cup or less of sugar and substitute ¾ cup of honey for one cup of sugar, reducing liquid ingredients by ¼ cup for each cup of honey used.

There are hundreds of different types of single-varietal honey and many people have several favorites. If preferences gravitate toward honey with a strong, robust flavor, raw manuka is an excellent choice. This substance is dark and viscous but sweet enough to be recognized as honey. There is no need to travel to New Zealand because this sweet stuff is available online.

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Aug
31

honeyr recipes, manuka honeyThese cookies are fun to make and each one contains just five grams of fat and 94 calories. Honey is the only sweetener called for and ground almonds replace most of the butter that similar cookies contain. The small amount of butter used is combined with honey to provide a rich flavor that is low in saturated fat. Cookies can be made ahead and stored in a single layer within an airtight container for two days.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ cups whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup whole almonds, toasted
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, divided
  • 3 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted (for garnish)
  • 2/3 cup plus ¼ cup pure manuka honey, divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Step 1: Process the whole almonds in a food processor until they are finely ground, yielding approximately 1 ¼ cups. Transfer ground almonds to a large bowl and add the salt, baking powder, all-purpose flour, and whole-wheat flour. Stir until the ingredients are just combined.

Step 2: With an electric mixer, beat canola oil, 3 tablespoons butter, and 2/3 cup manuka honey on medium speed in a separate mixing bowl. Add vanilla and egg and beat until ingredients are blended.

Step 3: Add the wet ingredients from Step 2 to the dry ingredients in Step 1 and stir to combine. Refrigerate this dough for 1 hour.

Step 4: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Use cooking spray to coat the tops of 2 baking sheets or line the sheets with nonstick baking mats or parchment paper.

Step 5: Roll tablespoons of dough to form 1-inch balls. Place dough approximately 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Press the tip of the index finger into the center of the dough to create an indentation. Bake the cookies in batches until they are set and their bottoms have just become golden, approximately 13 to 15 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks and allow them to cool for 30 minutes.

Step 6: Combine the remaining 1 tablespoon butter and ¼ cup honey in a small bowl until the substance is creamy. Fill each cookie with ¼ teaspoon of the mixture and, if desired, top each cookie with 2 sliced almonds.

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