Mmmmmmm Honey

The weather is starting to get cooler again and many of our kids are back in school, which means…..viruses, sinus infections, allergies and many more nasty germs that plague us this time of year.  So before you reach for that cold weather comfort food, consider arming yourself with nature’s magic ingredient, honey.

Honey is a beautiful ingredient that can easily sweeten your juice and coat a soar throat with many more added health benefits.  It has antiseptic, antioxidant and cleansing properties that it is often used for treating digestive problems such as diarrhea, indigestion, stomach ulcers and gastroenteritis.  Honey may also be beneficial in preventing and/or treating colon cancer.  But in my house, we use it frequently for that nasty little cough that comes from allergies and colds.  Whether we add it to our juice, smoothie, tea or lemon water, a daily dose of honey can help your body heal.  The sweet stuff coats your throat and provides your body with additional resins that bees use to keep their hives free of bacteria and viruses.

My son brought home his 1st preschool illness this week, strep throat.  Lucky for me, he loves making juices and smoothies and today he wanted one to soothe his soar throat.  This is also my opportunity to sneak in some green nutrients too.  So here is what I whipped up for him in my Vitamix:

1/2 cup milk
handful of spinach
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
1 tbs local raw buckwheat honey

This drink ended up being rather thick, but that was good because it stayed cold while he sipped on it.

Where you get your honey matters too.  The quality of your honey will have an impact on its effectiveness.  The more processed it is, the less effective.  Try to locate raw, local honey from your region for the best results.

Bonus benefit:  Honey can be used on small cuts or burns due to it’s anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties while also helping new tissue formation (i.e. prevent scarring).


**Warning!  Do not give honey to anyone under the age of 1 year old.

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