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HONEY & LEMON SYRUP RECIPES
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GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS - HOW TO MAKE HERBAL SYRUPS
1. Combine approximately 2 ounces of herbs and 1 quart of water. Begin simmering the mixture over low heat and reduce liquid down to 1 pint.
2. Strain herbs from the liquid by running through a fine mesh sieve, cheesecloth or coffee filter. Pour concentrated liquid back into the simmer pot. Note: Be sure to compost the discarded herbs.
3. Add 1 cup of Honey (or Maple Syrup, Vegetable Glycerin, Sugar) per pint of liquid.
4. Warm honey and liquid, on very low heat, just enough to blend together. Note: Cooking honey any longer, or on a high heat, will destroy the healing properties of the honey.
5. Bottle, label, and refrigerate syrup.
HERBAL SYRUP RECIPES
HONEY & LEMON SYRUP RECIPE
Makes 2 cups.
Directions: In a small saucepan, combine the honey, water, lemon juice and lemon zest. Cook over medium heat stirring occasionally until boiling. Continue to boil until the mixture is reduced by a fourth. Pour warm syrup over cake and allow to sit for a few minutes before serving. It can be used as a sauce or syrup with food or it can be taken medicinally for sore or irritated throat.
Honey is a sweet food made by bees using nectar from flowers. The variety produced by honey bees (the genus Apis) is the one most commonly referred to, as it is the type of honey collected by beekeepers and consumed by humans. Honey produced by other bees and insects has distinctly different properties. Honey bees transform nectar into honey by a process of regurgitation and evaporation. They store it as a primary food source in wax honeycombs inside the beehive.
Honey gets its sweetness from the monosaccharides fructose and glucose, and has approximately the same relative sweetness as that of granulated sugar. It has attractive chemical properties for baking and a distinctive flavor that leads some people to prefer it over sugar and other sweeteners. Most microorganisms do not grow in honey because of its low water activity of 0.6. However, honey sometimes contains dormant endospores of the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, which can be dangerous to infants, as the endospores can transform into toxin-producing bacteria in infants' immature intestinal tracts, leading to illness and even death.
Honey has a long history in human consumption, and is used in various foods and beverages as a sweetener and flavoring. In ancient times, Honey was used as a wound dressing, and for skin and hair care treatments; however, it is also a wonderful source of energy, and has few calories. Honey is also an excellent carbohydrate source for post-workout muscle recuperation and energy repletion. Honey contains polyphenols, which act as antioxidants. Antioxidants cleanse the body of the free radicals that contribute to serious illness. Serving for serving, Honey contains the same amount of antioxidants as spinach, and a comparable range to that of apples, bananas, oranges and strawberries. It also has a role in religion and symbolism. Flavors of honey vary based on the nectar source, and various types and grades of honey are available. It is also used in various medicinal traditions to treat ailments. The study of pollens and spores in raw honey (melissopalynology) can determine floral sources of honey. Bees carry an electrostatic charge whereby they attract other particles in addition to pollen, which become incorporated into their honey; the honey can be analysed by the techniques of melissopalynology in area environmental studies of radioactive particles, dust and particulate pollution.
Today there is a trend towards re-discovering the antibacterial properties of Honey for infected wounds, and the anti-inflammatory action for easing pain and improving circulation. Honey is being used in British hospitals for persistent wounds, acne, burns, and gastric ulcers. Clinical trials have shown its effectiveness as an antibacterial, and in another trial, patients given a daily application of honey recovered more quickly from necrotising fasciitis - the "flesh eating bug" - than those treated with surgery and antibiotics. New research shows that drinking four tablespoons of Honey in water improves blood antioxidants, which helps to prevent narrowing of the arteries.
Honey has other medicinal uses. It can be mixed with lemon and hot water to soothe sore throats and coughs. Mix it with hot milk to aid sleep, and it can be used for treating athlete's foot and other fungal problems, and to re-hydrate dry skin. Honey is also added to creams, cleansers, masks, shampoos and conditioners as a moisturizer and to keep skin soft and supple. Its antioxidant properties also help protect the skin from harmful UV rays. Some believe that eating raw honey from your region can help reduce allergies.
Manuka honey is known in New Zealand as the Healing Honey of the Tea Tree. Enjoy the purity of this rare, exotic, raw honey which has extraordinarily powerful healing benefits. Comvita Bio Active Manuka Honey contains a high level of antibacterial activity not found in other honeys. For digestive health and to assist the digestive process. Pure New Zealand Honey is made with the help of wild flowers to produce a rich natural taste that is all its own.
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