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Honey for Good Health

Inside and Out, Honey Helps Maintain Good Health

Using Honey to Promote Good Health

Honey helps to kill viruses and bacterial infections, especially when mixed and eaten with raw, minced ginger. Honey boosts energy, reduces fatigue, stimulates mental alertness; honey strengthens immunity by providing minerals, vitamins, and anti-oxidants. Help to preserve your eyesight by eating a spoonful of honey every day. Honey alleviates sore throats, and is used as a natural replacement for cough syrup. Honey helps to prevent heart disease by improving blood flow; honey protects your capillaries. Honey helps to control blood pressure. Reduce anxiety by using honey as a mild sedative; it promotes calmness and restful sleep.

Honey helps to adjust the human body’s alkalinity, thereby mitigating general interior inflammation. This and other anti-cancer properties in honey inhibit the formation of tumors.

Honey helps to relieve indigestion and acid reflux; honey is instrumental in healing peptic ulcers. Ingesting honey promotes the expulsion of parasites from the liver and colon. Mitigate the effects of toxins in the human body by using honey in green tea. Honey speeds metabolism, thereby stimulating weight-loss. Drink a mixture of honey, lemon and warm water in the morning for a beneficial interior cleanse. Honey aids the healing of diabetic ulcers with daily topical applications. Relieve hangovers by eating honey in tea or mixed with raw ginger Honey acts as a mild laxative; mixing it in a cup of hot tea enhances its efficacy.  Honey improves and promotes proper digestion with its natural enzymes.

Build immunity to hay fever by mixing honey and bee pollen; ingest this potion daily in advance of and during allergy-season. Honey helps to quench thirst and alleviate heat-stroke.

Honey can reduce asthma symptoms when mixed with pepper and ginger. Alleviate symptoms of hay fever by chewing on honeycomb.

Honey, a natural antibacterial, is used to cleanse wounds; rubbing it regularly on wounds promotes and accelerates healing. Applying honey to healing wounds aids in preventing scars. Soothe burns, disinfect wounds, reduce inflammation, and promote skin-healing with honey. Scrub with honey to exfoliate facial skin and reduce wrinkles; apply lightly to soften dry, rough skin elsewhere.

Protect hair from split ends by using honey as a conditioner; adding honey to rinse-water promotes shine. Honey makes a skin-friendly lip balm and is beneficial as a component of herbal cleansing-washes. To kill acne-causing bacteria and can reduce scarring, rub some honey on acne at night to help heal while you sleep. Adding a bit of honey softens hard bath-water.

Anti-fungal properties in honey help to resolve internal yeast-infections and athlete’s foot. Honey protects internally and externally against pathogens such as Staphylococcus Aureus, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa and Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus or “MRSA”.

Warning: Eating honey is not safe for children under two years old.

Stock-up on honey now!

More about Honey in Natural News

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An Essential Elegant Survival Food: Sprouts

Sprouting Wheat, Beans and Seeds

 Grow your own tiny, highly nutritious vegetables in a few days, anywhere.

Put into glass storage jars, or plastic tote-bins, a year’s supply of alfalfa seeds, mustard seeds, wheat berries (whole wheat kernels) and the beans of your choice. The best ones for sprouting are pinto beans, adzuki beans, small red beans, mung beans, peas, lentils, and any small red or white kidney beans. The smaller the bean, the better crop of sprouts you will have. You are certainly able to sprout large kidney beans, but they may sour faster once sprouted.

Use sterile glass jars with relatively wide mouths, and some nylon, cheesecloth, or plastic window screen material (it’s soft and comes on a roll, available at big hardware stores) attached to their rims with rubber bands. Put a half-inch or so of little beans or alfalfa seeds at the bottom of a jar, and add clean water up to half-jar full. Soak the beans or seeds overnight. The next morning, drain the jar through the porous material attached to the rim. Rinse seeds or beans with water through the top of the jar, no need to remove straining material; drain well, and set in a place with little light. Rinse again in the evening. Repeat this process daily, and on the third or fourth day, you’ll have sprouts.

If you would then like to enhance the sprouts with a little chlorophyll, or green leaves, set the jars on a windowsill for a day.

There’s a variety of ways to prepare and eat sprouts. One is in salads, another is in sandwiches. I like to put them on whole-grain bread that has been spread with labneh, or strained, thickened yogurt.

Some people grind up sprouts and cook them into meatless spaghetti sauce. Sprouts can be baked into breads, as well.

Sprouts are the perfect survival food, if one has the little bit of water required to soak and rinse the seeds or beans. Seeds and beans are easy to store in glass jugs or plastic bulk-bins. They have longevity, just as you will if you treat yourself right.

~~Copyright M-J de Mesterton, 2008

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Elegant Survival: Saguaro National Park

Saguaro Forest Near Tucson, Arozona
In the Saguaro National Forest, Near Tuscon, Arizona: Elegant Cacti Surviving on Very Little Water

Saguaro cacti are elegant and unusually tough plants surviving with very little water and growing very tall. Each one has its own distinctive shape.  Some of the saguaros seem to be gesturing and beckoning, even waving at us sometimes. I have never seen plants or trees that are so individualistic. In my photo, you can see the saguaro cactus’  basic upright habit. These amazingly strong cacti definitely celebrate diversity, as each one mysteriously grows branches in a unique configuration. Look at them, but do not touch–they have very dangerous spikes that cover their surfaces like porcupine quills. In this cactus forest, there are plenty of warning signs for tourists. Just driving through the Saguaro National Park is a fantastic experience.

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From the National Parks Website, Lightly Edited:

Saguaro National Park near Tucson, Arizona was first established in 1933 for the purpose of protecting the giant saguaro cactus (Carnegia gigantean) and the associated Sonoran Desert and Sky Island ecological areas. Following several park expansions in subsequent decades, the National Park Service continually works to preserve desert, mountain and riparian habitats in the Tucson and Rincon Mountains, as well as the largest roadless “sky island” in North America — all of which comprise a wide range of elevations that support extraordinary biodiversity.  78% of the Park’s 91,327 acres are federally-designated wilderness. Saguaro National Park  is being preserved, its  wilderness qualities protected, while understanding and stewardship of its natural resources are promoted through ongoing scientific research.


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The Classic Casio G-Shock: Elegant Survival Watch

In 1983, Casio launched the shock-resistant G-SHOCK watch. This product shattered the notion that a watch is a fragile piece of jewelry that needs to be handled with care, and was the result of Casio engineers taking on the challenge of creating the world’s toughest watch. Using a triple-protection design for the parts, module, and case, the G-SHOCK offered a radical new type of watch that was unaffected by strong impacts or shaking. Its practicality was immediately recognized, and its unique look, which embodied its functionality, became wildly popular, resulting in explosive sales in the early 1990s. The G-SHOCK soon adopted various new sensors, solar-powered radio-controlled technology (described below), and new materials for even better durability. By always employing the latest technology, and continuing to transcend conventional thinking about the watch, the G-SHOCK brand has become Casio’s flagship timepiece product.

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Elegant Survival, Established by M-J de Mesterton in 2006…

….is in no way affiliated with the group of musicians in Boulder who have recently adopted the same name.

~~Elegant Survival, Established by M-J de Mesterton in 2006

Note from M-J: this is very amusing–they having chosen the same name as my four-year-old website a couple of months ago. My husband, Jean-Jacques was a popular speaker at the Conference on World Affairs in Boulder, Colorado, for many years.

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Delicious, Economical British Classics Presented by Elaine Lemm

Here are three classic British recipes presented in video form by Elaine Lemm on about.com: the Cornish Pasty (a favourite in my family for four generations, which I made for English-Speaking Union parties at my house many times); Bakewell Tart (invented in Bakewell, England), an elegant dessert, the taste of which  reminds me of Danish pastry; and Irish Colcannon–a vitamin-rich, green-and-white dish that could serve as an economical meal, which contains three vegetables. Note that Ms Lemm crimps her pasties on top. Cornish style dictates that pasties be crimped on their sides.

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Health-Enhancing Blueberries


Blueberries contain vitamins A and C, zinc, potassium, iron, calcium and magnesium, are high in fiber and low in calories. The USDA Human Nutrition Center (HNRCA) has ranked blueberries at the very top of antioxidant activity within a range of forty-one fruits and vegetables.

Blueberries are rich in natural health-enhancers, including vitamin C,  vitamin A, zinc, potassium, iron, calcium and magnesium. They also have many antioxidant properties, and help in the prevention of:

Blueberries have recently acquired a reputation for enhancing one’s cardiovascular health, and their antioxidants naturally help in the prevention of cancer. Recent research has added to the blueberry’s list of powerful properties.

Metabolic syndrome, or pre-diabetes, is exhibited in those with a particular combination of health anomalies,  including larger-than-normal  amounts of abdominal fat, elevated blood-sugar, high blood pressure, and high triglycerides. Together, those conditions are likely to cause diabetes, cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, and strokes.

Laboratory-rats that for 90 days consumed blueberry-enriched powder as two percent of their diet had less abdominal fat, lower triglycerides, lower cholesterol, and improved fasting glucose and insulin sensitivity than the control-group, who had no blueberry component in their diets.

Blueberry ingestion was determined to have a positive affect on specific genes related to fat-burning and fat-storage.  Where muscle tissue is concerned,  alterations in genes related to glucose-uptake were discovered to have been caused by the intake of blueberries.

Research also indicated that “metabolic syndrome” is  caused not only by abdominal fat, as previously believed by the medical industry, but by insulin resistance in one’s skeletal muscle system, an anomaly which alters energy-storage and causes metabolic syndrome.

Eating blueberries can help to prevent insulin-resistance, lower the related belly-fat, reduce cholesterol levels, and its numerous antioxidants can help to stave-off age-related brain disorders.

Blueberries  contain an antioxidant compound called pterostilbene, a compound similar to resveratrol, which has been found to reduce cholesterol as well as dangerous prescription drugs.

Just as dried cherries do, blueberries, when added to ground beef before cooking, help reduce the formation of  cancer-causing heterocyclic amines (HCA).

In Europe, the bilberry has most of the same properties as the blueberry. One of the many things they have in common is anthocyanin, the substance that makes them blue, which is beneficial to the cardiovascular system and is believed to lower blood-pressure. Bilberries have been used to enhance eyesight since World War 11, when pilots who ate bilberry jam attributed their improved night-vision to the tiny fruit. Bilberries are also said to aid in relief of varicose veins and gum-disease as they promote healthy circulation. Caution must be taken with bilberries by those who are taking blood-thinnning drugs, as they are a natural blood-thinner.

Blueberries can be added to a morning smoothie that you make with yogurt in a blender, together with whatever other fruits you have in stock. Frozen blueberries can be much less expensive than fresh ones, easier to store, and retain most of their antioxidant properties. When used in a smoothie, frozen blueberries make it ice-cold (see my photograph). This preparation makes a health-promoting breakfast, and is delicious as well. Staying well is the best thing you can do in this ailing world.

©M-J de Mesterton

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The Poster, by Aberbach Gallery in 1979, Commemorates Native American Artist T.C. Cannon

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M-J’s Green Beans with Almonds

M-J's Green Beans Amandine
M-J's Green Bean and Almond Sauté
In a large pan or wok, heat some peanut or red chile oil (M-J’s recipe is on the Elegant Survival.net Cuisine page). Empty a bag of frozen or fresh green beans into the hot oil. The thinner the beans, the better. Crush some roasted chile almonds (M-J’s recipe is on the Cuisine page at Elegant Survival.net) inside of a bag with a mallet or potato masher. Empty them into the pan with the green beans after they have begun to look a bit browned. Toss this together and sautée it for a while longer. Serve alongside chicken or beef, or as a high-protein, high-fiber meal if you don’t eat meat.
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Classic Pumps by Robert Clergerie, at Christabelle’s Closet

Update, April 8th: these beautifully crafted, classic French shoes have been reduced to the price of 50 USD.

The Most Elegant Pumps, by Robert Clergerie Size 7.5 US
Elegant Pumps, by Robert Clergerie; Size 7.5 US

Robert Clergerie Patent Leather Pumps, Made in France:  Simple, Elegant  Shoes for Evening, Cocktails or Teatime

It’s difficult to find classic, real shoes these days. When I speak of elegant dressing, I often mention closed-toe shoes, which used to be the norm. Sure, peep-toes and strappy high-heeled sandals are all the rage, but I don’t write about trends, except to disparage them and their lack of longevity. Exposing one’s toes and tottering about on stilts are never elegant. This pair of shoes almost represents my ideal for evening. Alas, they are a half-size too small for me. Advice to people approaching middle-age: buy your shoes a half-size larger than necessary, because your feet are about to grow a half-inch (once upon a time, these shoes would have fit me).

~~Copyright M-J de Mesterton, 2009