Still Life by M-J de Mesterton

Photograph Copyright M-J de Mesterton ©2016
Photo Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2016

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!

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Made to Order from a Wide Range of Cloths and Options

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 Smoothie for Winter Health

Broccoli, Celery, Jalapeño, Parsley and Lemon are Blended with Buttermilk or Yoghurt to Make an Elegant Smoothie
This piquant green smoothie has properties that help to prevent colds, flu, 
water-retention and cancer.
 ©M-J de Mesterton

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.

©M-J de Mesterton

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.