Thursday, July 30, 2009

Two honey recipes, and some honey facts :)

Honey Egg Shampoo
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons liquid soap
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon witch hazel
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 tablespoon wheat germ oil or almond oil
1 tablespoon rosewater or cologne

Place all the ingredients in a screw top jar, cover and shake well. Makes about 2/3 cup.

Honey-Pollen Shampoo
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup glycerin
1 tablespoon witch hazel
1/4 cup orange flower water or cologne
2 tablespoons bee pollen
1 teaspoon liquid soap
1 tablespoon alcohol

Place the ingredients in a screw top jar, cover and shake well. Makes about 2/3 cup.

Did you know…?

• Honey is antimicrobial due to its high sugar content, low pH and the presence of organic acids (Use it to treat cuts, scrapes and burns as well as to prevent scarring!

• Local honey may help treat your allergies!
• Honey is high in carbohydrates and is therefore a great energy source.
• Honey contains the vitamins B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin and pantothenic acid.
• Honey contains the minerals calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, sodium and zinc.
• The natural antioxidants found in honey are chrysin, pinobanskin, vitamin C, catalase and pinocembrin.
• Unprocessed honey contains enzymes that are considered essential for good health!
• Generally, darker honeys and those with higher water content have stronger antioxidant potential. The antioxidants identified thus far in honey are pinocembrin, pinobanksin, chrysin and galagin. Pinocembrin is unique to honey and found in the highest amount relative to the others. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C), catalase and selenium are also present.
• Honey is used as a hair and facial treatment due to the fact that it attracts and retains moisture.
• Honey never goes "bad". It is slightly acidic and, therefore, not conducive for bacterial growth.
• Honey is the only food produced by insects that is eaten by man!
• Honey is good and it is good for you - it belongs in your medicine cabinet as well as your cupboard!

Colors of Honey

White Color is from Clovers and Alfalfas
Very Light Amber Color is from Wildflowers
Light Amber Color is from Orange Blossoms
Plain Amber Color is from Buckwheats, Tupelos and Others.
The colors of honey comes from the nectar of the plants.
The lightest colors of honey have the mildest flavors, while the darker colors have fuller flavors.

from this website.

4 comments:

  1. I've used honey (and egg!) in my hair, also honey as a mask. It's interesting...

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  2. Thanks for the recipes. I'm keen to try them once I harvest my honey.

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  3. WOW, Juliette! This is a lot of wonderful information. Last week while we were visiting PA, there was a honey/bee exhibit. It was fascinating watching the worker? and drone? bees and trying to look for the Queen bee. So much to learn!

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  4. Thanks all, for writing! I'd love to hear about any of these recipes you use, even if they don't work out. I'll share some recipes we are working on as things get going - we're also going to try some mead!

    Cindy, that exhibit sounds great!

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