Health and Wellness Fridays – Honey

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Welcome back to Health and Wellness Fridays!!    Today, we are going to be looking at honey and some of the amazing benefits we can get from it.

My grandfather now deceased was a beekeeper. I remember how he would have to put on his white bee-suit and smoke out the bee hives to extract the honey.  I was very young then and had no idea how valuable his craft was. I never really liked the taste of honey. As an adult, I now see the value of something I had taken for granted as a child growing up.

Honey has been around since the ancient times and was seen as a precious commodity.  It was used not only as a natural sweetener but for medicinal and religious purposes as well.

What is honey? 

The simplest way to describe it,  honey  is a sweet product that is made by bees using the nectar of flowers.  Honey is rich in various vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

According to the National Honey Board , “Honey color ranges from nearly colorless to dark brown, and its flavor varies from delectably mild to distinctively bold, depending on where the honey bees buzzed. As a general rule, light-colored honey is milder in taste and dark-colored honey is stronger.”

Some uses and benefits of honey

Let’s take a look at some of the uses and benefits of using honey.   Please note that raw or pure honey is recommended when treating any of the undermentioned.

General Health  Benefits:

  • Helps prevent cancer and heart disease
  • Reduces cough and throat irritation
  • Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal
  • Boost your immune system
  • Helps regulate blood sugar
  • Helps soothe acid reflux
  • Help boost your energy
  • Helps with cholesterol
  • Good memory booster
  • Treat yeast infections
  • Aid in weight loss
  • Promotes a better sleep
  • Helps with allergies
  • Treat herpes

 

Skin and Hair Benefits:

  • Promotes a healthy scalp
  • Heals wounds and burns
  • Helps fight acne
  • Moisturizer
  • Treat eczema
  • Shampoo and condition hair

Best type of honey to use

Raw or unprocessed honey is the best type to use because commercial honey is often heavily processed and may even be chemically refined.  Commercial honey is usually golden in colour and has a syrup-like appearance.   Additionally, you should note that once raw honey is excessively heated and processed,  the health benefits are largely depleted.  All honey is therefore not created equal so be sure to ask questions and read what you are buying.

How to use honey

Although honey is full of benefits, it is also high in fructose and must be used in moderation therefore less is best especially when consuming it.

Important – Possible Side Effects

Now I could not leave you without mentioning some possible side effects of consuming too much honey.   Some side effects can include: weight gain, cavities, nausea, weakness, vomiting, dizziness, and sweating.

Children under 12 months MUST NOT be given honey because it is a potential source for the bacteria that causes botulism.  Raw honey is however, safe for older children and adults.

If you are allergic to pollen or have any other bee-related allergies, it is recommended that you do not consume raw honey.

How I use it

  • I like to mix 1 teaspoon honey in warm water with cinnamon and the juice from 1/2 a lemon.  Drink on an empty stomach once per day. This aids in my detox and weight management.
  • I sometimes mix it with some lime or lemon juice if I have a sore throat.
  • I use 1 teaspoon of honey mixed with sugar and a few drops of lemon juice as an exfoliator on my skin once or twice per week. Rubbing the mixture in circular motion on my face and neck and I leave it for about 10 minutes before I wash it off.
  • I also like to add it to my Bar-B-Que sauce replacing brown sugar.

There are tons of recipes and combinations for using honey based on your objectives and goals.  So do your research and get yourself a bottle today.

              

 

Love does not live there anymore

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Do you remember when we were friends?

Thought we would be together until the end

You and me together and free

That’s how I thought we would always be

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With each experience we grew stronger

Falling in love more and more with each other

I had eyes only for YOU, so I thought my love was true

Always thought that was how love was supposed to be

Me loving you and you loving me

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As time went by we moved out of range

Moving in different directions, we were destined to change

Arguments became the new routine

Now cold as ice, you grew mean

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The waves were beating against our ship

I tried to save us but that was it

Enough is enough, it was time for me to get tough

It was time to jump ship and go ashore

Because love does not live there anymore.

By: Cherylene Nicholas

 

Don’t be discouraged

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Hope you’re having a nice day

So much to do no time to play

You’re always hustling from here to there

Hope you remembered to eat your pear

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I know right now that things are tough

And you had no idea it would get this rough

But hang in there  and do not despair

Never surrender to your fear

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Life events are merely test

It’s up to you to do your best

So don’t be discouraged instead use your courage

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Learning the lessons as you go

All designed to help you grow

Just thought I’d let you know.

By: Cherylene Nicholas

The Benjamins and the Hopefuls

 

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Let me tell you a story about two families – the Benjamins and the Hopefuls.   The Benjamins were a very wealthy family. They had two sons Sam and Samuel both of whom attended private school.  Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin spent all of their time working and had little time to spend with their children.  Their sons were usually left in the care of their nanny Elsa. She was an old woman who was always very nice and kind to them.

Mr. Benjamin learnt from an early age that he had to work hard for what he wanted and he honestly believed that the sacrifice he was making would spare his sons the tough lessons he had to learn growing up.

He was proud of his accomplishments and his sons but he would never tell them. Instead, whenever Mr. Benjamin and his sons would cross paths in the hallway of their home he would always stop them and say, “Everything I’m doing, is for you” and they would always shake their heads and answer, “Yes, father. We understand“. Then they would all continue on their way to wherever they were going as they would try to stay out of each other’s way.

The truth is, Sam and Samuel didn’t understand.  In fact, the more time that passed the more resentful they became. They did not understand why having money and riches didn’t make them happy.

The Hopefuls on the other hand, were simple people. They were crop farmers and owned a modest piece of agricultural land.  They had twins a boy and a girl, Adam and Angelina.  Mr. and Mrs. Hopeful were hard-working, kind and humble people. They were not rich in material things but found value in each other.  They made the most of everything they had and always believed in teaching their children about the value of a dollar, good manners, responsibility, life skills, independence, respect, integrity, gratitude and forgiveness.

Mr. Hopeful was a very serious man but when it came to his children his heart would melt like butter. He would play with them in the field, go swimming and even take them hunting.  He treated his children equally.  Mrs. Hopeful would help them with their homework and would encourage them to assist with the chores around the house.  At bedtime she would read to them and kiss them on their foreheads. Before she would leave the room she would always say to them, “It does not matter where you start in this race called life; all that matters is how you finish.”

Adam and Angelina were always well-behaved and well-mannered.  They knew their parents loved them. Even though they did not have all of the things the other children had they never felt as though they lacked anything.  They always supported and looked out for each other.

As time went by the children in both families grew up and eventually took over the respective businesses their parents had left them.  Mr. Benjamin eventually died from a heart-attack.  Mrs. Benjamin died from a broken heart soon after.   It seems the death of her husband was too much for her.   Mr. and Mrs. Hopeful unfortunately died in a car accident later that year.

Sam and Samuel could not cope with the death of their parents. They felt alone and did not feel they were equipped to run the family business.  Sam, the younger of the two started doing drugs and hanging out with the wrong people while Samuel turned to drinking and gambling. Needless to say, the once respected Benjamin name within two years had crumbled to nothing.  The banks seized all of their properties and they had to file for bankruptcy.  Sam was eventually imprisoned for drug possession and Samuel died in a car accident. The pressures of life seemed too much.

Adam and Angelina both missed their parents terribly but knew they had each other. They stuck together and worked hard to build and grow the family business.  They had done so well that they were featured in the town’s newspaper.  They eventually expanded and opened ‘The Hopeful’s Vegetables and Poultry Market’.  All the lessons they had learnt as children growing up had prepared them for life.

Their once modest agricultural land had expanded into two and a half acres.  As they sat on the porch looking at the beautiful sunset and all the blessings they had received they could not help but remember those words their mother would recite to them before bed, “It does not matter  where you start in this race called life; all that matters is how you finish.”

This was my first short story. Hope you enjoyed it. 🙂

Do you dare to laugh?

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Have you ever noticed that as adults some of us don’t laugh as much as we used to when compared to our younger selves?  Why is that?  Some blame “the pressures of life” for taking the wind out of their sails.  Then there are those who believe it’s because “we take life too seriously“.   What do you believe?

I recognize that as adults we have commitments, responsibilities, jobs, families and all sorts of other things that we have to deal with on a daily basis.  However, laughter is not the enemy.  In fact, as adults I believe we need to laugh even more than we did as kids because of all the added responsibilities we now have.

This brings me to my observations about being an adult thus far:

  • We are often frowned upon when we try to enjoy the little things in life and may have our actions labelled as childish sometimes;
  • We are not allowed to make mistakes as this is a privilege only afforded to children;
  • We are sometimes criticized when we try to ‘lighten up’ because for some this would mean that we don’t take life seriously;
  • Laughter it seems is a delicacy only for the young and carefree among us;
  • The people looking on at us and passing judgement need to laugh more than  we do.

Can you remember the last time you laughed so hard you fell off a chair?  What about the time you laughed so hard you almost wet your pants? Do you remember the time you laughed so hard you cried from laughing so much? It brings a smile to my face just remembering those moments hopefully it did the same thing for you.

Benefits of laughter:

  • Laughter is healthy.
  • Laughter is a stress reliever.
  • Calm your thoughts.
  • Helps you relax.
  • Makes you feel good.

Life can be tough sometimes I can’t deny that but it also has its good moments too. We should find joy in the little things.  Go to the amusement park, go on a fun ride, go to the movies or a comedy show (hire a babysitter for the night to watch the kids) just do something fun every once in a while and make it a “thing” that you do for you.  If you wish to share it with the whole family even better. 🙂

Life is too short for us to just go through the motions day after day.  Don’t let life’s challenges keep you down.  Free up a little, relax, create new memories and laugh every chance you get.

I dare you to laugh and not feel awkward about it.  🙂

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Trust and Communication

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What secrets lie deep within?

Pondered his newlywed wife 

With her hand under her chin

As she gazed at her love

Sleeping peacefully like a dove

 

Always pleasant, always kind

Never late to be by her side

Full of pride when they stand side by side

 

Little did she know

Although asleep he could not let it go

That feeling of suspicion – she was on a mission

To make him fall in love

So he would stick to her like a glove

 

He had been down that road before

And had no intention to explore

But it was too late

She had him hooked like a good book 

And now his heart ached

With just the thought that she might be fake

 

Where can they go from here?

They have no trust, this much is clear

They hope that this too shall past

After all they are having a blast

Both now wondering if they moved too fast


A relationship without  trust

Is it really worth the fuss?

A relationship without communication

Will only breathe frustration

So eventually they decide to put aside their pride

And try to save their marriage

After all they just boarded this carriage

Who knows how it will end hopefully they’ll still be friends

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By : Cherylene Nicholas

How important are trust and communication in a relationship?  I would love your feedback.

 

Health and Wellness Fridays – Lemons

Happy Friday to all of you!  Today I am introducing something I would like to call,  “Health and Wellness Fridays”.

Every Friday I would post an article highlighting information on different foods that we sometimes overlook or underestimate that can add value to our lives in ways we did not imagine.

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You guessed it, today we’re going to be looking at lemonsA lemon is a sour citrus fruit.   

It was only about two years ago that I discovered that lemons although sour had various health and beauty benefits other than just for making lemonade and cooking.  Since then I use it daily and even introduced it to my family who can attest to the benefits they have received from using it.

There is a wealth of information online about the benefits of lemons some even backed by scientific research other benefits not so much but I don’t think that should take away from the good that lemons can do for your overall health.

Here are some benefits of adding lemons to your daily routine:

Health Benefits:

  • Alkaline your body (restore balance to the body’s pH)
  • Supports weight loss
  • Boost your immune system (helping you fight off diseases)
  • Great source for potassium (supports your heart and brain)
  • Aid in digestion
  • Regulate blood pressure
  • Anti-cancer properties (some studies have shown that cancer cannot thrive in high alkaline environments)
  • Detoxify the liver
  • Regulates bowel movements
  • Relief from colds and fever
  • Kidney Stone relief
  • Dissolve gallstones
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Reduce gout pain
  • Aid your metabolism
  • Freshens breath
  • Soothe a sore throat
  • Fights gum disease

Beauty Benefits:

  • Helps fade scars and aged spots
  • Decrease the appearance of wrinkles
  • Radiant skin

 

Important:

  • Lemon juice is acidic and this can weaken teeth enamel over time so it’s important to dilute it in  water.  Drink it preferably with a straw.
  • Serving size – I personally add half a lemon to a glass of water or the whole lemon when I am using my large water bottle (based on the size of the lemon). We sometimes get really big ones here.
  • Drink it first thing in the morning before breakfast.

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Some people suggest putting slices of the lemon in the water to drink is best. Be sure to squeeze them first though. Whatever, method you choose I hope you start using lemons more.

Do you use lemons in your everyday life?  Did you find this informative and useful?  I would love to know below.

Thanks for reading.