Honey is an amazing creation and I adore these honey home remedies. So much work on the bees’ part goes into producing honey- it is such a delicious treat that also happens to have lots of healing benefits!
Honey appears to have anti-viral, anti-antibiotic, and anti-fungal properties. Honey can also be a very effective treatment for burns.
I always use organic raw honey produced by local beekeepers; I feel it is a much more nutritious product, plus the taste is far superior to store-bought honey. I also trust small-scale beekeepers to take much better care of their hives than those involved with large-scale honey production.
Herbal honey is one of the best honey home remedies- it is delicious for adding to teas or other recipes, but when made with herbs that have medicinal properties, it’s especially good to have on hand when cold and flu season strikes.
Children love this, but make sure not to give honey to infants under 1 year old due to the risk of botulism.
You don’t have to wait until you are sick to use it though- herbal honey is delicious in it’s own right- try it on some homemade bread.
This herbal honey blend features lemon balm, which soothes the nerves, promotes good digestion, and appears to have some anti-bacterial effects, as well. I love the lemony flavor together with ginger, which soothes the tummy and helps to fight colds.
*1 cup honey (wildflower works well, but you can use any type; I prefer to use raw honey)
*1/4 cup fresh chopped lemon balm
*2 tablespoons peeled minced ginger
Heat honey in a small saucepan until liquified. Add the herbs and simmer for 20 minutes. Pour into an appropriate size glass jar (there is no need to strain out the herbs before doing so) and cap tightly.
There are many other herbs you could use to make medicinal honeys- try hyssop or thyme (these are both good for congestion), lavender, mint, rosemary, sage, rose hips…the list goes on! For each cup of honey, use about 1/4 cup fresh herbs (or 1/8 cup herbs if they are dried). If you don’t feel like measuring, you can just fill a jar with your herbs of choice and then pour the honey in- label and allow to infuse for 6 weeks before using. Store your herbal honey in they refrigerator or in your cupboard- it should keep about a year or a bit more (put a label on it with the date you made it so you know when it’s been around too long).
Homemade cleaners can easily take the place of those that are store-bought. This saves you money and gives you control over what you use to take care of your home.
Homemade cleaners are generally made from simple ingredients such as water, baking soda and white vinegar. Other things you probably already have around the house, like chemical-free dish soap and salt, can also come in handy for cleaning naturally.
I rarely use more than water for mopping my floors (though you might want to add 1/4 cup vinegar to 1 gallon water in order to remove grease)- in fact I am a big fan of plain water and just a bit of soap for cleaning many areas of the house.
When I need something abrasive, for the oven, sinks and bathtubs, for example, I use baking soda. Simply mix enough baking soda with water to make a paste, and you have a great “Softscrub” alternative.
Baking soda can also be sprinkled onto carpets before vacuuming, used to whiten laundry, and it can open up drains when combined with white vinegar.
Once I realized how great baking soda is for cleaning, I started buying large boxes so I always have it on hand.
Vinegar, hot water, and a bit of liquid soap can be used to clean tile and glass, and vinegar can be used as a toilet cleaner. If you don’t like the smell of vinegar, you might want to add a few drops of natural essential oil, such as lemongrass or lavender, when you are using it.
Salt can also be used as an abrasive. It works well for cleaning pots and pans. Salt can also be used to absorb grease and prevent grease staining.
A combination of olive oil (1 cup) and vinegar or lemon juice (1/2 cup) works well for cleaning wood. Lemon juice can also be used to polish brass and copper.
2 cups water combined with 2 tsp. tea tree oil in a spray bottle works well as a mold/mildew killer in the shower. Vinegar can also kill mold.
Paper towels are not eco-friendly so use old dish towels and rags you can throw in the laundry for cleaning instead. “Green cleaning” with non-toxic ingredients will soon become second nature: this will save you money and benefit the health of your family and the environment, too.
I’ve been going a little crazy with the pumpkin lately. You haven’t seen the recipes yet, but they are coming…
So yesterday, when my husband asked me to make him some homemade ice cream to bring a work party (an “iron chef” themed party, no less), I figured why stop now? Why not do pumpkin ice cream? The catch was that the iron chef ingredient was cheese…so I came up with this pumpkin ice cream recipe that includes ricotta cheese and cream cheese.
There is actually no cream in here, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t taste creamy…it absolutely does…creamy and dreamy, like a cool pumpkin pie. I bet it would be fabulous on top of pumpkin pie, as well.
This recipe for pumpkin ice cream is perfect for Halloween weekend, and I’m planning to work it in to my Thanksgiving dessert menu too. It’s that good. Enjoy.
Ricotta Pumpkin Ice Cream
*3 cups pumpkin puree or canned pumpkin, preferably organic, though good old Libby's canned pumpkin will do, as well
*1 1/2 cups whole milk ricotta cheese
*1/2 cup cream cheese, preferably organic (Greek yogurt could be substituted here, I think)
*1 cup raw or organic whole milk
*3/4 cup sucanat, or other unrefined sugar (I used "sugar in the raw")
*2 tsp. cinnamon
*1 tsp. nutmeg
1. In a high speed blender or large capacity food processor, process all the ingredients until smooth. Taste and add a little more spices, if you like.
2. Chill in the refrigerator for a few hours, if possible, and them pour into your ice cream maker (this is the one I use and I love it!).
3. Freeze according to your manufacturer's instructions. The ice cream will be finished, though on the soft side, after 30-40 minutes; you can enjoy it like this, or for a firmer consistency, transfer to a container and store overnight in the freezer.