Monday, October 24, 2016

Honey Home Remedies

Not only does honey taste great and sweeten our food, but it has some incredible medicinal* qualities, too. Read on for how honey can be used as a home remedy for an array of ailments.

Minor Wounds and Burns
One widely considered medicinal use for honey is as an antibacterial salve on minor wounds and burns. First, clean the wound or run cool water over burns, then coat the area with raw honey and cover with a bandage. This has been shown to speed and improve healing better than conventional treatments. There’s mounting evidence for these healing properties of honey, so next time the kids or I get a scratch or paper cut or singe a finger on a hot pan, I think I’ll head for the pantry rather than the medicine cabinet.

Coughing
As we enter cold and flu season, you or your kids might develop a cough that makes it tough to sleep at night. Try 2 teaspoons of buckwheat honey at bedtime for kids (not for infants under 1 year of age). This is as effective as over-the-counter cough meds for relieving nighttime coughing and getting better sleep (for the kids and the parents!). For adults, try 1 tablespoon of raw honey to tame coughs during the day and at night.

Healthful Elixir
Combine honey with another popular natural remedy, apple cider vinegar, and you get a healthful elixir to help with an assortment of conditions, such as indigestion, constipation, hypertension, and memory problems.

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) on its own is highly acidic, potent, and rather unpleasant. However, it has been used for centuries for its medicinal qualities. In 1958, Dr. Jarvis gathered folk medicine knowledge used for generations in Vermont and wrote a book advocating a drink of honey and apple cider vinegar. He suggested that two teaspoons of honey and two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of regular or decaffeinated tea daily would help with allergies, colds, flu symptoms, headaches, insomnia, arthritis and more.

Various amounts of honey and ACV are advocated. I found that 1 tablespoon of each in 12 ounces of warm water was okay. The ACV was still quite strong and very acidic. So I tried 1 teaspoon of each in 8 ounces of warm water and was pleasantly surprised by how good it tasted. I tried our Meadow Wildflower and our Buckwheat honey. Both were excellent. The buckwheat honey is strong and really balanced the acidity and flavor of the ACV. Go ahead and add up to 1 tablespoon of ACV if you can handle the taste.

If you try out these home remedies, stop in the shop and let us know how they work for you. Watch for more tips on using honey for your health!


·    * Remember: These are potential health benefits of home remedies. They are not intended to substitute for advice from your doctor.

References: Honey: The Gourmet Medicine by Joe Traynor, Folk Medicine: A Vermont Doctor’s Guide to Good Health by Dr. D. C. Jarvis, 1958.


By Amber D. Stoner

Monday, October 10, 2016

Autumn and Apples

One of our family’s favorite autumn traditions is a trip to the orchard for apple-picking. For local fresh fruit, Minnesota’s apples are juicy, tasty, crunchy, sweet, tart, and all-around delicious, especially right off the tree. We love Honeycrisp, Zestar, and SweeTango. Also, Haralson, Regent and Honeygold. All of these types of apples are local and ready for harvesting.

Find an orchard near you (http://minnesotagrown.com/product/apples/) and enjoy an afternoon walking amidst the rows of apples trees, their branches laden with fruit, and pluck the apples like the treasures they are.

What can you do with your peck of apples when you get home?

Slice ‘em up and dip ‘em! Dunk your apple slices in our cinnamon-whipped honey or any one of our chocolate-whipped honeys. The chocolate-whipped honeys can be warmed up prior to dipping, too. This can be a quick snack for kids after school or a treat for sharing at a potluck.

Of course, you can always make apple pie with your abundance of apples. How about a recipe with honey instead of sugar? Try this recipe for the upcoming holidays or any day.


Honey Apple Pie

Ingredients

2 pie crusts
5 cups peeled, sliced apples
2/3 cup honey
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons butter
1 egg white
1 teaspoon cinnamon/sugar mix

Directions

1.      Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2.      Fill a crust-lined 9" pie plate with sliced apples. Pour honey over apples and then sprinkle apples with flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.
3.      Dot apples with small pats of the butter.
4.      Cover with top crust. Seal edges and flute crust. Cut slits in top crust.
5.      Brush top crust with egg white and sprinkle cinnamon/sugar mix over top crust.
6.      Wrap edge of crust with foil to prevent burning.
7.      Bake for 50 minutes or until apples are tender.


Enjoy autumn with some apples!
  
By Amber D. Stoner