Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Honey please!

I have begun to have a love affair with Honey not only for its aromatic & sweet, sticky nectar but for it's healing and nurturing abilities. I find myself using it more and more, including it in my weekly beauty rituals. It is no doubt that honey has been around since the creation of  the honeybee. Over thousands of years it's value has not been ignored and has been used for a wide range of purposes. In ancient Egypt, the Egyptians used honey as a gift to the gods. The ancient Greeks hailed it as a wonderful healer.

As far as value is concerned, it can’t be beat. It’s an item that can stand the test of time, literally. It is a staple that does not go bad. Archaeologists have found 2000 yr old jars of honey in Egyptian tombs that maintained their good taste, mmmm can you imagine the richness? The ability to maintain is largely due to it’s antibacterial properties. Studies have shown that bacteria will not prosper in honey because of it’s high acidity, an environment which is difficult for bacteria to thrive.
Here's a fact :  honey contains an enzyme that actually produces hydrogen peroxide. 

Along with it’s antibacterial properties honey is also considered to be
Hygroscopic-  it has the ability to naturally absorb moisture in from the air.  Which means  it is able to prevent scarring and encourages the growth of new tissues.  This makes honey a perfect  tool for doing treatments on conditions of the skin.  It helps to detoxify. It is an antioxidant - The darker the honey the higher it’s antioxidant level. According to one website, Buckwheat honey has the most antioxidants.  The antioxidants will help eliminate free radicals, which makes it a beneficial treatment for a person with sun damaged skin.

As a cleanser, Honey works well when warmed and smoothed over the skin, attracting dirt away from the pores. It can be used as a facial mask alone or combined with other natural ingredients such as milk, eggs, lemons, oatmeal, apples, avocados, & papaya. Delicious!  The possibilities for great skin (facial  & body) are available to everyone with this miracle food.

***What honey is best? According to various sites raw honey is best when considering it for internal and external uses. Raw honey is honey that has not been heated at a temp of 70 degrees Celsius or more, followed by rapid cooling.

So you just got a heap of info on how good honey is for you...what are you waiting for? Go out and buy some honey and BEAUTIFY yourself !


Monday, February 14, 2011

Baby steps

During a conversation on living a healthy lifestyle with a friend earlier, I was reminded yet again of why each person has to make the personal choice to do it. Simply, it is something we have to WANT to do. We have to make up our minds and be up for the challenge. We know it's good for us, we understand the consequences for doing it. We just have to be READY for it. It is nothing that can be forced upon you. Once again...Timing Is Everything.

It is also important to identify the reasons why we were not following the healthy lifestyle in the first place. This can be a variety of reasons, emotionally & mentally speaking. Is it a matter of control? (the need for or the lack of?) Could it be a issue of (self)love? (lack of). It may not be anything like this and just be purely physical , although I always tend to think that it's never JUST physical. In any case we should identify it, acknowledge it and take steps to heal it and correct it. It will only make a better version of YOU. It does not have to be a big ordeal. It can be as simple as perhaps being sure to increase your water intake more and more everyday until you are drinking half your body weight in ounces. Begin doing five minute stretches everyday and gradually increase the minutes to a full 30 minute workout a few times a week. The point is to just DO IT.

We all can loose our focus and get off balance when it comes to treating ourselves wholistically. The fault is not in loosing the focus but in refusing to wear the corrective lenses.

Part of our mission at Be.Beautifully.Well is to promote and educate the benefits of beauty and wellness for the mind, body and spirit. This is not only our gift to you, but as a loving reminder for ourselves. We all need encouragement, true?
It's a natural fact that our bodies do not lie. What we do to ourselves internally will eventually manifest itself externally. Take steps towards a better and healthier YOU today!


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