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Beeswax

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I use a lot of beeswax in my balms, lotions, candles, and soaps.  And, I always try to use my local beekeepers as a source.  I was happy when I stumbled upon a new seller at my local farmers market who had 1 jar of fresh beeswax for sale.  You can’t get any better than that.  Now for those of you who have only used pre-strained and molded beeswax the original product looks a bit different.  Example A: So what do I do to make it usable?  Start by melting it down like this:

I place the beeswax in a pan and heat it over low heat.  You could also do this in a crock pot if you have to melt a lot of it.  As you can see there is particulates (pollen, bee parts), honey, and wax that come out of this.  Once it is completely melted I pour it through a strainer into a bowl and let it set like this:
The particulates and the honey sink to the bottom and the wax hardens on the top.  I peel off the wax melt it down and strain one more time but this time use a Pyrex dish.  While it’s still warm I pour it into molds through the strainer and allow to harden 1 more time like this:

Each little nugget is .3 oz and is particulate free, honey free, and beautiful usable beeswax.  ❤ it!  It’s a bit of work but you can’t get any fresher than that.  The honey that was left over was delicious too!

– Namaste

Cough Cough

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I have a cold.  I hate it when you can taste the sickness in the back of your throat.  It started off as a sore throat.  I managed that with either hot water, lemon, and honey or at times ginger tea.  Both work great.  Now I wake up today and it’s settled in my chest.  Great.  Now I have a hoarse voice and a cough.  Now it’s time for the cough medicine.  What’s the favorite in our house?  Honey, lemon, ginger and garlic.  I got the recipe from Learning Herbs and it’s one of our favorites here.  So why each ingredient?

Honey: Antibacterial, antiviral, humicant.  The humicant properties in honey help hold moisture in which can help suppress a cough.  The antibacterial and antiviral properties help treat what is causing the cough.  Honey does so much more but let’s keep the focus on just coughs.  Many studies have been done finding that a tsp of honey at bedtime helps supress coughs and help people sleep when sick.  They have also found that it is as effective if not more than over the counter medication. (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/honey/AN01799)

Lemon: Just 1/4 of a cup of the juice is almost half of our daily recommended amount for vitamin C! Vitamin C is a great antioxidant which helps boost our cells rejuvenating abilities to fight free radicals. Free radicals can hurt and damage cell membranes leading to inflammation in the body.

Ginger: possesses strong antibacterial activity against several food bourse pathogens such as E. coli and salmonella, it is the choice herb for treating colds and flus, it reduces and eliminates diarrhea, relieves pain, stimulates immune activity, reduces inflammation, has clinical uses for burns, and has been found effective in the treatment of cataracts, heart disease, migraines, stroke, bursitis, fatigue, coughs, fever, kidney stones, sciatica, tendonitis, viral infections, indigestion, and dizziness

Garlic: Known for it’s medicinal action and uses as an diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant, stimulant, antibacterial, antifungal, alterative, antispasmodic, cholagogue, vulnerary, and vermifuge.  The expectorant helps clear the lungs of mucus and stimulate what I call purposful coughing.  The antifungal and antibacterial properties help get rid of any bacteria.  Antispasmatic properties help call the cough when it is not needed.  Remember you are coughing for a reason but you want it to be purposeful and not just coughing for coughing sake.

So how do you make this remedy?  Watch the video and get healing.

-Nameste

Sources:

http://www.hillcountryherbalist.com/2011/03/meyer-lemon-beautiful-inside-and-out.html

http://www.learningherbs.com/ginger_tea_recipe.html

http://www.herballegacy.com/Motteshard_Medicinal.html