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Natural Honey Cough Syrup

With fall allergy season upon us and winter on the way, it’s time to think about natural remedies for coughs and colds.  Most people know the comforting power of a cup of hot tea with honey and lemon, but you can take it a step further with this recipe from the Organic Consumers Association.  This cough syrup is drug-free, effective, and safe for children 2 years and older.  *Don’t use honey for children under 2 years old.*

Honey Lemon Cough Syrup

1 pint honey

1 lemon

Put the honey in a pan on the stove over low heat.  *Make sure not to let it boil, because it will change the honey’s medicinal properties.*

Boil the whole lemon in a second pan of water for about 3 minutes to loosen the skin and kill any germs on the outside.  When it’s cool enough to handle, cut it into slices and add it to the honey.  Let the mixture cook on low heat for about 1 hour.

Strain out the lemon and seeds, let the honey cool, and pour into a jar with a lid and refrigerate.

In the refrigerator, this will keep for about 2 months.  For longer storage life, you can add 2 tablespoons of vegetable glycerin.

This syrup may be used up to four times a day.  For children 25-50 pounds, use ½ teaspoon.  For children 50 pounds or more, use 1 teaspoon.  Adults should take 1 tablespoon.

At Hummer and Son, we’re proud to offer premium local honey products.  Check out our shop or contact us today.

Using Honey in Baking

Raw honey is much more nutritious than refined sugar, and its lower glycemic index means that it won’t cause the same blood sugar spikes.  It’s an ideal sugar substitute, but baking with honey can be a little tricky.  With a few adjustments, honey-sweetened baked goods can be just as good as your original recipes.

Please note: honey has slightly more calories per teaspoon than sugar, so while you can use less due to the extra sweetness, it isn’t exactly a diet food.  Diabetics should consult their physicians.

Here are some of the issues that arise when baking with honey, along with some tricks to get great results:

  1. Honey caramelizes faster than sugar, resulting in faster browning and a darker finish. Solution: Lower your oven temperature by about 25 degrees and adjust baking time to make sure you get a great golden brown result.
  2. Honey makes baked goods extremely moist and dense; sometimes, too much so. Solution: Reduce the other liquids in the recipe by about 2 Tbsp-1/2 cup for each cup of honey you use.  For a better rise, try adding ½-1 teaspoon baking soda.
  3. Honey is much sweeter than sugar.  Solution: Start with about 2/3 cup honey for every 1 cup of sugar, and adjust for taste.
  4. Honey’s distinctive taste can overwhelm other flavors.  Solution: Choose a milder, lighter honey.  Darker honeys like buckwheat can overload a recipe, so lighter blossom honeys are a better bet if all you want is sweetness.

For the best local north Louisiana honey, check out our shop or contact us today.

Honey for Natural Skincare

Honey does more than sweeten your tea and soothe your sore throat. It also has many health and beauty benefits. As a humectant, honey draws moisture into the skin, and it’s full of vitamins, amino acids, and antioxidants that nourish the skin. It’s also antiseptic, making it a perfect gentle treatment for acne-prone skin. Here are just a few ways honey can help your skin look and feel great.

  1. Face mask

One of the most popular uses of honey is as a face mask. Apply a thin layer of honey to damp skin, wait 30 minutes, and rinse with warm water. There are endless variations of honey masks which target various skin concerns by adding yogurt, cinnamon, rose water or other ingredients. You can find several recipes here.

  1. Acne spot treatment

The antiseptic action of honey makes it a great spot treatment for blemishes, especially on sensitive skin. Dab it on the blemish lightly before bed and rinse off in the morning; you can cover it with a small bandaid if you want to protect your pillow.

  1. Honey scrub

Honey is wonderful base for a homemade scrub due to its moisturizing abilities. Mix two parts honey to one part brown sugar or baking soda, and feel free to apply all over in the shower.

  1. Pampering bath

Cleopatra was said to bathe in milk and honey, and with good reason. Adding two cups of honey to a hot bath will help to soothe dry or irritated skin while you soak. It’s a great treat when the seasons change or any time at all.

  1. Scar treatment

Honey’s anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties can aid in tissue regeneration and healing. Mix one teaspoon of honey with an equal part coconut or olive oil and massage gently for two or three minutes daily to help reduce the appearance of scars.

  1. Sunburn soother

Honey is an age old treatment for burns, because it keeps the skin hydrated and speeds healing. Add one part honey to two parts aloe vera gel and apply to sunburned skin.

These are just some of the ways you can use honey for great skin. At Hummer and Son Honey, we offer high quality honey as well as our Bee Hippie products. For more information, feel free to contact us.

Top 10 Benefits of Raw Honey

  1. It Is Antibacterial and Antifungal

Raw honey contains hydrogen peroxide, making it antiseptic, and it is very low in moisture, which essentially smothers most microorganisms. Manuka honey, in particular, has been used to treat antibiotic-resistant staph infections.

  1. Good for Coughs and Sore Throats

Honey has been used as a throat remedy for centuries. Try it alone, or in tea with lemon. Studies have shown honey is as effective as dextromethorphan as a cough suppressant.

  1. Promotes Sleep

Honey encourages the release of melatonin, which allows for restful, restorative sleep. Take it before bed in milk, tea, or on a spoon.

  1. Provides Prebiotic Digestion Support

Raw honey contains natural prebiotics, which help support the beneficial flora in the intestines.

  1. Eases Allergy Symptoms

Local raw honey contains local pollen. When taken regularly, it can reduce allergy symptoms.

  1. Aids in Weight Loss

Using honey in place of white sugar can cut calories while adding nutrients. Honey with lemon or cinnamon helps to regulate metabolism.

  1. Increases Good Cholesterol

Regular consumption of raw honey can increase good cholesterol and strengthen the heart.

  1. Reduces Inflammation

Raw honey has natural anti-inflammatory properties which can treat systemic conditions like asthma or skin conditions like eczema.

  1. It’s a Good Source of Antioxidants

Raw honey is packed with antioxidants, which protect against free radical damage. The darker the honey, the higher the antioxidant content.

  1. It’s a Nutrient-Dense Food

Raw unfiltered honey contains many vitamins and minerals, along with enzymes, amino acids, and bits of bee pollen, which is a superfood in itself.

Raw honey has many more benefits as well. Because raw honey is unfiltered and unpasteurized, it’s important to buy from a trusted source. For more information on our raw honey, contact us today!

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