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Cooking with Honey

by Laurie Dotson 

Superpowers? Honey, who knew?

It was brought to my attention last week that September is in fact National Honey Month. Honey gets an entire month all to itself?  Why yes, it certainly does.  We celebrate it at the Lithopolis Honeyfest, in Lithopolis Ohio!

BEEpothecary will have a booth with all our fabulous products!

!!!!!Planning ahead!!!!!

Mark your calendar  September 11-12, 2015

LithopThe Lithopolis Honeyfest will be going on the FRIDAY & SATURDAY AFTER LABOR DAY
FREE ADMISSION, FREE SHUTTLE & FREE PARKING CALL FOR DETAILS 614-837-2013

Lithopolis HoneyFest

Turns out that Americans consume 1.5 pounds of honey per person annually, and there are more than 300 types of honey in the United States alone. That’s impressive, and we figured that if honey gets to be honored all month long, the least we could do is give you 20 different uses for it. Enjoy!

1. Put it on your lipshoney on lips

Did you know that making your own lip balm is as easy as tracking down some almond oil, beeswax and honey? Sure is. Makes you feel a little guilty about that $10 version you picked up at the health food store yesterday, doesn’t it?  Lip Honey made by BEEpothecary

2. Make your own honey moisturizer

If you’ve got a handful of sweet smelling herbs — think lavender — laying around and ready to be used, why not use them for your own homemade honey lotion? Warm honey over a saucepan until it gets to a liquid consistency. Pour honey over herbs and cap tightly; the ratio you want to use is 1 tablespoon of herbs per 8 ounces of honey. Let sit for a week and then mix 1 teaspoon of liquid into an 8 ounce bottle of unscented lotion.

3. Eat it with goat cheesehoney and goats cheese

In need of a classy hors d’oeuvre but lacking in the time department? Try this: put a round of goat cheese in a ramekin, sprinkle honey and chopped walnuts on top and place in oven at 350F until honey and cheese are both soft. Serve with baguette or crackers and you’ll be the life of the party.

4. Prepare for the end of the world

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You never know what’s going to happen, so stock it. Now.

5. Drink it

We all know a drop of honey in tea is good for a sore throat, but you can add it to most drinks for an extra energy boost. And simply because it’s a whole lot better than tossing in a few Sweet ‘N Lows.

6. Make a saladScreen Shot 2015-07-10 at 1.52.35 PM

One of my favorite and easiest fruit salads uses just a touch of honey to enhance the sugars in the fruit, and it’s a perfect late summer dessert.
1 cantaloupe, chopped
3 nectarines, chopped
4 tablespoons chopped basil
2 tablespoons honey
Mix together and enjoy!

7. Give yourself a facialScreen Shot 2015-07-10 at 1.56.06 PM

Honey is a natural humectant with antimicrobial properties, which means your skin will be happy when you give it some sweet honey love. Try a basic honey wash by mixing a dollop of honey and two tablespoons of warm water and massaging the mixture into your skin. Or you can go all out and try the Cucumber Honey Facial.

8. Go the extra milebeebread no bakes

Forget energy bars and shots, just pop a tablespoon of honey before your next workout. Seriously, it has been proven to boost athletic performance.

9. Remove parasites20141024_114058

Got a post-Southeast Asia backpacking trip bug that just won’t leave you alone? Mix up a good blend of honey, water and vinegar and you’ll quickly be on your way to being parasite free.

10. Clean your cuts and scrapesScreen Shot 2015-07-10 at 2.01.32 PM

Honey can actually be used as an antiseptic, like a natural Neosporin. Because of its many antimicrobial properties, it can be used to treat wounds and even burns.

11. Get rid of your hangoverScreen Shot 2015-07-10 at 2.02.53 PM

Forget a morning of popping ibuprofen, spread some honey on your toast or add some to your tea. Because honey is loaded with fructose, it will help speed up the metabolism of alcohol.

12. Clear up your dry elbowsBEEpothecary Wildflower Honey

Nothing’s worse than scratchy elbows (no really) so next time, after you’ve washed and scrubbed, rub some honey on to soften the skin. Leave on for 30 minutes then wash off.

13. Soften your skin

Honey is an excellent exfoliant. You can pair it with ground almonds or bee pollen and lemon juice for a killer homemade facial scrub.

14. Mix a drinkScreen Shot 2015-07-10 at 2.05.45 PM

After you’ve been busy reaping all the health benefits that honey has to offer, it’s time to celebrate, and what better way than with a good ole cocktail. Honey Gin Cocktail? Bring it.

15. Eat the honeycomb. No really, just do it.

Yes, it can be done! One of our fave food bloggers Clotilde Dusoulier, of Chocolate & Zucchini, put the ingredient to her readers and got some fun responses. The best sounding one? Mix it with crunchy peanut butter on toast.

16. Get an energy boostScreen Shot 2015-07-10 at 2.10.00 PM

Feeling a tad lethargic? Skip the coffee and go for the honey instead. Mix a tablespoon into a cup of tea and you’ll be feeling better in no time.

17. Beautify your hairScreen Shot 2015-07-10 at 2.15.37 PM

In the shower, after you wash your, coat the ends with a bit of honey. Let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing out and you’ll find that your hair is less frizzy and extra conditioned. Or make your hair shiny and bright by adding one teaspoon honey to one quart of water, and after washing your hair, pouring the mixture over your head. Let dry and enjoy your new-found shiny do.

18. Preserve fruitScreen Shot 2015-07-10 at 2.17.36 PM

Jam is so five years ago; show you’re truly cutting edge by preserving your fruits in a honey sauce. All it takes is one part honey to ten parts water and then covering your berries. Pretty much the closest you’re ever going to get to bottling up a little bit of summer.

19. Relax in the tubScreen Shot 2015-07-10 at 2.19.12 PM

Add a few tablespoons of honey to your bath, for sweeter smelling, softer feeling water. Pure bliss.

20. Lose weightScreen Shot 2015-07-10 at 2.20.55 PM

Well, what were you expecting? With a list this long it had to be pretty apparent that honey is in fact a wonder food, and as it turns out, you can even make it part of your next weight loss plan. Honey is an excellent substitute for sugar and it also helps speed up metabolism. Just remember: all things in moderation.

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1 Thessalonians 3:11 Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, 12 and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, 13 so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

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BEE Powered Biking

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Psalms from the Hive

by Jeannie Saum

Cycling energy,  Endurance, too.

That’s what bee products can do for you.

Take honey with pollen ,  BEE BREAD, in.

Natural energy, for Scioto Valley fun!

Clover, Bee, and Revery

Reverie (revery) –(n.) state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing; a fantastic, visionary, or impractical idea

 

Hey all  you Tour Of the Scioto River Valley  Riders!  BEEpothecary, a local Groveport Company, has a great new all-natural endurance supplement, perfect for your ride –  BEE BREAD.  It is made from pure raw honey and pollen, a super food high in protein, vitamins and minerals.  Packaged in a convenient 4 ounce squeeze pouch, each 1 oz. serving has 98 calories, 25 grams of carbohydrates and 1 gram of protein.  This is comparable to other energy / endurance supplements, but it’s all natural!BEEBREAD

BEEpothecary’s BEE BREAD will be available for purchase during the TOSVR registration, Friday evening from 4-6 pm, at the State and Third Boutique (Shops on Capital Square), in the lower level of the Sheraton Hotel. It is also available through our online store at https://squareup.com/market/beepothecary., with 2 day priority shipping.

 

Don’t use just any energy gel – get ENDURANCE – POWERED BY BEES with BEEpothecary’s BEE BREAD – a natural honey and pollen powerhouse!

For more information about BEE BREAD, see our previous post, “Bee Powered Athletes”.

Psalm 145

9 The Lord is good to all  he has compassion on all he has made.
10 All your works praise you, Lord;your faithful people extol you.
11 They tell of the glory of your kingdomand speak of your might,
12 so that all people may know of your mighty actsand the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,and your dominion endures through all generations.

The Lord is trustworthy in all he promisesand faithful in all he does.[c]
14 The Lord upholds all who falland lifts up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you,and you give them their food at the proper time.
16 You open your handand satisfy the desires of every living thing.

 

Bee Powered Athletes!

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Psalms from the Hive

by Jeannie Saum

Athletic energy,  Endurance, too.

That’s what bee products can do for you.

Take pollen, propolis, and honey in

For a boost of energy, playin’ to win!

Clover, Bee, and Revery

Reverie (revery) –(n.) state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing; a fantastic, visionary, or impractical idea

 

The Arnold Fitness Classic is in town this week. So we’ve got to tell you about BEE POWER for Athletes!
Hey Arnold, check this out!   Bee products – honey, propolis, pollen and royal jelly can be used by athletes and fitness enthusiasts to improve their energy and endurance levels.  It is suggested that one use several bee products, as they are said to have a synergistic effect when used in combination with each other. It is often suggested that taking 1 tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of bee pollen twice each day will enhance workouts. But pollen is not easily digestible, so much of it goes right through the body and its nutritional value not released into the body.  So, better yet,  take 1 tablespoon of BEEpothecary’s BEE BREAD!  It  is a fermented mixture of pollen and honey.  The honey softens the hard seed coat of the pollen, making all the nutrients in the pollen readily available to the body.  An once dose of  propolis and a royal jelly supplement is also recommended to enhance endurance. One to two hours before an event or extreme workout, an ounce of BEE BREAD can give  that extra energy boost during physical exertion.  An ounce of BEE BREAD after an intense workout will help the body’s recovery.

Many mainstream athletes take bee pollen before competitions but there is not yet conclusive research which supports that pollen enhances performance.  But there is a lot of anecdotal information from people who swear by the positive fitness, energy and endurance effects of bee products.  Our  friend, David, is an ultra-marathoner, running 50 and 100 mile races. (I could sure think of better things to do with 6-8 hours of my time, than doing that!) David uses our bee bread, mixing it with water to make it drinkable – in place of the typical “Runner’s Goo”, for his energy boost.  He swears it gives him an almost instant boost of new energy.

We do know that honey is a healthy, body friendly sugar and is metabolized more like fruit.  Raw, multi-flower, unheated, unfiltered and unprocessed honey is loaded with natural sugars, antioxidants, enzymes, amino acids, anti-inflammatories, phytochemicals, flavonoids, vitamins and minerals, just to name a few. Natural honey is an instant energy-building powerhouse. (Processed honey is heated and this destroys all beneficial qualities in honey.)

And we do know that pollen consists  of 40 percent proteins, 55 percent carbohydrates, 1 to 2 percent fats, 3 percent minerals. Bee pollen is close to being a whole food; one teaspoon of bee pollen is equivalent to a hearty serving of vegetables. So it makes sense that taking bee pollen prior to heavy physical exertion would be of benefit, but it does remain a mystery as to how the compounds in bee pollen interact.

Propolis bee pollen and  honey are all anti-inflammatory and help reduce pain and recovery.  Our BEEpothecary BEE BREAD is available from us, and also locally in Columbus at State and Third, Shops at Capitol Square,  and at The Well Coffee Shop, Broad St.,  in Lancaster
So, if you are a fitness fanatic, or attending the Arnold Fitness Classic, try adding bee products to your regimen and see what BEE POWER can do for you!

I Chronicles 16

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;   make known among the nations what he has done.
Sing to him, sing praise to him;  tell of all his wonderful acts.
10 Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
11 Look to the Lord and his strength;  seek his face always.

12 Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,
13 you his servants, the descendants of Israel, his chosen ones, the children of Jacob.
14 He is the Lord our God;  his judgments are in all the earth.

Bee Bread and Energy Bee Bread Smoothies

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Land of Milk and Honey

Cooking with Honey by Laurie Dotson

Bee Bread is actually Bee Pollen that has been packed by bees into granules, with added honey or nectar. But it’s not just that. An enzyme (saliva) is added to prevent germination, metabolizing the pollen for food, thus preserving the bee pollen benefit nutritionally for human beings and that is how we get Bee Bread.  Many health experts refer to Bee Bread as a complete food. It has been used as a supplement for thousands of years by many cultures all over the world.  Bee Bread is actually what is fed to all of the Larvae and Adult drones within a hive by the nurse bees. A full colony of bees can actually pull in as many as 50,000 loads of pollen a day. Some people see Bee Bread as a performance enhancer in sports and a general health enhancer and that it increases Oxygen uptake and accelerates recovery time in training, though there her been no conclusive medical research to support these claims. Still, rumours swirl that many Olympic athletes use and swear by Bee Bread as a great way to help boost performance.  I have a friend who is a altra marathoner.  Altra marathoners, are people who run 50 mile-100mile marathons.  My friend has used Bee Bread as his main source of protein and energy gel during his runs.  He says when he eats BeeBread he feels like he has air under his feet, like flying. It’s that great boost of energy that helps him to continue on.   I eat Bee Bread not to run 50 miles or even 3 miles, but to work out in my garden, in 85 degree weather.  A quart of water and a tablespoon or two of Bee Bread – Shake and drink.  It works! I get the energy to continue on and finish my work.  Try this yummy Breakfast Smoothie.

Energy Bee Bread Smoothie

  • 1 Tbsp Bee Bread
  • 1/2 cup  almond milk
  • 1/2 water
  • 1/2 cup  Pineapple
  • 1 banana
  • 1 scoop or protein powder – I use Raw Fit by Garden of Life
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • two handful scoops of ice

Blend all ingredients in mixer for 2 minutes- the longer you blend the creamer the smoothie and you won’t get a brain freeze either.   Smoothies are a wonderful thing!

Honey Energy Bites

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Land of Milk and Honey

Cooking with Honey by Laurie Dotson

These are so good.

This is a doubled recipe.

No bake energy bites

  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1 cup almond butter (or any other nut butter)
  • 2/3 cup of honey
  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes (or sweetened coconut)
  • 1 cup flax seed
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup -2 cups of any of these or combination of:
  •  raisins, cranberries, sunflower seeds, nuts, chocolate chips, chopped figs, dried fruits, etc…When I have other hive products like pollen, bee bread or royal jelly I often add them as well!   The more ingredients the drier the mix, so adjust by adding a Tbsp of honey or nut butter

Mix everything in a medium bowl until thoroughly incorporated. Let chill in the Fridge for half an hour. Once chilled, roll into 1 inch balls and enjoy.  Store in airtight container and keep refrigerated

for up to a week. (If they last that long)

I have three energy bite with my coffee every morning:)Enjoy!