Wednesday, 22 January 2014

BENEFITS OF HONEY AND OTHER NATURAL HERBS

There are many ailments that can cure by using certain home-made, inexpensive ingredients. Natural remedies for many ailments have become increasingly popular in recent years due to the many benefits. They were the only known remedies for various ailments mostly in Africa and parts Asia in the early centuries before the advent of synthesized drugs. They are still popularly used and now gaining worldwide recognition. They are easy to use, have little or no side effect, contain no harmful chemicals and preservatives and readily available at affordable or chip price. They can be used to effectively treat a range of common ailments such as colds, catarrhs, fever, sinusitis, burns, migraines, cuts and scraps, pre-menstrual syndrome among others.  These home-based remedies work through the chemicals that are naturally present in herbs, spices, vegetables and other foods. The most popular of these ingredients that have both culinary and therapeutic benefits include ginger, garlic, honey, aloe Vera, onion, herbal tea, bitter cola, lime, lemon etc.
The Immune Booster
Honey is great natural source of carbohydrates which provide strength and energy to the body. It is also well known for it’s effectiveness in instantly boosting the performance, endurance and reduces muscle fatigue of athletes. The benefits of honey go beyond its great taste. Research on honey has proven it to be cure for varieties hormone disorders in human body. Use of pure natural honey increases libidos in men and women; it also cures erectile dysfunction (weak erection) in men. Honey boosts fertility rate in women with infertility problems. Honey helps in smoothening skin when it is used as facial mask. It contains natural fruit sugars such as glucose and fructose which help in preventing fatigue. The glucose in honey is absorbed by the body quickly and gives an immediate energy boost, while the fructose is absorbed more slowly providing sustained energy. It is also a powerful immune system booster. Honey has antioxidant and antibacterial properties which help to improve digestive system and help you stay healthy and fight disease.
Remedies with honey are ideal for colds and sinusitis, sore throat, cleansing tonic, hangovers, sleeplessness, arthritis, cuts and burns among others. For colds and sinusitis, a honey, lemon and ginger cocktail can offer great relief. For best results, drink hot. Ginger tea is also good for colds and catarrh. Sprinkle a quarter teaspoon of powder form of ginger and add two teaspoons of honey in hot water to make a pleasant drink. As a cleansing tonic, a mixture of a spoonful of honey and lemon juice in a glass of warm to slightly hot water taken before breakfast will be of great effects. If you have problem sleeping at night, a milk and honey remedy will calm you and help you sleep like a baby.  Add a teaspoon of honey to a glass of milk and drink, or add 1 or 2 teaspoons of honey to a cup of chamomile tea and sip.
The Magic Bulb (Onions)
The benefits of onions have made it an indispensable culinary ingredient for centuries. It can be used in treating colds, coughs, and asthma, also to repel insects. In Chinese medicine, onions have been used to treat angina, coughs, bacterial infections, and breathing problems. Onions contain a number of sulfides similar to those found in garlic which may lower blood lipids and blood pressure. They are rich source of flavonoids (a naturally occurring phenolic compound belonging to a large group that includes many plant pigments. Flavonoids have beneficial effects in the human diet as antioxidants, neutralizing free radicals which damage body tissue and lead to heart disease, strokes and cancer). The bulbs are also natural ant clothing agents due to their sulfur contents which can suppress platelet clumping. In addition, they can reduce the risk f tumors developing in the colon, thereby offering protection against stomach cancer. It can be eaten raw or as flavoring for certain dishes like stews, soups, porridges and others. It is advisable use onions with a stronger flavor and higher astringency which have superior health promoting properties than the less pungent, milder onions varieties.  
Detoxifiers
Garlic, ginger, and honey act as good detoxifiers in the body. They eliminate toxic waste products from vital organs of the body such as kidney, liver etc. Proper use garlic reduces the risk of one having cancer, stroke and heart failure. Having these spices and vegetables around and using them as meals and herbs keep us healthy and strong.  

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