Raw Honey…is there really a difference?

Recently I was challenged by my dad that there was really no difference in raw honey and conventional honey you can buy at any store.  The conversation went something like this:

  • Me: of course there’s a difference!
  • Him: then what is it?
  • Me: {long pause} I don’t know, but I do know it tastes and looks different than what I used to buy!
And so I decided I needed to research what exactly raw honey is and why is it better than regular store bought honey.
In a nutshell, raw honey means it has not been pasteurized {heated to 161 degrees or higher}, which kills off yeast cells and diminishes enzyme activity in the honey. Pasteurization also helps to delay crystallization in the honey.
Some benefits of raw honey
  • can help with allergies: raw honey from a local source will still contain bits of pollen, which is said to help allergy sufferers
  • still contains beneficial enzymes and minerals
  • tastes much better than conventional honey
  • antibacterial 
Ways to use raw honey
  • on your homemade biscuits…yummy!
  • as a sugar substitue in your recipes
  • eat a tablespoonful every hour at the first sign of a cold or flu. NOTE: add a teaspoon of cinnamon to the honey for an extra antioxidant punch. I’ve tried this and it totally works, IF you start as soon as you feel the tickle in the back of your throat and stay consistant.
  • as a face wash…pull your hair back, dab some honey in your hand and smear all over your face and rinse off with a few splashes of water {super moisturizing, kills bacteria and a has a bit of anti-aging properties}. NOTE: “honey washing” does not remove makeup, so use on a makeup-free face
  • as first-aid care for wounds…due to its antibacterial properties
Some good local, raw honeys {in the Dallas area} that I like:
These honeys are available at Whole Foods and Natural Grocers.

Enjoy your raw honey journey!

And PS…I’m working on formulating a honey and coconut face scrub…stay tuned!

Why Go Green?

First of all, I am sorry I have been MIA for the last couple of weeks. I have been working on updating my Etsy store. If you get a chance, check it out and tell me what you think! Now on with the show…

I first became interested in “going green” when I was 3 months pregnant with Sleeping Beauty. I had never really thought about it before. However, like most new moms, I wanted the best for this new little life growing in my belly. Plus, I knew that raising children can be pricey, and I wanted to start trying new ways to save money. So I thought I’d look into it. The first book I read on the subject was Do It Gorgeously, by Sophie Uliano. {I highly recommend this book. It is filled with lots of info and great recipes!}

And so began my green journey, which has really become a passion for me. The more research I do, the more passionate I become about living a more natural lifestyle. “Going green” isn’t just for tree huggers or fanatics who worship Mother Earth. It’s for everyday people like you and me. It begins with a mindset change and ends up as a lifestyle change.

Ponder these thoughts:

Why can’t we eat lotion? It goes on our skin, which absorbs it and thus enters our bodies.

How much nourishment can we really get from a fast-food hamburger?

Have you read the ingredients on your shampoo bottle?

On a deeper note…

As humans, God has entrusted us to take care of the things He has given us, namely the earth and all it’s inhabitants. (see Genesis 1:28 and 9:2). Shouldn’t we be the  biggest tree huggers?

God has also entrusted us with our bodies. Shouldn’t we be good stewards of them by looking into what products we put on them and what is in the food we are feeding them?

My green journey has spanned over 2 years, and I’m still on it. It has caused me to be more aware of the products I use to clean my home and use on my family. It has also helped me realize the importance of eating real food, as opposed to pre-packaged meals {or fast food}.

If you’re starting down your green road, remember to take baby steps. It is so easy to take in all this information and get overwhelmed with trying to change everything.

And most of all, enjoy your journey!

And PS – I still love Diet Coke and use store bought shampoo, so by no means have I arrived!

PS..S –Here is a clip of the Oprah show on household cleaner that is worth watching.

 

 

3 Steps Towards a Greener Life {that won’t cost you a dime}

“Going green” seems like a great idea, but where do you start? I would venture to say that most people would love to live greener lives, but feel overwhelmed with the information overload and therefore give up before starting.

Enter: 3 steps to start you on your little green way, and they won’t cost you a dime but just might save you some!

The 3 Step Program:

Start using cold water while doing laundry.
According to about.com: heating the water to wash clothes amounts to 90% of the washing machine’s power consumption. So by using cold water, not only do you save energy, you save on your electric bill!

Start saving your pickle jars and use them as tupperware.
Pickle jars and other glass containers make great storage for leftovers. I know it feels very awkward to put leftover spaghetti in a old {cleaned out} pickle jar, but it works! Plastic is bad for the environment, so start keeping and using those glass containers. A few examples: peanut butter jars, pickle jars, applesauce jars, etc. 

Start reusing Ziploc baggies
I admit this one is a bit of a pain. Who wants to wash out plastic baggies?! But think of how many Ziplocs you go through in a month. Start small…wash and keep one, then throw the next one away. I wash mine in the sink. I put a dab of soap in it and rinse. Then I let it air dry on my dish rack.

There you have it, 3 steps to start you on your green journey!

And PS – I never reuse Ziplocs that have had meat, chicken or fish in them.