Monday, May 9, 2011

Hey Honey...

  May is National Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month. I am about to tell you why that means Spring has never been sweeter...  
  With Hay Fever season in full swing, many people are desperate to find relief from their allergy symptoms. Natural therapy is becoming a very popular choice of treatment. So why eat a "spoonful of sugar to help your medicine go down", when just a daily spoonful of honey, could be your relief from those pesky spring allergies?
  Eating local Honey works similar to a vaccination, by introducing small amounts of a virus or germ to the body and triggering an immune system response. This causes the production of antibodies designated to fight off the invaders. A daily dose of honey is like gradually vaccinating the body against allergens, a process called immunotherapy. Honey contains a variety of pollen spores that give allergy sufferers trouble when flowers and grasses are in bloom. Introducing these spores into the body in small amounts makes the body accustomed to their presence and decreases allergy symptoms.
  Local honey is the best because it is produced by bees within a few miles of where you live. The proximity increases the chances that the varieties of flowering plants and grasses giving the allergy sufferer trouble are the same kinds the bees are including in their honey. After all, it wouldn't help much if you ate honey with spores from a type of grass that grows in Michigan if you suffer from allergies in New York.
  So, not only is Honey a a treat for your taste buds, but it is good for you... and not just for your allergies. Honey offers incredible antiseptic, antioxidant and cleansing properties for your body, health, and skin care. From eye conjunctivitis to athletes foot, it's powerful healing attributes have been used for thousands of years.
  Honey, perhaps the tastiest natural medicine. Eating for health has never been sweeter.

Honey Cookies 
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
1 Egg
3/4 cup Honey
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Ground Cloves
1 pinch Salt
1/4 tsp Ground Ginger
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
2 cups Flour
1/2 cup Slivered Almonds

1- Combine brown sugar and honey in large mixing bowl, beating well.
2- Add egg, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and salt
3- Stir in flour, baking soda, and almonds.
4- Press dough evenly into a greased baking pan.
5- Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.
6- Cut into 3 x 1 inch bars. Remove cookies to wire rack to cool completely

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