6 Reasons Why Manuka Honey is Liquid Gold for Health and Beauty 

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Photo:  Manuka Bush in New Zealand.  By Pseudopanax at English Wikipedia 

Among the many varieties of floral honey, Manuka Honey is the most beneficial of all honeys due do its high levels of hydrogen peroxide and its low PH levels, two properties which contribute to potent antibacterial action. Manuka honey is produced by bees that pollinate the flowering Manuka bush in New Zealand.

All Honey has some level of beneficial properties but that honey products that most of us have access to in our grocery stores are filtered and in the process loses most of its antibacterial properties.
Even still when we run out of Manuka honey in our home, filtered honey is not a bad substitute for every day uses. Raw honey is also an option which is becoming more and more available in stores. Try different types to see what works for you and your family.
Raw honey options include YS Bee Farms Pure Premium Wildflower Honey
Tips
Never give any honey in any form to a small child unless under the advice and supervision of a licensed medical professional.
Do not use honey or any bee products if you have an allergy to bees.
Look for the New Zealand UMF seal with a rating between 5-16+ (Unique Manuka Factor) the industry standard. Protect yourself from Manuka imposters sold at exorbitant prices.
Also seek professional advice before proceeding with any health regimen.
Manuka Honey
  1. Severe cold or flu: one teaspoon every 4-5 hours with 1 raw clove of garlic chopped or in tea with lemon and Cayenne pepper. Buckwheat honey is also great for severe coughs.
  2. Eczema: mix with coconut oil and rub onto affected area, leave on for 30 minutes, then rinse
  3. Ringworm on skin or scalp: dab on effected area and leave on as long as possible. To avoid spreading ringworm fungus, mix tea tree in carrier oil, soak a cloth in warm water, dab the oil on the warm rag and wipe the honey, or rinse off completely with a soap mixed with a few droplets of tea tree oil.
  4. Cystic Acne: apply directly on the effected area overnight rinse in the morning.
  5. Minor cuts: dap honey on a small wound and cover with a band aid
  6. During hospital stay request that the staff use Manuka honey on wounds and in foods to prevent MRSA.
Honey though full of beneficial nutrients,  is mostly sugar. Avoid overuse if diabetic. Seek advice from professional health advisor before proceeding.
Everyday Honey (Orange Blossom, Wildflower, etc. Raw is Preferred).
  1. Use in food to add flavor, particularly in Caribbean and Indian dishes that call for a lot of curry and coconut
  2. Normal acne breakouts, dab a drop of honey on effected area , watch the blemish magically shrink with little to no scarring
  3. Use honey in teas to boost energy and health
  4. Mix in shampoos to prevent dryness
  5. Mix in body wash for chapped flaky skin, rinse, and apply coconut oil on skin, pat dry.
  6. Use on chapped lips to heal cracks and bleeding during cold and or dry periods
  7. Use as after shave, and after plucking or waxing to avoid razor bumps and pimples.
  8. Use as a face, hair and body mask to heal skin and scalp from head to toe. Mix 1 part water with two part honey, and wipe over entire body. Grab a chair, cover with a towel and sit for 30 minutes. For added benefits. Steam the bathroom, and add drops of essential oil in the tub for a mini DIY spa treatment
  9. Use as a natural hair styler that conditions and adds moisture: mix 2 parts honey with one part water. add to spray bottle and spritz where hold is required. Do not use with heating tools, hair will burn.
Enjoy!
Disclaimer: GingerHoneyTea.com is for entertainment purposes only. While we wish for everyone to enjoy the benefits of alternative healing, we are not licensed medical professionals. Always check with your doctor or a licensed professional when trying a new food, nutritional supplement or exercise regimen to ensure safety. It’s encouraging that more and more doctors are open to using treatments combining alternative and conventional medicine, so we encourage you to ask and get their advice before proceeding with trying recipes shared on this site.
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Cooking with Green Tea

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“In China Tea is more than a beverage, it is an intricate part of our culture: we use it to quench our thirst, as an ingredient in cooking to toast friendship, as an offering to deities and ancestors and yes even as medicine.”

-Chef Martin Yan, Yan Can Cook quoted in Cooking with Green Tea

We enjoy cups of green tea in the morning and in the evening. In addition we often cook with Green Tea to enjoy added health benefits and for the taste.

Our go to recipe book is Cooking with Green Tea: Delicious Dishes Enhanced by the Miraculous Healing Powers of Green Tea, which offers many interesting recipes both elaborate and basic (see the Green Tea Chicken Stock recipe) below. We have put our own variation on some of the dishes one of which we share below.

You can enjoy the immune boosting, heart supporting, fat burning, free radical sweeping benefits of green tea while preventing the accumulation of fat cells from the food you consume as Harvard Medical School graduate Dr. Tsang-do Houng discovered in his research at the University of Bejing. You can read more about this work in Green Tea: The Natural Secret for Healthier Life

Cooking with Green Tea
While you can reap the health benefits by consuming green tea as normal, brewed hot with honey, as we enjoy it daily. However in addition you can use the liquid tea in the place of water for many recipes.

You can also cut open the Green Tea Bags and mix the green tea leaves in with your cooking ingredients or use Green Tea Matcha Powder and mix a regular serving along with your spices and other ingredients.

The recipes below are inspired by Cooking with Green Tea, with our own twist. We hope you enjoy.

Green Tea Curry Chicken Stock

6 Bags Green Tea
4 Cups Boiling Water
2 Tablespoons Canola Oil or Avocado Oil
2 Tablespoons (1/2-inch) Ginger Root Chunks
5 Cloves Garlic, Minced
5 Green Onions, Trimmed and Cut into 1-inch Long Pieces
1 Small Chicken Quartered
1 Cup Chopped Carrots
1/2 Cup of Celery
1 Teaspoon of Black Pepper
1/2 Teaspoon of sea salt

Optional spices for added flavor
1 Teaspoon Curry Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Cumin Seeds

Brew the tea bags in 2 cups of boiling water and set aside. Sauté
the garlic, onions and ginger until fragrant in heated oil until fragrant, add the chicken and sea salt and sauté
until brown. Add this mixture to the plain boiled water and boil for 2 hours. During the last hour add the 2 cups of boiled tea and steep for 30 minutes. When cool use immediately or store in refrigerator for 3 days and in freezer for 1 month for best taste.

Curry Noodle Shrimp
2 Cups of Cooked Noodles of Choice
1/2 Pound Shrimp Peeled and Deveined
2 Tablespoons Canola Oil or Avocado Oil
2 Tablespoons (1/2-inch) Ginger Root Chunks
1 Green Onion
5 Cloves Garlic, Minced
Matcha Green Tea Powder
1 Teaspoon Curry Powder
1 Teaspoon of Black Pepper
1/2 Teaspoon of sea salt
2 Tables of Rice Wine (Optional)
1 Teaspoon Lime Juice

For this recipe you can also boil the noodles in Green Tea. Marinate the shrimp for 15 minutes in a mixture of the Matcha Green Tea powder, curry and pepper, rice wine and lime juice. When shrimp has marinated, sauté the ginger, garlic and green onion, until fragrant, then add the shrimp and sauté for 5-7 minutes or until shrimp turns milky pink and white.

Remove from heat and set aside. Add to boiled noodles and enjoy!

5 Health Benefits of Tamarind

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Sweet, tangy and nutritious tamarind is a staple in Indian and Caribbean cuisine. Tamarind is used in desserts, savory dishes and beverages adding depth and layers of unique flavor.

The tamarind tree originates in Africa, but can now be found throughout the world in warm tropical climates. The tamarind fruit pods can be consumed fresh off the tree when it is sweet or after it has dried and has become somewhat sour and tangy.

In savory dishes tamarind pairs well with curries and pungent flavors like onion and garlic. In desserts we like to use tamarind in fruit pies and pastries especially apple pie and guava pastry. In drinks tamarind can be the star, standing on its own with a bit of lime and ginger for a flavorful punch ( feel free to spike it with a bit of white rum!, drink responsibly).

For those of you who are lucky enough to live in tropical climates where tamarind trees are abundant, we hope that you are taking full advantage of the health and culinary experiences it offers.

For the rest of us, we can purchase tamarind at an Asian vegetable market or order online. We like Tamarind Concentrate by Fiji Islands Natural   or   the whole fruit pods available from Fresh Thai Tamarind

The health benefits of tamarind are well documented and are attributed to high levels of antioxidants minerals such as potassium and iron.

5 Health benefits of tamarind include:

  1. Tamarind has heart health benefits due to the diuretic effective of this potassium and fiber rich fruit pod- lowering high blood pressure and bad cholesterol levels.
  2. Tamarind has digestive and laxative effects due to its high fiber content
  3. Tamarind reduces fever and minimizes the effect of a cold due its high content of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
  4. Tamarind can also be used topically on cuts and bruises for healing and prevent infection.
  5. Lastly and strangely enough the seeds of tamarind are used in eye drops offering relief from conjunctivitis.

As with any home remedy please contact your health professional if for guidance before treating any illness, ailments or disorders.

Drop us a line and let us know how you use tamarind.

Enjoy!

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7 Possible Health Benefits of Soursop (Graviola)

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Plants became the basis of traditional medicine system throughout the world forthousands of years and continue to provide mankind with new remedies. Soursop or Graviola has been widely used and grown in traditional indigenous medicine in Africa, the Caribbean, South Asia and Central America. (1)

The taste of Soursop reminds us of a tropical punch, and it can be prepared in a number delicious drinks. We like Soursop ice cream, popular throughout the Caribbean.

If you do not have access to Soursop plant, you can pick up one of the juices at the health food store or possibly even grocery stores in many major cities. You can also purchase Jans Soursop Premimum Juice online.

Possible Health Benefits – Preliminary Research Findings
The green spiny tropical fruit of Soursop / Graviola has been has a wide potent anticancerous agents coined as Acetogenins which play a key role towards many varieties of cancer. (1)

Further investigation of other experimental studies may confirm that this potential lead in the research of Soursop and Graviola for health benefits could make a great impact in which it could help to accelerate the pipeline of drug discovery using extracts of Soursop/ Graviola. (1)

According to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center .

Many of the health benefits from Soursop/ Graviola are thought to be derived from its antioxidant properties. In animal studies, extracts from graviola leaves showed the following benefits:
1. Anti-inflammatory
2. Analgesic
3. Anti-diabetic
4. Anti-ulcer
5. Anti-viral effects.
6. The leaf extracts also have antimicrobial activities. (2)

7. Cancer
Graviola extracts from the leaf, fruit, and seed have been tested in laboratories for their anticancer effects. Some studies show these extracts to be active against breast, lung, colon, prostate, pancreas, liver, and skin cancer cell lines. (1)

However, graviola products have not been studied in cancer patients.

Use caution when consuming Graviola / Soursop as there could be adverse reactions. Seek guidance from a licensed health care professional. Adverse affects include neurological impacts in consuming seeds which have toxins.
You are taking blood pressure medications: Graviola may increase their effects.
You are taking diabetic medications: Graviola may increase their effects.
You have liver or kidney disease: Graviola can cause liver and kidney toxicity with repeated use.
You are having nuclear imaging: Graviola can reduce tissue uptake of radiopharmaceuticals used for diagnosis or treatment.
You have low platelet count: Graviola may reduce platelet count. (2)

References

(1) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23889049
(2) https://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/integrative-medicine/herbs/graviola

Photo Credit and License : Photo By Muhammad Mahdi Karim  [GFDL 1.2 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

 

 

5 Health Benefits of Mango Leaf

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Adored for its sweet fruit and its fragrant flowers, the mango tree is ubiquitous throughout the tropics. While the fruit offers many health benefits including loads of free radical fighting, cancer-fighting vitamins and nutrients , the leaves of the mango are extremely rich in vitamins A, B C, flavonoids and phenols and used in a myriad of home remedies in throughout the Caribbean and India.

For maximum benefits use young leaves. The majority of the home remedies below call for the use of dried mango leaf powder. Choose young tender leaves, dry in the sun, pound in to powder using a mortar and pestle. If you do not live in the tropics and/or have access to a Mango Tree, you can purchase Mango Leaf Powder by NutriCargo.

As with any home remedy please get advise from a certified health professional for guidance to ensure safety.

1. Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes Prevention
The leaves contain tannins called anthocyanidins, which clinical research has proven effective in treating insulin instability, pre-diabetes.

Make a tea infusion of mango leaf powder by soaking the leaves overnight. Do not heat.

2. Earaches
Use the extract of mango leaf (approximately one teaspoon) to create ear drops for ear aches. Use the drop a few times per day until infection clears.

3. Hypertension
Use the overnight tea infusion of powder mango leaves for blood vessel strengthening properties to treat hypertension.

4. Kidney Stones
Dissolve kidney stones by drinking one half cup of the powdered tea infusion of Mango Leaves three times daily. Additionally drink warm water to help flush out your kidneys.

5. Digestive Imbalance
Make a tea with fresh Mango Leaves, consume one cup each day. Avoid dairy with the exception for yogurt and kefir, avoid spicy foods. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

Have you used Mango Leaves for other remedies not listed here? Let us know!

 

Disclaimer: GingerHoneyTea.com is for entertainment purposes only. While we wish for everyone to enjoy the benefits of alternative healing, we are not licensed medical professionals. Always check with your doctor or a licensed professional when trying a new food, nutritional supplement or exercise regimen to ensure safety. It’s encouraging that more and more doctors are open to using treatments combining alternative and conventional medicine, so we encourage you to ask and get their advice before proceeding with trying recipes shared on this site.

Sorrel, Red Hibiscus Tea

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Jamaican Red Hibiscus Sorrel Punch
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In this post we share what we have learned regarding the health benefits of read hibiscus tea and a spicy Jamaican Red Hibiscus “Sorrel” punch.

Red hibiscus tea is treasured throughout Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas and for its tart and fruity taste. This beautiful plant also offers a plethora of health benefits, confirmed through scientific research. Also known as sorrel in West Indies, Flor de Jamaica in Central America, Byssop in West Africa, the health benefits of hibiscus tea range from high blood pressure control due to its diuretic properties to digestive support as a laxative and anti-spasmodic properties in both the stomach and uterus.

Our favorite recipe shown below includes the dried hibiscus petals as shown in the photo above. But you can also use red zinger tea available in stores or online. If we are not using the flower petals readily available in our local health food and vegetable markets, we use Celestial Seasonings Red Zinger Herbal Tea.

Jamaican Style Sorrel Red Hibiscus Punch
This punch offers many added health benefits with spices such as ginger and cardamom known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties, as well as cinnamon thought to help stabilize blood sugar levels.

Ingredients
1/2 cup of dried red hibiscus/ sorrel petals*
1 tablespoon grated ginger**
1 teaspoon orange zest
1/2 cup fresh orange juice (skip if not recently squeezed!)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg (really just a tiny bit)
1/2 cup honey or coconut sugar OR (2 tablespoons of Stevia for sugar free option, it’s very good!)***

Instructions

Mix all dry ingredients in a large pot or bowl, steep in 4 cups hot water add, the lemon and orange juices as well as the vanilla and sweeteners. Let steep for 20 minutes to draw out the flavors and properties of all of the ingredients. Strain the liquid to remove the petals and bits of spices. Makes 4 Servings. Enjoy hot or let cool and add ice for a cool punch.

 

* If you cannot find the red hibiscus/ sorrel petals, use 4 teabags of Celestial Seasonings Red Zinger Herbal Tea

**If you enjoy spicier foods add extra ginger and a dash of cayenne pepper for a kick!

***Red Hibiscus is quite tart and may require a lot of sweetener. To maximize health benefits we recommend using a combination of Organic Traditions Stevia Leaf Powder (without the additives found in Stevia products like dextrose) and Raw Manuka Honey Paste with strong anti-bacterial properties and other health benefits.

 

Disclaimer: GingerHoneyTea.com is for entertainment purposes only. While we wish for everyone to enjoy the benefits of alternative healing, we are not licensed medical professionals. Always check with your doctor or a licensed professional when trying a new food, nutritional supplement or exercise regimen to ensure safety. It’s encouraging that more and more doctors are open to using treatments combining alternative and conventional medicine, so we encourage you to ask and get their advice before proceeding with trying recipes shared on this site.

Bamboo Tea

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Silica is what enables the bamboo to grow very rapidly especially in its ideal tropical climate. Silica is also what enables us humans to grow our hair, nails. For those of us lacking in this important mineral, and concerned about poor hair and nail growth, bamboo tea may be the answer.

We recommend Beautifully Bamboo, Bamboo Tea which sells 30 tea bags, as part of their 30-day hair and nail growth challenge. Try it out, after getting the okay from your doctor or licensed health professional.

 

Disclaimer: GingerHoneyTea.com is for entertainment purposes only. While we wish for everyone to enjoy the benefits of alternative healing, we are not licensed medical professionals. Always check with your doctor or a licensed professional when trying a new food, nutritional supplement or exercise regimen to ensure safety. It’s encouraging that more and more doctors are open to using treatments combining alternative and conventional medicine, so we encourage you to ask and get their advice before proceeding with trying recipes shared on this site.