taken from davidwolfe.com
Garlic and honey may seem like odd ingredients to put together, but combining them results in an impressive immune-boosting substance that will keep your body healthy and strong.
The Benefits of Garlic
Not only is garlic the perfect choice for adding flavor to a savory recipe, it provides a long list of health benefits thanks to its powerful antioxidant properties. Garlic contains a compound known as allicin, which has been shown to help lower cholesterol levels, prevent blood clotting, and has been shown to have anti-cancer properties and anti-microbial affects.
Garlic is low in calories, but high in nutrients, containing Manganese, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, selenium and fiber. It’s a natural immune system booster that helps the body fight infection. One study found that a daily dose of garlic reduced the number of colds by 63%, while reducing the average length of cold symptoms by 70%.
The Benefits of Raw Honey
Raw honey is packed full of antioxidants, along with enzymes and minerals including iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and selenium. In case that isn’t enough, it also contains Vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin. (Commercial honey is often heavily processed, and excessive heat destroys its natural enzymes, vitamins and minerals.) But raw honey is rich in taste and has a high number of nutritional benefits. It has a healthy glycemic index that aids in better digestion.
The natural vitamins and minerals in raw honey help lower cholesterol levels. Raw honey helps to fuel the body and the mind while making it easier to maintain a healthy weight. Its antibacterial and antioxidant properties make it a great remedy for the immune system!
Here’s how to make garlic-infused honey for use as a natural home remedy to boost your immune system and keep your body healthy:
To get the most health benefits from your garlic, always use it raw. Heat can decentralize the allicin, lessening its nutritional properties. Crushing raw garlic will help enhance the benefits of allicin. Feel free to add any supplemental herbs to your recipe, such as thyme leaves for extra flavor.
If you’re feeling under the weather, a spoonful of this mix will help to kick your illness more quickly. For a daily immune system boost, take one spoonful a day in the morning, before eating or drinking anything. You’ll start to experience more energy, and your body will be functioning at an optimal level of health. To simply enjoy this tasty mix, spread it on toast, use it in a homemade salad dressing or add it to your favorite homemade granola recipes!
The key to health is the quality of our food. Good quality food not only provides for the needs of every cell in our bodies (and commensal microbiome) but also helps keep those cells healthy by eliminating toxins and waste products. In this day and age, it is more and more difficult to meet our needs and there is push for meeting these needs locally.
There is a substantial amount of available information, so much so that it makes your eyes roll back in your head. We like to keep it simple and prescribe predominately to the time honored nutritional practices of Dr. Weston Price, which is basically eat excellent-quality organic food, available locally. His classic text, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, has been in continuous print for decades. A great resource!
I think all those problems that we and bees have (Colony Collapse Disorder and all others) are good. They make us think, and think outside the box. Many bee-centered beekeepers know that most if not all problems are related with very unnatural conditions we put our bees in.
The next thing for those beekeepers to understand is that we as humans have the same problems because of very unnatural conditions we are in.
We are very down to Earth people with very traditional real values. We believe that first things must be first. What are first things? They are:
- fresh air,
- clean water,
- traditional real healthy food. Period.
We couldn't find any fresh air, clean water and traditional real healthy food in Calgary. So we moved and have some wild honey to share with you.
Here is a brief description of my view on honey, what it should be.
Honey must be raw wildflower honey only. The bees must be located away from agriculture and cities/towns/villages. The only acceptable locations are isolated areas up in the mountains. The bees must be untreated, as even natural organic treatments alter the ecology of a beehive. This is my opinion.
There are times when I run out of my own honey. I can not find any alternatives in a grocery store, health food store or among other beekeepers.
Is clover or alfalfa honey good enough? No, because any varietal honey ( buckwheat, sunflower) is very nutritionally poor.
What if bees are used for pollination of commercial orchards or agriculture fields?
I think the level of pollution (GMO, pesticides, fertilizers and other goodness offered by modern agriculture) is too high.
Can honey be harvested around cities like Calgary? No, too much pollution.
What about urban beekeeping? No, too much pollution. For those who disagree I wish them to have very healthy grandchildren.
This is my opinion only. I don't want to argue with anyone. If you don't agree with me please buy your honey somewhere else. Superstore has some No-Name honey for $20 for 3 kg container.
If you share my believes on what honey should be - welcome, you will not be disappointed.
Regarding the honey taste: taste is not something you should rely on, because your taste has been altered by modern food industry. I had people saying that my honey tastes very strong/intense.
Our vision is honey, real raw honey. That is why we are in the middle of nowhere. You would think: how about that honey that is available from the local grocery store?
Here is the answer I found today in 'The Backyard Beekeeper' book by Kim Flottum, page 174:
" Beekeeping Rule Number 4: Avoid Agriculture, All the Time, at All Costs.
If you have any choice at all, keep your bees as far away from industrial agriculture as you can - miles and miles away if possible. Modern food production has developed technologies that poison the plants, flowers, nectar, pollen, soil, and groundwater everywhere we produce food. Not enough to outright kill you, your bees, or the rest of all of the wildlife that mostly doesn't exist anymore in those regions, but to permanently affect them with sublethal and barely lethal doses. Your bees carry these toxic groceries back to the hive and feed them to their young. This weakens the hive, lowers individual bees' immune systems, adds another layer of stress on an already overtaxed system, and as a final kicker, gets in your beeswax and continues to dole out its deadly dose for years to come. Stay away from farms.
Additionally, as industrial agriculture increases in size, diversity in the landscape - and a bee's diet - decreases dramatically. So your bees must travel farther to maintain a balanced diet, or they simply don't get enough good food all the time. Herbicides, no more fence rows, and infrequent alternate cropping systems have reduced plant diversity to a bare minimum."
There isn't much I can add.