Milk and Honey

Go west….Paradise is there, you’ll have all that you can eat of milk and honey over there. – San Andreas Fault by Natalie Merchant from her album Tiger Lily

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Ah, milk and honey; two of my many favorite foods, and even better when consumed together.

Soothing and comforting, milk provides liquid nutrition helpful in preventing and treating a great many conditions.  Best known for its calcium content, it helps to strengthen bones and fight off heart disease.

The abundance of calcium in milk gives it the ability to make strong bones and to help stave of osteoporosis.  It also may help to reduce blood pressure as well as lower cholesterol levels.  Milk is also a good source of vitamins B2, B12 and E.  Skimmed milk is thought to have anti-carcinogenic properties.  It’s also high in vitamin D which together with calcium have been found to reduce or even prevent PMS symptoms.

Organic milk has been found to contain up to 70% more Omega-3 oils than ordinary milk; helping the brain to function at optimal efficiency.

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Ancient societies around the world used honey as an energy food.  It has evolved as a unique and powerful remedy for a wide variety of complaints.

So prized was the food of bees that the Romans used it instead of gold to pay their taxes.  Today, honey has become known as ‘liquid gold’ due to its outstanding nutritive and healing properties.

Honey is the only natural sweetener that requires no additional refining or processing.  It contains small amounts of vitamins such as B2 and B6 and also many minerals including calcium, magnesium, selenium and zinc.  It also helps with any tendency towards hypoglycemia which may contribute towards insomnia and mood swings.

It contains an amazing substance called propolis, which helps to prevent and treat coughs nad colds as well as stomach disorders.  Recent research suggests it can counter-act food poisoning bacteria.

Manuka honey from New Zealand has been shown to inhibit the growth of many bacteria and is proving to be an effective weapon in combating superbugs such as MRSA.  It has also been used effectively to treat athlete’s foot and other fungal infections.

Used topically, honey has a powerful antiseptic effect for the treatment of ulcers, burns and wounds.  it can reduce swelling and pain and stimulates the regrowth of tissue under the skin’s surface.  It also attracts and retains water, keeping the skin soft and supple, making it a popular ingredient in beauty creams.

Try making your own bath creme:

MILK AND HONEY BATH LOTION

for nourishing the skin

2 eggs

3 tbsp. oil (veg or rapeseed)

150ml / 2/3 cup milk

2 tsp clear honey

2 tsp shampoo

1 Tbsp vodka

In a bowl, beat together the eggs and oil.  Add the other ingredients, mix and pour into a glass bottle.  Add 2-3 tablespoons to bath water.  Keep the remaining lotion chilled and use within 4-5 days.

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