With winter already making its presence felt you can be sure of at least one health ill. Cold temperatures come with their own bugs but you might find that with just honey and ginger most ailments can be kept at bay.
Mixed together they've been known to work miracles.
l Honey mixed with ground almonds makes an excellent facial cleansing scrub.
l A tablespoon of honey whisked with an egg white, 1 teaspoon of glycerine and 1/4 cup of flour makes an excellent firming mask. Smooth on the face, leave for 15 minutes, and rinse off with warm water. You will be pleased with the results.
l Honey also makes a great moisturising pack. Mix 2 tablespoons of honey with 2 teaspoons of whole milk, smooth over the face and throat, and let it do its job for 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water, and finish splashing with cold water.
l Honey also makes a great lotion for dry patches of skin on hands, elbows, or other parts of the body. Mix 1 teaspoon of honey with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and a 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply to hands, elbows, heels and wash off after 15 minutes.
l To relieve a hangover mix two spoons of honey with half a cup of orange juice and half a cup of yogurt. Blend them together properly and gulp it down.
l Honey works well on chapped lips and for acne because it has antibacterial properties.
l To give your hair lustrous shine, mix 1 teaspoon of honey into 4 cups of warm water. Use as a hair rinse. And if you're a blond, add the juice of 1 lemon.
l Mix 1 tablespoon of honey with a cup of warm water. Use it as a mouthwash. Honey cleans teeth and dentures, and kills germs in the mouth.
l Medical usage: For stomach ulcers, gastritis, dyspepsia and sore throats, 1-2 teaspoons on an empty stomach (half an hour before meals), 1-4 times a day to help healing and provide pain relief.
l For wounds, even burns, apply on a dressing (waterproof) with enough honey to cover the wound surface. Use 20ml of honey per 10x10 cm dressing. Change up to three times daily.
l Ginger has carminative properties (anti-spasmodic) and can be used to calm an upset stomach, providing relief for bloating and gas.
l The intake of ginger helps stimulate the secretion of mucus, quieting your cough and soothing any scratchiness in your throat.
l Ginger has been proven to treat feelings of nausea, particularly in the form of seasickness, morning sickness, motion sickness and as a side effect of chemotherapy.
l Ginger contains antiviral, antitoxic and antifungal properties, and is used for the prevention of and treatment against the common cold.
l Ginger acts as an antihistamine and aids in the treatment of allergies.
l Ginger displays anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and other muscular disorders.
l Ginger contains special enzymes responsible for catalysing the proteins in your food, thus aiding in digestion and the prevention of cramps. The ancient Greeks used to eat ginger after a large meal in order to ease the digestion process.
l Ginger protects against the development of ulcers, unwanted holes in the stomach lining.
l Ginger has proven to help lower cholesterol levels and prevent the formation of blood clots.
l Ginger is often used to settle an upset stomach or treat severe stomach ailments such as dyspepsia or colic. It is frequently used today in third world countries to treat diarrhoea.
l To make a tea, cut a two-inch cube of rhizome into slices and simmer in one cup of water on low heat for 10 minutes. Cover the pot while cooking to retain as many volatile constituents as possible. Remove the slices, and sip the liquid before a meal. Eat the slices after drinking the tea. Drink three cups of tea per day, one before each meal.
Ginger capsules or powder are also available.
Take at least 2000 milligrams three times or more per day with or without food. Be sure to use powder that has not been sitting around too long, as it can lose its potency.