Honey is truly nature's most perfect food.  It is chock-filled with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants and trace elements. Honey works as perfectly well in your medicine cabinet as it does in your cupboard. You can cook with it, eat it raw, and use it topically. To get the most benefit, you will want to use honey that is raw, unfiltered and unprocessed.  Honey that has been processed, i.e., heated and filtered, loses some of its bioavailability.

So … what exactly IS honey?

Well, here’s what is isn’t.  It isn’t bee poop!

 But, it is, however, a substance that is masticated, pre-digested and regurgitated by the bees into cells, or ‘combs’ in the hive that is made from all the collected nectars from the flowers the bees light upon.  It is primarily composed of different sugars, such as fructose, glucose, levulose and water, and also contacts trace enzymes, minerals, vitamins and amino acids.

One type of honey in particular is mostly composed of levulose, which is a sugar that is hard for the body to break down, and hence it said to be o.k. for some diabetics to use. This is Tupelo Honey and it is unique to the Apalachicola River Basin area in Lower Georgia and the Florida Panhandle. 

 Tupelo is one of two honies that never granulate; this is because of its lower  moisture content and higher levulose content.  The other honey that is considered 'medicinal' is Monukka Honey.  Honey 'granulates' into sugar because it has high moisture and high sucrose -- one has to heat it to melt it.  Yuck.  I'm sticking with  Tupelo which stays sweet, fresh and usable for years (if you can keep it that long!)  without having to be heated.

Garlic has numerous health-enhancing qualities: it offers heart and circulatory protection; is instrumental in cancer prevention; and is a powerful infection fighter. You want to choose garlic that is firm, fresh and without emerging green shoots.

Garlic is part of the allium family that also includes, onions, shallots and leeks.  Basically, there are two different types of garlic – softneck and hardneck.  The major difference between these two types of garlic  is that the softneck (what you mostly find in grocery stores) has a longer shelf life than hardneck.  Hardneck has very thin skin and is more sensitive to bruising.

Elephant Garlic is  not a garlic at all, and is not actually in the Allium family, and although looks like a much larger variety – in essence it has a very mild flavor and very little medicinal value.

Most garlic available at your grocer is "Chinese" garlic -- has purple striations on its paper-like skin.  This garlic is fine to use; however if you are making 'pickled' garlic or adding garlic to your Kim Chee or other pickled veggies,, it will turn green or blue after being soaked in a vinegar preparation. It is still edible, but nasty looking.  I do not use Chinese garlic in my pickled vegetables because of this color change.  Look for the garlic with pure white paper-like skin --- its the tastiest and ... doesn't change color.

Pure, natural, undistilled Apple Cider Vinegar is wonderful!   It is loaded with potassium, the mineral of youthfulness!

Raw, unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar is a cloudy product with a cobweb like substance usually found floating in the bottom of the bottle --- this is proof positive that the product is natural, raw, undistilled and unfiltered. And, this is the product you want!

Apple Cider Vinegar is another of nature’s most perfect foods.  It is a natural immune system support and promotes good digestion.  Apple Cider Vinegar helps to balance the body’s pH taking it from acidity to neutral when used regularly.  An acid system invites illness and dis-ease, whereas a neutral or alkaline system promotes good health.

Now .. why group all three of these healthful items together?

Because they work synergistically well together to heal, soothe, treat and generally benefit the body more than any one isolated product.  

Three puzzle pieces of nature’s bounty that alone make wonderful additions to you natural remedy chest, but together, form a powerhouse that can help you get through the winter cold and flu season without as much as a sniffle, and can calm down an illness before it takes full hold of you.

All three work as system cleaners and soothers, helping to lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol, helping to stave off infection and support the immune system.

A tasty, refreshing and healthful drink (and great substitute for diet drinks) is a 20 ounce glass of cold water, one tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar and one tbsp of  Tupelo Honey.  I like to add the honey and vinegar to the glass first and stir to blend, then, I add the cold water.  Abolutely yum!  This is an excellent energy booster that helps to clean the blood, as well as offer improved immunity.  To those daring types, you can crush one clove of garlic and add the mash to the drink, stir and enjoy.  Powerful ! ~smile~

You’ve undoubtedly know about today’s anti-aging campaign aimed at the baby boomers (many of whom are now reaching senior citizen status).  But what you might not know is that these three products added to your daily diet can help you more than any one thing, or pill, juice or powder can help you.  Just look to nature’s bounty for honey, garlic and apple cider vinegar, and … a more youthful, energetic, healthy YOU will emerge, no matter what your physical age.

As always, to your health!



Disclaimer:  This article is not intended to treat or cure any illness or dis-ease.  Please check with your medical health care practitioner before starting any course of self-treatment