Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Honey on my Face

I love honey: raw, local, all natural honey.  I'm not talking about the cheap, fake stuff either. Local, raw honey tastes amazing and is full of the good stuff. I add it to my tea, use it on my face & put it in my hairHoney contains some of the most incredible antibacterial power nature has to offer. It will replace much needed moisture in your skin, while at the same time pulling out the oil and bad stuff. 

I started using honey as part of my morning facial routine at the suggestion of Crunchy Betty's ebook Food on Your Face. I pour some honey on my fingers and spread it all over my face. If I'm in a hurry I'll wash it off right away. If I've got some time I'll leave the honey on for 5 or 10 minutes while I do other things and then wash it off. It has been a great acne fighter for me along with my thyme toner I use before bed.

Beware buying your honey from a big-box store or pharmacy. Often times, it's not even honey.

Pasteurized honey is no good for your face. All the beneficial enzymes have been killed in the heating process. This is the honey you typically find in mainstream grocery stores. Often it's"laundered" from Asian countries to hide it's inferior Chinese origin.  

Raw, unfiltered honey is honey that has been heated less than 115 degrees Fahrenheit, the official “raw heat” designation. It's been minimally filtered to remove some of the pollen, propolis, and wax. Where can you get the good stuff? I get mine at local orchards and farmer markets. 
To learn more about honey, I highly recommend these articles:

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Weekly Menu 9/17-9/23

I've been riding my bike a lot this week with my oldest son. He leads and I follow him all around town exploring the neighborhoods. He loves adventures and finding new bike paths, especially hidden sidewalks. This boy that used to cause me such heartache has matured into a friend and expedition leader.

This week I'm hoping the beautiful fall weather continues and we can fit in more bike rides. I'm also putting my crockpot to more use as it's my favorite cooking appliance in autumn.

Weekly Menu 9/17-9/23
Monday: Pasta with homemade marinara & tossed salad
Tuesday: Baked Tilapia, rice, steamed green beans
Wednesday: Crockpot Chicken with carrots and potatoes
Thursday: Chinese Beef & Broccoli, brown rice
Friday: Tacos
Saturday dinner: Pizza
Sunday:  Chicken Noodle Soup & Leftovers
You can find more menus at Menu Plan Monday at I'm An Organizing Junkie.
What's on your menu plan this week?


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