The Natural Buzz / Allergies
If eating a spoonful of raw honey for allergies doesn't seem realistic, you may want to try these recipes. They taste delicious and you'll get the allergy relief you're craving.
Cinnamon Honey Butter
½ Cup Organic Softened Butter
½ Cup Ann Bee’s Naturals Honey
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
In a medium bowl, combine butter, honey and cinnamon. Beat until light and fluffy. Spread on anything where you'd use butter.
Honey Feta Spread
1 (4oz) Package Feta Cheese
3 TBSP Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1 cup Ann Bee’s Naturals Honey
Place the block of feta cheese in the center of a large dinner plate. Drizzle honey over the top. Sprinkle with cracked black pepper. Serve with crackers or use fresh veggies to dip.
Peaches & Cream…Grilled
4 Fresh Organic Peaches, Halved & Pitted
1TBSP Grapeseed Oil
Organic Demerara Sugar (just enough to lightly sprinkle)
2 TBSP Ann Bee's Naturals Honey
1 cup softened cream cheese
Preheat a grill for medium-high heat. Brush peaches with a light coating of oil, sprinkle with demerara sugar. Place pit side down onto the grill. Grill for 5 minutes, or until the surfaces have nice grill marks. Turn the peaches over, and drizzle with a bit of honey. Place a dollop of the cream cheese spread in the place where the pit was. Grill for 2 to 3 more minutes, or until the filling is warm. Serve immediately.
This week I went to a large indoor/outdoor market where there were many wonderful vendors and several of them were soap makers. As I perused the isles one booth caught my eye, simply because it claimed all the products they sold were completely natural, scented only with essential oils and colored naturally. Yet one of the soaps was hot pink and the scent was strawberry mango. I ask you this? What color is your soap? Hot pink? Neon Green? Bright Purple? Well, if it is, it’s NOT natural! Those colors can only be achieved by using a synthetic dye. And since our skin is a sponge, not a barrier, it absorbs EVERYTHING we put on it. I don’t know about you but I don’t want to absorb Red Dye #30 or any other synthetic, chemical filled dye! Synthetic dyes are listed in the top 10 causes of skin allergies! That’s why Ann Bee’s Naturals uses only natural colorants. We love the beneficial properties of mineral rich clays, healing herbs, and food grade detoxifying bamboo charcoal adds to our soaps! It has to have a benefit for the skin to make it into an Ann Bee’s Naturals product because our customers deserve the very best! Don’t be fooled by pretty colors and fruity scented imitations, the things Nature has to offer is so much better!
Last week I walked into a lovely little shop that smelled great. Truly, it smelled heavenly. I wasn't there more than 15 minutes when I began to feel dizzy, light headed, needed to sneeze and had the beginnings of a headache that persisted for more than 2 days. Just being in the same room as one of the synthetic scents sent me into a downward spiral of allergies and that is why I’m writing this today.
Everyone likes walking into a room that smells good. But your nose won’t tell you that fresh smelling fragrance is really harming your health. Today’s modern fragrances are nothing like the essential essences distilled from plants and flowers. People are enamored with fragrance, and while our quest to have an environment that smells lovely continues, few know the dangers associated with synthetic fragrances. There are at least 4000 different chemical used by the fragrance industry today, and many haven’t been tested for safety. A single fragrance can contain between 200-600 separate chemical ingredients. Fragrance sensitivity in the workplace and at home is on the rise. It’s no wonder considering most synthetic fragrances are derived from petrochemicals which give off volatile organic compounds (vocs). These compounds are linked to a myriad of allergic reactions including; eye, nose and throat irritations, headaches, dizziness, nausea, rashes, damage the liver, kidneys and central nervous system. There have been links between synthetic fragrances and auto-immune diseases such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Not to mention it’s one of the leading causes of contact dermatitis when used in body products.
We use no synthetic fragrances in our products because we know how harmful they are for our family, our customers, and our planet. Now we've introduced a few products that will help to freshen our homes naturally. Essential Mists that not only smell great but have beneficial properties from the essential oils in them and are safe enough to use a body or linen spray, Carpet Freshener that is completely natural so we can have peace of mind when our children play on the floor, Wool Dryer Balls that keep the static and wrinkles down while not contaminating the fabric we place on our skin with chemicals. Let’s not persist in “freshening” our environment with chemically produced, synthetic fragrances. There are natural options that are so much better.