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Honey Facts

Soya de Guaymas is proud to feature Local Tetakawi brand honey. These honey facts might surprise you. Honey is the world’s best known treatment for burns, infected wounds and skin ulcers. Honey can kill bacteria in a wound that is resistant to antibiotic drugs. Using honey instead of all the refined and processed sugars will add antioxidant protection to your diet. Honey is also anti-inflammatory. Honey is made from flower nectar that is collected by the worker honeybees. This happens in the spring, summer and early autumn. Thousands of wax cells form the honeycomb where the honey is stored. This honey feeds the honeybee colony throughout the winter months when the plants are dormant. In an apiculture hive the beekeeper provides the bees with sugar or a corn-syrup solution to sustain them through the winter months. Honey is 15 to 21 percent water. The rest is carbohydrate. Most of this is simple sugars, glucose and fructose. A small percent of honey consists of phytochemicals which cause an endless variation among honeys. Raw or slightly processed honey retains the flavor and the aroma of the nectar source plants. Raw unprocessed honey is like fine wine. Everything depends on the season, the source plants, where the plants are grown, the climate and the weather, not to mention just plain luck. The phytochemicals in honey not only influence the taste and aroma of the honey, but they provide antioxidant protection, healing properties and nutritional benefits. Floral honeys tend to have relatively high levels of phytochemicals that, as mentioned earlier, act as antioxidants. The reason for this is that the honey contains some of the antioxidants that the source plant manufactures. Consequently it is important which source plants the bees prefer and are using. If the flowers of the source plant are poisonous to mammals but not to insects it would be good to encourage the bees to enjoy some other plants someplace else. Here are some of wound healing properties of Honey: Honey reduces infection, pain and inflammation. Honey heals faster than other treatments. A honey dressing reduces the itching of wounds and softens scabs. Less scar tissue and better tissue regeneration happens with honey. Honey promotes the growth of healthy new skin. There are millions of success stories, whether healing dermatitis, skin fungal infections, treating gastrointestinal disorders, poor circulation, burn wounds and/or inflammatory conditions due to the use of honey. I am going to give you just one example: In 1991... read more

Hemp … from Fabrics to Seeds

It all started with a trip down to our local health store here in San Carlos known as Soya de Guaymas. I love to look at what Matt and Mayra have added to their store because there are always new goodies that I haven’tseen before. This time it was a package of raw hemp seeds. Matt had been talking about Hemp and I had asked if he had any. He did and I purchased my first bag of Organic Hemp Seeds. On the front of the package it states that the Hemp is raw shelled and that it has 10grams of protein and 3 grams of Omega 3′s per serving. Hemp has zero cholesterol and zero sodium. The taste is delicious (I now use it all the time on salads or in smoothies or on vegetables) with a lovely nutty flavor. It is unfortunate that many farmers do not grow hemp in the U.S. because it has been likened to marijuana which it isn’t. It was grown in the U.S. until the 1950′s. At this point the U.S. is the only industrialized nation that prohibits growing industrial hemp. This seems to be changing. We’ll see. Hemp is another one of those wonder foods that is so good for you. Not only is it a wonder food but many things come from Hemp including some 25,000 products including paper, fiber, plastics, textiles, rope, oil, household cleaners and a myriad of other products. So why do you suppose there are laws against growing Hemp in the U.S.? First of all it is said that Hemp is the earth’s most beneficial agricultural crop. Hemp can provide food, clothing, shelter and medicine. Hemp has been around for some 6,000 years and has enormous potential as a useful plant. The U.S. was the first country to introduce laws to destroy the hemp plants. And, guess what…once again, it was all about politics and money. For thousands of years hemp has been used as a food, to make clothing and as a medicine. It can be turned into plastics and made into petroleum without producing sulphur, thus reducing CO2 in the atmosphere. Around 80% of all the paper in the world was made from Hemp up until 1883. In the late 1800′s growing hemp fell out of favor as it was difficult to grow large quantities. An automated harvester was developed in the 1930′s. During the time that it was difficult to harvest hemp commercially... read more

Neem, An Ayurvedic Wonder

We’ve talked about tumeric, moringa, whey, arnica, honey and a few others. Now, let’s add neem to the list of products that can be extremely helpful for all kinds of health problems. Neem has been around since ancient times. It has been heavily used in India for such diseases as malaria, diabetes, leprosy and ulcers. In India the neem Tree has been labeled the Tree of Life. Like arnica and moringa, neem comes in various kinds of applications such as capsules, salves, a spray, soap, cream, and of course, the famous neem oil made from the seeds. Neem is an antiseptic so can be used as an infusion. The seeds of the neem tree can be pressed producing a natural spermicide and fungicide. Other infections externally such as itching, fungus, eczema, and psoriasis can be treated with neem with excellent results. Neem oil is probably the best product available to treat psoriasis. Psoriasis is a chronic inflammation of the skin causing thickened and inflamed lesions. Neem oil moisturizes and protects the skin along with treating the injuries. Neem has been know to reduce tumors, prevent heart attacks, reduce cholesterol and prevent blood clotting. Neem can regulate blood pressure and regulate the heart beat. There have been outstanding results in treating periodontal disease. On top of all this neem can get rid of intestinal parasites and unwanted bacteria. Have some dandruff? Use neem to take care of it. Neem has been approved by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) for use in pest control in crops of food. It is not toxic to humans or animals so can make a great insect repellent without the toxicity of Deet. Here in Mexico I used to be able to go into any pharmacy and buy a natural repellent to use against mosquitoes made of citronella. I just tried to do this a few weeks ago…went into three pharmacies and all they had were the US products containing Deet. I do not want this on my skin so went to our local Soya de Guaymas and bought some oil of citronella in order to make my own. I had forgotten about Neem but I do have some on my shelf. I think neem is even better with no harmful effects. The compounds of the seeds, bark and leaves have antiseptic uses, antiviral, anti-ulcer, anti-fungal and anti-ulcer properties. Diseases that are helped or eliminated with neem are diabetes, where insulin requirements have been reduced by... read more

Benefits of Tumeric

That beautiful yellow/orange Indian spice, Tumeric, is probably one of the strongest anti-oxidents on the planet. It has been thoroughly researched and many studies have concluded that it compares favorably to a variety of conventional medications. These medications include such things as Lipitor, a statin drug used to lower blood pressure, various steroid medications, aspirin, Prozac, anti-inflammatory drugs, metformin, a diabetes drug, and the chemotherapy drug, Oxaliplatin. Tumeric comes from the root of the Curcuma Longa Plant. It is full of manganese, iron, vitamin B6, potassium and a bit of fiber. The flavor is warm, peppery and a bit bitter. As far as food goes it has been best known as one of the ingredients to make curry. It is also used to give mustard its bright yellow color. Turmeric is widely used in India as well as in China. Throughout history it has been used as a condiment, a healing remedy and a textile dye. The four most common forms of cancer in the United States apparently are ten times lower in India. Researchers have attributed part of this to the compound curcumin. Laboratory studies have suggested that curcumin is effective in protecting against cancer and in killing colon cancer cells. It is also thought that the elderly villagers in India appear to have the lowest rates of Alzheimer’s in the world. Tumeric is a very potent anti-inflammatory. This was mentioned above. There are a lot of anti-inflammatory drugs on the market but why not use something like tumeric that is natural. Tumeric is also a very effective treatment for inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s and colitis. Rheumatoid arthritis can be helped significantly along with cystic fibrosis. Curcumin, the major constituent of turmeric, exerts powerful antioxidant effects. Because of this curcumin is able to neutralize free radicals, the chemicals that travel throughout the body causing damage to healthy cells and cell membranes. Free radicals are responsible for the painful joint inflammation of arthritis. In the case of cystic fibrosis patients should not self-medicate with supplements containing curcumin. There could be adverse interactions with the many prescription drugs taken by cystic fibrosis sufferers. It is certainly easier to prevent cancer in the first place than to do nothing and try and cure it. Curcumin helps destroy the mutated cancer cells so these cells cannot spread throughout the body. The main way curcumin does this is by enhancing liver function. There have been studies that have linked the frequent... read more

Iridology

The ‘What is an Iridologist’ is pretty simple…simply a person that practices Iridology. So then, let’s look into just what Iridology is. Iridology is the science and practice that reveals inflammation, where the inflammation is located and how it is manifesting. Iridology is the science of analyzing the delicate structures of the iris of the eye. The iris is the colored portion of the eye. When it is magnified the iris becomes a world of minute detail telling the Iridologist what is going on in the body. All this started back in the early 1800′s when a young lad by the name of Ignatz von Peczely, living near Budapest, caught an owl. The owl struggled and ended up with a broken leg. The lad observed a black stripe rising in the owl’s eye. von Peczely bandaged the leg and nursed the owl back to health. He released the bird but the owl chose to stay in the garden enabling von Peczely to continue to observe the owl’s eye. As the black stripe disappeared several white lines of various shades took its place. Eventually all that was left in the iris was a black dot where the stripe had been. This young lad grew up and became a physician. He was able to observe the irises of many patients after accidents preceding and following surgery. As he studied these irises he found that the changes coincided with surgery, injuries or illnesses. He was convinced that there was a reflex reaction between the various markings in the iris and the rest of the body. The iris of the eye is the most complex tissue of the body. It is an extension of the brain and is endowed with hundreds of thousands of nerve endings, microscopic blood vessels, muscle and other tissues. The iris is connected to every organ and tissue of the body by way of the brain and nervous system. Both the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems are present. Think of the iris as a miniature television screen showing the most remote portions of the body by way of nerve reflex responses. There two very separate things happening…Not only does the iris enable us to bring images of the outside world within allowing us to see, but the iris also shows images of what is within the body bringing that image to the outside world. This science has been studied for the past 150 years and has been found to... read more

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