Lettuce Discuss… Colds, Allergies and a little holistic help, for this Fall Season!

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This time of year people tend to get symptoms of allergies, colds, coughs etc…

We refuse to have them but that’s just us. However, if we do feel a little scratchy these are some of the natural remedies we use to great effect.

One of the first things we need to do at this time of year is boost the immune system, the simple way to do this is through juicing. If you don’t have a juicer you can also blend the raw ingredients in a food processor or classic blender.

Immune System Boost (Juice)

1 Apple

3 Celery stalks

4 stalks of Kale

½ Lemon

½ Ginger Root

Alternatively take 1 Clove of Garlic per day

As the saying goes… “An Apple a day keeps the Doctor away” Apples are very high in Vitamin C plus much more…

If you would like something a bit sweeter you could add a teaspoon of Manuka Honey. Or a locally produced honey. Or a teaspoon of Organic Raw un-refined sugar.

(I know Honey is a controversial topic among Vegans, please see our prior blog “Vegans and Honey?”)

You can do this 2 or 3 times a week, it will encourage and help your immune system.

The next thing to look at this time of year is a cold cure, I’m sure we have all heard of the following recipes. It wont hurt to run through them again.

Cold Cures

1 Teaspoon of honey

½ Teaspoon of cinnamon

Alternatively take 1 Clove of Garlic per day

Honey and cinnamon are both antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and will knock out a cold within a day or two. Take this twice a day for 3 days.

*As a side note this will also help with bladder and kidney infections. It will act as a painkiller for arthritis and will reduce sugar levels and blood pressure.

The next thing this time of year is blood pressure. When we are feeling a little under the weather one of the causes of the nagging throbbing headache can be elevated blood pressure.   To lower your blood pressure you can take the cold cure above or use the following juice recipe.

Reduce Blood Pressure (Juice)

½ grapefruit

2 Stalks of celery

½ Cucumber

1 Clove of garlic

¼ Fennel bulb

This juice is great for lowering your blood pressure again you can take this 1 or twice a week or everyday if you want to. As this is all natural it can only do you good.

Next we will look at a little tonic for your Thyroid, as your thyroid is like your bodies control and distribution center we need to care for it. It is very important. You should be eating kale and seaweed to help it out but the following is a good tonic.

Thyroid Tonic (Juice)

6 Carrots

1 Cucumber

½ Lemon

10 Raddishes

You can take this twice a week or more if you are feeling it. Avoid soya as this can be damaging to your thyroid. There are plenty of alternatives to soy milk out there for example, almond, hemp, rice, and oat to name a few.

There is also Hazelnut milk, this is quite a common milk or nut to be allergic to so take care when drinking it. This brings me on to our next topic of allergies. Sometimes an allergy can present itself with cold or flu like symptoms, little itches on the skin, there is help however in the form of another juice.

Allergy Reduction

1 medium carrot

2 Large Oranges

1 handful of mint leaves

½ inch of Ginger root

Juice them together and drink twice a day. The symptoms should clear quickly.

Alternatively take 1 clove of garlic per day for allergies.

Garlic and its many uses

A single clove of garlic per day is a wonderful thing it can be used to treat so many ailments that we all have occasionally here is a list of what it is good for,

High cholesterol             *Crush the Garlic and Take

Athletes Foot             Crush the garlic and add a few drops of olive oil, Mix o a paste and apply

Poor Digestion            *Crush the garlic and Take

Low Energy                        *Crush the garlic and Take

Lowers Blood Sugar            *Crush the garlic and Take

Bronchitis                        *Crush the garlic and Take

Colon Cancer                        *Crush the garlic and Take

Yeast Infections            *Crush the garlic and Take

Respiratory Problems            *Crush the garlic and Take

Boosts the immune system            *Crush the garlic and Take

Increase Iron and Zinc Absorption            Crush the garlic and Take

Coughing                        *Crush the garlic and Take

Antioxidants                        *Crush the garlic and Take

Breast cancer                        *Crush the garlic and Take

Cold and flu                        *Crush the garlic and Take

Leukemia                        *Crush the garlic and Take

Anti Fungal                        *Crush the garlic and Take

Vaginitis                        *Crush the garlic and Take

Toothaches                        Crush the garlic and apply direct to the tooth

Warts            Crush the garlic and add a few drops of olive oil, Mix o a paste and apply

Stomach            *Crush the garlic and Take

Diabetes                        *Crush the garlic and Take

Parasites                        *Crush the garlic and Take

Allergies                        *Crush the garlic and Take

*Add the garlic to a spoon of olive oil –otherwise the garlic may burn your mouth

There are probably more benefits of garlic that we haven’t listed but feel free to let us know and we will research and add it.

Have a stress free and well Fall/Autumn

Many blessings

Mako and Hema

Lettuce Discuss… Is Ethically and organically produced Honey Vegan?

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Is honey cruelty-free?

Today’s blog is not trying to get tied up in the ethics of insects; it is however giving our opinion on the subject of, Is Honey Vegan?

Firstly, Bees are a very important part of the ecology of our planet. If there were no bees the majority of pollination of plants would not be carried out and the planet as we know it would simply cease to maintain plant life. That’s just a fact. Bees are essential to every species on the planet because they pollinate the flowers of fruit trees.  Without pollinated flowers, there is no fruit on most fruit trees.  So, without bees, we have little or no fruit.

Knowingly or not we kill many insects as we walk through grass, or driving to the store to buy supplies we find insects on the windshield of our cars.

If we are to be staunchly vegan and being vegan states we cannot kill insects, this in turn means we cannot eat non-organic produce. This would be because of the pesticides used to keep insects from destroying the produce.

Another problem we face is how do we know that no insects are harmed in organic farms. Should each ear of corn be hand picked? Should each carrot be checked for insects first?

It is necessary to point this out so we have a balanced debate. Does every vegan know the true origin of his or her produce? Do we know that no Being, animal, or insect was harmed?

With this in mind the concern for the Bee is in consistent, as pointed out above other activities kill more insects than bee keeping.

Is honey a forbidden animal product? Bees make it. However, only happy bees make honey. If bees are stressed or threatened they stop making honey and protect the hive. The Bee is happy making the honey (and we are talking of ethically kept Bees). They produce more honey, beeswax and propolis (a resinous mixture bees use to fill gaps in the hive) than they need each year. An average apiary can produce 160 lbs of honey. Ethical beekeepers take between 10 and 50lbs leaving the bees 110lbs of honey, which is more than they would use over the winter.

According to food journalist Rowan Jacobson, bees are used in the production of about 100 foods, including almonds, avocados, broccoli, canola, cherries, cucumbers, lettuce, peaches, pears, plums, sunflowers, and tomatoes. Due to their pollination.

As with all our actions and decisions people will see grey areas. Not all honey is mass produced not all honey is ethically produced. The important thing is to research where your honey comes from. Is it ethically produced? Do the beekeepers care for the health of Bees and the environment that they live in?

If you want to support ethically produced honey and helping the bees survive, support your local organic apiary. Look for these icons

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We consider ourselves to be vegan and believe we trust our own ethics we use and eat honey. It has so many benefits it is hard to ignore.

Manuka Honey benefits

Before we give the benefits there are things to look out for, each tub of Manuka honey bears its own Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) – this scale identifies the level of anti-bacterial potency. The UMF rating of 10+ is the minimum required to gain the UMF rating to be considered effective for purpose. Any Manuka Honey that meets or exceeds this requirement is commonly referred to as Active Manuka Honey. The Optimum levels of UMF are 10+ to 15+, so look out for this on your tub.

Manuka honey is anti bacterial and antimicrobial you can use it topically and by taking it internally. You can apply it directly to wounds and it will stop any bacteria from growing.

Digestive health, if you have bloating, stomach pain, indigestion, acid reflux, irritable bowl syndrome, and stomach ulcers. Stir a spoon of honey in some hot but not boiling water or tea and drink.

Immunity, help your immune system with honeys antibacterial properties stir a spoon of honey with some lemon to prevent a cold. The high antibacterial levels will treat ulcers, skin infections, cuts, cold sores, abrasions and more.

There are many more benefits and we have included a link below, we are in no way affiliated with Honey Mark Products it is useful information for your own research.

http://www.honeymarkproducts.com/our-company/organizations/

Many Blessings

Mako & Hema