Honey has been a remedy I’ve known and used for years. But, Honey for Health & Beauty, part of the Cooking Well series, is a treasure.
It is a cooperative effort with the Introduction by Lauren Feder, M.D., Foreword by Marie-Annick Courtier and Recipes from The National Honey Board. This combined effort contains over 75 recipes, remedies and natural treatments, backed up by studies.
As Lauren Feder, M.D. said, “After reading Honey for Health & Beauty, I am now enthusiastic to increase the use of honey in some of my favorite dishes, as well as a healing agent.”
Chef Marie-Annick Courtier provides tremendous insight and says, “You need to educate yourself and your palate as you would with wine. Color, concentration, viscosity, aroma, taste, finish and complexity are the most important elements in defining the best honey.”
The book starts off telling the story of honey and provides all sorts of tips. Next, a fascinating chapter follows on how honey helps with health and healing. This is documented with medical studies.
How honey has been and currently is used for beauty is amazing, The book includes beauty recipes created by Christopher Watt, a licensed aesthetician. Christopher’s clients include
Rosemary Honey Hair Conditioner
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup warmed olive oil (2 Tbsp. for normal to oily hair)
4 drops essential oil of rosemary
1 tsp. xanthum gum (available in health food stores)
Place all ingredients in a small bowl and mix thoroughly. Pour into a clean plastic bottle with a tight fitting stopper or lid. Apply a small amount at a time to slightly damped hair. Massage scalp and work mixture through hair until completely coated. Cover hair with a warm towel (towel can be heated in a microwave or dryer) or shower cap; leave on to nourish and condition for 30 minutes. Remove towel or shower cap; shampoo lightly and rinse with cool water. Dry as normal and enjoy shiner, softer and healthier hair the natural way.
This 150 page book is easy and interesting to read, a great reference, and packed full of recipes that are easy to prepare. I think you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.
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