Healing, Relaxing and Meditating with Music.

The solfeggio frequencies are part of the olden six-tone scale believed to have incorporated scared music, inclusive of the famous and beautiful Gregorian Chants. They begin with the 396 Hz and end with the 852 Hz frequency. Below we extend out beyond the six-tone scale to showcase additional frequencies that can help heal, relax and/or meditate based upon your individual needs.

The unique tones and chants are found to impart spiritual blessings when they are played harmoniously. Every tone comprises frequencies necessary for balancing energy, keeping the spirit, mind, and body in a perfect form of harmony. Use them together for added benefits and incorporate them within your beauty and spa routines.

Healing, Relaxing and Meditating frequencies:

  • The 174 Hz frequency alleviates tension and pain.
  • The 285 Hz frequency promotes the fright or fight instincts.
  • The 396 Hz for liberating one from fear and guilt
  • The 417 Hz frequencies for facilitating change and undoing situations
  • The 528 Hz for miracles and transformations like DNA repair
  • The 639 Hz frequencies for relationships and reconnecting
  • The 741 Hz solfeggio frequencies for getting solutions and expressing themselves
  • The 852 Hz frequencies for returning one to a spiritual order
  • The 963 Hz frequency for unity with Source.

Additional Benefits of the Frequencies

Healing, relaxing and meditating with music has several benefits linked with the frequencies. They include:

  • Relieving pain and tension: The 174 HZ frequencies relieves a person from tension and pain. When one is listening to this type of music, they will observe their breath gradually slowing down, making them very relaxed as they drift off to quiet meditation. Healing frequencies will relax the muscles, thereby alleviating tension or pain.
  • Safety, energy, and survival are linked with the solfeggio frequencies at 285 Hz. It is a frequency linked to the root Muladhara or Chakra. It is the body’s most fundamental and primal energy center at the base of a person’s spine. The Chakra regulates all the energy relating to safety, survival, and instinct.
  • The 396 Hz Solfeggio Frequencies release fear and guilt. When listening to the frequency, the feelings of fear and guilt kick in. A mantra can be used for harmony to be obtained from the ancient Solfeggio frequencies.
  • The 417 Hz releases negativity and all past trauma. One will experience relief because the negative experiences and influences from the past slowly leave their consciousness. It is linked to solar plexus chakra and color yellow.
  • 528 Hz is for clarity, peace, and DNA healing: it is a miracle tone or the love frequencies which have been claimed to heal the DNA and also cleanses an individual from any diseases and sickness. Healing impact is amplified through toning and meditation.
  • Healing interpersonal relationships using 639 Hz: it is a frequency with an ability to reconnect because it allows one to meditate on themselves, their life, and those of the people they value and love.
  • Problem-solving and improving emotional stability using 741 Hz: it allows the mind to expand, filling it with various solutions and new ways for self-expression. It unwinds a person’s worries and troubles, allowing one to think freely. It creates room for a healthier and stable emotional position and time for more profound intuition.
  • To create harmony with the universe and yourself: use the 852 HZ solfeggio frequencies so that you can heighten your intuitions and alignment with spiritual orders. You can connect with an omnipresent spirit in the universes and bring back harmony to yourself.
  • The 963 HZ solfeggio frequencies create room for oneness and unity. It awakens your interactions with oneness and interconnectedness with the universes. You get pure and bright visions and thoughts in your mind.

Healing, Relaxing and Meditating with Music is a wonderful way to maximize your spa and beauty routines. Many blessings to you!

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Boost Immune & Reduce Stress with Alternate Nostril Breathing

Alternate Nostril Breathing, also known as Nadi Sodhan Pranayam, is a super simple and powerful technique to create a deep sense of well-being and harmony on the physical, mental, and emotional levels. And that’s exactly what each of us needs right now with the onset of the Coronavirus. Breath exercises are integrating and grounding, while this particular exercise, Alternate Nostril Breathing also balances the right and left hemispheres of the brain. In fact, the energy of the nervous system is directly proportional to one’s breathing.

Ancient yogic texts explain that the nostril on the right is our sun nostril and it controls our energy level. The benefits brought forth from our right nostril is warming, vigor, concentration, alertness, action orientated, and will power.

On the other side, our left nostril is our lunar nostril and it controls our emotions. The benefits of performing this breathing technique from the left nostril can bring a cleansing energy, calmness, empathy and positive sensitivity.

So if you find yourself tired, breathing long and deep through the right nostril will give you added energy while breathing through the left nostril will bring calmness.

When performing the Alternate Nostril Breathing the long deep breaths the calm, sooth and energize the entire nervous system. All it takes is just 3 to 5 minutes, no more no less and it can be repeated periodically throughout the day. It’s wonderful to add into your morning and evening routines.

The ancient yogis taught that if you can learn to regulate the way you breathe, you can gain greater control over your mind. One of the many yogi goals of breathing techniques associated with meditation.

Alternate Nostril Breathing to boost your immune and reduce stress.

Benefits of Alternate Nostril Breathing:

1. Improve respiratory health

When practicing this technique we use deep, slow breathing and access the full capacity of the lungs. The pulse rate and respiratory rate have been shown to decrease significantly following just a few weeks of daily Alternate Nostril Breathing.

2. Improve cardiovascular health & Revitalize the Body

The slow breathing technique can reduce the systolic and diastolic blood pressure immediately after one session. This is a result of triggering the parasympathetic nervous system, causing the blood vessels to relax and widen.

3. Reduce stress and anxiety & Sooth the Nerves

Balancing the activity between your left and right nostrils brings your sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems into equilibrium. And it also helps alleviate overactive stress response.

4. Reduce worry and rumination

By keeping the attention on the breath, we take a break from the mind and thinking on thoughts which have great concerns. Thus, it is helpful in reducing simply repetitively going over a thought or a problem.

5.  Enhanced Mental Function

Alternate nostril breathing helps sharpen your concentration and mental clarity even when you feel your mind is sluggish.

How to Perform Alternate Nostril Breathing:

  • Posture: Sit with a straight spine. You may be in Easy Pose or on a chair, wherever you can keep your spine straight and be comfortable.
  • Mudra and Breath: Using the thumb and index fingers of the right hand, make a “U” of the two fingers, using the thumb to close off the right nostril and the index finger to close off the left nostril. The breath is always relaxed, deep and full.
  • Close the left nostril, inhale deeply through the right nostril. At the end of the inhale, close the right nostril and exhale through the left nostril.
  • Now inhale through the left nostril fully and deeply, then close the left nostril and exhale through the right one.
  • Again, inhale through the right nostril and continue alternate nostril breathing. The breath must be complete and full on both the inhalation and exhalation cycles.
  • Time: Continue for 3 – 5 minutes.
  • Optional Mantra: Inhale Sat. Exhale Naam. Chanting the mantra, Sat Nam, awakens your soul and gives you your destiny. Sat means Truth or the reality of one’s existence. Nam means name or identity. It instantly attunes us to our highest self. Sat Nam affirms that Truth is our Identity. Sat Nam is a bij mantra, a seed sound. Within the seed is all the knowledge of the fully grown tree. Bij mantras are sounds that rearrange the habit patterns of the subconscious mind.

To End: Inhale deeply, hold the breath a few seconds, lower the hand, and exhale.

Try incorporating Alternate Nostril Breathing into your morning and evening routines for the long term benefits associated with your mental, emotional, and wellness. Sat Nam!

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We all can do more to battle the internal and external elements that alter your body’s health and wellness in order to achieve your best beautiful self.   These guides will help you create your own vitality plan to achieve your wellness goals through a combination of treatments, products and supplements outlined in the below articles.

Boost Your Immune System and Reduce Stress: Breath of Fire

The Corona Virus has certainly put a huge strain on humanity. So it’s time we all start practicing self care in order to beat the odds of this silent enemy. There are several ways you can boost an immune system but the simplest, easiest and cheapest way is to simply modify your breathing through the yoga breathing techniques.

Breath of Fire is not for everyone, so please consult a physician for any questions or concerns in regards to incorporating this techniques into your daily routine. And if anyone develops any negatives reactions, stop immediately and consult a physician. To read our full disclosure, click here.

One yoga breathing technique to boost the immune system and reduce stress is called Breath of Fire or Agni Pran (yoga terminology).

Breath of Fire

Breath of Fire (Agni Pran)

Breath of Fire is one of the foundational breath techniques used in the practice of Kundalini Yoga. It accompanies many postures, and has numerous beneficial effects. It is important to master this breath so that it is done accurately and becomes automatic. Breath of Fire is rapid, rhythmic, and continuous. It is equal on the inhale and the exhale, with no pause between them (approximately 2-3 cycles per second). It is always practiced through the nostrils with the mouth closed, unless stated otherwise.

Breath of Fire is powered from the navel point and solar plexus. To exhale, the air is expelled powerfully through the nose, by pressing the navel point and solar plexus back toward the spine. This feels automatic if you contract the diaphragm rapidly. To inhale, the upper abdominal muscles relax, the diaphragm extends down, and the breath seems to come in as part of relaxation rather than through effort. The chest stays relaxed and slightly lifted throughout the breathing cycle. When done correctly, there should be no rigidity of hands, feet, face, or abdomen.

Begin practicing Breath of Fire for a duration of I-3 minutes. You can work your way up to 10 minutes for added benefits. If you find that the breath creates an initial dizziness or giddiness, stop immediately. If you find this helpful, you can incorporate this into your morning and evening routines.

Some tingling, traveling sensations and light-headedness are completely normal as your body adjusts to the new breath and new stimulation of the nerves. Concentrating at the brow point may help relieve these sensations. Sometimes these symptoms are the result of toxins and other chemicals released by the breath technique. The symptoms may be relieved by drinking lots of water and changing to a light diet. Also don’t try this on a full stomach, it’s best to incorporate before you eat a meal.

The Many Benefits of Breath of Fire:

  • Releases toxins and deposits from the lungs, mucous linings, blood vessels, and other cells.
  • Expands the lung capacity and increases vital strength.
  • Strengthens the nervous system to resist stress.
  • Repairs the balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.
  • Strengthens the navel chakra.
  • Increases physical endurance and prepares you to act effectively.
  • Adjusts the subtle psycho-electromagnetic field of the aura so that the blood becomes energized.
  • Reduces addictive impulses for drugs, smoking, and bad foods.
  • Increases oxygen delivery to the brain, facilitating a focused, intelligent, and neutral state of mind.
  • Boosts the immune system and may help prevent many diseases.
  • Promotes synchronization of the biorhythms of the body’s systems.

Breath of Fire is not hyperventilation, nor is it Bellows Breath (see below). There are restrictions for doing Breath of Fire while pregnant and menstruating.

Beginning a Practice of Breath of Fire

  • Sit straight and place the hands in Prayer Pose.
  • Close the eyelids 9/10ths. Roll the eyes up and concentrate at the Brow Point or the third eye.
  • Begin Breath of Fire for I-3 minutes.
  • Then inhale and hold for 10seconds.
  • Relax. Stay still and place the hands on the knees in Gyan Mudra, palms up to welcome renewal energy.
  • Watch the natural flow of the breath and the constant stream of internal and external sensations. Continue for 3 minutes.
  • Inhale deeply, exhale.
  • Repeat this combination 3-5 times.

Common mistakes in doing Breath of Fire

  • Paradoxical breathing: Many people learn to breathe backwards – they inhale by pulling the belly in, thus making the space for the breath less rather than more. People who are often anxious or smoke frequently tend to have this pattern. It can be easily changed by placing one hand on the chest and one on the belly and doing Breath of Fire slowly with total awareness.
  • Trying to breathe by an exaggerated pumping of the belly. Breath of Fire is not the deep-bellows cleansing breath that pumps the stomach with complete exhales and inhales. Breath of Fire comes from higher up near the solar plexus.
  • A loss of attention to the balanced ratio of the inhale and exhale. One way to get this right is to do it wrong first. Try to inhale much more than you exhale with each breath cycle at l-2 times per second. Within 30 seconds you can sense the over-stimulated jumpiness and imbalance of the breathing. Then switch to a much greater exhale than inhale at the same pace. Almost immediately you will sense a loss of strength, lethargy, distraction, or depression. Now make the breath exactly equal on the inhale and exhale. Listen to the sound of the breath and create a steady rhythm.

Breath of Fire is a wonderful yoga breathing technique to boost the immune system and reduce stress, try incorporating this in your morning and evening routines or when you just need a pick me up. Breath of Fire helps me when I need to refocus and gain composure especially in times of stress.

Being Gentle with Sensitive Skin

The Exfoliation Healing Process

I’m a firm believer in exfoliation and often do more than I should at times. Because I’m focused on maintaining a youthful glow and doing everything to slow down the aging process, it’s best to take a step back and understand the exfoliation healing process so you don’t over initiate your skin.

For example, it takes 14 days for your skin to maintain its new found smoothness after a microdermabrasion treatment (from a study in Skin Research and Technology). I do weekly microdermabrasion OR an acidic skin peel to maintain my facial appearance’s soft smooth glow. But if you are someone in your early 20’s or 30’s, your skin heals and turns over faster so weekly may not be appropriate for your skin. If you find your skin is too tight, feeling more like a sunburn than refreshing – it maybe your over exfoliating.

So back to the basics: Skin consists of three layers of tissues: the epidermis, the dermis and the subcutaneous layer. The epidermis is the outer thin layer of the skin. It consists mainly of dead cells and the main reason why exfoliation is necessary. The dead cells are replaced by new cells produced in the lower portion of the epidermis, which move upward to the outside of the skin.

This cycle of cell production and replacement takes longer as we age. On average, It takes about 28-45 days for someone in their 30’s. And slows to about 45-60 days in our 40’s and 50’s. And slows further to about 60-90 days in our 50’s and 60’s.

The dead cells accumulate on the surface of skin causing sagging and collapse of structure or what we see as lines, wrinkles, and deeper folds. And if you don’t maintain a proper exfoliation process, bacteria can become trapped causing breakouts. Or even worse is the possibility of discolored and irregular cells can also become trapped causing a more serious skin condition.

The exfoliation healing process is specific to each individual, but there are numerous ways to exfoliate so mixing and match different treatments can target in on what is best for your individual skin needs and preferences. In addition to my weekly microdermabrasion or acidic skin peels, I use a 10% glycolic acid peel at night which also helps control acne breakout. And of course I use a rotating cleansing brush twice and day to help with the light exfoliations and allows for my serums and lotions to adhere to the skin.

The exfoliation healing process is best when you are over compensating on the after affects, so try different methods to ensure your anti-aging process is efficient and effective!

The Most Coveted Make Up Trend in 2020

So neon eyeliner was the fashion craze of 2019, and it still has interesting followings but in 2020, it’s all about to change.

And for some of us who prefer not to be so bold with neon, you will be very pleased in 2020. Everything is moving to PASTELS!

Yes, pastels will be seen on all aspects of makeup including mascara. Think about the pastels as showcasing the softer side of color.

From most of the Instagram Fashion feeds, pink is the overall winner thus far. And for many of us, pink looks good on most skin colors.

Pink Cat Eye
Pink Cat Eye

Try it out as cat eye liner for a bold feminine look!

Silk Pillowcase for Beautiful Skin & Hair

Silk Pillowcase for Beautiful Skin & Hair

Cotton sheets absorb moisture, so to avoid having your skin and hair’s moisture loss while you sleep – slip into silky sheets!

Hair that tends to lack moisture can appear frizzy, lifeless, and even more static. Beauty experts love sleeping with a silk pillowcase as it will actually allow the hair to slide around more smoothly resulting in less breakage and  waking up void of the morning bed-head!

Additionally, cotton sheets can also absorb moisture from the skin.  Using silk pillowcases will not only allow your much coveted anti-aging treatments to remain on the skin but will also not imprint sheet creases on the body.  Anything to help prevent wrinkles!

Just to clear up some confusion, silk is considered a thread while satin is considered a weave. In order to make fabric, you take a type of thread, and weave it in a certain way. It is entirely possible to have a satin-weave fabric that is made of 100% silk threads.  So make sure you are purchasing 100% silk pillowcases.

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Silk Pillowcase for Beautiful Skin & Hair

2018 Make-Up Trend – Two Toned Lips!

2018 Make-Up Trend – Two Toned Lips!

2018 has shown many new trends, but one of my favorites is the two toned lips. Previous trends use to incorporate a darker liner with lighter lip color.  Then we started to add in  shimmer and shine to our lips with glosses.  And just recently, beauty mogels hit it out of the park with facial conto

Two Toned Lips

uring.  By including a lighter color in the center of the lips make the lips appear fuller.

Now we are much more darning to include two-toned lips!  Be adventurous and try out a two-toned lip by first using a lighter color on your top lip and a complementing but darker shade on the bottom.  Or as the picture suggests start with one color on one side of the lip and then move to a darker and even different color profile to the other side of the lips.

Even if this is just too much for your beauty routine, the bold lip is definitely in this season!

Let us know  what you’ve tried, we’d love to hear from you!

2018 Make-Up Trend – Two Toned Lips!

Beautiful Skin in 2 Weeks with the Keto Diet

Beautiful Skin in 2 weeks with the Keto Diet

The fad of the Keto Diet is still going strong and the benefits are more than just loosing weigth, it actually improves your skin’s texture, glow and firmness.  If you follow the diet and it’s strict ingredients, then you can see for yourself these improvements within just a few weeks.  Before we continue, let’s outline what the Keto Diet is all about and then outline how it improves the skin.

The Ancients Indigenous people ate mostly a Keto diet.  The men hunted for their foods, while the women processed the farming foods for their meals.  Wheat of course was available, but usually harder to process into how our current society’s bleached white flour that is processed.  In fact, today’s flour is turned into sugar immediately upon consumption.  That was always so with the ancients.

The Break Down of Ketosis 

Essentially, the Ketogenic Diet, or aka Keto Diet, is based on how and what you eat in order to put the body into a process called ketosis which produces ketones for energy.  Ketosis is a natural process the body initiates when there aren’t enough carbs, so it uses fat for energy instead.  In this state ketones are produced from the breakdown of fats in the liver.  The body becomes very efficient and effective at burning fat.  The diet was created in the 1940s to help reduce seizures in epileptic patients.  Over time people began to adapt it for weight loss and other health-related lifestyle changes.

The Keto Diet requires 65-70% fats, 25-30% protein, and 5% carbs.  Thus by limiting the carbohydrates,  fat becomes the primary source of energy for the body.  As if Carbs are not burned immediately when eaten, your body will produce  insulin  will store them as body fat.  This diet requires less than 20 grams of carbs per day.

Traditional foods include all meats, fish, eggs various green vegetables, oils such as avocado or coconut, nuts, plain greek yogurt and cheeses.  Usually two-four weeks will get you the results of loosing weight, but also clearing your system of toxins helping resolve or improving upon a multitude of conditions.  Avoid foods fried in hydrogenated oil, all soy products, rice, bread, alcohol, starchy vegetables  and anything containing carbs or sugars.  Vegetables contain some carbs and that’s why there is an allowance for some carbs, for those they can be limited amounts which include tomatoes, broccoli, zucchini, and cauliflower.  Very few fruits are included, only a small portions of berries can be eaten on the diet.

It might seem counterintuitive to eat more fat in order to lose  fat, but its all about shifting the way that the body metabolizes food for energy.  It may also seem like acne would increase when eating higher amounts of fat, but in theory the liver is processing

The Keto Diet can help manage breakouts and improve your Skin

When your body enters ketosis, your body is uses only slow-burning fats rather than fast-burning sugars which helps with keeping insulin levels low and consistent. The Keto Diet also lowers the body’s inflammation through the liver detoxification support from all the quality amino acids, minerals and fiber from cruciferous vegetables.  Furthermore, The antioxidants in the Keto Diet helps rid the body of free radicals and protects the skin from sun damage that can accelerate aging.

However BEWARE that if you go back to eating carbs, the weight and complexion issues will come immediately back!  So it’s best to phase off the diet to help the body transition well.


Revamp your Natural Beauty with an Eyelash Lift

Revamp your Natural Beauty with an Eyelash Lift

An Eyelash Lift is a natural way to enhance your lashes without using mascara or lash extensions!  Healthy natural lashes are totally in right now, along with a cat eye liner and bold lip.  And with summer season, it’s a perfect wake up and go look.  And is wonderful to have the lashes looking amazing 24/7.

The process is both an extension and tint that bends hair at the roots, pushing them up rather than down.  The best benefit is there’s no maintenance and the treatment can last for weeks.  The treatment utilizes keratin lash enhancement  along with improvements of the natural structure of each cilium.  In other words each lash is treated.

Keratin is a fibrous protective protein, less prone to scratching or tearing than other types of cells your body produces and is derived from the feathers, horns, and wool of different animals.  The proteins serve as the structural support for various parts of your body and function as repair aide.  Keratin proteins also make up roughly 65-95% of your hair as it forms both the exterior protection of the cuticle and the interior structure in the cortex. Traditional hair styling and products can cause damage through heat, chemicals, unfiltered water and even environmental factors can all play a part in depleting keratin. When this happens, the cortex becomes at risk for damage.  Therefore adding keratin back into the hair can replenish it’s structure and repair the damage.  It’s well known to help with hair breakage, frizz, or tangles.  With regular use it is great solution to get your hair strong, straight, and shiny.

With the lashes, keratin can help them grow, thicken and even lengthen.  The EyeLash Lifts procedure bends your natural lashes at the base and then are lifted up and filled with a special pigment infusion. As a result, your lashes will become thicker, darker and with a more pronounced curvature to the lash.  This creates the universally desired “open eye” look.

It is also a painless, safe and non-invasive way to curl and tint your lashes semi-permanently.  Using fake lash extension can lead to difficulty and even allergic reactions to the lash glue.  You can avoid the beauty hazard by getting an ‘Eyelash Lift’ to make your eyes fluttery with a minimal meets glam look.

Revamp your Natural Beauty with an Eyelash Lift Products

Over the counter treatments usually last around 3 weeks or more while professional brands have a longer effect usually between 8-12 weeks.

The Professional brand YUMILashes uses an advanced technique designed to boost and lift the natural eyelash. The treatment also involves the application of coenzymeQ10 gel pads to the under-eye area, which have anti-aging properties.  For a salon near you, please visit their website at Yumilashesusa.com.  The professional treatments cost around $150 and usually take about 45 minutes.

The boosting and lifting effect lasts for 8-12 weeks, which is the natural life cycle of the eyelash. The treatment also involves the application of coenzymeQ10 gel pads to the under-eye area, which have anti-aging properties.

Lashes can be transformed to make a dramatic impact and enhance the eyes. There are no false lashes attached or any harmful adhesives used. This innovative treatment works by boosting and lifting each individual lash, then tinting them for a thicker, darker and longer looking lash which will last for 8-12 weeks.


Revamp your Natural Beauty with an Eyelash Lift

Goddess Nectar with Apples and Honey

Goddess Nectar with Apples and Honey

Treating our skin with amazing all natural organic foods is what I like to call Goddess Nectar.  And two super foods that have a significant historical records from folklore, legends, stone images on carved tablets, tomb offerings, and overwhelming numbers of references from Hebrew Bible scriptures are Honey and the Apple.  Enjoying Honey and Apple reminds us of our historic connection with the ancient ancestors.

The Ancient world of Honey

Honey was found in the ancient tombs of Pyramids, including the famous grave of Tutankhamon approximately 3,000 years ago and still considered perfectly edible. The secret behind honey’s eternal shelf life is a range of factors: Hydrogen peroxide, acidity and lack of water work together to make this sticky substance last forever.  The ancient Egyptians used honey for a multitude of purposes including as a sweetener, a gift for the gods and an ingredient in embalming fluid.

However the oldest honey was discovered in ancient Georgia in the Borjomi Region. The archeologists found two potteries with the human remains in the mounds.  Georgian Archeologists think the Georgian honey is two thousands years older than the Egyptian honey found in Tutankhamon’s tomb.  As in ancient Egypt, ancient Georgia also prepared honey for people’s journeys into the afterlife.  Including more than one type of honey such as linden, berry, and a meadow-flower variety.

According to the researches, the Georgian honey dates 5500 years, while Egyptian dates just 3000-3500 years. According to the scientists the human remains, that were found in the grave, was the first be-master woman. There was found different species of honey in the grave. It gives the terms that Georgia was declared as ‘The Land of Honey.’

Honey Benefits on the Skin

Honey is just an amazing element with several benefits to the skin. It not only moisturizes skin but it’s also an antioxidant and anti-fungal. If you have issues with Acne, honey will assist with acne prevention. It also enables the pores to open for proper cleansing. Honey has specific enzymes of which the skin will absorb. Honey offers strong antibacterial and antimicrobial benefits as a natural antioxidant to aid in healing skin abrasions. Honey can also sooth the skin to counteract any irritation.

The bees swarm their environment and collect the sugar-rich nectar of a variety of flowers. That’s why it’s highly encouraged to treat yourself with local honey so you are in contact with these varieties and help lower any possibilities of affecting allergies.  Nutritionally, 1 tablespoon of honey, approximately 21 grams, contains 64 calories and 17 grams of sugar, including fructose, glucose, maltose and sucrose.  And it contains virtually no fiber, fat or protein.  Honey is made up of bioactive plant compounds and antioxidants. Darker types tend to be even higher in these compounds than lighter types.

High-quality honey contains many important antioxidants to help with several health factors. These includes phenols, enzymes and compounds like flavonoids and organic acids.  The benefits include lowers heart disease by improving the bad for you cholesterol.  Through it’s assistance with atherosclerosis, which is the fatty buildup in the arteries that can lead to heart attacks and strokes.  Interestingly, several studies have shown that honey reduce the LDL “bad” cholesterol, while significantly raising HDL “good” cholesterol.

Honey also helps those concerned with elevated blood triglycerides, which is another risk factor of heart disease.  Triglyceride levels tend to increase on a diet that is high in sugar and refined carbs which is why honey is often referred to replace sugar in recipes.  In fact, studies have linked regular honey consumption with 11-19% lower triglyceride levels, especially when it is used to replace sugar.

Honey may also help the arteries as the heart dilates or pumps by increasing blood flow to the heart. Plus honey may also help prevent the formation of blood clots, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

Studies also show honey as an effective alternative for respiratory conditions where over the counter or prescriptions are not utilized.

The Ancient world of the Apple

Going back to the ancient days of Egypt and Persia, archeologists uncovered petrified remains of apple slices that were found in a saucer of an ancient Mesopotamian tomb of a royalty burial site dating back to 2500 BC in southern Iran.

We see this amazing fruit of paradise recurs in the history of many other ancient civilizations.  Historical instances on the existence of apple trees are documented from folklore, legends, stone images on carved tablets, petrified slices of apples on plates for tomb offerings, and overwhelming numbers of references from Hebrew Bible scriptures.   One of the earliest archeological evidences of apple tree fruit comes from the remains of excavations from Jericho, Jordan, that has been dated 6500 BC by radiochemical analysis of carbon atoms.

The interest shown in apples by the Greek and Roman philosophers, poets, historians, and literary masters was even extended to Renaissance painters, royal chefs to the Tsars of Russia and too many other references to mention.

In ancient times apples were considered so special that individuals would use a sharp utensil or their nails to hand-carve their personal hopes and prayers into the apple skins before they were eaten. And the Zohar, a 13th-century Jewish mystical text, states that beauty – represented by God – “diffuses itself in the world as an apple.”

Benefits of Apples on the Skin

Apples may mitigate the effects of asthma, brain health, bone health, pulmonary function while promoting anti-cholesterol, blood oxygenation, red blood cell count, proper digestion and even weight loss. Apples are high in fiber and Vitamin C, low in calories, have only a trace of sodium, and no fat or cholesterol. They are high in minerals and polyphenols, which function as antioxidants.  Apples are extremely rich in important antioxidants, flavanoids, and dietary fiber. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.

Goddess Nectar with Apples and Honey

Combining Apples with Honey is just a special treat and should be taken on an empty stomach. If you treat yourself to desert, wait about 30 minutes before indulging as it can disrupt the digestion if eating high protein meals.

Be sure to seek out local organic apples with the brightest red version you can find.  Also seek out the same for your honey, raw organic and local.  Ensuring organic means that less toxins would be infused in your nectar.   Also be sure to wash your apples throughly to ensure any environment elements are removed before consuming.

Simply slice the organic local apple into small slices and drizzle with local organic raw honey. Serve at room temperature or slightly warmed for a delicious treat.  If you are serving for a group and want the apple slices not to brown, squeeze lemon juice on them to retain the color and enhance the flavor.

And most importably, enjoy!

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