Monday, June 20, 2005

Honey

This weekend I read some great tips for HONEY:

A sore throat

Honey has powerful antimicrobial properties, which can soothe your raw tissues. Pour a teaspoon of honey into a large serving spoon and then top off the spoon with lemon juice. Swallow the concoction (without water) every few hours until symptoms clear up. Some people add a pinch of black or red pepper to increase blood circulation to the throat.

A sluggish colon

If you're constipated, try stirring 2 teaspoons of honey into a large glass of warm water. Drink the potion on an empty stomach and you should have relief in about half an hour.

A sports drink

Honey contains a number of natural sugars that can quickly give you a boost of energy and help you recover faster from strenuous exercise.

Mix a tablespoonful into a glass of water a half an hour or so before your next workout, and drink up.

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I just noticed the connection there - Steliano taught his readers the meanings of their names the other day. My middle name is Melissa and there was a small discussion about it.

So here goes. In Greek mythology, Melissa was a nymph who rescued the infant Zeus from his father, and fed him with honey that she gathered every day.
When Zeus became the king of the gods, something unfavourable happened, and someone turned Melissa into a silly insect. Zeus took pity on her and changed her into a bee. (Oh like that's better - what about turning her back into a nymph?? So did that make her the first ever bee, or the Bee of all bees?)

In Greek, meli is honey; melissa is bee, which in Latin becomes honey or sweetness.

Melissa officinalis is also known as lemon or bee balm, a relative of mint. It is used for soothing the interior or exterior of the body. (Why would such a remedy be named after an insect with an annoying sting?)

Parenthetical notes aside, pair those calming qualities with my first name Olivia, which comes of course from the olive tree, the worldwide symbol of peace....

...And you've got a whole lot of peace and sweetness and harmony going on! All together now:

Aaaaahhhhhhhhhh!!!

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[OK taise-toi, Liv.]
Here is something more down to earth:

The Guide to All Things Chic

Sorry I haven't come across anything side-splittingly funny lately. In the course of last week, what with the myths and historical posts and theories, Steliano the Daydreamer and I have been dubbed professors!!! Not that I was complaining...
Will try to remedy that soon ;-)

30 comments:

Jia Li said...

Liv Warm milk and honey is also good when you have a sore throat, my German Family used to give it to me. Didn't like the taste though.

Steliano Ponticos said...

Olivia, your professor reputation is not going to improve with "The antimicrobal properties of honey" :) But very nice post I love posts with free associations, where one thing keeps leading on to another...

I forgot: Aaaaahhhhh!!!

Olivia said...

:) :) :)
You wouldn't believe I just came back from the supermarket, would you? Lots of yummies.

Anyway, Jia Li - When we were little, my best friend's mother (Greek Cypriot) would give us warm milk and sugar at bedtime.

Steli - Yes, I was full of free association until you came along :P

Steliano Ponticos said...

:P

Jia Li said...

:)

Olivia said...

Hey Mich what're you smilin' at ??? :-P

Jia Li said...

You know, maybe I should do something serious, now don't laugh. I can do serious. Really I can.

People often say that I have a fun blog.

Jia Li said...

I was smiling at SLO cause he did this

:P

cheeky buggar

Steliano Ponticos said...

:P

Olivia said...

Oy, what's all this then! :O

Jia Li said...

:)

heheheh

beat this ;-S

Olivia said...

Well Steliano, we are certainly not Professors anymore, not when Jia Li is in the mix.... :P

Jia Li said...

heheheh

Muhahahhaa!

HA- HAA- HAAAAAAAA

Jia Li said...

too much?

Olivia said...

Yes you are up there with Dr Eeeevil now ....

Anonymous said...

My dad used to give me warm milk with honey when i was a kid, but someone once told me that milk is not good for you when you have a fever because then the milk will go sour. Any thruth to that?
vanessa

Olivia said...

Heyyyyy Vanessa! Back from San Diego, eh?
Not sure about milk going sour when you have a fever - possible coz of the high temps in the body. I suppose in that heat the water might be taken too quickly from the milk which can solidify a bit. Apart from that, milk encourages mucus production, and that's the last thing you want when you have a cold or flu...ew.

(Am I reinstated to Professor?)

Lasto-adri *Blue* said...

in islam and the Holy Qu'ran, hunny is a cure.. *that's how its written*
yet sadly, none use it this way.. mostly they regard hunny as another kind for breakfast..

u know, once i had a problem in my eyes.. a certain allergy, and after i tried many doctors..
I was astonished to hear the last one asking me to put hunny in my eyes,,
at start my parents thought he is NUTS.. yet, our of losing hope i did so..
amazingly, after JUST 3 times, it was all gone.. and my eyes r much better than before even..
*and i am not kidding my the way olivia ;) *

thanks 4 coming in to my blog.. wish u'd come again :))))

rebecca said...

I thought the honey was the top entry ever, but then the all things chic to add to it too... I'm overwhelmed in fabulousness.

Olivia said...

Blue - I am amazed at the honey in your eyes. Yes, it is sometimes recommended to prevent pollen allergies.

Rebecca - while you recover from the fabulousness, this is for you ;)

LadyintheMoon said...

Why couldn't my name be associated with a nymph!?

Steliano Ponticos said...

I don't like honey, its too sweet. But after all this, maybe I'll put some in my tea from now on.

Olivia said...

Lady in the Moon - you complain and there you are living in the Moon???
Anyway, I'm just teasing, welcome to my Blog ;)

Olivia said...

Steli - honey in your tea - you will have to tell me what it's like.

Jia Li said...

I like honey in my Tea

LadyintheMoon said...

Just not that many men on the moon, Olivia... (even if most of them act like they're surely from there)!;)

And thanks for the welcome and the visit to my little world!

The Angry Pig said...

Bloody terrific site ya got here, Olivia!!!

And might I say, I simply love the Cialis link down at the bottom of your template! :-D

Just to set the record straight -- there are LOTS of very qualified men who live on the moon!!! Just not THIS particular moon!!!

The moon orbiting our planet is such a drag compared to the other moons out there. Real moon-men live on Titan or some of those other atmospheric moons around Jupiter and Saturn!

Olivia said...

Welcome Angry Pig - and thank you!
(Did you *have* to point out the Cialis? It's attached to the site counter and not removable.)

Speaking of moons, you've reminded me of an interesting story I read once...Must blog about it sometime.

OJ said...

Apparently with honey and sugar lip scrub makes adds that *wink* to a kiss! :P

Olivia said...

OJ - Sweeeet! Thanks for the tip.

Hey everyone - my honey post is the first to have this many comments. Thanks.

And welcome to the record breaking [drumroll] 5 new readers who joined us yesterday.