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.
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:
[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 ;-)