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Honey – a means of strengthening the body

Hippocrates described honey as an excellent means of strengthening the body. According to him, honey has a rejuvenating effect on the body and has a beneficial effect on gastrointestinal and liver diseases. The sugars in honey in combination with phytoncides, minerals, vitamins and organic acids make it much more valuable for the human body energy and acts as healing agent. Many times it is even more useful than drugs and medications.

It is known that lowering the amount of sugar in the blood reduces both the physical and mental performance of a person. In this regard, honey sugars are an excellent basic energy material for the heart, nervous system and muscles. In fact, honey is an indispensable food in a person’s daily menu. And this is mainly due to its remarkable composition: vitamins A, B, C, K, E, organic acids, enzymes invertase, lipase and many chemical elements that are found in the blood in very small quantities.

Milk thistle has actually been used for more than 2,000 years. The plant originates from the Mediterranean region. The Greek physician and botanist Dioscorides was the first to describe the healing properties of milk thistle. This specific herb helps remove toxins from the body that can cause a number of symptoms and diseases. As an antioxidant, milk thistle has powerful vitamins E and C, helping to fight free radicals, and slows down the aging process. The plant contains high levels of lipophilic extracts found in its seeds, which act as bioflavonoids – antioxidants that increase immunity and reduce oxidative stress.

Natural thistle honey also known as “male honey” is a very interesting type of honey, which is very rare in its pure form. Milk thistle honey differs in a slight light yellow hue, but sometimes it is possible to meet with this product of beekeeping with a rich and amber color. This is not a mark of low quality honey, but only shows that the bees used nectar of different colors in their production. Thistle supports the functions of the prostate gland. It also has a positive effect on the liver, heart muscle and upper respiratory tract. Crystallizes extremely fine and creamy.

Thistle honey (milk thistle) has a liver-supporting action. It also facilitates the recovery of cells in the bile and is known as a natural aphrodisiac.

Health benefits:

 Liver detoxification

 Against diabetes

 Protects against gallstones and kidney stones

 Improves skin health

 Slows down the aging process

 Prevention of diabetes

 Lowers cholesterol

Two compounds found in thistle – polyacetylene and cnicin – can help the body fight bacterial infections. The herbal compound cnicin has anti-inflammatory properties that help treat infections. However, people with inflammatory bowel problems should not take this herb until they have received the opinion of their personal medical professional.


It is beneficial to consume honey, but in certain quantities: up to 100 g per day. It is best to do this 1 hour before bedtime or 3 hours after meals.

Best teas of Bulgaria

Elderflower tea

The beautiful flowers of elderberry represent a yellow-white bouquet. They bloom in May-June and are harvested before they overripe. Once the color is determined, it is plucked from the stalks to obtain pollen with a combined color that gives a specific floral aroma.

In the form of syrup or hot tea, a decoction of elderflower helps with colds, bronchitis, runny nose, fever, sore throat and tuberculous cough. The herb enhances cell growth, accelerates healing processes, stimulates liver function, has a sedative effect on the nervous system. It has purifying properties.
Such a big health effects for the human body is difficult to be found in one herb.

Preparation: 2 teaspoons are prepared in 500 ml of boiling water for 10 minutes.

Usage: 2-3 cups of hot tea a day.

The herb should be taken after consulting a doctor, especially if you need regular intake, and dosed correctly. It is good to avoid pregnant and breastfeeding women. Read more on: White elderberry – the color has invaluable benefits.

Linden tea

The fragrant herb contains vitamin A, vitamin C, glycosides, aglycones, tannins, saponins, sugars, bitter substances and more. The valuable ingredients, collected in the lime blossom, determine its excellent antimicrobial, diaphoretic, diuretic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, soothing and tonic effect.

Linden tea has a calming effect, especially before bedtime or with increased excitability, its scent fights depression, reduces stress and nervous tension.

Linden is a very good medicine against colds, helps strengthen the body, relieves sore throat and cough, it facilitates the passage of mucus from the bronchi.

Probably a lesser known fact is that linden is especially rich in selenium and 2 cups of tea a day can cover some of the body’s normal needs. And the unique aroma is due to the essential oil contained in its color.

To prepare a linden tea, just add 2 teaspoons of flowers to a glass of boiling water and infuse for 15-20 minutes.
Pure linden tea has a good effect on inflammation of the upper respiratory tract, as well as on laryngitis and pharyngitis. Anti-inflammatory lowers the temperature slowly, as recommended.

Mursal tea

Mursal tea is one of the medicinal plants in our country, due to the large amount of flavonoids it contains, it has antioxidant, strengthening and antianemic action, lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of heart attack.

It has long been used to treat diseases of the respiratory system – coughs and bronchitis.

For 1 liter of tea use 3 spikes. Place in a porcelain dish with a lid and pour 250 ml of boiling water. Leave to cool to room temperature.

Ironwort herbal tea  (Sideritis Scardika) also know as mountain tea, shepherd’s tea, pirin tea and mursalian tea  is a genus of flowering plants well known for their medicinal properties. Very popular in the Balkans, the plant is used as a herb either for the preparation of tea (more accurately infusion) or for its aromatic properties in local cuisines. Preparation of tea involves boiling the stems, leaves and flowers in a pot of water and serve with honey and lemon. In Bulgaria that herb grow high in the Rhodope Mountains and Slavyanka (Alibotush) at an altitude of 1400 to 2200 meters.

Rosehip tea

Rosehips have been widely used in folk medicine for centuries. Rosehip tea is rich in vitamin C and minerals that stimulate blood circulation and metabolism. With its daily intake, you will ensure the good tone of your body.

Other useful substances included in the composition of rose hips are carotene, vitamin B2, K1 and P. Sugars, pectin substances and organic acids are found. The seeds also contain a fatty oil rich in vitamin E. They strengthen the capillaries and help for a better process in the cells. The fruits of the plant are applied for a serious illness, increasing the body tone and helps the metabolism. The herb has a beneficial effect in preventing bleeding gums.

The vitamin C in the rose hip is around 300 mg, which is remarkable, given that our daily needs are covered by 100 mg. Also carotene around 6 mg and minerals 3.25%, calculated relative to the weight of the fruit, exceed these amounts in all other fruits: potassium – about 512 mg%, magnesium – 122 mg%, phosphorus 54 mg%, calcium – 50 mg% and sodium – 47 mg%.

ALLIUM URSINUM, BEAR’S GARLIC, WILD GARLIC, RAMSONS

One of nature’s best medicines – Allium ursinum

The healing benefits of wild garlic were very well known to ancient Cherokee Indians. They have used it for diseases such as hypertension. In times of crisis Allium ursinum has been one of the main nutrition. One of its many names – “bear’s garlic”, comes from the fact that every spring, after their long sleep, the bears start to eat Allium ursinum, in order to awaken their bodies and to gain strength for the long year ahead. And as it often happens animals turned to be smarter than humans.

The composition of wild garlic includes a huge amount of vitamins A, PP, B1, B2, B3, B6, B and vitamin C, essential oils, calcium, potassium, fluorine, sulfur, iodine, iron, manganese, selenium, zinc, copper, and vital for the body fats and amino acids.

Allium ursinum is antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic, hypotonic lowers the bad cholesterol, regenerates the intestinal flora, and it is blood-cleansing, strengthens the immune system.

Health benefits:

o   Antimicrobial action. The raw leaves of bear garlic have shown a strong antifungal, anthelmintic and garlic-like effect, but far more sparingly, they cleanse the entire intestinal tract of pathogens, parasites and any germs. According to new theories of the origin of cancer in the gastrointestinal tract, many pathogens lead to these diseases.

o   Anti-Sclerotic Action. Another major scourge for modern humanity, is high blood pressure and heart attack, problems that affect younger people. Wild garlic cleanses arteries from the slag of bad cholesterol and lowers it to cellular levels. Regulates heart rate and improves heart activity.

o   Spring vitamin deficiency, general fatigue and lack of tone. Because of its valuable composition of the whole range of vitamins, especially vitamin C and folic acid, and elements such as iron, selenium, iodine and the minerals calcium and potassium, the fresh salad full of bear garlic helps us make an easy transition between seasons.

o   It dilates the blood vessels, in a Japanese lab, they study platelets, or more precisely, their ability to secrete a substance that helps blood clot more quickly in trauma. According to new discoveries, the wild garlic plant has the ability to help us keep our blood vessels clean. It has been known since ancient times that chewing a leaf of Allium ursinum lowers blood pressure.

o  Protects against cardiovascular disease In 1994, Dr. Reg Seiner, former director of the Cardiology Unit at Sheffield, presented his research on the ingredients of garlic, proving their properties to protect against heart disease.

Pastor Kuntzle, Swiss naturalist, praised the plant, saying: “Bear garlic can do everything that regular garlic can’t do. It purifies the whole body, discards pathogens, heals blood and expels poisonous substances. Sick people should honor it as gold. No herb on earth is so effective in purifying the stomach, intestines and blood. “

Einkorn a super food

It all started 18 000 years ago…

Archaeologists have founded remains of einkorn wheat in the lands around the delta of the river Nile and the Egyptian pyramids as well as in the Thracian tombs (located today on the territory of the Bulgarian republic), that is why the einkorn is known as the “Ancient wheat of the Pharaohs” and “The bread of the Thracians”.

Einkorn is the root stock (the mother and father) of all wheats that we eat today. All wheats varieties created later, originate from the einkorn. The einkorn is the only wheat that grows in its rudimental form, all other types of wheat are modified with human interventions and crossbreeding of different crops. That is why all modern crops are very fragile and need chemical treatment. The einkorn is the only wheat that does not absorb all harmful substances, chemicals and heavy metals from the soil.

Health & Human benefits:

• The use of einkorn has a stabilizing effect on the nervous system, memory and reactions.  It improves the immune system

• It affects the hormone of happiness, because after consuming einkorn a person feels calmer and happier, with an uplifted mood.

• Researches have shown that einkorn has a positive effect on reproductive functions and conception.

• Einkorn contains a minimal amount of gluten, which does not cause allergic reactions. This makes it a suitable food for people suffering from gluten intolerance (celiac disease)

• Regular consumption of einkorn improves the condition of the skin, nails, hair and strengths the bones

• It improves the condition and function of the spleen and pancreas

• In the structure of the einkorn are included substances related to the maintenance of a healthy musculoskeletal system

Einkorn for weight loss

The thick shell of the grains is a rich source of dietary fiber. This substance helps to improve digestion and remove excess fluid from the body, as a result of which swelling and heaviness disappear. Vegetable proteins, saturated with amino acids and complex carbohydrates, are absorbed for a long time and do not cause a sharp jump in blood glucose, thus providing a long feeling of satiety and preventing overeating. The use of two cereal types helps lose weight, einkorn wheat should be one of them.

Einkorn for diabetics

Due to the fact that this einkorn has a low glycemic index of 45 units, it can be the basis of the diet of diabetics. Vegetable proteins and B vitamins in cereals are also indispensable in the diet of people suffering from diabetes. These vitamins help to normalize high blood cholesterol. Einkorn is considered to prevent the occurrence or development of non-insulin dependent diabetes.