Something you may not know about honey is it has the ability to kill bacteria and heal wounds. Although the idea of putting honey on a wound seems a bit strange, it has actually been used for treating infected wounds and other skin conditions for thousands of years. One caveat—this isn’t just any honey—it’s Manuka Honey!

What is Manuka Honey?

Manuka honey is a highly nutritious, special kind of honey that comes from the Manuka flower nectar gathered by the bees in New Zealand. Manuka is a Maori word that refers to the medicinal flower that grows on both New Zealand's North and South Islands.  

What are the benefits of using Manuka Honey?

Manuka honey is used as an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiviral, antioxidant, and antifungal. Studies show Manuka honey can be very effective in helping relieve stomach ulcer symptoms and gastritis, and when applied topically, it assists the natural healing of skin ulcers, wounds, burns, boils, and cracked skin by diffusing deep into ...

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1. Make a List, and Check It Twice 

If you don't make a packing list, then don't say we didn't warn you when you wake up and realize your holiday sweater is at home. In her book "How to Stay Healthy and Fit on the Road," travel guru Joanne V. Lichten advises compiling multiple lists -- one for two-day business trips, another for a weeklong vacation and so on.

But no matter what type or length of trip you're taking, list-making has another benefit. As you tally what you absolutely need, you'll realize what you don't need. Travel writer and luggage marketer Rick Steves limits himself to one extra pair of pants, four shirts, several days' worth of underwear and socks, a sweater, and either a light jacket or a warmer coat if the weather's chilly at his destination. Even with his laptop, camera, and toiletries included, his baggage weighs a Spartan 20 pounds (9 kg). Impressive!

2. Pack a Little Detergent

If you can spare 10 minutes a night to wash your socks, underwear and shirts or blouses in ...

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These days, it would seem we've been completely inundated with information about meditation and mindfulness.

"Start with just five minutes of meditation!" "Focus on your breath!" "Meditation will positively affect your life!"

To be honest, until recently I had never actually tried it. I was always too busy, too tired, blah, blah, blah ... But after I found myself encouraging my clients to engage in meditation (I'm a therapist), I figured I would try it myself. So I set aside time one morning before my day got started, and committed to just one minute of meditation. 

I know what you are thinking ... only a minute? But for me, that's just what felt right. I figured I could start slowly with one minute today, two minutes tomorrow, three the next, and so on.

I began by sitting on the floor with my legs crossed, and palms face up on my knees. I focused on my breath. And I was successful for about two breaths before I noticed my mind start to wander. Refocus. Two more breaths … Refocus again. 

Th...

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Who said healthy habits during the holiday season has to ruin the festive spirit? These simple tips will help you glide merrily through the season without compromising the hard work you've done all year.

  • Eat light, protein-rich meals to balance out holiday splurges. Protein sustains energy and satisfies hunger, so you won't feel the need to overindulge in all of the goodies.
  • Grab a snack before you go. When you're rushing out the door to the next family get-together, have a healthy snack (think apple slices dipped in almond butter) first. Arriving to a party when you're starving can lead temptation - and the consumption of more calories than you had planned.
  • Hydrate frequently. From pomegranate martinis to mulled cider with cranberries, the holdays are full of enticing beverages. To balance out the alcohol and sugar content of these sweet concoctions, try drinking water with freshly muddled herbs. The grounding flavor and beautiful presentation will have other partygoers doing the same.
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The Benefits of Being Thankful

11/27/2014 12:01 AM

When you thank your friends and family this upcoming holiday season, the reasons to do so may extend beyond good wishes, and actually benefit you and your health. Study after study has shown that social connections - through family, friends or with companion animals - seem to pay off in terms of good health, longevity and even prolonged survival among patients with very serious diseases. Some evidence linking good health with strong ties to family and friends includes:

  • The immune system's natural killer cell activity is negatively affected by three "distress indicators" - one of which is lack of social support.
  • One study of 75 medical students found that those who were lonely had more sluggish natural killer cells than students who were social.
  • Research has shown that people who care for companion animals have less illness than people who do not. Companion animals' owners also recover from serious illness faster.
  • Susceptibility to heart attacks appears to correlate with how often people us...
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