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This Valentine’s Day, Gift Your Honey a Sweet Gift

#honey for your honey

We’re in the month of love and romance, thanks to St. Valentine’s. February is the perfect occasion to express love and show your affection to the people you care most about. It’s the month to celebrate and enjoy love.

Are you confused about how to make this day special for the people you love? After the stress of the Christmas holidays and that present buying, it’s no wonder so many people resort to the stereotypical, no-brainer Valentines Day gift of flowers and candy. But you don’t have to. Stay clear of the cliches and do something different this time around.

If you’re not sure as to what to choose that could deem as the perfect gift for the important person in your life, we’ve got you covered. Diane Gottsman, a national etiquette expert and owner of The Protocol School of Texas advises to Select something meaningful that indicates you are looking towards a bright future with the person of your dreams.

On this special day, we at Under The Mango Tree suggest you do something different and give your loved ones a gift of good, sweet health. Honey has been a traditional gift for many occasions. But do you know where did this custom to give honey on special occasions come from? The practice seems to be as old as man. Bees and honey have been known to mankind for as long as we find records.

Organic Honey is sweet and where is sweetness more cherished than in romantic relationships? There are many instances in history of honey being used as gifts for our sweethearts. Eastern Europe, in particular, has a tradition of offering honey cakes to romantic interests. They also are given to teachers, grandparents, or others to express sweet affection.

There is no one way to give honey. Probably one of the most common honey gifts is just a tried and true jar of honey. Under The Mango Tress offers honey for sale for gifts — you even have the option to buy organic honey online. It is an affordable way to give someone something truly unique and the benefits of honey only add to the sweetness of your bond. Since each area has a different ecology of plants providing the raw material to the bees, there is an incredible local character in pure honey, and giving someone a jar of local honey is like giving them a unique wine.

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While everybody is gifting candies and chocolates, your gift of honey is likely to be unmatched. Other gift ideas include tea and honey sets, and baked items with honey as an ingredient. Make this day sweet like honey for your special someone.

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This 2018, Get Sweet & Healthy Like Honey!

Sweet & Healthy Honey

New year, new you.

You know how the resolution stage goes: You buy new cookbooks, get that gym membership, buy blackout shades so you can get quality sleep, and take all the relevant steps to prep you for making your healthy commitment happen. But before January is over, you drift back to your old ways.

To make this year different, we’re going to do our part and assist you by nudging you towards healthier choices. One of the most effective ways to stick to your ‘make healthier choices’ resolution is to quit sugar. Or even better, replace it with healthier options.

Weaning yourself off sugar can be daunting. Sugar plays with blood glucose levels, sending them surging, then diving—leaving you fatigued, brain fogged, and irritable. Before you begin, it’s important you realise that these changes are lifestyle changes and not just diet changes. There’s no looking back once you’re in it.

So now that the first step is taken — choosing to eliminate sugar and adopting a healthier lifestyle, here’s how you get around to doing it. Sweeter than sugar and with twice the nutritional profile, honey is the ultimate alternative to table sugar. It also makes getting off sugar easy.

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Organic Honey is a natural, sweet liquid produced by bees from the nectar of flowers which plays an essential role supporting and nourishing bee colonies. Each bee will make, on average, about half a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime. Considering the tons of honey produced each year, that’s a lot of bees at work! Under The Mango Tree promotes beekeeping and provides good quality organic honey that is great for health.

And if this isn’t convincing enough, here are some wonderful health benefits of honey. All these benefits can be found in the honey supplied by Under The Mango Tree.

  • Replacing sugar with honey can aid in weight loss
  • Raw honey contains natural sugars, water, minerals and vitamins that are a natural source of energy
  • It’s an antioxidant powerhouse. Antioxidants help block free radicals in the body that cause disease
  • It’s a natural cough syrup
  • It helps with overall digestive and immune health

Now that the resolution has been made, here’s how you can get started:

Step 1: Let all your friends and family know that you’re going to quit refined sugar. Let them hold you accountable.

Step 2: Share updates on how you’re replacing sugar with honey in your meals.

Step 3: Start inspiring and motivating people to do the same by sharing your recipes and how honey complements certain food items.

Step 4: There will be times when the temptation will be strong. Reach out to friends and family and treat yourself to a spoonful of organic honey to stop those cravings.

Step 5: Now that the cravings have reduced and you are feeling healthier, celebrate with a healthy dessert made out of organic honey.

There are many ways by which you can improve yourself and your health in 2018. Take a resolution to take good care of your health and stick to it.

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The Auspiciousness of Pure Honey in Indian Culture

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One of the life’s greatest pleasures is exchanging gifts. Mahatma Gandhi has aptly put it – “A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.” Almost every culture around the world has traditions and etiquette related to receiving and giving gifts.

The gift-giving tradition is deep-rooted in the Indian culture. It isn’t necessarily about the object itself, but more about the emotion and sentiment behind it. Giving a customized gift is one way of expressing love, gratitude, appreciation and recognizing a significant event. Although the culture and practices vary around the country, the spirit of love and sharing remains constant.

With that said, there are always questions about what could be the right gift. With so many choices, how does one choose the right gift that expresses the sentiment and is useful too?

We might just have the answer for you. One of the gifts that fit the bill of expressing love and goodwill, and might we say, adds extra sweetness to the whole process is Organic Honey. It’s healthy, delicious and most importantly, it is considered one of the most auspicious elements of the Indian culture. Here are a few explanations to that:

  1. It is one of the five ingredients of Panchamrita (also known as Amrit) that is used during Puja by Hindus. As per our Indian mythology, all the ingredients of panchamritahave special benefits and honey is used for its antibacterial properties.
  2. The Quran mentions about honey that it is a ‘healing for humankind’.  The powerful healing attributes of honey have long been used to promote health and healing.  Both the Holy Quran and Hadiths (Prophetic traditions) refer to honey as a healer of disease.
  • Pure Honey is representative of the Sikh meaning for Amrit or nectar. It is sugar water that is used during the Khalsa initiation ceremony.
  1. There is a legend that says that just before the Buddha’s enlightenment, a young woman named Sujàtà offered him a bowl of milk rice and honey, a meal that gave him the strength for his last struggle. This is one of the reasons why Buddhists have long considered honey to be a particularly auspicious food.
  2. In the Holy Bible, honey denotes delight because it is sweet, and everything sweet in the natural world corresponds to what is delightful and pleasant in the spiritual world.
  3. The Rig Veda and Atharva Veda are full of description about yajnas and the method of purifying idols with the golden nectar. The Rigveda boasts of Bhramri devi-or the goddess of golden bees. It is believed that when the Goddess poured nectar on the dried and decaying roots of ‘ash tree’, the tree came back to life. Hence, before performing any puja, pure honey is used for purifying idols.

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It’s safe to say that honey is one of the many elements that unites all our varied Indian cultures. It is strengthening, boosts immunity, great for the skin and adds sweetness to everything. Organic Honey holds an important place in the Indian culture and is considered to be auspicious across the land for various religious and spiritual purposes, which makes it an ideal gifting option.

There are tons of ways you can get creative with this. There are a lot of customized Honey gift sets that you can give. Under The Mango Tree has some amazing Healthy Honey Gift Sets for all occasions. This Diwali, show your loved ones you care by gifting them one of the most auspicious elements of our Indian culture.

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Gift the Goodness of Honey

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The practice of gifting honey seems to be as old as man. It has been a traditional gift for many occasions. Bees and honey have been around for as long as we can find records. One of the oldest is a painting in spider cave, near Valencia, Spain dated between 6,000 and 8,000 years old. What they did with this golden treasure and how they used it has disappeared with them. However, there have been records that provide clues to the use of honey as a gift tradition. The question then is, where did we get this custom to give honey on special occasions?

As far back as 30 B.C., in ancient Egypt, honey was used in the households as a sweetening agent. It was highly valued and was often paid as a tribute or as payment. By the 7th century B.C. Greeks were gifting honey to the Gods and to the departed spirits as a sacrificial offering. Fast forward to the 11th century, German peasants followed the path of the Egyptians in gifting honey to the feudal lords as payment.

The exchange of gifts is a key aspect of many cultures worldwide. What you give is just as important as how and when you give it. The giving of gifts is a language of symbols, and giving honey is like sweet poetry. Thoughtful gifts go a long way. They mark the thing you’ll be remembered by.

Honey is one of the many ways to ease the burden and sweeten this gift-giving process. Flavoured honey is among the easiest and most delicious herbal treats. Not only is it a unique gift, it is healthy — both for your body and mind. Honeybees are found all over the world and so are the delicacies that include their sweet honey: Spanish tapas, French sauces, British biscuits and Turkish cakes. Honey is a globally recognized and treasured resource that enriches many different cultures through their recipes and cultural traditions. This festive season, when considering what to give your loved ones, friends, neighbours or coworkers—think about giving the gift of honey.

The honey manufactured by Under The Mango Tree’s farmers is organic and pure. We have various gifting options that suit all kinds of occasions — be it corporate, birthdays or anniversaries. In addition, 10% of your purchase directly impacts the livelihood of farmers in rural India through our Bees for Poverty Reduction Initiative.

 

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Benefits of Organic Honey

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Organic honey is known for its medicinal benefits. Read ahead to find out more about the healing powers of organic honey…

Organic honey has played an important role in traditional medicine since ancient times. The texts of Ayurveda consider honey as a boon due to the medicinal benefits of honey. Honey helps in treating indigestion, acute cough, skin disorders (such as wounds and burns), and other lung-related diseases. According to Ayurvedic experts, honey is also helps in keeping the teeth and gums healthy.

In addition, during the past few decades, honey is gradually being accepted into modern medicine. This shift has resulted from the various medicinal benefits of honey that have been discovered after rigorous research through laboratory investigations. The following are some of the most remarkable findings related to the healing powers of honey-

  1. Honey may possess anti-inflammatory properties and provide assistance in stimulating immune responses within a wound. These anti-inflammatory effects of honey in humans after ingestion of honey have been demonstrated through research related to the medicinal benefits of honey.
  2. One of the most critical discoveries is the antibacterial properties of honey. Honey reportedly has an inhibitory impact to around 60 types of bacteria. A few reviews demonstrate that diluted honey can be utilized to treat urinary tract infections in light of the fact that specific bacteria causing urinary tract diseases were observed to be sensitive to the antibacterial action of honey.
  3. One of the most studied uses of honey is found in mending of wounds. The most prominent medicinal benefit of honey can be witnessed while dressing wounds as honey catalyzes the healing process and prevents risks of infection.
  4. Ingestion of honey has also proven to be helpful in treating diseases such as diarrhea, gastroenteritis, and peptic ulcer disease.
  5. Organic honey can play a vital role in the treatment of chest pain, fatigue and vertigo. This is probably due to the high nutritional energy content of honey which provides immediately available calories after consumption.
  6. Apart from the use of honey in treatment of diseases, some studies also demonstrate that honey is an effective, alternative source of carbohydrates, especially for athletes undergoing endurance training.

Get started with this simple banana and honey porridge recipe (link below)-https://nowcookit.co.uk/recipes/banana-and-honey-porridge

lichi honey flavors

Various honey flavors such as litchi honey, sweet clover honey or wild forest honey can be used to make a simple and healthy banana and honey porridge.

Reference: 

Eteraf-Oskouei, T., & Najafi, M. (2013). Traditional and Modern uses of natural honey in human diseases: A Review. Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences,16(6), 731-742. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3758027/

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Healthy Honey Granola Bar

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Crave for a quick bite to satisfy your those hunger pangs? Try a healthy option that is tasty and loaded with all the health goodness required to stay fit!

Ingredients:
2 cups dry oats
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (toasted)
1-1/2 Tbsp ground cardamom
4-5 Tbsp butter
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
4 Tbsp UTMT honey of your choice

Method:
Heat the butter, brown sugar and honey in a saucepan until the butter melts and begins to boil.
Pour this mixture over the dry ingredients and mix until well coated.
Take an aluminum foil, pour the mix on it and tightly wrap it making a bar. Set to chill.
Once the bar is set. Cut into small pieces.

Your delicious snack is ready!

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Honey and Oats Face Pack

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A natural oat mask with the goodness of honey to help your skin stay young and smooth. The anti-inflammatory properties in the grains make it suitable for sensitive skin.

 Procedure:

  • Mix one tablespoon of oat flour with two tablespoon of honey to make an oatmeal and honey face mask at home for dry and irritated skin.
  • Add one tablespoon of milk to this mixture and apply onto your face and neck.
  • Leave it for 15 to 20 minutes and then rinse with warm water.

 

 

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Honey for a beautiful face

The amazing effects of honey will not only soothe and smoothen your skin but will also ensure slow ageing signs. Here’s a quick UTMT Honey scrub to reveal that beautiful face covered under pollution.

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Honey with almond and lemon juice

Mix 1 tbsp. of UTMT honey with 2 tbsp. of finely ground almond and ½-teaspoon lemon juice.
Use this scrub gently and wash with lukewarm water.

You can even choose to prepare a much simpler scrub with similar effects:

Take 3 tbsp. of UTMT honey and mix with ½ tsp. sea salt or sugar.
Massage your face and wash it with lukewarm water.

Here’s using honey as a face wash

Mix UTMT Honey with milk or rose water, a little bit of sandalwood powder and turmeric powder as that proves to be an effective face wash.

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Banana Honey Face Pack

Winters bring with it dry skin. Thank God for the gift of honey that helps in restoring the skins natural glow!

Here’s a quick and easy Banana Honey Face Pack:

Ingredients:
1 ripe banana
1 tbsp UTMT honey
1 tsp olive oil

Procedure:
Make a smooth paste out of all the ingredients, apply all over the face. Leave it on the face for 10 minutes.

Wash it off with cold water to reveal smooth and supple skin.

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Honey on face2

Looking out for a solution to enlarged pores?

For smoothing and clarifying the skin texture, especially for fat skin with enlarged pores here’s a quick tip.

Take 1 teaspoon UTMT honey, warm milk, potato starch, salt and mix it.

Put a mix on the face skin and neck with a piece of cotton.

Let it for about 25 minutes

Wash up face at first with warm, then cold water.

Practice the above regime at least twice a week for a couple of weeks and you will begin seeing the difference in no time.