Recently a friend was telling me she was feeling under the weather and had a sore throat. I recommended my favourite sore throat remedy. It got me thinking about how honey and cinnamon can help your immune system.
In the last few years the natural health movement has grown and gained momentum. Natural remedies are becoming more popular. People are learning about how to prevent illness and treat illness in a variety of natural ways. You don't need to buy lots of fancy supplements and vitamins, most of what you need is right there in your kitchen.
Honey and cinnamon are two of the pantry items that have some of the greatest health benefits.
This golden substance produced by bees has long been associated with healing and health. For thousands of years, people have used honey for application on badges, and science now reveals some of the secrets to it’s marvelous properties. Studies have shown that honey contains powerful antioxidants. These vitamins and trace minerals help to break down free radicals that can cause massive damage to cells, and can possibly protect against a multitude of possible ailments.
Honey is also probiotic, in that it delivers many of the important flora responsible for proper digestion, and the control of metabolism in the body. As honey is digested, the microflora deposit themselves into the stomach and large intestine to aid in digestive function, as well as provide a buffer against harmful microbes by attacking them and destroying their membranes.
Cinnamon is an interesting spice that comes from the inner bark of trees belonging to the the genus of Cinnamomum. This flavorful and festive spice is well known for its contributions to recipes, but it has many hidden properties which make it an important player in the world of natural health. For one, cinnamon is full of antioxidants, which can help with healthy aging. They also have the ability to help repair cells damaged by cancer causing agents.
Cinnamon is also a powerful anti-inflammatory, and can lessen many of the risks associated with heart disease, which include high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Having less stress on the body also means a more efficient immune system, and allows the body to fight infection.
How Honey and Cinnamon Can Help Your Immune System
When honey and cinnamon are combined, their antimicrobial power is strengthened. The combination of these two powerful antimicrobials and antioxidants may even help to prevent some sickness in people. They also work together by stimulating white blood cell production.
Honey and Cinnamon Sore Throat Remedy
This is one of my favourite remedies. It tastes delicious, so kids will happily take it, and it is a powerful combination that works.
1 Tbs coconut oil
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp raw honey (local honey is best if you can get it)
Cream together the coconut oil, cinnamon, and honey.
Take 1 tsp every hour.
Store in an airtight container.
Warm Apple Cider
I have fond memories of drinking warm apple cider on cold winter days both in the US and in Canada. It's easy to make and it has warming spices that will definitely bring a feeling of hygge into your home.
12 apples, peeled and quartered
2 oranges, peeled and quartered
4 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp allspice
4 liters water
1/2 cup honey
Add the apples, oranges, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice to a large pot and cover with water.
Heat the cider over high heat until it reaches a simmer.
Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for about 2 hours, or until the apples are completely soft.
Using a potato masher or a wooden spoon, take a minute to mash all of the apples and oranges against the side of the stockpot to release more of their flavors.
Cover and simmer for 1 more hour.
Using a fine-mesh strainer or a cheesecloth, strain out all of the solids (apples, oranges, spices), pressing them against the strainer to release all of their juices.
Discard the solids.
Stir in your honey and serve immediately, while warm.