Health Benefits of Cinnamon and Honey

The owners of this website do not take responsibility for the claims quoted in the article. However, as both products are natural there is little likelihood of anyone suffering any side effects unless they are allergic to either product.

cinnamon-powderHere are probably some little known facts about Honey and Cinnamon.

A mixture of honey and cinnamon can relieve a number of ailments, and as honey is  produced in most of the countries of the world that means that a large percentage of the population can have access to this inexpensive medicinal product.

Modern Scientists accept that Honey is a very effective medicine  that can be used without any side effects for all kinds of ailments.

A Canadian magazine, The Weekly World News, provided a list of ailments that can be aided by taking honey and cinnamon,  in its issue dated 17 January,1995.

Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, spread on bread, instead of jelly and jam, and eat it regularly for breakfast.

The honey and cinnamon reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and may protect people from having a heart attack. And for anyone who has already had an attack, by following this practice, they may be less likely to have another attack in the near future.

Regular use of the honey and cinnamon paste on bread relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heart beat. With age the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and become clogged, honey and cinnamon revitalizes the arteries and veins. In America and Canada, some nursing homes treated patients successfully using this procedure.

To relieve arthritis take one cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder daily, morning, and night.

If taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured.

Recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University on 200 patients who were given a mixture of one tablespoon honey mixed with a half teaspoon cinnamon powder before breakfast each day showed that within a week, 73 of those patients were totally relieved of pain. And within a month, almost all the patients who previously could not walk or move around because of their arthritis started walking without pain.

Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder and relieves the symptoms.

Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of cinnamon powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water, given to a patient with high cholesterol , was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours.

As mentioned for arthritic patients, if taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol is cured. According to information reported in The World Weekly News, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This  will cure most chronic coughs, colds, and clear the sinuses. (Only-Cookware: This one I tried and it did work).

Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from the root.

According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that if honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacteria and viral attacks.

Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacteria and viral Diseases.

Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.

A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ‘ Ingredient’ which kills influenza germs and relieves patients from nasty flu symptoms.

Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age.

Take four spoons of honey, one spoon of cinnamon powder and three cups of water and boil to make like tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day.

It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans also increases and even a 100 year old, starts performing the chores of a 20-year-old. (Only-cookware: Well I’m not too sure about the claim of a 100 year old doing the work of a 20 year old).

Make a paste using three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Apply this paste on the pimples before going to sleep at night and wash it off the next morning with warm water. If done daily for two weeks, it removes pimples from the root.

Mix up a potion of honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts and apply on the affected parts to cure eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections.

On a daily basis, both in the morning, a half hour before breakfast on an empty stomach and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water.

If taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person.  Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet. (Only-Cookware: This is definitely on the list of things to try)

Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey helpful to the strength of the body. Senior citizens, who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts, are more alert and flexible.

Research undertaken by Dr. Milton, shows that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder taken daily, after brushing  in the morning and again in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M. when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, increases the vitality of the body within a week.

People of South America, first thing in the morning, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water, so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restore hearing.

Remember when we were kids? We had toast with real butter and cinnamon spread on it. Hmm delicious.

Well there you have it. As I said at the beginning, honey and cinnamon may not turn out to be a cure all but its healthy, tasty and most of all natural.

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The Best Homemade Lemonade Recipe Ever

The Best Homemade Lemonade RecipeThis is the best homemade lemonade recipe ever…well at least I think it is.

This is such an easy recipe but makes a really good homemade lemonade…and I mean really good.

This is what I would call a grown-ups lemonade because although it is non-alcoholic, it kind of tastes like an alcoholic drink. UPDATE (6 Jan 2008): Check the first comment below regarding the possibility that this may be alcoholic…. in other words if you have a concern then keep this drink away from the kiddies.

We found this recipe originally on the website but unfortunately it is no longer available there so unfortunately we can’t give credit to anyone for it.

The only tricky bit with this recipe is ensuring that the yeast gets frothy as without it you won’t get the fizzy effect of the lemonade. It will still taste good though.

The Best Lemonade Ever
UPDATE (6 Jan 2008): Check the first comment below regarding the possibility that this may be alcoholic…. in other words if you have a concern then keep this drink away from the kiddies.

  • 3 lemons
  • 500g sugar
  • extra tablespoon sugar
  • 8 grams yeast
  • raisins
  • 3 litres of boiled water
  1. Dissolve sugar in water.
  2. Peel the rind of the lemons and then remove the pith. Keep the rind and toss the pith.
  3. Slice the lemons.
  4. Add the rind and the lemon slices to the sugar syrup.
  5. Mix a tablespoon of sugar with the yeast into approximately 100ml of warm water.
  6. Wait until the yeast has gone frothy.
  7. Add the yeast mix to the syrup and stir in.
  8. Cover with a clean dish cloth and a tight fitting lid and leave for approximately 24 hours.
  9. Strain the mixture squeezing any extra juice out of the lemons as you go.
  10. Pour the strained liquid into plastic soda bottles (it should fill approximately 2 standard size bottles).
  11. Add 5 raisins to each bottle and cap.
  12. Refrigerate until cold. Preferably leave overnight before drinking.

Note that in the images below we have used a saucepan to make the lemonade. This is because it is the best pot in the house to make it but you can use anything as long as it seals nicely for when you leave it overnight.

Also it looks as though we are cooking the lemonade as we are working over a stove top but that just happens to be the most convenient spot to make the lemonade.

Peel the lemons and remove the pith Add the peeled lemons and skin to the sugar syrup. The yeast should be frothy. Pour the yeast mixture into the lemon and syrup mixture. Cover the mixture with a dish cloth and a tight lid. Strain the mixture into bottles and chill.

Recipe: Mint Chutney

Mint ChutneyRight out the front of my house I have a patch of mint growing.  Actually it grows like a weed so I have plenty of it.  Anyone who grows mint knows that it can take over the garden if you’re not careful. But fortunately it is in a patch of dirt separated from anything else so it can only grow so far.

So because I have tons of the stuff I went looking for a recipe that could use up at least some of it. Our main use is for our larb dish which we have at least once a week but I needed to get rid of a lot more than that.

One of the first recipes I came across was a recipe for Mint Chutney which I found on the Allrecipes website. It seemed perfect since it involved using lots of mint. So the cook in the house ended up giving it a go.

The result was just superb with a beautiful flavored puree. We adjusted the recipe a little so our version is below but if you want the original recipe you can head over to the AllRecipes website.

Mint Chutney

  • 1 bunch of cilantro/coriander
  • 20-30g fresh mint leaves
  • 1 green chile pepper
  • 3 g salt
  • 1 medium onion cut into chunks
  • 1 tsp tamarind puree
  • enough water to make a thickish paste

In a food processor, combine all the ingredients except the water. Process into a thick puree adding a little water at a time until this is achieved.





The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Chocolate Chip CookiesI just made chocolate chip cookies which is a bit of an event for me as I am not much of a baker. Not that I can’t do it, but I just don’t get around to doing it much.

I always like to look for easy recipes so when I was doing a bit of research for my Vollrath Cookie Sheet review I came across a recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies that everyone was raving about. Well, I had to give it a go as they all said it was a really easy recipe.

Well they were right about that. It’s a great one to make with the kids.

Chocolate Chip CookiesI found the recipe at the Nestle website but because I didn’t have the exact Nestle choc bits I used the larger type and broke them up into smaller bits. This is why my cookies in the photo above look nothing like the biscuits on their website…that’s my excuse anyway.

BUT they taste really good. I just had one and nearly burnt my mouth as of course I couldn’t wait for them to cool down.

So if you want the recipe then just head over the Nestle site – Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Cooking with Dill – How to Prepare and Use Dill in the Kitchen

dillJust about everyone has heard of dill pickles, but how many of us have experimented with using dill in other ways in the kitchen? If you haven’t tried cooking with dill, you’re selling yourself – and your cooking – short. Here are some tips for getting started with this fresh and flexible herb.

What Is Dill?

Dill is one of the oldest herbs that people have been known to use in cooking. Sprigs of herbs have been found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs and even in Neolithic settlements. This relative of parsley grows naturally in central Asia and around the Mediterranean Sea, but it can be cultivated anywhere where the summers are hot and it can get plenty of direct sunlight.

Dill can be used in cooking in four different forms: fresh dill leaves, dried dill leaves, dill flowers, and the dill seeds. The fresh leaves have the strongest and most pronounced flavor. The seeds taste similar to caraway and are often used in breads and other baked goods. Both the seeds and the flowers are used to make dill pickles.

How Does Dill Taste?

Dill leaves have a gentle, subtle flavor that can be described as tangy and fresh, but with a musky overtone. Dill leaves compliment other herbs well, making it a great addition to many meals.

Dill seeds have a stronger flavor and a crispy crunch. They have been compared with caraway seeds, and have a citrus tang and a slightly bitter taste.

Does Dill Have Any Health Benefits?

Dill is an excellent source of calcium, and can help to prevent bone deterioration with age. It also relieves stomach aches and is naturally soothing, helping to ease people to sleep. Like garlic, dill is an anti-bacterial spice, and it acts as an antioxidant.

Finally, dill seed makes a good substitute for salt. People with low-sodium diets can benefit from a healthy dose of dill in their foods.

Which Dishes Work Best When Flavored with Dill?

Dill Seeds:
Dill Seeds
are often added to potato and egg salads, and are used to make a delicious devilled egg. They can be added to the water while boiling potatoes for mashing to add tang to the dish. Dill seeds can be substituted for caraway seeds to make caraway bread. Dill seeds are also an important ingredient for making dill pickles.

Dill Leaves:
Blend dill with softened butter to create a delicious dip for breads or for seafood. Add fronds of dill to yogurt and serve with raw vegetables for a healthy snack. Dill leaves make a delicious substitute for parsley as a garnish for sandwiches. Toss some fresh leaves shortly before your fish is done cooking for delicious added flavor. Dill fronds also make a savory addition to hamburger meat.

Dried Dill:
Dried dill can be substituted for fresh dill, but be aware that quite a lot of the herb will be necessary, since it loses a lot of flavor in the drying process.

Dill Flowers:
Dill flowers can be harvested and used as an ingredient for dill pickles.

How Should Dill Be Used in Cooking?
Exposure to heat tends to destroy the delicious flavor of fresh dill leaves. To retain their taste, add them shortly before the end of the cooking process, or chop the leaves and use them fresh in salads.

Dill seeds, on the other hand, can withstand higher temperatures and longer cooking without losing flavor. They can be added to boiling water for flavoring potatoes or tossed into a potato salad to add both crunch and flavor.

In Summary
Dill is a harmonious herb that, like salt, enhances the flavor of the meals you prepare. Unlike salt, however, dill has a variety of beneficial properties. For people whose health conditions restrict them to a low-sodium diet or who simply want to improve their overall diet, dill is an excellent addition to their cooking abilities.