Health Benefits of Cinnamon and Honey

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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.

HEART DISEASES:
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.

ARTHRITIS:
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.

BLADDER INFECTIONS:
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.

CHOLESTEROL:
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.

COLDS:
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).

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

GAS:
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.

IMMUNE SYSTEM:
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.

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

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

LONGEVITY:
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).

PIMPLES:
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.

SKIN INFECTIONS:
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.

WEIGHT LOSS:
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)

FATIGUE:
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.

BAD BREATH:
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.

HEARING LOSS:
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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Cooking with Herbs – How to Use the Most Common Kitchen Spices

aerogardenEveryone knows that using the right herbs and spices can make the difference between a sumptuous meal and a bland, tasteless failure. Experimenting with flavors can really bring your meals to a new level and help you to create dishes that satisfy your specific tastes. If you are new to cooking, however, choosing the right herbs and spices to use in your meals can seem daunting. These tips for cooking with herbs can help you get the knowledge and confidence you need to go beyond simply following recipes.

The Difference between Herbs and Spices

Although many people use the words interchangeably, there is a difference between herbs and spices. Herbs are leaves of plants without woody stems. Some common examples include dill leaves, rosemary, thyme, and basil. Spices, on the other hand, come from bark, seeds, roots, berries, flowers, and fruits. Dill seed, cinnamon, and coriander are examples of spices.

Experimenting with Herbs and Spices

It can be daunting to try new herbs and spices if you don’t know how they will taste in your favorite dishes. However, if you don’t experiment, you will never stretch your cooking abilities and making the same dishes over and over again will become boring.

It never hurts to be a little adventurous. It’s a good idea to start when you are only cooking for yourself, and with a simple dish that you already know well. Then see what happens when you tinker with the herbs and spices that you use. Some good examples of dishes to experiment with include scrambled eggs, spaghetti sauce, hamburger, and lettuce, egg, or potato salad. Why? Because these dishes won’t break your heart if the spice mixtures you try aren’t fantastic, and they are so familiar that it’s easy to see the differences that different herbs and spices make.

Which Herbs to Use: Fresh or Dried?

Many herbs are available in two different forms: as fresh, succulent leaves, as dried herbs in small jars. Fresh herbs usually have a more subtle flavor and are more visually appealing. Imagine a tomato and mozzarella salad, drizzled with balsamic vinegar and dotted with bright green basil leaves. Gorgeous!

Dried herbs last longer on the shelf without spoiling. They usually have a stronger, more intense flavor. In general, a rule of thumb is that 1 teaspoon of finely chopped fresh herbs can be replaced by a third of a teaspoon of dried herbs.

Some Popular Herbs and Spices to Use in Your Cooking
Here are some ideas for popular herbs that you can use in your cooking. These herbs are common in many kitchens because they are delicious and flexible, working well with many types of dishes.

Rosemary
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This pungent, piney herb is delicious in salads, with potatoes and mixed vegetables, or sprinkled over meats like chicken, fish, and lamb. It is popular on its own or when blended with other herbs. It is a good complement to thyme, sage, bay, and garlic.

Basil

Basil has a sweet, earthy flavor that is an excellent companion to tomatoes, cheeses, pizzas, and pasta dishes. It is also delicious with vegetables and is a primary ingredient in pesto. It’s a common ingredient in Italian spice mixes and works well with other herbs, especially thyme, marjoram, oregano, and garlic.

Thyme

Thyme has a strong, spicy flavor with just a hint of sweetness to it. There is also a strain called lemon thyme which has a citrus flavor to it as well. Thyme is excellent with chicken and fish, with sausage or eggs, sprinkled over roasted potatoes, or served in Mediterranean cuisine. It blends well with chives, bay, garlic, sage, and rosemary.

Oregano

Oregano has a strong, fresh flavor that makes it popular in Italian, Greek, and Mexican dishes. It is also good with tomatoes, eggs, lamb, cheeses, beef, and seafood. It blends well with basil, thyme, garlic, and chives.

Chives

Chives have a flavor that is similar to onions, but more delicate and soft. You can use them in just about any dish that calls for onions, as a replacement or as a companion. They are best when used raw, or when added to the dish at the end of the cooking process, to retain their flavor and color. Use with baked potatoes, eggs, fish, soups, or blended with butter. Chives pair well with garlic, dill, basil, tarragon, and oregano.

Cinnamon

Most people think of cinnamon as a spice that should only be used with sweet dishes and baked goods, but actually cinnamon adds a depth of flavor to meats and other savory dishes that is absolutely delicious. Try adding cinnamon to eggs, hamburger, and tomato sauces.

Garlic
Garlic is a healthy and delicious spice that is heavily used in Mediterranean dishes from Italy, Greek, and Turkey. It can be used fresh, dried, or mixed with salt. It is excellent in a wide variety of dishes including garlic bread, pizza and pasta dishes, and sprinkled over meats, vegetable, fish, and poultry. It blends well with oregano, thyme, sage, chives, and basil.

By experimenting with cooking with herbs, you can create delicious and satisfying new meals that will delight your taste buds and keep you from getting bored in the kitchen.