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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Honey for Health

Honey for Health

The seasons are changing, kids are back in school and before you know it you may find yourself surrounded by sick people at home or at work. Instead of going out and buying all types of cough medicines (most only suppress instead of healing symptoms), try using some of the everyday items you may, or should have handy in the home. Items I like to keep in stock are raw honey (preferably local honey), ginger, garlic, fresh lemons, onions, and cinnamon. These products are great for their antiviral, antibacterial, and anti fungal properties. Below are a few uses for some of these products, that can help you avert or bounce back from colds this winter season.
Be Mindful:
  1. Honey should never be given to the children who are under 1 year old, it will cause botulism (a potentially fatal illness).
  2. Both cinnamon and honey are allergens to some people, so always consult your doctor before starting any of these remedies. Also, if you are on certain medications these products may interact with them adversely. Do your research and ask questions.

My favorite- Honey and Cinnamon

  • Take 1 teaspoon of honey and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Mix it and take this twice a day for 3 days within the first few hours of symptoms occurring. It is a delicious way to cure cold.

A daily method – Honey

  • Take a tablespoon of honey and have it whenever you suffer from cold or cough. Drinking warm tea with honey mixed will help prevent a cold. Also, you can add a drop of honey and lemon juice to any type of tea whenever you suffer from cold.
  • Regular intake of honey will treat many health problems including cold and its symptoms.
Honey with Lemon and Cinnamon

  • Take half a lemon and squeeze its juice into 1/2 cup of warm water. Add 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 pinch of cinnamon, stir it well and drink.
Honey with Cold Water

  • Take a glass and fill it with cold water, squirt a disk sized amount of honey (microwave it for about 10 seconds), mix well and enjoy. This method can also be a part of your daily morning water regimen. 
Honey Gargle

  • Take a tablespoon of  lemon juice. Mix it in 2 cups of hot water, add a teaspoon of honey and let it cool to room temperature before you start the gargle process. This should help knock out any sore throats.
Honey and Cinnamon Tea
  • Take 1/2 to 3 teaspoons of cinnamon bark and steep it in a cup of water. Let it steep for about 5 minutes and remove the bark. Add 2 teaspoons of honey and mix. Drink this tea once a day at night time before going to bed to have better night sleep without any cough.
Honey and Lemon Tea

  • Mix 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice into a mug. Add 1/2 cup or more hot water into the mug. Stir it well and enjoy.

Honey and Raw Onions

  • Take one red onion and cut it into slices, add a little bit of sugar and honey to cover it properly. Allow the mix to soak for overnight, the next morning drink a teaspoon of this juice. Repeat the process for about 3 – 8 times a day to get relief from the cold and its symptoms. 
  • This is one of the least great tasting remedies, but onions contain flavanoids. Flavanoids act as antioxidants, have a direct anti-tumor effect and have immune-enhancing properties. Onions also contain quercitin, which is anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, antiviral, and thought to have diverse anti-cancer powers. Onions are great!
Honey, Lemon and Ginger
  • Boil one lemon for about 2-3 minutes to soften the lemon and kill the bacteria from the skin. Place a pint of honey in a saucepan on a very low heat. Do not boil the honey or it will lose its medicinal purposes. Let the lemon cool and cut it into thin slices and add to the honey. 
  • Cook the lemon and honey on a low setting for about an hour, remove from heat, strain the lemon from the honey removing all seeds. Grate some ginger into the remaining honey. Cool it, can it in a mason jar and refrigerate it. This will last about 2-3 months. Take as needed, or 1/2-1 teaspoon for kids, 1 teaspoon for adults, 4-5 x's daily.
For adults –Honey and Brandy

  • Take 3 oz of water and bring it to boil for few minutes, add 1 ½ to 2 oz of brandy into a tea cup. Add the hot water to the brandy and then stir it with a spoonful of honey to the mixture. Take a lemon wedge and squeeze it into the mix. 
  • Drink this hot brandy at night time just before going to bed which helps to get relax and you will sleep well. Brandy has antimicrobial properties that have the ability to thin the mucus built up by the cold. When it is taken in proper amount it can be very calming and help you sleep without coughing.
For adults –Honey and Whiskey Hot Toddy

  • Take equal amount i.e. 1/4 cup of whiskey, honey, and fresh-squeezed lemon juice into mug. Microwave the mixture until it is hot and sip it slowly to get relief from the cold. If the hot toddy is too strong, add 1/4 cup of boiling water. Use bourbon for treating congestion or sore throat, use Irish whiskey for treating persistent cough.
There are tons of ways to use honey to help combat colds this winter season. Hopefully, these will help you stay healthy, or get healthy without having to use drugs with hard to pronounce ingredients. Remember to wash your hands regularly, drink plenty of water and eat a balanced diet. I don't plan on getting sick this winter and I hope you don't either!

Peace, Love and Light!


  1. So many great options! I sometimes have plain honey before I go to bed to increase sleep quality :)

    1. It's a great sleep aid without all those harmful effects that prescriptions may have. We are glad you enjoyed!

  2. You can never go wrong with honey!!!! It's that go-to product for everything!!!

  3. Interesting, I didn't know about the rule of not giving honey to children under 1 year old!

    1. Yes botulism is a nasty thing, Jacquel has seen babies first hand with it and it's not a very nice disease process.

    2. Yes botulism is a nasty thing, Jacquel has seen babies first hand with it and it's not a very nice disease process.

  4. Thank you for all the great recipes. My son just started kindergarten and has been bringing home tons of germs. They all sound pretty good except for the onion one. Not sure if I could handle that!

    1. Kids that age, your son included, are so adorable, but they are walking cootie bombs,lol. And we are, it's not high on our favorite list either, but we thought we'd share the wealth. Thanks for reading!

  5. i too did not know the rule about not giving to kids under 1. thanks for sharing. :)

  6. I love honey will be trying these x

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