These days I hear more and more about these special ingredients that will cure you from anything and everything. Is it true? Do they really do what they’re said to do? I don’t know the answers to the questions, but there’s certainly no harm in trying.
Since I can remember myself I’ve been told to stay away from honey because I might get allergic reaction. I’ve had a lot of allergies in the past, too many to name them all, but they’re all gone now, except allergy to any kind of nuts except pine nuts and pistachios. Although I can’t say for sure, because I just stay away from them. But it took me 20 something years to realize that I am not allergic to Honey and have missed so many of its benefits. Anyway, it’s never too late to start using it.
Recently I’ve spent many days searching online for different honey and lemon recipes and their potential benefits to decide what exactly I need to do with them. The reason I started searching is because after buying Nelson’s Sootha cough remedy (which contains lemon and honey) for my daughter, I got this weird kind of craving for honey mixed with lemon juice, but I needed to know what to do before I do something wrong. Not that you can terribly mess something up with it, but I’ve heard several times that you can’t add honey to hot water or tea, because when boiled over 60 C Honey loses its properties and starts producing carcinogens. Scary, isn’t it?
Honey has been used as a treatment since the ancient times, it is said to help relieve cough, bronchitis, and sore throats; it is antiseptic, it boosts your immune system, helps with gastric ulcers, wounds and burns. Due to the antioxidants containing in honey it helps prevent cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Unlike sugar, it also helps to reduce fat and aids weight loss. Who would have thought that such a sweet sugary thing as honey could be effective in weight loss?
Cinnamon, since the ancient times, was believed to cure colds. These days a lot of studies were conducted and some of them showed various effects of cinnamon on health and immune system. One study showed that eugenol found in cinnamon inhibited the replication of the virus that causes herpes in vitro, the other studies showed including cinnamon in the diet may help to control blood glucose levels in people with Type 2 Diabetes. CEppt, an extract from cinnamon bark, also shows potential to treat Alzheimer’s disease in mice. Cinnamon is also known for its help to reduce body fat.
So what do we get if we combine all of these health beneficial ingredients into a tea? We will get all of them benefits at once. Simple as that.
To make this oh-so-good-for-you tea, we will need:
- 1 Cinnamon Stick (or 1 tsp of ground Cinnamon, but the sticks are way better and nicer!)
- 1 Tbsp Lemon juice
- 1 Tbsp Honey
Simply put the cinnamon stick in freshly boiled water and let it steep for a few minutes. When the water cools down a bit (you can add cold water to it), put the other ingredients in and stir well. Enjoy this tea first thing in the morning before breakfast, especially if weight loss is your goal. I’ve heard some people say that you can see the first results just in one week! Not sure if it’s true though, because usually you have to wait at least one month. I haven’t been drinking it every day (sometimes there’s just too much hassle around my toddler to sit down and drink a cup of tea), so I can’t testify whether it’s true. But even if you don’t see your weight drop immediately after one week of drinking this tea, just remember that the overall benefits of the tea are on their way, and they are long-term benefits, which usually don’t show up at once.