April 15, 2012 § 2 Comments
If you do a quick search on Google by typing “honey + cinnamon”, you’d get a whole list of results telling you how incredible this simple home remedy is!! Well, personally I cannot validate its effectiveness on heart disease, toothache or pimples etc; but I can say that it does help with alleviating cold symptoms!!
Honey has been extremely valued because of its nutritional and healing properties. It is a natural product with beneficial effects, where the application dates back for many centuries. According to TCM, honey is able to release excess internal heat and dryness in our body, as well as the function to relieve pain and soothe our respiratory system. A lot of TCM prescriptions and pills require the addition of honey to strengthen its effectiveness. Just to note that honey isn’t suitable for infants less than 12 months old because their immune systems are still weak!!
Cinnamon is also a common ingredient in TCM prescriptions. It is said to help restore internal heat and Yang energy in the human body, as well as the ability to reduce coldness and pain. This is best for people who often ‘feel cold’ especially when the climate is warm.
I use this type of drink as a nourishing method rather than seeing it as a type of medication. As mentioned in the topic, it is to relief cold symptoms as both ingredients have the ability to ease pain. On top of that, it helps calming on the throat if I cough too much and to maintain my body temperature to keep me warm. This is not a magical elixir that cures colds faster, in saying that, I’d suggest you also drink lots of warm lemon water to boost your Vitamin C while are you sick.
How to make the drink
- There’s no definite measurement for me, but I normally use 1/3 teaspoon of cinnamon powder with a tablespoon of honey.
- The key thing is to mix the cinnamon powder first with a bit of water to make a paste in the cup. It is because the granule of cinnamon powder is too fine, so it will only float on the surface of water and won’t mix well if you add in honey later.
- Fill 8/10 of the cup with warm to hot water (not exceeding the temperature of 40°C so you do not destroy to valuable nutrients from the honey) and honey to mix well with the cinnamon paste.
Caution: This drink would not suit those who constantly gets diarrhoea, because of honey. Pregnant women should also avoid cinnamon as it is a blood-circulating stimulant.
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- 我其實沒有絕對的配量，不過一般說來我都是用 1/3 茶匙的肉桂粉加上一大匙的蜂蜜。
- 杯子之後再加入熱水至八分滿（水溫不要超過 40°C 以免太熱就會破壞蜂蜜的營養素），之後再放入蜂蜜好好攪拌就成啦！
March 12, 2012 § Leave a comment
March marks the begging of autumn in New Zealand. It is a cooler climate where the sky is extremely blue and the warm sun shining above that no longer scorching the world. This is certainly my favourite season of the year. Though according to Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM), autumn is drying season and such climate can cause excess internal heat in our body. This would impact specific organs such as lung and stomach, which also further affects our skin, nose, throat, respiratory system, metabolism and the immune system. There is a specific term in TCM called “lung heat”, which doesn’t just imply the organ, lung, itself, but also the other organs and body parts I mentioned earlier. In other words, it is everything associated to the activity and functioning of the lung.
General symptoms of “lung heat” are characterised by drying nose, mouth, tongue, throat and skin, as well as difficulty to breathe easily and dry chest coughs. If you find you are likely to suffer these symptoms, especially in autumn, then it is possible you have excessive internal heat in your body. In order to reduce the heat in your body, try a self-acupuncture massage with just one acupuncture point: Taichong! It is located about 1.5 cm above the gash between the big toe and the second toe, on both feet. When you place your finger on this point you will feel a slight cavity under the skin, and if you feel soreness and pain when pressing it with a bit of pressure, that means you have a lot of heat more than you need and you are required to massage this point more.
For optimal result, it is suggested you soak your feet in warm to hot water for about 10 minutes before massaging this point. When you massage, press upward with your thumb from the direction of your toe to your ankle for about 3 minutes. Stay healthy!!!
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