Honey and your cough!

Honey, coconut oil, tea tree oil   

Honey, coconut oil, tea tree oil

 

I remember as a child waking up to a cough and having trouble sleeping because of it. This of course would waken my dear mom and often she would come to my bed with a little spoon of honey, butter and a drop of eucalyptus oil. It felt so good, sweet and soothing. My cough would stop and sometimes I wanted to cough again for more of that honey and butter! But butter made my skin break out as a child and so my mom eventually cut butter out of our diet and even though we were vegetarian she was now experimenting more with a pure plant based diet.

Well, I have teen boys now, and they are a lot of fun. When they were toddlers and even now, I have followed the same plan. When a sore throat STARTS...take care of it right away. Get your feet, legs, arms, warm. Drink a hot tea. Gargle with salt water. Drink fresh vegetable juice. If someone gets a cough, take some homemade cough syrup or a spoon of honey, coconut oil and tea tree oil. Sometimes I just usehoney and a drop of eucalyptus oil, or another great one is honey and a drop of scotch pine essential oil!

So is this all quackery??? Well, a few years ago it was considered so, but not by myself! I have experienced and seen so much healing with SIMPLE, natural, harmless procedures.

Let me share something about honey and coughs from published medical literature. There have been several studies which have validated the fact that honey is indeed helpful for coughs, and studies have even verified that a spoonful of honey will help children with upper respiratory infection sleep better and reduce their coughing. -Pediatrics. 2012 Sep;130(3):465-71. doi: 10.1542/peds.2011-3075. Epub 2012 Aug 6. Parents can sleep better with honey too!! I did not need the studies, I have first hand experience! But,...for the doubting Thomas here it is!

Next time I will share a homemade cough syrup that really helps with sore throat but is especially effective with laryngitis! Beware though!! This statement has NOT been evaluated by the FDA!!! Read at your own risk!!!! Everything I have learned in life must first be verified by the FDA. "I wish above all things that you would prosper and be in health." 3 John 2. Blessings to all! Enjoy your honey!

 

 

Veggie Udon with Tofu (and pssst, guess what else....honey!)

Today's creative yum!

Today's creative yum!

Well, I just kind of threw this together today, there are no measurements but you can figure it out and adapt. 1. Cook up your fresh Udon noodles or fresh Soba according to directions, drain, rinse with cold water, set aside. 2. Have ready a rainbow of colored veggies like carrots, peppers, onions, zucchini, bok choy or cabbage. Cut the veggies in different shapes so some are long strips, some are slices etc. If you have firm tofu, slice that up too. 3. On high heat, Sautee the onion first in water, when it is soft add some sesame oil and some extra light olive oil. Another minute or so and it should start to turn golden. Now add carrots, zucchini, tofu or other veggies, Stir a few moments cover a minute, add soy sauce (careful some add MSG), salt, and honey. Mix up a few more seconds and add your greens like bok choy. Cook just till the veggies wilt a bit, sprinkle red pepper flakes, taste for salt and honey. Should be a little sweet and just right for the salt you know? Decorate with sliced green onion and black sesame seed when you serve. I haven't done that yet on the photo because I am serving this up later. ENJOY folks. I always use honey in my asian cooking instead of sugar!