Delicious Medicinal Cinnamon Toast 

World’s Best Cinnamon Toast

Not only is this cinnamon toast medicinal, it really is delicious! It’s the recipe recommended in my “Bag of Tricks” for fighting colds, flus and allergies!  

Another one of my recipe makeovers! Simple, Delicious, and extremely healthy.

Even yummier than the old-fashioned-traditional cinnamon toast which was heavily laden with processed white sugar and often made with refined white bread. Really unhealthy! This recipe is not only healthy, it’s medicinal! It fights colds and flus and pollen allergies! And more!

Ingredients

  • Toasted organic non-gmo whole grain bread of your choice or gluten-free, etcetera (nonorganic GMO bread is pro-inflammatory, avoid it!)
  • Organic virgin coconut oil (virgin is yummy while refined is not yummy)
  • Raw local honey (available at farmers markets, local apiaries, and natural food stores)
  • Organic cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Spread toast liberally with coconut oil
  2. Drizzle liberally with honey
  3. Sprinkle liberally with cinnamon

Note: For added health benefits and flavor, try Chocolate Cinnamon Toast by sprinkling with organic cocoa!

I’ve had this when I feel a cold coming on and I feel it being stopped in its tracks upon eating a slice of this delicious medicinal toast! Don’t wait for cold and flu season, enjoy it year-round, as it has many health benefits! Raw local honey fights seasonal pollen allergies!

*You may want to cut back on the quantity of honey though, if consuming regularly, or if you have diabetes.

*Increase the cinnamon if you have diabetes!

Some of the Benefits

Organic non-gmo whole grain toast: anti-inflammatory, reduces chronic inflammation, gastrointestinal health, lowers risk of diabetes, high in fiber

Coconut oil: antimicrobial, fights colds and flus, anti-inflammatory, long list of health benefits

Raw local honey: cough suppressant, anti-allergen, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, rich in enzymes

Cinnamon: antimicrobial, fights colds and flus, anti-inflammatory, protects against diabetes

Cocoa: fights allergies, antioxidants, blood vessel health

Note: I’ve included some links to some my favorite brands. That is a great deal on the coconut oil!

Enjoy ♥️

References

Dr. Josh Axe, Dr. Joseph Mercola, Dr. Andrew Weil

Vitamin C: Do You Need It?

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It’s April 4th ~ It’s Nat’l Vitamin C Day!

I grew up hearing Vitamin C is good for you! It fights off colds and flus!

But is it true? Do we really need it? How do you know if you need it?

Our bodies do not produce Vitamin C and many people are deficient and don’t know it.

  • Vitamin C has been scientifically proven to lessen the duration and symptoms of a common cold
  • Vitamin C may be as beneficial to your heart as walking
  • Vitamin C is well known for helping relax blood vessels
  • There’s scientific evidence that Vitamin C may help protect against a variety of cancers by combating free radicals, and helping neutralize the effects of nitrites (preservatives found in some packaged foods that may raise the risk of certain forms of cancer).

The only way to get Vitamin C is from food and/or supplements. If you use supplements, organic is best. It’s important to get nutrients from foods – we can’t just eat horribly and count on supplements alone. I like to eat healthy, nutritious foods – and use supplements as well. It works well for me with battling chronic illness and prescription medications.

If you have a chronic illness or take prescription drugs, chances are great that you are deficient in all vitamins, including C and you need to consume even more Vitamin C rich foods than the average person.

Some More Vitamin C Benefits:

  • Repairs and regenerates tissues
  • Protects against heart disease
  • Increases the absorption of iron
  • Prevents scurvy
  • Decreases bad LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.
  • Helps delay or prevent cataracts
  • Supports healthy immune system function
  • Promotes skin health, including reversing ‘crepey skin’ and thin skin
  • Combats free radicals

I have personally had very good results with thin and crepey skin repair from Vitamin C therapy.

Signs of Vitamin C Deficiency:

Deficiency symptoms include fatigue, frequent colds, muscle weakness, joint and muscle aches, bleeding gums, rashes and other skin problems. Prolonged deficiency can cause scurvy, a rare but potentially severe illness.

Top 10 Vitamin C Rich Foods:

Oranges: 
1 large: 82 mg
Red peppers:
 ½ cup chopped, raw: 95mg
Kale
: 1 cup: 80 mg
Brussels sprouts
: ½ cup cooked: 48 mg
Broccoli
: ½ cup cooked: 51 mg
Strawberries
: ½ cup: 42 mg
Grapefruit
: ½ cup: 43 mg
Guava: 
1 fruit: 125 mg
Kiwi
: 1 piece: 64 mg
Green peppers: 
½ c chopped, raw: 60 mg

♥️ Make your own organic Vitamin C!

You will need several organic citrus peels as the peels contain much more Vitamin C than the fruit itself!

Wash them well, cut into strips or small pieces and dry them for several days, you can use a food dehydrator, but it’s not necessary! Once they are completely dry, grind them into a powder using a clean coffee grinder or a flour mill or the dry blade of a blender, such as Vitamix.

Store your homemade organic Vitamin C powder in an air-tight container, in the freezer up to 6 months!

A teaspoon-or-so-a-day added to your smoothie provides a good daily dose of Vitamin C!

To check for possible interactions with medications, go here. 

References:
Drs’ Andrew Weil and Joseph Mercola

Photo credit: Christina Im and Hayden Olsen

Hay Fever, Colds, Flus, Food Poisining and My Bag of Tricks!

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Cold and flu season sticks around until May – plus we have spring seasonal allergies upon us, so I thought I’d share my “Survival Guide Bag of Tricks” with you.

My Bag of Tricks is in addition to eating clean and living a healthy lifestyle which are key to staying healthy. But there are times we need a ‘bag of tricks’ to stave off illness – or shorten the duration/lessen the symptoms once we are sick. Sometimes we need a bag of tricks despite flu and pneumonia and allergy shots.

That’s me in the selfie picture, not trusting my thermometer, so using two, trying to determine if I was coming down with something.

Having a suppressed immune system, so therefore very susceptible to respiratory infections, pneumonia, bronchitis, colds and flus, which can/have landed me in the hospital more times than I can count, as my immune system cannot fight them off, I’ve done a lot of research in building my ‘survival guide bag of tricks.’

There’s measures you can take to protect yourself during cold and flu season:

  • Taking supplements such as Umcka, Defense Plus, oregano oil capsules, coconut oil capsules, probiotics, Vit C & D, Manuka honey lozenges and colloidal silver lozenges. I’ve included some links below.
  • Avoid sick people and wash your hands a lot.
  • Diffusing essential oils such as oregano and eucalyptus.
  • Car diffusers are available and a very good idea to kill germs you carry from public places into your car!
  • Acupuncture with a licensed acupuncturist is another great protection against infectious disease. I don’t miss a week during cold and flu season.

Once you are sick:

  • Continue with the preventives mentioned above plus:
  • Good old fashioned chicken noodle soup/bone broth is beneficial in addition to continuing the aforementioned bag of tricks.
  • Drink lots of water and coconut water to prevent dehydration.
  • Tea with honey and lemon – especially herbal teas specific to your symptoms, I particularly like green and ‘cold and flu teas’ and teas with rosehips, ginger and hibiscus, to treat/prevent illness. Herbal tea companies are good at what they do!
  • GSE Throat Spray: Kills the germs that make you sick and soothes your throat and alleviates cough. Link below.
  • Sinus Irrigation. Link below.

I take oregano oil capsules, coconut oil capsules, vitamins and probiotics, as a preventative – and the others mentioned above once I’m exposed or feel like I’m coming down with something. Diffusing the oils everyday is a good preventative measure, as well as good treatment once you are sick. I diffuse them all night as well.

For food poisoning:

  • Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar/BACV! A tablespoon diluted with water, add honey if you need to make it palatable. Repeat if needed. This has stopped food poisoning in its tracks for my family and me.
  • In restaurants, a good prevention is requesting your water without lemon. Restaurant lemons are rarely washed and 70% of them test positive for bacteria which causes food poisoning.

Note: BACV is good to use on a daily basis as it has many health benefits.

As for seasonal allergies/hay fever:

  • Diffusing peppermint, eucalyptus, basal, lemon and tea tree oils can help.
  • Using sinus irrigation removes the pollen from your sinuses which really helps. Link below.
  • Consuming raw, local honey is a great preventative. It must be raw and local for seasonal allergy benefits.
  • A supplement called ‘Aller-Max by Country Life’ is great. My son who suffers from hay fever/spring allergies, gets great relief from Aller-Max. No ill side effects! All natural good-for-you ingredients!

I created a simple recipe for cinnamon toast that is very beneficial in fighting infections and seasonal allergies and it’s absolutely delicious and very good for you on many levels!

Note: Check for drug interactions before taking supplements with your medications: Go here.

♥️ Medicinal Cinnamon Toast Recipe:

  • Toasted organic bread of your choice: gluten-free, etcetera
  • Organic coconut oil (not all created equal, use a delicious brand such as Nutiva or Kirkland)
  • Raw local honey (available at farmers markets and natural food stores)
  • Organic and/or Saigon cinnamon
  1. Spread toast liberally with coconut oil
  2. Drizzle liberally with honey
  3. Sprinkle liberally with cinnamon

Enjoy!

I’ve had this when I feel a cold coming on and I feel it being stopped in its tracks upon eating a slice of this delicious medicinal toast! Don’t wait for cold and flu season, enjoy it year-round, as it has many health benefits! Cut back on the quantity of honey though, if consuming regularly, or if you have diabetes. Oh and increase the cinnamon if you have diabetes!

I’ve included a few links to some of the items in ‘my bag of tricks.’ Here’s to staving off/surviving hay fever, colds, flus and other bugs!

⚫️ Disclaimer: If you’re sick and declining, call your doc or go urgent care or the ER/ED.