Hon-Immune (Tm): An Immunity Blend That Everyone Should Have in Their Medicine Cabinet
The Cold and Flu season is upon us, and we should be taking every precaution to avoid contracting either one. This is my go-to blend all year long, but especially when the cold and flu period is here. When you have a chronic illness like lupus, it leaves one's body susceptible to even more illnesses, and precautions must be taken to avoid getting even the slightest cold.
It is not just for the cold and flu season. It can be used all year round for preventative care.
Here's the recipe.
Hon-Immune (TM) Blend
Hon-Immune Immunity Blend
8 oz. raw wildflower honey
1 ½ heaping tsp. elderberry powder
1 tsp. astragalus powder
1 tsp. ginger powder
½ tsp. clove powder
Health Benefits of Raw Honey
Health Benefits of Raw Honey
Antibacterial and antifungal properties
Provides minerals, vitamins, antioxidants
Honey also has its effect on weight Loss which makes me mostly excited! Simply drink warm water with lemon and honey on an empty stomach.
Did you know that though honey has more calories than sugar, honey when consumed with warm water helps in digesting the fat stored in your body?
Promotes the growth of good bacteria in the intestine
Boosts energy and reduces fatigue
Restores eyesight. Mix 2 teaspoons of honey with carrot juice and consume regularly.
Relieves a sore throat
Prevents heart disease by improving blood flow
Soothes burns, disinfects wounds. Garlic honey, which is just a mixture of honey and garlic, can be applied directly to infected wounds to clean the area
Reduces inflammation and pain
Alkalizes body’s pH
Contains phytonutrients, which possess cancer-preventing and anti-tumor properties
Helps with indigestion and acid reflux
Destroys bacteria causing acne
Prevents low white blood cell count
Counters pollen allergies. Take a teaspoon of raw honey a couple of times a day starting a few months prior to allergy season.
Flushes parasites from liver and colon
A salve made of honey can be applied to eczema.
Reduces ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders
Honey helps build stamina in athletes
Honey and cinnamon can help with Arthritis. The blend of cinnamon and honey has so many other benefits also. (link other article here)
Helps with scalp problems and dandruff
Helps with anxiety
Reduces metabolic stress
Helps clear your sinuses. To clear your sinuses, take a mixture of 1 teaspoon each of fresh ginger juice and honey two or three times a day.
Cures toothache. Make a paste of honey and cinnamon and apply on the aching tooth.
Moisturizes skin. Mix a dollop of honey and two tablespoons of warm water and massage the mixture into your skin.
Relieves morning sickness
Helps with hiccups
Reduces hay fever. Take a tablespoon of honey in the morning
Helps with tension headaches. Simply sip on a ½ glass of warm water with a couple of added teaspoons of honey.
Helps with pink eye. Place a teaspoon of honey with a cup of water and heat just enough to melt the honey. Let cool and use an eye dropper drop the mixture in the infected eye.
Leg cramps. Take 2 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar and 1 tbsp. of honey each evening before bed.
Reduces cholesterol. Mix two tablespoons of honey and three tablespoons of cinnamon in 16 ounces of tea.
Helps with bad breath. Mix one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon in hot water.
Soften hard water, Just add honey to bath water
But make sure to buy raw honey, organic because the heating during manufacturing destroys nutrients and enzymes. Additionally, locally grown raw honey from the area you live is more beneficial as it possesses the immune stimulating properties needed for your body to adapt to its environment. The best part about it, you don’t have to sacrifice the taste of sweetness by using sugar substitutes, but can actually enjoy eating what you like and be healthy at the same time!!!
Learn how to make Elderberry syrup for colds and flu
Health Benefits of Elderberry
Have you heard of the elderberry? The elderberry is an ancient berry tree/bush that has recently been brought back to the attention of the public eye due to its potential as a remedy for cold and flu. Elderberries are native to North America, and commonly grow in both the Northeast and Northwest (but not in the south, boo).
Elderberries are a staple in my natural medicine cabinet. I use them to make elderberry syrup, elderberry wine, as well as this honey blend. The elderberry tincture is also great.
The berries are quite juicy, and look similar to tiny, dark blueberries. Additionally, even blue elderberries should never be consumed raw as they contain a chemical similar to cyanide. Many doctors also recommend that women who are pregnant or breastfeeding stay away from elderberry. If you are pregnant or nursing, consult with your doctor/midwife before consuming elderberries.
Healthy Ingredients in Elderberries
Elderberries contain a wide variety of healthful ingredients that make them a powerhouse of nutrients much like other superfoods.
Just one cup of elderberries contains:
87 percent of recommended intake for vitamin C
17 percent of vitamin A
13 percent of iron
6 percent of calcium
17 percent of vitamin B6
12 percent of potassium
7 percent of vitamin B1
The Health Benefits of Elderberries
According to popular legend, it was an American sailor in 1899 who first discovered the possible healing benefits of elderberry when he drank port wine flavored with elderberry and his arthritis was relieved.
Some research suggests that the elderberry possesses:
- strong anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties, so is thus a natural support for those with arthritis or any inflammatory illnesses.
- may also fight cancer thanks to their high number of antioxidants that are required to maintain the health of our body cells. These components fight against harmful free radicals, putting a stop to the damage caused by cell division.
- have some of the strongest free radical scavenging abilities, according to a study in 2010 conducted by Gaziosmanpasa University in Turkey
- treat respiratory illnesses such as the cold and flu. In 2009, researchers from HerbalScience Group in Florida examined the effect of elderberry fruit extract against the H1N1 flu virus in vitro tests. The results showed that elderberry could reduce total flu symptoms by 50 percent and shorten the duration of the virus by up to 3 days. Best results were seen when the elderberry was used within 24 to 48 hours of contracting the virus.
- keep the respiratory system healthy due to its high content of of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and bioflavonoids like anthocyanin. All these contribute to the antioxidant properties of the syrup, which makes it a prophylactic against various respiratory illnesses. Some of them are cold, cough, sore throat, mucus build-up, chest congestion, asthma, bronchitis and common cold.
- keeps infections at bay due to its anti-viral and anti-bacterial nature. It is rich in Vitamin C, which is an antioxidant.
- help to relieve nasal congestion.
- enhance the immune system.
- boosts the digestive system due to its high content of vital nutrients. Elderberry juice can stimulate our digestive glands to secret enough amount of digestive juices. It eventually results in a stronger and healthier digestive system, plus also helps with the proper movement of bowels through the gastrointestinal tract, which prevents constipation.
- keep cholesterol under control. Elderberry juice also plays a key role in regulating the cholesterol levels in our bloodstream. It also reduces the ‘bad cholesterol’ level in our blood, which ultimately helps to keep various cardiovascular diseases at bay.
- help with diabetes control, by working directly on the pancreas and stimulating it for insulin secretion.
- help to maintain bone health.
- help to promote clean, clear and youthful skin The presence of bioflavonoids makes it an effective solution for averting premature aging. You can get rid of wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots by consuming elderberry juice. It also helps in eliminating acne breakouts and other blemishes.
- have been used for centuries to treat wounds when applied to the skin.
Astragalus: Powerful Immune-modulating herb as well as for treating the common cold
Health Benefits of Astragalus
- Enhances the immune system
- Treats chronic fatigue syndrome
- Treats fibromyalgia
- Is helpful in the treatment of diabetes
- Enhances the metabolism
- Enhances physical strength
- Reduces stress
- Aids in digestion
- Is helpful in the treatment of kidney disease
- Boosts energy and stamina
- Helps in the treatment of ulcers
- Aids in the treatment of urinary problems
- Helps to prevent heart disease
- Aids in the treatment of high blood pressure
- Is anti-inflammatory
- Helps to support the liver
- Is anti-viral and anti-bacterial
- Aids in white blood cell production
Health benefits of Cinnamon
The cinnamon spice has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine to cure main ailments like cancer, flu and indigestion. The fragrant spice contains
- and is commonly used in many food dishes.
What not too many people know is that this fragrant spice also possesses properties to cure many skin, health and hair problems.
I won’t go into too many details here, as cinnamon deserves a feature all on its own.
Benefits of Cinnamon:
- anti – microbial properties
- helps to improve diabetes, aids in weight loss
- helps to reduce cravings
- helps to reduce allergies
- is anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. It thus helps in the treatment of acne, pimples and blemishes, thus helping to enhance the complexion
- improves circulation and blood flow, which helps with glowing skin as well as improving hair and scalp health
- Is rich in anti-oxidant properties.
- Reduces Cholesterol.
- Pain Reliever.
- Cures the common cold.
- Is a great anti-inflammatory and so will aid in alleviating the pain and discomfort that comes from joint pain associated with arthritis
- Aids in the digestion process.
- Cinnamon contains a nutrient called cinnamaldehyde, which is known to increase the progesterone level and decrease testosterone levels in women. The hormonal balance reduces the chances of infertility in women..
- Boosts Brain Functioning. Smelling cinnamon regularly helps boost the cognitive ability and memory of the brain..
- Breath Freshener
- · Aids in the treatment of candida overgrowth. Cinnamon can be used to stop medication-resistant yeast infections. High blood sugar levels can lead to candida overgrowth, and cinnamon is helpful in lowering blood sugar levels. Its anti-fungal properties are also helpful in combating the effects of a yeast infection. So if the meds aren’t working, try adding extra cinnamon to your diet.
- · Cinnamon is no joke. It can take your health to the next level.
Health benefits of Ginger
Health benefits of Ginger
- Has cancer –fighting benefits. Research has proven that ginger can act to literally obliterate ovarian cancer cells. Even more promising is that the cells actually end up killing and attacking themselves.
- Helps with Irritable Bowel Syndrome by having a calming effect on the bowels and digestive system.
- Eliminates gas and bloating
- Calms intestinal spasms
- Eases nausea
- Protects against Alzheimer’s disease. Research has shown that ginger helps to slow down the loss of brain cells that typically is a precursor to Alzheimer’s.
- Can ease headache when taken as a tea
- Can help with asthma and coughs by opening up inflamed airways
- Stimulates circulation
- Helps with high blood pressure
- Aids in the digestive process
- Helps to relieve tired muscles
- Aids in the management of blood glucose levels which can have a direct impact on weight loss or gain.
- Helps the body to absorb nutrients
- Is anti-inflammatory and can help with a host of inflammation-based conditions and diseases.
- Strengthens Immunity
- Protects Against Nuclear Radiation – Hopefully not something you have to worry about in the near future, but still good to know in case World War III breaks out. But those living near the Fukushima disaster area have given strong consideration to upping their ginger intake with this news. If you want to get the full benefits of this feature you’ll have to have a daily dose of ginger so it’s in your system, and stays there.
Health Benefits of Clove
History tells us that the Chinese have used clove for more than 2,000 years as a fragrance and spice and that it hit the international health scene several hundred years later. Since then, it has been applied in numerous products for agricultural and cosmetic purposes.
- High in Manganese, potassium, magnesium, and
- Eliminates acne
- Kills parasites
- Improves blood circulation
- Reduces gum disease
- Boosts energy
- Natural anti-inflammatory
- Kills mold and fungus
- Alleviates Toothache pain
- Moisturize dry skin
- Mosquito repellent
- Digestion aid
- Stops bad breath
- Treats nausea
- Alleviates joint and muscle pain
- Improves respiratory conditions
- Reduces muscle spasms
- Improves blood circulation
- Anti-parasitic. Relieves intestinal parasite
- Relieve insect bites
- Helps to alleviate high blood pressure
- Helps with reducing stress levels
- Reduces cholesterol
- Aids in alleviating oral ulcers and sores
Have you tried elderberries?
Have you tried elderberries?
As an Herbalist, and a Lupus Warrior, I am always for more natural remedies to keep my body, as well as those of my friends and family well throughout the winter months, and throughout the year.
Elderberry syrup and this immunity blend are staples in my Natural Medicine Cabinet.
What are some items that you cannot do without, that are in your natural medicine chest?
None of this information is to be taken as medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any changes to your medicines.
Thank you for your attention, and I look forward to your comments, or questions, or suggestions.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
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