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Ceylon Cinnamon

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Being a big fan of cinnamon, I had been wanting to try Ceylon cinnamon for some time. Ceylon cinnamon is “true cinnamon” and has slightly different properties than the cinnamon which is traditionally sold in stores which is the Cassia variety. Both varieties of cinnamon can be good for health, however the Cassia variety has high levels of coumarin which in high enough dose, and when taken too often can be problematic for the liver (so it seems anyway). The Ceylon variety does not have coumarin (or undetectable levels) and is much safer for high or regular consumption.

Why would anyone want to eat a lot of cinnamon? Well, besides being a huge fan (like myself), cinnamon has shown to be powerful in boosting the immune system and aiding in the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar. Cinnamon and raw honey together have proven to be a home remedy that everyone should have in their back pocket–and with Ceylon cinnamon, one does not have to worry about the coumarin levels that are present in Cassia cinnamon.

Ceylon cinnamon as a home remedy

For the home remedy, simply combine 1 teaspoon of cinnamon with 1 teaspoon of raw honey and eat first thing before breakfast. You can mix it with water, but it is best and most powerful with nothing else. Wait for 20-30 minutes before eating anything else. Continue to take for six days straight and then take a day off to give your body a break. This remedy can help act as a natural antibiotic, regulate blood sugar, and ease arthritis or associated pains!

Shanna and I posted a recipe using Ceylon cinnamon freshly grated on cinnamon pumpkin ice cream (using the finest ingredients, of course!). If you have a hard time finding Ceylon cinnamon at the store you can usually find it online. So that it is not irradiated, I recommend getting organic such as Frontier’s Organic Ceylon Cinnamon Powder.



1. Effect of honey, dextromethorphan, and no treatment on nocturnal cough and sleep quality for coughing children and their parents. Paul, I. M. et al., Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 2007 Dec;161(12):1140-1146
2. Cinnamon Improves Glucose and Lipids of People With Type 2 Diabetes. Alam Khan MS, PHD et al, http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/26/12/3215.long





Dandelions – Pungent, Bitter – Vitality, Vivaciousness

Monday, May 17th, 2010

I like extraordinary foods. Dandelions are pretty extraordinary. Yet, they are common. Try that on for size.

Thankfully, I grew up eating dandelions every now and then. My grandpa would pick them (from areas that had not been sprayed with pesticides or who knows what), and we would have them in salads or soups or sauteed. They definitely take some getting to know. You may not be the biggest fan right from the start. You may have to acquire a taste for them. You may have to work at including them in dishes and disguising their pungent bitterness. BUT, all your hard work will be rewarded. First, your work at liking dandelions will be rewarded with you becoming a fan of dandelions. Second, your body will be rewarded with numerous health benefits.

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Dandelions contain:
Vitamins – A, C, E, K, B1, B2, B3, B6, Choline. Of those it has, most notably, loads of Vitamin K and tons of Vitamin A. Is a load more than a ton? Well, for this article it is.
Minerals – calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, sodium, zinc, copper, managanese. Of those, most notably, calcium and iron.

Aside from the nutritional goodness, what I find fascinating about dandelions is their long history of use in the body to promote healing and healthy functioning. It has commonly been used to heal and effectively treat liver disorders (jaundice, hepatitis) and promote liver health and detoxification. It is a diuretic and disinfectant, that is, it cleans you out and helps prevent harmful microbial growth in the urinary system.

Also, interestingly enough, the scientific name for dandelion is: Taraxacum officinale, which basically means The Official Remedy for Disorders or Pharmacy Remedy for Disorders. Because it can cause changes in the liver and flow of bile, it is good to start introducing dandelions slowly into your diet, especially if A) you are not used to eating them, and B) you have liver, stomach, bowel problems. So try some in a mixed salad or added to a soup. I wonder what they would be like in a smoothie? Hmmm. Bitter smoothie? Hmmm. I may have to try that.

I would highly recommend checking them out and doing some reading about them if you are interested in restoring vitality to your body. Yes, I said vitality. Good word, good word.

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