Health Benefits of Honey, Cinnamon and Lemon...... "Hot Toddy"

Monday, October 19, 2015



The Dublin-born physician, Robert B. Todd (1809–1860), was known for his prescription of a hot drink of brandy, cinnamon, sugar syrup and water. It was called a "Hot toddy". I think Dr. Todd was on to something. All of the ingredients have beneficial health properties. Well, I don’t know about the brandy, except maybe a numbing effect. (I suppose that could be beneficial at times!)

Cinnamon and honey go waayyyy back.

Cinnamon and honey have many references in the Bible. The combination of honey and cinnamon has been used for centuries in both traditional Chinese and Ayurveda medicine (one of the world's oldest holistic whole-body healing systems, developed thousands of years ago in India)  The two ingredients with unique healing abilities have a long history as a home remedy. Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices known to mankind and honey's popularity has continued throughout history. Cinnamon's essential oils and honey's enzyme that produces hydrogen peroxide qualify the two "anti-microbial" foods with the ability to help stop the growth of bacteria as well as fungi. In Ayurvedic medicine it is believed that honey enhances the medicinal effectiveness of the cinnamon.

There is no doubt that cinnamon and honey were used for medicinal purposes centuries ago.  So why not now? And why not in a Hot Toddy? Well, mine is actually a virgin Hot Toddy seeing that I don’t consume alcohol.  I add fresh lemon juice for its many health benefits. In my last post I talked to you about cinnamon and its many health benefits so here are a few of the benefits of honey and lemon.


Raw Honey 

  • Raw honey is the only food on the planet that will not spoil or rot (it will crystalize)
  • Beneficial vitamins and minerals
  • Nutrients that are essential to dissolve fats and cholesterols
  • Packed with 22 amino acids that are beneficial to your body’s metabolism
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) lists honey as a demulcent, which is a substance that relieves irritation in your mouth or throat by forming a protective film
  • Antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant
  • Boost your energy (great for distance runners!)
  • Reduce allergy symptoms
  • Cough suppressant
  • Boost memory
  • Treats wounds and burns
  • Resolves scalp issues and dandruff


Raw Lemon Juice

  • pH alkaline state – although acidic to taste, lemons are one of the most alkaline of foods and help keep our bodies to the required pH alkaline state of around 7.4
  • Blood purifier 
  • Blood sugar balance 
  • Detoxification 
  • Weight loss 
  • Osteoporosis – lemon juice is rich in Vitamin C and helps the body to absorb calcium 
  • Insomnia
  • Brain and nerve food – potassium found in raw lemon juice helps the brain and nerve cells, improves concentration, memory and calms the mind
  • Boost immune system 
  • Infection – it is rich in citric acid
  • Cough and cold 
  • Nausea, vomiting and travel sickness 
  • Rheumatism, arthritis and bone-related diseases – lemon is an excellent anti-inflammatory

Oh goodness, I get so excited about all of the health benefits of honey, cinnamon and lemon. I pretty much have two hot toddys a day. One in the morning and one in the evening. I invite you to try it and feel the difference in your health!

Virgin Hot Toddy
Juice of half a lemon
¼ tsp. ceylon cinnamon
½ tbs. raw honey
Hot water


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