Some people are hooked on to their everyday coffee high the way it is–no messing with its taste and aroma! They love its robust spirit, energy-boosting freshness, and nerve calming caffeine. This is one addiction which you would want to be left as untampered as it can get.
Coffee addiction and its superb energy-boosting qualities are undeniable. Yet, what happens sometimes is that our health is compromised due to infections and other conditions–particularly sore throat and colds that certainly cannot be cured by coffee! You are suggested some turn-off recipes that make you gag at the very sound of what all goes into making them. You’d rather face the brunt of a red runny nose or a throat that feels like the wild cactus growing in the Arizona desert, with your head feeling like a huge bubble about to blow up!
So is there a possibility of ever combining honey and coffee?
To understand this better, let us look at what actually causes cold and coughs.
A respiratory infection that is caused by an infection of a virus could affect your airways, affecting breathing and causing congestion in the chest if not cured by antibiotics. Generally, cold converts into a cough simply because one’s immunity is compromised and that in turn allows the air passageways to be invaded by bacteria that may further cause bronchitis, pneumonia, and sinus infections. Coughs of this nature have a lingering presence of a month to six weeks. A sore throat usually is a symptom of a cold or could precede it and may be caused by a virus or by a bacterium. Sometimes, it could lead to fevers, swollen lymph nodes, and body ache.
In cold, cough, and sore throat, the body’s immunity has been breached and the rapid buildup of the infection if not checked could lead to a prolonged presence in the body.
In coughs, colds, and sore throat, the symptoms usually cause adequate amounts of distress–runny nose, watery eyes, sore throat, fever, body ache, sneezing, and disorientation.
Generally, over-the-counter medicines are recommended for treating colds and coughs. However, if it is a viral infection, antibiotics will not work. Studies have proved that a test group given honey coffee responded as well as those that were given steroid-based medicines for their cough. This study whose results were published in the Natural Medicine Journal in August 2014 recommended the usage of coffee with honey as a safe alternative to steroids-based medicines for curing post-infection coughs.
What Qualities Does Honey Have?
There sure is ample evidence to give us innumerable reasons why adding honey to any beverage makes so much good sense. Honey undoubtedly continues to be one of the most miraculous of immunity boosters.
Here are some great reasons to be in love with this golden nectar-like natural produce:
- Honey is an immunity booster.
- It contains, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, vitamins A and C, zinc, copper, iodine, phosphates, and several other trace minerals that a healthy diet must have.
- Honey will not allow your blood sugar level to drop suddenly.
- Curbs hunger and maintains healthy sugar levels.
So, what you gain from honey in your coffee is far more intensely healthy than what other sweeteners give you. The elephant in the room, of course, is honey and it has been used for centuries for sweetening all kinds of foods, yet the very idea of sweetening coffee with honey has only recently been researched with much scientific involvement considering the concern with coffee drinking and the heightening cases of diabetes the world over.
What has also emerged is that coffee, though known to be harmful if taken in large quantities, still manages to make a cut to being actually therapeutic, especially when taken with honey to treat and help lessen the effect of colds and cough.
When honey is consumed, the air passageways have a much lesser incidence of inflammatory action which is typical in asthma patients and those who have chronic coughs and have to be treated with steroidal medicines that are far more debilitating in terms of their long-term side effects. With the addition of honey in instant coffee, the production of osmolality or the hyper action of the salivary gland makes swallowing easier and thus helps in clearing the mucus more easily. With the inclusion of honey, the mucociliary clearing of the pharynx has been a known factor in the treatment of children who suffer from a nighttime cough.
How to Get You Best Cup of Honey Coffee?
A few additional ingredients could be added to your cup of coffee for amazingly tasty results. Choose decaffeinated coffee for your everyday use –add a pinch of cinnamon powder and a teaspoon of honey after straining the coffee. Whether instant coffee or filtered one, it could be added to both. The combination of cinnamon and honey is supposed to help clear the phlegm in your throat and aid the respiratory channels especially when you have trouble breathing through your nose.
Preparation of Your Cup of Goodness
- Take two cups of fresh brew coffee
- ½ cup milk
- 1 pinch of nutmeg powder
- 1 pinch cinnamon powder
- 2 drops vanilla extract
- ¼ cup honey
Combine and heat but not to a boil and then serve.
This is a Spanish recipe known for its delicious taste and a knockout effect on strep throat as well as post-infection coughs that can linger.
Be cautious so as not to add honey when the coffee is too hot and do not reheat to such a temperature that the milk curdles.
Apart from adding cinnamon to your brew, nutmeg, cardamom powder, and holy basil leaves too could be added to the decoction. Remember to add milk, in case you prefer, gradually after the brew with the addition of spices is ready. Honey could be added right at the end.