Recently Elissa Jane Mastel, owner and creator of Phoenicia Honey Company, invited Hudson Valley Good Stuff to a private honey tasting in uptown Kingston at Chill Media North, a public relations company she founded. Confession: I have loved honey since I was a kid. I once snuck off with an entire teddy bear plastic bottle of honey and consumed it in one sitting. So, of course, I was eager to taste the new honey creations from Phoenicia Honey.
Cinnamon has a long history of use in both Eastern and Western cultures as a medicine. Some of its reported uses are in cases of arthritis, asthma, cancer, diarrhea, fever, heart problems, insomnia, menstrual problems, peptic ulcers, psoriasis, and spastic muscles. There are scientific studies to support some of these uses. Some of the confirmed effects of cinnamon are as a sedative for smooth muscle, circulatory stimulant, carminative, digestant, anticonvulsant, diaphoretic, diuretic, antibiotic, and antiulcerative.