Honey


Honey Benefits_Yippee CayenneWe recently partnered with Allison’s Apiaries, a local honey provider, to sell our product at the farmer’s markets they attend. They have a real passion for honey and truly understand all its benefits.  We also love honey, especially for the delicious taste and health benefits it brings to our product.  This explains why Allison’s Apiaries and their customers have come to love Yippee Cayenne.

Honey has been used as a health booster and natural remedy for thousands of years — even as far back as Aristotle and the Ancient Greeks! It can also be used as a sweetener and sugar substitute for those who can’t — or choose not to — eat sugar.

So what are the benefits of honey? We’re glad you asked.

Energy

Honey is nearly all sugar — unprocessed, natural glucose and fructose — and gives your body the sugar it needs for a quick burst of energy. This natural sugar can enter directly into the bloodstream and raise your blood sugar. This rise gives your body an energy kick and provides a short-term power source for workouts.

Allergies

Some research has found that eating a tablespoon of honey every day can help with seasonal allergies. Honey is made from pollen and the finished product contains traces of pollen, which act like a vaccine and help your body build immunities to seasonal allergens.

Wounds and Burns

A natural antibiotic, honey can work to heal your body from both inside and outside and has been used to fight infections, soothe inflammation, and reduce swelling. In fact, before penicillin was discovered as a powerful antibiotic, honey was used to prevent and treat infection!

Dandruff

A European study published in 2001 found that applying honey, diluted with 10% warm water, to the scalp and leaving it for three hours can treat dandruff. Participants in the study showed improvements in itching, scaliness, and skin lesions within two weeks! The anti-inflammatory properties in honey can also help with redness and itching of the scalp.

Sleep

When eaten, honey can produce a rise in insulin and release serotonin, a neurotransmitter that can improve happiness and mood, and tryptophan, which is converted to serotonin. Serotonin is then converted to melatonin, a chemical compound that regulates the wake and sleep cycles.

Do you use honey in your cooking or as a natural remedy? Share in the comments!

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Why Use Corn Syrup?

Yippee Cayenne Sore Throat Lozenges“I’d use your Sore Throat Lozenges if they didn’t contain corn syrup, but because they do…”

We’ve heard it before and we’re sure to hear it again. With all the bad press about corn syrup, many people wonder why we use this ingredient when we have such a strong commitment to using natural ingredients.

Isn’t there a better substitute?

The quick answer is no, and this is why.

Texture, shelf life, and effectiveness

Most hard lozenges and candies are made from a mixture of corn syrup and sucrose (sugar), which allows them to hold their hard, long-lasting shape. The mixture is very important for lozenges, because the wrong mixture can lead to grainy lozenges — which affects the taste — or crystallized sugar — which can lessen shelf life. When a lozenge has the wrong mixture, it can become grainy, melt, and deform — even at room temperature! Corn syrup substitutes don’t have the same molecular structures as corn syrup and can’t be used to get the same results.

The use of corn syrup in Yippee Cayenne Sore Throat Lozenges allows these hard lozenges to remain smooth and long-lasting, but it also helps extend the relief provided by the cayenne pepper. The corn syrup adds a sweet balance to cayenne’s spice and helps the lozenge last long enough to give your sore throat the relief it needs before it dissolves.

We use corn syrup, not high-fructose corn syrup

While it may seem a small point, it matters. As with all of our ingredients, corn syrup is a sweetener found in nature and made entirely of glucose. High-fructose corn syrup is a man-made sweetener that has had some of its glucose converted to fructose. Both are sugars and should be consumed in limited quantities, but corn syrup is a natural ingredient. As long as you aren’t eating our lozenges by the handful, you should be just fine.

We have seen our Sore Throat Lozenges help many people and we are committed to continuing to provide this relief for our customers. We know there are some who disagree with the use of corn syrup, but we believe it is the best choice for our product.

When you use Yippee Cayenne for your sore throat, we think you’ll agree.

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When Life Gives You Lemons…

Lemon Slice_Yippee CayenneWhen life gives you lemons, make lemonade because this sour fruit has several health benefits for you.

From preventing scurvy for sailors over a hundred years ago, to helping soothe sore throats and boost immune systems in Yippee Cayenne Sore Throat Lozenges, this powerful little fruit has been improving health for a long time.

To help our fans understand why we think lemons are powerful enough to include in our throat lozenges, we have put together some of the benefits they offer, courtesy of Organic Facts.

Indigestion and Constipation: Lemon juice helps to cure problems related to indigestion and constipation. Add a few drops of lemon on your dish (take care, it does not go well with milk), and it will aid in digestion. It acts as a blood purifier and a cleansing agent, so a good drink after lunch or dinner is fresh lemon soda, which is also called fresh lime soda in many places. The recipe is lemon juice, cold water, soda, salts (common salt or rock salt) and sugar/honey for sweetness. You can also add some mint leaves or crushed fennel seeds for added flavor. Drink this whenever you have a heavy lunch or dinner.

Fever: Lemon juice can treat a person who is suffering from a cold, flu or fever. It helps to break fevers by increasing perspiration.

Dental Care: It is also frequently used in dental care. If fresh lemon juice is applied on the area of a toothache, it can assist in getting rid of the pain. Massaging the juice on the gums can stop gum bleeding, while eliminating the bad odors that can come from various gum diseases and conditions.

Additionally, it can be used in the regular cleansing of your teeth. Keep your eye out for a toothpaste containing lemon as one of the ingredients, or add a drop of its juice onto your normal toothpaste. Some people also rub their teeth with the outer shell (the inner side touching your teeth) of a lemon after removing the juice. But be careful, lemons are highly acidic, so if your mouth starts burning, rinse your gums and mouth quickly with water.

Hair Care: Lemon juice has proven itself in the treatment of hair care on a wide scale. The juice applied to the scalp can treat problems like dandruff, hair loss and other problems related to the hair and scalp. If  you apply lemon juice directly on the hair, it can give your hair a natural shine.

Skin Care: Lemon juice, being a natural antiseptic medicine, can also cure problems related to the skin. The juice can be applied to reduce the pain of sunburn, and it helps to ease the pain from bee stings as well. It is also good for acne and eczema. It acts as an anti-aging remedy and can remove wrinkles and blackheads. Drinking lemon juice mixed with water and honey brings a healthy glow to the skin, and if you thoroughly search the cosmetic market, you will find some soaps containing lemon juice, but they aren’t too easy to find!

Burns: Use lemon juice on the site of old burns can help fade the scars, and since lemon is a cooling agent, it reduces the burning sensation on the skin when you currently have an irritating burn.

Internal Bleeding: It has antiseptic and coagulant properties, so it can stop internal bleeding. You can apply lemon juice to a small cotton ball and place it inside your nose to stop nose bleeds.

Respiratory Disorders: Lemon juice assists in relieving respiratory problems and breathing problems, such as its ability to soothe a person suffering from an asthma attack. Being a rich source of vitamin C, it helps in dealing with more long-term respiratory disorders.

Cholera: Diseases like cholera and malaria can be treated with lemon juice, because it acts as a blood purifier.

Foot Relaxation: Lemon is an aromatic and antiseptic agent and is useful in foot relaxation. Add some lemon juice to warm water and dip your feet in the mixture for instant relief and muscle relaxation.

Rheumatism: It is also a diuretic and can treat rheumatism and arthritis. It helps to flush out bacteria and toxins from the body.

Corns: Lemon juice can dissolve lumps on the skin, so it can be applied at the places where the skin has hardened up, like the soles of feet and the palms of your hands. Drinking lemon juice with water can help patients reduce gall stones for the same reasons.

Throat Infections: Lemon is an excellent fruit that fights against problems related to throat infections, due to its well-known antibacterial properties.

High Blood Pressure: Drinking lemon juice is helpful for people suffering from heart problems, because it contains potassium. It controls high blood pressure, dizziness, and nausea, because it provides a calming sensation to both the mind and body. It is commonly employed to reduce mental stress and depression.

Do you use lemons to treat any health issues?

The Vitamin C Exercise Pill

PillsHave you heard the news? Vitamin C can be taken instead of exercising and is being dubbed the new “exercise pill”! Great news, right?

Maybe not so much.

A new (small) study recently found that vitamin C can have a protective effect on blood vessels, similar to the effects of a walking workout. Though this is an exciting discovery that will hopefully be further confirmed by more studies, it does not mean that you should stop exercising and it does not mean that you should start chugging orange juice. One won’t replace the other, but both can be good — in moderation.

Vitamin C will never be a replacement for a healthy lifestyle, but it does have several benefits.

In fact, if you read the label on our sore throat lozenges, you will see that vitamin C is one of the ingredients we use to soothe sore throats.

We have included more of vitamin C’s benefits below:

1. Antioxidants

Vitamin C, and other antioxidants, works to protect the body from out-of-control chemical reactions. It keeps free radicals, highly reactive molecules, from harming our body’s tissues and helps convert iron into a more absorbable form.

2. Cold relief

It might surprise you to learn that we don’t use vitamin C because it prevents colds. Because it doesn’t. Instead, this vitamin helps boost your immune system and can shorten the length of colds and make symptoms more mild. Don’t limit your vitamin C
intake to when you think you might get sick, but take a daily dose to help your immune system fight it when you do.

3. Healing and growth

Your body uses vitamin to heal injuries and regrow damaged tissues.

Where can you get vitamin C in your diet? Eat bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kiwi, strawberries, papaya, pineapple, cantaloupe, and citrus fruits, like oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit.

4. Stress repair

When your body is under stress, your immune system often pays the price. If you’ve noticed that you often get sick at the worst possible times, this is why. Vitamin C can help boost your immune system and keep your body from the added stress of being sick.

No vitamin is a magic pill, but they can certainly help your body stay healthy. Eat right, exercise, and pay attention to what your body is telling you.

Also, watch out for too-good-to-be-true discoveries — they usually are too good to be true.