Cinnamon and honey are among the most powerful and versatile miraculous foods by Mother Nature, and their combination is a superb remedy in the treatment of various health issues.
Nutritional value of honey and cinnamon
Honey and cinnamon are both nutritious foods and contain vitamins and minerals that help to maintain good health.
They contain nutrients that include water, protein, fiber, sugar, vitamins, and minerals. Cinnamon also contains a very low level of fat.
Minerals such as calcium, iron, sodium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc are found in honey and cinnamon.
In terms of vitamins, they contain vitamin C, vitamin B6, folate, niacin, and riboflavin. Cinnamon also contains vitamins A, E, D, and K.
Health benefits of cinnamon and honey
Cinnamon and honey have strong antioxidant, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, that help in the treatment of colds and the flu.
Honey suppresses coughs, treats the flu, and strengthens the immune system.
To soothe the symptoms of your cold, prepare a tea with honey and cinnamon, and drink it throughout the day. Both of these prevent and treat diabetes, and the moderate consumption of honey does not cause blood glucose to spike dramatically.
To reap these benefits, take a cup of warm water with a teaspoon of raw honey and a teaspoon of cinnamon daily.
The Journal of Diabetes Technology Society 2010 published a study which showed that cinnamon oil lowers harmful triglycerides in the blood by 30% and LDL or bad cholesterol by 27%, which are considered to be among the main causes of cardiovascular disease.
Arthritis patients can benefit by taking one cup of hot water with two tablespoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder.
When taken daily even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week (out of the 200 people so treated) practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain — and within a month, almost all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis now started walking without pain.
Raw honey strengthens the immune system and soothes the symptoms of allergies.
Also, the main causes of allergies in the home are dust mites, but products used to deter them are often high in dangerous chemicals. Dust mites cause asthma, dermatitis, rhinitis, and other issues, but cinnamon is a potent weapon against them!
Cinnamon bark oil and cinnamon leaf oil were found to be two and a half times more effective at destroying dust mites than benzyl benzoate.
In a spray bottle, add a cinnamon leaf or bark oil to distilled water, and spray on the curtains, mattresses, and linens to kill dust mites.
Urinary tract infections
A study published in The Iran Journal of Medical Sciences showed that cinnamon is the 4th most potent plant against urinary tract infections, among 28 plant extracts tested.
Cinnamon has a potent insulin-boosting quality that provides body energy while regulating blood sugar.
Additionally, honey is a rich source of natural sugars and trace amounts of antioxidants, enzymes, minerals, vitamins and amino acids, which fight fatigue and energize the body.
Honey and cinnamon treat digestive issues like ulcers, constipation, and nausea, and fight E. coli infections and H.Pylori bacteria.
Natural Acne Treatment
Cinnamon and honey have been used to treat acne and skin conditions for centuries, as they offer strong antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.
Cinnamon has been found to destroy Staphylococcus epidermidis, the types of bacteria often responsible for acne, and honey has been used as a cosmetic product since ancient times.
It also relieves burns and wounds, dandruff and psoriasis, prevents wrinkles, and improves skin health.
To fight acne, mix 1 tablespoon of raw organic honey with a teaspoon of cinnamon, and apply the paste on the affected area. Leave for 20 minutes to act, and then rinse.
This amazing combination helps weight loss by accelerating metabolism, preventing food cravings, and stimulating the fat-burning process.
Honey and cinnamon can do wonders for your oral health. Researchers have found that chewing/sucking on a Manuka honey product leads to a 35% decrease in plaque and a 35% reduction in bleeding sites in people suffering from gingivitis.
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A combination of honey and cinnamon can help in lowering the risk of cancer.
Honey is known to be a rich source of antioxidants that aid in scavenging the free radicals. The impressive amount of polyphenols found in honey have been linked to preventing cancer. Research also suggests that dark honey showed a higher amount of antioxidants than clear honey.
The journal Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine has published an animal-based study on cinnamon revealing that it has certain anti-tumor properties that can decrease the chances of metastasis or the spread of cancer through tumorous growth.
A paste made of honey and cinnamon is often used to treat insect bites and relieve inflammation at the source.
Cinnamon is considered an anti-inflammatory substance, while honey is an antiseptic and therapeutic component of many beauty and cosmetic products.
Thus, their combination works on all aspects of skin irritation and insect bites at the same time, while simultaneously keeping you from developing infections.
Finally, Becky Bell, MS, RD advises:
The best way to use honey in your diet is as a replacement for sugar. Make sure you purchase unfiltered honey since most of the highly processed honey on supermarket shelves doesn’t have any health benefits. Use honey with caution though, since it is still high in sugar — just “less bad” than regular sugar.
You should also be aware that cinnamon contains a compound called coumarin, which can be toxic in large doses.
Coumarin content is much higher in Cassia cinnamon than in Ceylon cinnamon.
It is best to purchase Ceylon cinnamon, but if you are going to consume the Cassia variety, limit your daily intake to 1/2 teaspoon (0.5–2 grams). You can safely consume up to 1 teaspoon (about 5 grams) of Ceylon cinnamon per day.