Honey and cinnamon have a long history as home remedies and their distinctive healing properties are some of the most thoroughly researched in the world.
Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices known to mankind and it’s derived from the leaves and inner bark of certain tree species that are native to India, Egypt, Chine, Sri Lanka and Australia.
Cinnamon contains essential oils with antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.
Honey is produced by honeybees from plant nectar and much like cinnamon, also contains potent antimicrobial and antioxidant compounds which have been shown to reduce inflammation and stop the growth of bacteria and fungi in humans.
In addition, honey has been found to contain generous amounts of amino acids, Vitamin C, riboflavin, niacin, Vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc!
These two ingredients have been successfully used for medical purposes in many different cultures and ancient civilizations and have rightfully acquired a status of super foods over the centuries.
For example, the combination of honey and cinnamon has been used as a medicine in both traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda, a system of healing founded 5000 years ago in India, and it was even referenced by Aristotle in ancient Greece.
According to Ayurvedic practices, when adequately prepared, honey and cinnamon can cure a long list of ailments, including bladder infections, colds, cardiovascular problems, diabetes, acne, and many more. This magic mixture has also been shown to accelerate weight loss and help rejuvenate aging skin and restore its health.
Although they work great when consumed individually, combining them in one sweet and spicy homemade remedy will amplify their antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory healing abilities and provide an even wider range of health benefits.
Here are four common health issues that can be easily eliminated by consuming honey and cinnamon:
1. The common cold
Some people are more prone to getting sick during winter months. But, cinnamon has been found to possess essential oils that can destroy bacteria species, like L. monocytogenes and E.coli, associated with a common cold.
On the contrary, honey has an ability to strengthen the immune system, and lower free radical formation. So, this honey-cinnamon mixture seems to be an excellent home remedy against common colds.
Here is how to prepare and use it:
– A tsp. of cinnamon
– A tbsp. of raw, organic honey
– A cup of hot water
Add the cinnamon and honey in the hot water. Next, stir it well and sip while still warm. You should drink it once or twice daily to treat a common cold.
2. Digestive problems
The regular consumption of this miraculous blend can alleviate the symptoms of many digestive problems, including stomach gas, constipation, gastroenteritis, ulcers, etc. To be more specific, the fructose and glucose present in honey can enter the blood, where they are used as energy in the food metabolism.
Plus, the long carbohydrate chains, oligosaccharides found in honey offer pre-biotic properties that make the beneficial bacteria improve digestion. That’s not all, honey has also been found to externally kill H.Pylori, which is a bacterium that causes stomach ulcers.
Cinnamon has strong anti-microbial effects that can alleviate gastroenteritis triggered by bacterial infections in the stomach.
Both honey and cinnamon are rich in anti-microbial properties that destroy and prevent the colonization of bacteria on the skin. It is no surprise then, that cinnamon oil mixed with honey is a common skin care treatment that is used across the world to prevent acne. In fact, combining 3 tablespoons of honey with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon can be applied as an overnight acne spot treatment.
Although there are not sufficient scientific studies confirming the effectiveness of this natural blend to fight rheumatoid arthritis in humans, but animal studies have proven that it can lower inflammation and pain. You may alleviate your arthritic pain by drinking a cup of cinnamon-honey tea on a regular basis.
You should introduce this honey-cinnamon blend into your lifestyle in order to prevent the development of a wide range of conditions!