Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - Ever since 1995, when Beatrice Dexter wrote an article for The Weekly World News claiming that honey and cinnamon can cure virtually anything, this tasty combo has been under close scrutiny by health enthusiasts and scientists around the world.
At this point, conclusive evidence suggesting that a honey and cinnamon mixture will produce miraculous results is lacking in the scientific literature. However, cinnamon has been used by Chinese and Ayurvedic folk medicine for over 2,000 years, and the medicinal use of honey also has a rich history, dating back to ancient Greek, Roman, Vedic, and Egyptian texts.
The reasons given for why these two superfoods create such a powerful effect on the body vary, but they generally center on their ability to control inflammation, combat free radicals and boost the immune system.
Some of the most common ways honey and cinnamon have been used to treat and heal various health conditions are:
Heart Diseases: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, put it on toast instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol and could potentially save one from heart attack. Also, even if you have already had an attack studies show you could be kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of cinnamon honey strengthens the heart beat. In the U.S. and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as one ages the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and the veins.
Arthritis: 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 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, most all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis now started walking without pain.
Diabetes: Recent studies published out of the journals Nutrition Research and Parmacognosy Research suggest that up to 1,500 mg of cinnamon supplementation benefits the lipid profile, liver enzymes, insulin resistance, and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein in diabetics and people with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease patients (the #1 cause of liver disease in the world). According to a study out of Dubai, honey has been observed to cause a lower elevation of plasma glucose levels in diabetics compared to dextrose and sucrose. Some suggest that the insulin boosting power of cinnamon can counteract this glucose elevation in honey, which would make your honey/cinnamon mixture a low glycemic index food!
Fatigue: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts are more alert and flexible. According to this research, drinking a glass of water with a half tablespoon of honey and sprinkled with cinnamon powder increases the vitality of the body within a week, when taken daily.
Raspy or Sore Throat: When throat has a tickle or is raspy, take one tablespoon of honey and sip until gone. Repeat every three hours until throat is without symptoms.
Colds: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and, clear the sinuses, and it's delicious too!
Influenza: A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural 'Ingredient' which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.
Immune System: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacterial and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles (where DNA is contained) to fight bacterial and viral diseases.
Gas: According to studies done in India and Japan, when Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.
Indigestion: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food is eaten relieves acidity and helps you digest the heaviest of meals.
Bladder Infections: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder.
Bad Breath: People of South America, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water first thing in the morning so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.
Gingivitis: The past few years, several studies have come out claiming that Manuka honey can help cure gingivitis and periodontal disease. Due to its superior antimicrobial properties, researchers from the School of Dentistry, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand discovered that chewing/sucking on a Manuka honey product not only caused a 35% decrease in plaque, it led to a 35% reduction in bleeding sites in people suffering from gingivitis! When combined with the powerful antimicrobial cinnamon, regular use of the amazing mixture can do wonders to your smile! Honey and cinnamon benefits are proving to be a winning combination.
Pimples: Mix three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it off the next morning with warm water. When done daily for two weeks, it removes all pimples from the root.
Skin Infections: Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected areas cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections.
Longevity: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Use four teaspoons of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of boiling water to make a tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It arrests old age, increases life spans, and keeps the skin fresh and soft.
Conclusion: From the scientific studies we've researched on the health benefits of both cinnamon and honey, this natural remedy packs a serious punch. While no one treatment, whether prescription or alternative, can act as an instant cure-all, the health benefits of honey and cinnamon are hard to deny.Sources: National Center for Complementary and Integrated Health • enlightened-consciousness.com • draxe.com