When natural ingredients are combined together in certain proportions, they work great to cure many conditions. One of such amazing combination is honey and cinnamon.
For starters, honey has many health benefits and is an antimicrobial agent when used topically. This means that it can prevent bacterial infection, because of its thickness, low pH, and the hydrogen peroxide produced by its enzymes. Research shows that it is highly effective at treating wound infections. It’s also good for treating burns, and is as effective a cough suppressant as some over-the-counter medications.
Like honey, cinnamon also has many health benefits. Research shows that it has antimicrobial and antiparasitic effects. It also contains antioxidants, can aid wound healing, and may even lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
Here are amazing uses for honey and cinnamon.
1. Honey and Cinnamon for Weight Loss
You can use honey and cinnamon for weight loss. Prepare the following mixture and consume it in the mornings, between meals, before bedtime, and before workouts.
- Mix 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon with a cup of hot water, and then let the mixture cool.
- Add a full teaspoon of raw, organic honey to the mixture after it has cooled.
- Consume as directed below.
In the Mornings: If you’re trying to lose weight, getting a good start to your day is important because it sets the tone for how the rest of the day goes. Start it off wrong and you’re more likely to eat a fattening meal at lunch and follow up with whatever you want at dinner.
Using an all-natural weight loss tool like honey and cinnamon in the mornings can help ensure you start things off on the right foot. Take the mixture right when you wake up and wait 30 minutes before having your breakfast.
Between Meals: When you are trying to lose weight, you are most vulnerable to cravings and food temptations between meals. Drinking the honey and cinnamon mixture can help lessen your appetite, making it easier for you to make it from one meal to the next without the need to eat an unhealthy snack.
Before Bedtime: The stretch of time between dinner and sleep can be the hardest to get through when you’re trying to lose weight. Eating at night will only set you back on your goals and are typically not authorized on most diet programs.
You can use honey and cinnamon during this time. Since it’s not a solid food it won’t be weighing on your stomach right before bedtime.
Before Workouts: If you always feel that you don’t have enough energy to have an effective workout, you may notice that the honey and cinnamon blend help give you more energy to help you push through it. Drink the honey and cinnamon mixture 30 minutes before workouts.
A perfect example of how cinnamon can help with allergies can be seen in an Egyptian study that evaluated its ability to control the powerful allergen house mites. Researchers from Egypt tested the effect that various essential oils had in killing the highly allergic house mite and found that cinnamon was the most potent agent.
Like cinnamon, honey is also help treat allergies. Taking one teaspoon of local raw honey every day can boost your immune system by helping build a tolerance to local pollen and naturally fight seasonal allergies.
3. As a Natural Acne Treatment
Honey and cinnamon have been used by traditional healers for centuries as a way to treat acne and various other skin conditions. Both honey and cinnamon offer potent antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.
The Journal of Complementary and Traditional medicine reports that cinnamon is very effective at killing Staphylococcus epidermidis, the types of bacteria often responsible for acne.
Records of honey used in cosmetics dates back to the earliest civilizations, and records suggest that honey and milk were two of Cleopatra’s beauty secrets. According to the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, honey is currently used medicinally to treat burns and wounds and it is effective for use in treating dandruff and psoriasis. In cosmetic foundations, honey is soothing, helps to prevent wrinkles, and prevents pathogen infections.
Acne Clearing Honey and Cinnamon Spot Treatment: To make your own honey and cinnamon spot treatment, mix one tablespoon of raw organic honey with a teaspoon of cinnamon. Apply the mixture to problem areas and then leave it on for at least 20 minutes or overnight, if possible.
4. As an Immune System Booster
Honey and cinnamon helps boost your immune system, and therefore helps you in a number of ways, including getting sick less often.
The antioxidants found in honey help the immune system on their own, but when combined with the antibacterial effects of cinnamon you are really getting a lot of benefit for efforts.
Take honey and cinnamon daily for improved immune system function. The two work hand in hand to help boost the performance of the immune system and keep you healthy and feeling good.
5. Honey and Cinnamon for UTI
The Iran Journal of Medical Sciences published a study that evaluated 28 plant extracts against Gram-negative such as E. coli (the main cause of urinary tract infections). Cinnamon was ranked in the top 4 most potent.
Preventing urinary tract infections by taking cinnamon supplements could decrease pain and reduce antibiotic use. You can also combine it with a moderate consumption of Manuka honey which has powerful antibacterial properties.
6. Bad Breath
If you are suffering from bad breath and want a permanent solution, try this mixture.
- In a glass of hot water, mix equal amounts of honey and cinnamon powder and gargle regularly every morning.
- This helps to fight bad breath making your mouth feel fresh.
7. Upset Stomach
Drink a glass of warm water with one teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon mixed into it. This will help your stomach digest the foods that are giving you trouble, and avoid stomach discomfort in the first place.
Which Type of Cinnamon You Should Use
There are two major types of cinnamon for culinary use: Ceylon cinnamon and Cassia cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon is native to Sri Lanka, whereas Cassia cinnamon is native to Burma and also grown in China and Vietnam.
You are more likely to find Cassia cinnamon in the United States and Canada which is less expensive. While both Cassia and Ceylon cinnamon are derived from the inner bark of Cinnamomum trees, Ceylon cinnamon is preferable.