People of many cultures have been using honey and cinnamon to treat disease for centuries.
Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices known to mankind and honey’s popularity has continued throughout history.
Cinnamon’s essential oils and honey’s enzyme that produces hydrogen peroxide qualify the two “anti-microbial” foods with the ability to help stop the growth of bacteria as well as fungi.
This simple mixture has worked well for us, and if we have a cough, we add my No Side-Effect Cough Remedy.
Keeping these two powerhouses on hand in my home-remedy medicine chest is a time saver. I also consider both raw honey and cinnamon to be in the top 10 on my list of preparedness musts.
Obviously, mixing them up is nothing complex; a child could do it in a pinch.
Honey and Cinnamon: A Powerful Duo
Ingredients and Directions to take:
One teaspoon of preferably local raw honey and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon will usually knock out a cold within a day or two. I add a pinch of grey or pink sea salt (such as Redmond’s Real, Celtic, or Himalayan) for the minerals, too.
Cinnamon has an insulin-boosting property (water soluble compounds called polyphenol type A polymers) which have the ability to boost insulin activity about 20 fold and can benefit people who have high sugar levels (obese people, pre-diabetics ((Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, 2010 May; 4(3): 685–693) and diabetics).
Also, read the honey hibernation diet theory to find out how honey contributes to the metabolizing of undesirable cholesterol and fatty acid, provides a fueling mechanism for the body, keep blood sugar levels balanced, and let our recovery hormones get on with burning body fat stores.
Consumption of raw honey can reduce risk of developing diabetes and help aid medication used to treat diabetes.
The combination of raw honey and cinnamon can be especially beneficial to healthy blood sugar management, as well as many other health concerns like gingivitis and acne.
Dr. Axe states, Recent studies published out of the journals Nutrition Research and Pharmacognosy 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 and cinnamon mixture a low glycemic index food!
Raw honey increases insulin and decreases hyperglycemia. Try consuming a little at a time and see how your blood sugar reacts to it.
Other benefits of honey and cinnamon according to NaturalNews.com:
- Drinking honey and cinnamon results in them moving through the bladder and destroy the bacteria in the urinary system. Mix a teaspoon of cinnamon powder and half a teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink.
- Drinking this beverage on a regular basis can also relieve arthritis pain, and in some cases, entirely cure it.
- This mixture strengthens the immune system, helping fight colds as well as some viruses. Make a glass of lukewarm honey water mixed with a generous pinch of cinnamon powder to help boost your immune system during the cold season. It is also helpful in clearing the sinuses.
- Regular consumption of honey and cinnamon together, when combined with an overall healthy diet and moderate activity level, can prevent heart disease by clearing clogged arteries.
- Applying a paste of honey and cinnamon on a gauze pad to infected gums can ease pain and bleeding as well as slow the progression of the infection.
- Honey and cinnamon also provide energy, making people more mentally alert and ready for physical activity which in turn increases the metabolism.
- When consumed together, honey and cinnamon can ease digestion, helping to prevent gas.
Note: do not give this to infants under the age of one year.
Coffee-lovers – consider adding cinnamon and honey to your brew and then drink a big glass of water! Coffee is very dehydrating, but I digress…maybe I’ll talk about that in another post 🙂
Remember local honey is best because you get local pollen content and that will help you fight things you are allergic to in your area. We personally only use raw, local honey.
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