The combination of honey and cinnamon has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine. It is also used in Ayurveda healing – a system of Indian medicine that was established 5000 years ago. Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices known to mankind and honey’s popularity has continued throughout history. Cinnamon contains essential oils and honey contains enzymes that produce hydrogen peroxide making them excellent “anti-microbial” foods with the ability to help stop the growth of bacteria and fungi. They can both be used as food preservatives due to their effective antimicrobial elements.
In Ayurvedic medicine, honey is known as ‘Yogavahi’, which means “the carrier of the healing values of the herbs to the cells and tissues”. When it is combined with another substance (such as a spice) in a formulation, the special quality of honey enhances the medicinal qualities of that formulation. It is thought that honey allows it to reach the deeper tissues in the body more effectively. Here is a selection of some of the health benefits of this ancient formulation.
The benefits of honey and cinnamon
Many modern gums and mints now contain cinnamon. There is a good reason for this! Manufacturers are discovering the properties of cinnamon and like what they have discovered. Here is a simple recipe that you can use to make a natural mouthwash using this ancient spice.
How to make cinnamon mouthwash
Mix a tablespoon each of cinnamon and honey in a glass with hot water. Mix very well and then it is ready to use as a mouth wash. This will help to control any problems you have with bad breath but will work with your body in a natural way. Soon you will feel more confident.
Cinnamon and honey can help with your weight loss diet. Every morning, 30 minutes before breakfast, drink a mixture of a glass of water, a tablespoon of honey, and a tablespoon of cinnamon. At night, before you go to bed, drink the same mixture. You will soon notice that you are losing a significant amount of weight. If you keep up the habit, the formulation will help to prevent fat from accumulating in your body. However, to get the best results, you must also stick to a balanced diet and get plenty of exercise (a minimum of 30 minutes a day).
The antimicrobial properties of this mixture certainly work on your skin. Pimples and blackheads are caused by tiny bacteria infecting our skin. If we can keep the populations of these bacteria under control we can fight existing acne and prevent new breakouts from occurring. The anti-inflammatory properties reduce swelling and redness – improving the appearance of the skin.
Mix three tablespoons of honey with one of cinnamon. Apply a scoop of this to affected areas of skin at bedtime. Rinse off with warm water the next day. You can repeat this until you get rid of all of those small imperfections on your skin.
Perhaps cinnamon and honey hold the secret of eternal youth? That would be a bit much to expect but a mixture of cinnamon and honey reduces the damage caused by the passage of time. Mix three cups of cooled boiled water, a tablespoon of cinnamon and four tablespoons of honey. Drink a quarter of a cup three to four times a day.
High blood cholesterol
The antioxidant properties of this mixture help to fight cholesterol. Mix 2 tablespoons of honey with 3 of cinnamon in a glass. Add water and stir. For the best effect, drink it at least three times a day, before each meal.
The common cold
Honey can help to combat the viruses that cause the common cold. Add honey to warm water and lemon juice. You can even add a splash of brandy.
This amazing mixture can help improve your digestion. If you suffer from indigestion or heartburn, it may be caused by excess acid production. You can counteract this by taking a tablespoon of honey mixed with cinnamon before each meal. Soon your digestive problems will be a thing of the past.