The potent combination of cinnamon and honey acts as a natural antibiotic as well as a general cure-all for a number of diseases. Honey is available worldwide and one of the most popular forms used for healing coming from New Zealand. Manuka honey is created by bees that feed from the manuka tree that grows wild throughout New Zealand. This type of honey has powerful medicinal properties; however, raw unfiltered honey of any type has remarkable health potential as well. When purchasing honey, be sure to look for organic, unfiltered, raw honey that has not undergone pasteurization. Only buy Manuka honey from well-known, reputable companies as there are many fakes being sold as Manuka honey. Here’s the Manuka honey I use.
Honey and cinnamon are safe, non-toxic natural medicines that have wonderful effects on the body. Honey is considered safe for diabetics when used in moderation, but you may want to check with your health practitioner before use. Cinnamon has numerous health benefits including lowering cholesterol, reducing blood sugar, providing relief from arthritis, influencing weight loss and protecting against heart disease. Here’s the Cinnamon I use. When combined, honey and cinnamon have almost endless healing properties and help to build and support a healthy immune system.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US, and high blood cholesterol increases your risk of developing heart disease. According to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, both honey and cinnamon may have cholesterol lowering properties. A study performed in Pakistan found that patients with Type 2 diabetes were able to significantly lower their cholesterol levels by taking 1-6g of cinnamon daily. Drinking a cup of tea made from 8oz boiling water, one tablespoon of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon may help to lower cholesterol over time.
According to a study published in 2003 in the Diabetes Care Journal, taking cinnamon daily can help control type 2 diabetes. The study divided 60 people into 6 groups and gave three groups a placebo, one group 1g of cinnamon, another group 2g of cinnamon and the last group 3g of cinnamon every day. After 40 days, all the groups that had taken cinnamon showed improved glucose and lipid levels. The report stated that “The results of this study demonstrate that intake of 1, 3, or 6 g of cinnamon per day reduces serum glucose, triglyceride, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes and suggest that the inclusion of cinnamon in the diet of people with type 2 diabetes will reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.” Combining honey and cinnamon may also help to lower the blood sugar and prevent the onset of diabetes.
As well as helping to lower cholesterol, cinnamon and honey protects the heart in many other ways. Dr Michael T. Murray, a leading expert on natural medicine, writes that cinnamon has the ability to calm involuntary muscles such as those in the arterial walls. It is also excellent for stimulating the circulatory system and supporting a strong heartbeat.
Honey is a well-known tonic for gastro-intestinal problems. It helps the body digest certain carbohydrates such as sugar and starch and helps to balance bacteria levels in the gut. A study performed in 1994 found that Manuka honey was effective against a strain of bacteria known as H. pylori that is responsible for stomach ulcers. The natural antibacterial and anti-microbial properties of cinnamon destroy bacteria in the gut and can help with the symptoms of IBS. Combining honey and cinnamon provides support to the digestive system and relief from gastro-intestinal complaints.
Colds and Flus
A tea made from ginger, lemon, honey and cinnamon is a wonderful way to fight the symptoms of colds and the flu. The antibacterial properties of cinnamon are useful in the treatment of throat infections while honey soothes a sore throat and relieves a dry cough. Honey contains calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium and niacin. It is also a rich source of antioxidants such as phenolic acids and flavonoids that destroy harmful free-radicals within the body.
According to a study published in the Journal of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research, applying honey topically to burns and wounds can clear infection, reduce inflammation and promote healing while minimizing the risk of scarring. Honey is a natural antimicrobial. Topical application of wounds with honey will kill off any microbes that may be lurking in the skin. The study goes on to say that the “antibacterial properties of honey are the result of the low water activity causing osmosis, hydrogen peroxide effect, and high acidity.” Honey has a very low water concentration and the water molecules that are present are bonded to the numerous sugar molecules contained within. As there are so few water molecules present, microorganisms cannot survive and will eventually die off. Once honey gets diluted by bodily fluids, it forms a very low strength hydrogen peroxide solution that is effective at killing off germs and bacteria. Taking a tablespoonful of honey every morning mixed with half a teaspoon of cinnamon will help to build up the immune system and promote healing.
Cinnamon contains high levels of manganese which is an important part of bone and joint health. A study performed by the Naval Special Warfare Group found that a combination of glucosamine HCL, chondroitin sulfate, and manganese ascorbate was able to reduce the pain and inflammation of osteoarthritis of the knee. Another study performed in Japan found that a component in Ceylon cinnamon known as Aldehyde was effective at treating patients with osteoarthritis. Many arthritis patients report experiencing relief from their symptoms after drinking cinnamon and honey tea.
How To Take Honey and Cinnamon
Make a soothing honey and cinnamon tea by boiling one cup of water and allowing it to cool slightly. Add a teaspoon of cinnamon and a generous tablespoon of honey. Drink at least one cup of the tea a day to see results. You can also prepare a delicious spread by mixing one teaspoon of cinnamon with three tablespoons of honey and spreading it over toast, bagels and other breads and pastries. Babies under 2 years of age should never be given honey due to the increased risk of botulism. Taking large amounts of cinnamon can cause bleeding in pregnant woman and those who have recently undergone surgery should be especially careful.
Below are the brands of Manuka Honey and Cinnamon I use.
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