Honey and cinnamon have a number of benefits when they are used separately and together. Ancient civilizations valued honey as a sweetener and a healing agent, according to The Honey Association. Cinnamon contains beneficial nutrients including calcium, chromium, copper, iodine, iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and vitamins A, B-1, B-2, B-3 and C according to Phyllis A. Balch, author of the "Prescription for Nutritional Healing." Consult with your doctor before using any alternative remedies.
Honey is produced by honeybees as they mix nectar, a sweet substance secreted by flowers, with bee enzymes. It is used for energy and healing and is an effective treatment for coughs due to upper respiratory infections. It is a natural antiseptic and makes a good salve for burns and wounds. Containing 70 to 80 percent sugar, honey is used as a sweetener for beverages and foods. It is generally recognized as safe and easily utilized by the body. Honey's high fructose content makes it a remedy for hangovers. Eating a little on a cracker the morning after helps your body flush out any remaining alcohol.
The bark of cinnamon plant, Cinnamomum verum, is used medicinally to relieve diarrhea, nausea and congestion. This spice warms the body, helps with the digestion of fats and has anti-fungal properties. Cinnamon also helps lower blood sugar and improve cholesterol and triglyceride levels, according to a study reported in "Diabetes Care" in December 2003. In the study, Alam Khan and colleagues followed 60 people with Type 2 diabetes and found that members of the experimental group who took either 1, 2 or 6 g of cinnamon in the form of Cinnamomum cassia daily for 40 days had improved serum glucose, triglycerides and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels. Cinnamon ranks third in popularity as a spice, behind only pepper and mustard. It is popular in teas, meats, vegetables, fruits and pastries.
To obtain the best of both worlds by combining the benefits of cinnamon and honey, try the following condiment recommended by Kami McBride, author of "The Herbal Kitchen." Mix together 1 cup of honey with 3 tbsp. ground cinnamon. Store in a covered jar and use on pancakes. You may also use this condiment on morning toast and oatmeal. By spreading cinnamon honey on your toast, you can warm up on a cold winter morning, reduce your susceptibility to a cold and stimulate digestion.
Although honey is generally recognized as safe, honey produced from the flowering plants of the genus rhododendron have been reported to have toxic effects in humans and animals. People with diabetes or hypoglycemia need to be cautious when consuming honey or its byproducts, since it can affect blood sugar in the same way sugar can. Tupelo honey is absorbed more slowly and is a better choice for people with these conditions. Balch warns that table cinnamon should not be ingested continuously due to the potential of toxic buildup of certain cinnamon compounds.
- The Honey Association: A Brief History Of Honey
- "Prescription for Nutritional Healing"; Phyllis A. Balch, CNC; 2010
- "The Doctor's Book of Home Remedies"; Prevention Magazine Health Books; 1990
- "Diabetes Care"; Cinnamon Improves Glucose and Lipids in People With Type 2 Diabetes; Alam Khan, et al.; December 2003
- AARP; 5 Super Spices; Monica Bhide; March 2011
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