You likely already know about the health benefits of honey, which are many, but did you know that you can increase its benefits? All you need to do is add some cinnamon, which is a powerful natural medicine on its own.
In Ayurvedic medicine, it’s believed that honey mixed with another spice or herb boosts the effects of the herb and moves it into deeper tissue. That would explain why honey and cinnamon is such a powerful combination.
How to Use Honey and Cinnamon Together
There’s really no wrong way to eat honey with cinnamon, though you should make sure you have good quality cinnamon. Look for Ceylon cinnamon for the best results and ensure your honey is raw honey from a trustworthy source.
Some health issues require the external application of the mixture, but you can also dissolve the honey and cinnamon in warm water or tea. If you prefer, spread the mixture on toast for a tasty snack. You’ll get the benefits and have something yummy to eat.
Benefits of Cinnamon and Honey
While you already know that honey can be beneficial as an antibiotic, what can it do when combined with this tasty spice?
Stop Hair Loss
If you are suffering from thinning hair due to it falling out, you’ll want to try this solution. Mix 1 tablespoon of olive oil, heated slightly, a tablespoon of honey, and a teaspoon of cinnamon powder.
Mix until well blended and apply to the roots of the hair. Let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing out.
Related: DIY Honey-Infused Hair Oil
Prevent Bladder Infections
When dealing with a minor bladder or UTI infection, stir a teaspoon of cinnamon powder into a teaspoon of honey and then dissolve in one cup of warm water. Drink this three times a day until the symptoms are relieved. It can help destroy the bacteria in the urinary tract.
Treat Arthritis Pain
Arthritis can cause quite a bit of pain in the joints. Eating a spoonful of honey with cinnamon sprinkled on top. This helps with your immune system, but also will reduce any inflammation and improves joint health.
Eliminate Bad Breath
Mix a tablespoon of honey and a teaspoon of cinnamon in half a cup of warm water and gargle with it each day. This will help eliminate any bacteria causing bad smells and will keep your breath fresh. Add a little mint, crushed and strained out if you prefer a minty taste.
Reducing cholesterol is possible by adding a tablespoon of honey and half a teaspoon of cinnamon to a cup of green tea and drinking this daily.
Ease Tooth Pain
When you have a toothache, it may seem counterintuitive to put honey on it. However, the antimicrobial properties of honey can help kill off bacteria causing tooth decay. Mix just enough cinnamon into a few drops of honey to make a paste and apply it to the painful area. You may wish to add a little clove powder as well, to boost pain relief.
Avoid Heart Problems
Studies show that including a little honey and cinnamon in your daily meals can help you reduce the chances of developing heart disease. This is mainly due to the fact that you can reduce your cholesterol levels, and the chances of an infection that could affect your heart are lower.
Treat Skin Problems
Blend a small amount of honey and cinnamon together to apply to skin infections. This can also be used on acne.
Simply spread the mixture on the affected area and leave for 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Repeat 2-3 times a week.
To prevent indigestion, take a spoonful of honey that you’ve sprinkled with cinnamon.
This should be taken before a heavy meal. After the meal, you can take either ginger or peppermint tea with the honey and cinnamon dissolved in it.
You can help your body shed extra pounds by boiling a teaspoon of cinnamon in one cup of water. Add a teaspoon of honey and drink one cup in the morning half an hour before you eat. It’s important to take this every day on an empty stomach.
Treat a Cough
A little honey with a pinch of cinnamon will help you ease a cough. Just warm it and drink it down to get rid of the tickle in your throat and stop the coughing.
Adding a few drops of onion juice to this mixture will help the cough stay away for even longer.
Heal Diabetic Ulcers
Open wounds on the feet due to diabetes can get out of control rather quickly. Mixing a small amount of cinnamon into honey and spreading it on your ulcers can help heal them faster.
Improve Your Immune System
Cinnamon and honey team up to give your immune system a boost. When you feel a cold coming on, mix a tablespoon of honey into a glass of warm water and sprinkle in half a teaspoon or so of cinnamon and mix well. This should be taken each morning, upon waking.
While you should be careful and consult your doctor before eating honey if you are diabetic. However, there are indications that honey mixed with cinnamon can actually help lower glucose levels. You can test this yourself by checking blood sugar after using honey.
Is your GI tract acting up? If you have a lot of flatulence, try mixing a spoonful of honey with a pinch of cinnamon in some warm water. Drink half a cup of this to help ease gas and to keep your bowels healthy. The mixture can also relieve constipation, particularly when taken several times a day.
Boost Your Energy
If you find yourself dragging in the morning, you can try making your own natural energy drink. You just need a glass of water, the juice of half a lemon, ½ tablespoon of honey, and a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon. You can drink this warm, or cool.
Are your sinuses stuffed up? Dealing with allergies can be frustrating. Taking a spoonful of warmed honey with a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon every morning for up to a week to alleviate allergy symptoms. Try using lavender-infused honey to boost the anti-allergy benefits.
These two things should not be the only natural medicines in your toolbox, but you definitely want to make sure you have honey and cinnamon at all times. Combined, they create a powerful medicine that can be used for so many things. Try adding other herbs to increase the potency of your treatments, like peppermint to help with gas or stomach upsets, or tea tree oil to help with acne.