Cinnamon and honey is a sweet combination we’ve been adding to tea or other hot drinks for a long time. What some people don’t know is that they are a common ingredient in many folk remedies as well. Why? They have an incredible range of healing properties that range from treating common colds to relieving different kinds of pain. Both honey and cinnamon can also relieve inflammation and provide our system with antioxidants.
And that’s not just talk – studies have outlined their medicinal abilities several times. Most studies credit the presence of phenolic compounds in honey for its healing properties. Cinnamon, on the other hand, has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties attributed to cinnamaldehyde. It’s a unique compound you can’t find in many other natural ingredients. In both cases, we’re talking about raw, unprocessed types of honey and cinnamon, not the stuff you find in stores.
Medicinal Benefits of Honey
Raw honey has been used in natural medicine for centuries. We’re not talking about the pasteurized honey you find in stores – we’re talking about the natural stuff that’s way more expensive, but also much more beneficial for our health.
The nutritional profile of raw honey is what makes it so great. It’s a fantastic source of antioxidants that can prevent aging and fight serious diseases. Certain types of honey such as the Manuka honey are great antibacterial agents too. It’s full of phytonutrients that power up many of honey’s health benefits.
Consuming honey regularly will improve your digestion, keep your immune system working properly, fight colds and the flu, and even help you lose weight. If you follow a healthy diet, of course – not on its own.
Medicinal Benefits of Cinnamon
Just like honey, cinnamon has been used in natural medicine for a long time. While we mostly know it as a sweet spice for teas and coffee drinks, cinnamon is much more than that. It has antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties, supports proper gut health, and lowers blood pressure. More importantly, even though it’s sweet, it can regulate our blood sugar levels and blood pressure too. Studies have shown that it may be beneficial for the aging brain as well.
When combined with honey, they morph into a champion that can improve our health in many different ways.
Honey-Cinnamon Mix for Colds and the Flu
We already mentioned at the beginning of the article that we have a miraculous sweet mix that’s ideal for the winter. It’s easy to prepare, spells doom for the flu and common colds, and will help your body overcome numerous other seasonal health problems as well.
You don’t need to be a chef to make it at home, especially if you follow our directions below.
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 1 teaspoon powdered cinnamon
- A cup of hot water
Pour a cup of hot (not boiling) water, then add the honey before the cinnamon. Stir well until the honey dissolves and the ingredients mix. Drink this mix while warm once or twice a day when you have a cold. It’ll soothe your throat and help relieve the symptoms while boosting your immune system.
Regular consumption will also help with acne, arthritic pain, and a slew of other health problems.