You have probably heard by now about honey cinnamon cures, which are suppose to be an instant, universal cure for wide amount of serious illnesses and medical conditions,ranging from diabetes and kidney problems to cancer. This article examines if there is any truth to these claims or if it’s an elaborate alternative health industry scam.
Lets first examine what exactly makes this natural remedy so effective, that it’s supposedly able to cure many serious illnesses, what does it consist of and how is it used.
Honey, also known as liquid gold, is produced by the bees by ingesting nectar from flowers and trees and processing it into honey by processing it through their bodies.
Honey Medicinal Properties
Honey is being used in many home remedies, for a good reason! In Ayurvedic medicine it has been used for more than 4000 years and is documented in Vedas, where it’s referred to as Yogavahi, as an ingredient to balance out the 3 doshas. You can read more about the doshas here:
It has many amazing abilities, due to its anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties it can be used to cure many illnesses. It’s also a rich source of anti-oxidants helping to prevent cancer and Phytonutrients give it strong anti-inflammatory benefits. It’s also pro-biotic, promoting healthy body flora.
The specific abilities of the honey depend on the flowers that the bees who produce it feed on. Most effective ones being Manuka and Buckwheat honey. Additionally raw honey, separated from honey cones by centrifuge, has more phytonutrients and pro-biotics than honey that has been extracted by heat.
It’s been used to threat, either on it’s own or part of other active ingredients:
- Treat sore throats
- Treat coughs
- Treat pneumonia
- Improve immune-system
- Improve eyesight
- Prevent premature ejaculation
- Treat impotence
- Treat infertility
- Treat urinary track problems
- Treat ulcers
- Treat asthma
- Treat nausea
- Treat gum disease
- Treat high cholesterol
- Treat hight blood pressure
- Treat diarrhea
- Improve memory
- Heal and sterilize wounds
- Heal burns
- Regulate blood sugar
- Prevent cancer
- Lessens allergy symptoms
- Soften and nourish skin
Impressive list right? There are many studies into the healing properties of honey. Most clear evidence is in its beneficial properties in treating wounds. Mayo clinic however states that results in using honey for medical purposes are inconclusive, which in itself is no surprise, since they are not strong supporters of alternative medicine.
Raw Organic Honey
However when talking about hone, please understand that the health benefits are only traceable to raw organic honey, which is rich in pollen and because it has not been heated during the process of separating it from the honey cones, contains small amounts of beeswax!
Besides, make sure that you purchase locally produced honey if possible? Why you might ask? Two reason, to avoid excess CO2 emissions for transport and simply because lot of the honey sold in the supermarkets has in fact not much to do with natural product!
China has been running a scam for ages now, making fake honey of high fructose corn syrup. Since the scam was discovered and the import of honey from China banned, they simply shipped it to India, where it was mixed with high pollen content honey and then shipped further to US and Europe.
Unfortunately this has given Indian honey a bad reputation and I personally avoid it at any cost, as it also has large quantities of antibiotics.
Even local honey that is being heated and filtered in the production or pasteurization process is not anywhere near as healthy as organic honey as many enzymes die due to heat and pollen gets removed by the filtering.
How ever above is an example of two types of honey which are both raw, local produce. One is made by bees that feed on the nectar of alp flowers, the second is produced by the bees feasting on alpine forest flowers.
The forest variety is much darker in color and taste! It takes forever to set, but is for sure raw pressed biological variety. The flower variety sets almost instantly and is much milder.
So, can one recognize raw honey from processed? Not always so easily, but often the more ‘golden’ the color, the more dead the honey is. Raw honey also tends to set more easily than processed honey, but is liquid when it’s first harvested.
My own usage of honey is one teaspoon of raw Manuka or eucalyptus honey in the morning and in the evening, every non fasting day. It helps to keep me safe from infections of throat and airways most of the time and improves my immune system in general.
If I am experiencing any symptoms of flu, such as runny nose, or sore throat, I will use honey in my special tea. You can read more about my flu remedy here Remedies For Flu
I also ofter use it home to treat wounds or burns, it definitely makes them heal much faster and scaring is much less frequent. I also love to rub honey on my skin in sauna, it leaves my skin wonderfully soft.
Cinnamon is harvested from the inner bark of Cinnamomum tree, native to Sri Lanka, Burma, India and Bangladesh. Besides from the inner bark, also flowers are dried and used.
Several different cultivars are used to produce cinnamon commercially additionally in China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Brazil, Caribean, Egypt, and in the old Indian trade partners Seychelles and Madagascar, where it was brought by the Parsi settlers.
The best quality cinnamon is grown in Sri Lanka or Ceylon, it can be recognized by its lighter yellowish brown color, thin layered appearance and highly fragrant aroma.
Cassia, also called the Chinese cinnamon, is different subspecies and is the most commercially used cinnamon spice. It’s much darker in color, thicker and woody in its structure.
It is favored due to its cheaper price, which is due to the fact that all the layers of the bark are used. It is also more heat resistant than Ceylon varieties and therefore used in baked goods. Heat releases its trademark sweet tangy aroma.
Besides from cooking, cinnamon has a long list of medicinal uses. The active ingredient in cinnamon is called coumarin, which is less prominent in the Ceylon varieties. It has strong blood thinning properties. Its flavor is due to the essential oil, which consists of 1% of the cinnamon spice.
Other ingredients include Cinnamaldehydes, responsible for its aroma, tannins, terpenoids and flavonoids are also present. Additionally MethylHydroxyChalcone polymers (MHCPs) give cinnamon its abilities to increase body’s insulin sensitivity.
Cinnamon is also anti-inflammatory, contains plenty of antioxidants, and produces antimicrobial activity.
There are several remedies out there that base themselves on cinnamon. It’s uses are written down in Vedas, its Sanskrit name is twak traditionally used:
- Cure High cholesterol
- Cure diabetes type II
- Stabilize blood sugar in diabetes type I
- Increase insulin sensitivity
- Treat colds
- Treat coughs
- Treat migraines
- Treat indigestion
- Treat infections
- Treat diarrhea
- Treat thrombosis
- Treat cancer
- Treat infections
- Invigorate nervous system
- Decrease stress
- Promote weight loss
I personally use cinnamon by sprinkling on top of food, such as my favorite snack: Apples slices with cinnamon and cashew nut butter. I also use to flavor food and it’s one of the ingredients of my favorite tea. Take a look at my apple and cinnamon infused water recipe!
I ensure to get my daily dose, 1 heaped tea spoon of organic Ceylon cinnamon, in order to control my blood sugar and it has helped to lower my fasting blood sugar levels dramatically. Additionally I take it in higher dose for stomach upsets, infections or flu.
I also often use cinnamon essential oil in a diffuser, to produce a pleasant, mood lifting aroma to the house. I also inhale the vapor if I happen to catch a throat or an airways infection.
Some people remain skeptical about the usage of cinnamon for lowering fasting blood sugar levels, stating they didn’t achieve any results in their own trials. Most common reason for this is, that they didn’t actually use Ceylon cinnamon, but either the Cassia variety or even just fake product, consisting of sawdust with cinnamon oil flavoring, which has penetrated the markets the recent years!
Honey Cinnamon Cures
As the name states, we are talking about a cure with two active ingredients, honey and Ceylon cinnamon. It can be prepares in several different ways. Most advocate heating up the honey and either adding the ground cinnamon to it or infusing couple of cinnamon sticks in it overnight.
However, some practitioners, like me believe the honey is best when it’s kept raw, as it will retain most it’s healing properties this way. What would be the point of buying raw honey and then heating it up? In the raw honey method, the ground cinnamon is simply mixed into honey.
Some natural health care practitioners also talk about adding ginger into the mix, stating it enhances the healing abilities of this cure. In fact ginger does have many healing properties and you can read more about it here: Ayurvedic Medicine Remedies For The Holidays
Since a lot of the usages for these two remedies overlap, it is only logical that they were combined in one remedy. Cinnamon honey cures were commonly described in Vegas and used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. Traditional Chinese medicine as well as ancient Egyptian medicine records echo the same usages for this popular spice.
It is claimed to be a cure all, for treating cancer and diabetes, restoring kidney functions and lowering cholesterol with just few doses. Besides from the lack of any supporting medical evidence, anyone suffering from these conditions can testify that this is utter nonsense.
However on the long term this remedy, when constructed from the correct ingredients, has quite remarkable benefits. It has been shown that this is a potent remedy to fight against infections and improve the overall immune system functions. This makes it a favorite of many cancer patients and other people with weakened immune system.
So is there a big pharma cover up against cinnamon honey cures? I don’t personally think so, even though I am no way in favor for using crude and chemical western medicine methods for curing serious illnesses. I simply think there are yet many studies and clinical trials to be made into this miracle cure.
There are several medical studies, which show that cinnamon honey cures indeed can help in fighting obesity and treatment of diabetes in several ways:
- Increase body’s insulin sensitivity
- It slows and partially prevents glucose uptake hence avoiding blood sugar spikes
- Miming insulin
- Aiding insulin function
Further more like always with a natural remedy being hyped, more studies into the medicinal usages or this compound are bound to pop up the next years.
My Loving Advice
So if its not a cure for all, is cinnamon honey at least beneficial? Absolutely! As mentioned above, I use this myself daily and seen it’s effects with curing stomach upsets, flus and infections, helping regulating blood sugar levels, improving the immune system, reducing stress and loosing weight.
You might also wonder if you need to mix these two properties in order to receive the benefits. The answer is no. There is no magical process that takes place when you combine these two ingredients. Take the separate or mixed together depending your preferences, both will result in same benefits!
ॐ Love and Peace,