Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of several tree species from the genus Cinnamomum. Cinnamon is used in both sweet and savoury foods. The term “cinnamon” also refers to its mid-brown colour. Honey is a delicious product made from flower nectar, combined with an enzyme secreted by honey bees, then concentrated by reducing moisture in the honeycomb cells. When the plant and animal products are combined in food diet, they can provide the following health benefits:
# 1 STRENGTHENING OF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
The body’s immune system is made up of special cells, proteins, tissues, and organs, and its function is to defend the body against germs and microorganisms. In most cases, the immune system does a great job of keeping people healthy and preventing infections. But sometimes, weakness of the immune system can lead to illness and disease. Constant use of honey and cinnamon powder in moderate quantities strengthens the immune system which in turn, protects the body from bacterial and viral attacks. Cinnamon could boost fat and sugar metabolism which provides benefits to the immune system. Cinnamaldehyde, the main active component of cinnamon, may help fight various kinds of infection. Cinnamon oil has been shown to treat respiratory tract infections caused by fungi effectively. It can also inhibit the growth of certain bacteria, including Listeria and Salmonella. The antimicrobial effects of cinnamon may also help prevent tooth decay and reduce bad breath. Honey has various vitamins and iron in significant quantities which strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacterial and viral diseases.
# 2 TREATMENT OF THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM INFECTIONS
A digestive system is a group of organs working together to convert food into energy and basic nutrients to feed the entire body. Food passes through a long tube inside the body known as the alimentary canal or the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract). Cinnamon powder and honey cures stomach ache and heals stomach ulcer from the roots. It also relieves the stomach of gas, and when taken before a meal, reduces acidity and aids in the digestion of meals.
# 3 PREVENTION OF HEART ATTACKS
According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the US Dept. of Health and Human Services, a heart attack happens when the flow of oxygen-rich blood to a section of heart muscle suddenly becomes blocked, and the heart can’t get oxygen. Most heart attacks occur because of coronary heart disease (CHD) which is a condition in which a waxy substance called plaque builds up inside of the coronary arteries. These arteries supply oxygen-rich blood to your heart. When plaque builds up in the arteries, the condition is called atherosclerosis. The build-up of plaque occurs over many years. Eventually, an area of plaque can rupture (break open) inside of an artery and causes a blood clot to form on the plaque’s surface. If the clot becomes large enough, it can mostly or completely block blood flow through a coronary artery. If the blockage is not treated quickly, the portion of heart muscle fed by the artery begins to die. Healthy heart tissue is replaced with scar tissue. This heart damage may not be apparent, or it may cause severe or long-lasting problems. Regular intake of cinnamon and honey reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves from a heart attack. A paste of honey and cinnamon powder applied on bread, the place of jelly jam, margarine or butter reduces cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from a heart attack.
# 4 TREATMENT OF ARTHRITIS
The Arthritis Foundation explains that arthritis is very common but is not well understood. Arthritis is not a single disease but an informal way of referring to joint pain or joint disease. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions. People of all ages, sexes, and races can and do have arthritis, and it is the leading cause of disability in many continents. More than 50 million adults and 300,000 children have some type of arthritis. Arthritis is most common among women and occurs more frequently as people get older. Common arthritis joint symptoms include swelling, pain, stiffness and a decreased range of motion. Symptoms may come and go. They can be mild, moderate or severe. They may stay about the same for years but may progress or get worse over time. Severe arthritis can result in chronic pain, inability to do daily activities and make it difficult to walk or climb stairs. Arthritis can cause permanent joint changes. These changes may be visible, such as knobby finger joints, but often the damage can only be seen on X-ray. Some types of arthritis also affect the heart, eyes, lungs, kidneys and skin as well as the joints.
Arthritis patients should take one cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder, in the morning and night, on a regular basis. Research conducted by Copenhagen University found that seventy-three out of two hundred patients treated with cinnamon and honey were totally relieved of their pain within a week, and within a month, most of the patients could walk or move around.
# 5 TREATMENT OF URINAL TRACT INFECTIONS
According to Mayo Clinic, urinary tract infections typically occur when bacteria enter the urinary tract through the urethra and begin to multiply in the bladder. Although the urinary system is designed to keep out such microscopic invaders, these defences sometimes fail. When that happens, bacteria may take hold and grow into a full-blown infection in the urinary tract.
The most common UTIs occur mainly in women and affect the bladder and urethra.
- Infection of the bladder (cystitis). This type of UTI is usually caused by Escherichia coli (E. coli), a type of bacteria commonly found in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. However, sometimes other bacteria are responsible. Sexual intercourse may lead to cystitis, but you don’t have to be sexually active to develop it. All women are at risk of cystitis because of their anatomy — specifically, the short distance from the urethra to the anus and the urethral opening to the bladder.
- Infection of the urethra (urethritis). This type of UTI can occur when GI bacteria spread from the anus to the urethra. Also, because the female urethra is close to the vagina, sexually transmitted infections, such as herpes, gonorrhoea, chlamydia and mycoplasma, can cause urethritis.
For bladder infections, two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and a teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water can aid in destroying the germs in the bladder.
# 6 TREATMENT OF SKIN INFECTIONS
Healthline Newsletter affirms that our skin is the largest organ of our bodies. Its function is to protect your body from infection. Sometimes the skin itself becomes infected. Skin infections are caused by a wide variety of germs, and symptoms can vary from mild to severe. Mild infections may be treatable with over-the-counter medications and home remedies, whereas other infections may require medical attention. Skin infections could be caused by bacteria, virus, fungal or patristic agents. The mild infections treatable by home remedies could be treated with cinnamon and honey. For a skin infection like a pimple, three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste can treat the condition by applying the paste on the pimple before sleeping and washing it away the following morning with warm water for two weeks. The pimples will not only be gone, but it would be destroyed from its roots. Eczema and Ringworm can be cured by applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the infected skin.
# 7 PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF CANCERS
According to the Cancer Institute, cancer is the name given to a collection of related diseases. In all types of cancer, some of the body’s cells begin to divide without stopping and spread into surrounding tissues. Cancer can start almost anywhere in the human body, which is made up of trillions of cells. Normally, human cells grow and divide to form new cells as the body needs them. When cells age or become damaged, they die, and new cells take their place. When cancer develops, however, this orderly process breaks down. As cells become more and more abnormal, old or damaged cells survive when they should die, and new cells form when they are not needed. These extra cells can divide without stopping and may develop growths called tumours. Cinnamon has been internationally researched for its potential use in cancer prevention and treatment. Cinnamon acts by reducing the growth of cancer cells and the formation of blood vessels in tumours and appears to be toxic to cancer cells, which causes cell death. According to the US National Library of Medicine Search Database, a study in mice with colon cancer revealed cinnamon to be a potent activator of detoxifying enzymes in the colon, protecting against further cancer growth. These findings were supported by test tube experiments, which showed that cinnamon activates protective antioxidant responses in human colon cells. However, whether cinnamon has any effect in living, breathing humans needs to be confirmed in controlled trials. According to World Weekly News, recent researches in Japan and Australia have revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have successfully been cured with cinnamon and honey. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should take one tablespoon of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder for a month, three times daily.
# 8 PREVENTION OF DIABETES AND FATIGUE
It is an accepted fact that the sugar content of honey is more helpful than being detrimental to the body. Older adults who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts are more alert and less fatigued. Dr. Milton who has researched the health benefits of cinnamon and honey prescribes half a tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled in with cinnamon powder, taken daily after brushing and at about 3.00 pm, when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, increases the body’s energy for a week.
Cinnamon is acclaimed for its blood sugar lowering effects. Apart from the beneficial effects on insulin resistance, cinnamon can lower blood sugar by several other mechanisms. First, cinnamon has been shown to decrease the amount of glucose that enters the bloodstream after a meal. It does this by interfering with numerous digestive enzymes, which slows the breakdown of carbohydrates in the gastrointestinal tract. Second, a compound in cinnamon can act on cells by mimicking insulin. This significantly improves glucose uptake by cells, although it works much slower than insulin itself. Numerous human trials have confirmed the anti-diabetic effects of cinnamon, showing that it can lower fasting blood sugar levels by up to 10-29%. The effective dose is typically 1-6 grammes of cinnamon per day; around 0.5-2 teaspoons. (Publications of the US National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health).
# 9 TREATMENT OF RESPIRATORY SYSTEM INFECTIONS
Live Science News describe the human respiratory system as a series of organs responsible for taking in oxygen and expelling carbon dioxide. The primary organs of the respiratory system are lungs, which carry out this exchange of gases as we breathe. Those suffering from common colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with a one-quarter tablespoon of cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and clear the sinuses. It is reported that people of South America gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water, first thing in the morning and this keeps their breath fresh throughout the day.
# 10 ENHANCEMENT OF LONGEVITY AND TREATMENT OF NEURODEGENERATIVE DISEASES
Longevity is synonymous to increased life expectancy. Cinnamon and honey act as a resistor to the degenerative effects of ageing. According to research at the Cytokine Research Laboratory, Department of Experimental Therapeutics, University of Texas, cinnamon holds promise for various neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, brain tumour, and meningitis. Their research shows that cinnamon reduces chronic inflammation linked with these neurological disorders. Take four spoons of honey, one spoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of water and boil to make the tea. Drink a quarter cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft while increasing vigour and lifespan.