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What Are the Health Benefits of Honey and Cinnamon?

Autumn Rivers
Updated Feb 19, 2024
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Honey and cinnamon have been used for centuries in a range of countries to treat health issues. The duo can be used as a home remedy by patients who prefer alternative treatments to modern medicine, though people are advised to consult a doctor if they do not notice a positive change in their condition after using a natural remedy. Honey and cinnamon are credited with curing common ailments such as colds, arthritis and bladder infections. Some also treat digestive issues with a honey and cinnamon combination, saying it can cure flatulence and indigestion while also helping people lose weight. This home remedy also is said to improve the health of the skin and hair and get rid of bug bites and pimples.

Many people say the benefits of honey and cinnamon include curing common medical issues. For example, applying a paste of honey and cinnamon to areas impacted by arthritis is said to relieve discomfort, especially when the affected spots are then massaged. The common cold is said to be relieved by drinking a mixture of honey, cinnamon and lukewarm water. This beverage is even said to reduce the risk of getting a cold in the first place, because it can strengthen the immune system. In addition, such a beverage is said to cure bladder infections.

Those suffering from digestive problems may also be interested in the health benefits of honey and cinnamon. One of this remedy's most common uses is to treat indigestion, and taking a couple spoonfuls of this mixture is advised before meals to reduce the food's acidity. The same combination of cinnamon and honey is believed to help cure flatulence. Additionally, some people say one of the benefits of honey and cinnamon — combining both ingredients with hot water and eating a spoonful of the mix before each meal — can result in weight loss. It should be noted that such results tend to be noticed faster when combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise.

Various skin problems also may be treated with honey and cinnamon. For instance, insect bites often become less itchy when a paste of honey and cinnamon is applied to the skin. Pimples and infections can be treated with the same combination, leading to clearer, healthier skin. In addition, one of the main benefits of honey and cinnamon may be its ability to slow down hair loss. Those interested in this benefit are advised to mix honey, cinnamon and hot olive oil together to create a paste that should be applied to the hair and then rinsed after 15 minutes.

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Autumn Rivers
By Autumn Rivers
Autumn Rivers, a talented writer for WiseGeek, holds a B.A. in Journalism from Arizona State University. Her background in journalism helps her create well-researched and engaging content, providing readers with valuable insights and information on a variety of subjects.
Discussion Comments
By bear78 — On May 11, 2012

@fify-- I'm not a dietitian or a doctor and I'm sure an expert could explain this better. But I know that cinnamon slows down the release of sugar into the bloodstream. My mom taught me this because she's a diabetic. When she eats something unhealthy or sweet, she will often follow up with cinnamon tea so that her blood sugar won't go up as quickly.

The other known fact is that when you keep your blood sugar stable, your body will store less fats. So actually, having honey and cinnamon before meals is a great way to stabilize blood sugar and prevent fat storage. The honey is necessary because the honey and cinnamon will slowly raise blood sugar. So that when you have your meal, you won't experience any sharp rises or falls. It will go up slowly and go down slowly.

I think you should give the honey and cinnamon weight loss plan a second chance. And I'm pretty sure that you need to do it more than just a few days to reap benefits.

By fify — On May 11, 2012

I tried taking honey and cinnamon for weight loss for a couple of days but it didn't do anything. Then I got bored of having it and quit.

I really don't understand how eating or drinking a honey and cinnamon mixture helps to lose weight. And doesn't honey have sugar and calories in it?

The way I see it, it's adding more calories to my diet and when I have this first thing in the morning, I feel a little more hungry than usual. I think someone made this whole thing up.

By discographer — On May 10, 2012

I drink honey and cinnamon tea whenever I have a cold, especially with a sore throat. Cinnamon has antibacterial properties so I feel that it kills the bacteria in my throat and honey helps to soothe it. And cinnamon is really comforting for the stomach as well.

Plus, it's so easy to make. I just put some powder cinnamon in hot water and add a couple of spoonfuls of honey to it. Don't worry about the cinnamon bothering you, the bulk of it settles down on the bottom of the cup and you can drink it.

I absolutely love this tea, sometimes I drink it even when I'm not sick. It think it helps strengthen my immunity. I'm sure there are more benefits of cinnamon and honey but these are the ones I know.

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Autumn Rivers, a talented writer for WiseGeek, holds a B.A. in Journalism from Arizona State University. Her background in journalism helps her create well-researched and engaging content, providing readers with valuable insights and information on a variety of subjects.
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