"Benefits of Cinnamon and Honey Drinks"
Written by Tessa Jupp RN for the Post Polio Network of WA
One of our members recently sent in some info she had come across on a tea made from honey and cinnamon.
So as it was simply a couple of common foods in combination, I thought we might do a trial on it.
The results from some people have been promising, while others have not noted any significant change - so after researching these foods to give you some extra info before trying, I thought we might open up the trial to anyone who wants to try this and ask you to feed the results back to the Polio Office.
If this is going to be something useful to people in the long term, I thought it important to develop it into an enjoyable normal part of our diet. I have found it makes a lovely addition in my cup of cocoa and I am happy to keep doing this by taking it in hot cocoa three times a day. Others are trying in tea or coffee or just in hot water.
Here are some of the results we have had back so far -
Honey and Cinnamon Tea - joint pain better!
I’m over the moon with the success I have had from this combination. I felt an improvement within a week. My joint pain has improved and I no longer need to take painkillers. My feet had been too numb to walk much on since surgery for plantar warts some time ago. I now have 80% feeling back in my feet. I am now able to walk the dog again, and go shopping. I feel better generally. I feel like doing things now and I am able to start doing my housework again. I found that the pure cinnamon from the Chinese shop works better than the supermarket cinnamon that I started with and I am now putting my gelatine in this tea as well. I have been taking 1½ teaspoons of cinnamon and a tablespoon of honey a day in hot water as a tea.
In future I will ring Tessa with my problems first - as she tells me strapping the inside of banana skin onto plantar warts for 3 days will get rid of them without the surgery. If only I had known!. Wendy Masters
After only a week on this honey and cinnamon tea I have found I definitely have more steady energy levels throughout the day. Graeme Read
NOCTURNAL BLADDER and CHILBLAINS
I have been using the cinnamon and honey tea for the last week and have found that as well as feeling better and more alive, I don’t need to get up to go to the toilet as much as I used to, sometimes sleeping right thru, and I get back to sleep more easily now too. I remember I read about giving a teaspoon of honey before bed to stop bedwetting many years ago. I used it on my children and it certainly worked. (It takes about 3 weeks to be most effective.) I have used equal amounts of honey and apple cider in hot water half an hour before meals twice a day for chilblains effectively when I was younger too.
HANDS, JOINTS, CIRCULATION and SLEEP
I have been taking 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 2 teaspoons of honey in hot water 2 - 3 times a day for 2 months. From the start I had a feeling of warmth down to my stomach. I have become aware that my stomach feels better generally. The most help has been in my hands. I had difficulty holding a knife and peeling vegies. I’m now able to do it. Great improvement in stiffness and soreness. My hand grip is better. Niggly pain in old scar tissue is now going. My joints and hands are less stiff. I am sleeping better. My hands and feet are not as cold as they usually are in winter and I feel that my blood circulation has improved. My muscles seem to be working better which is great as I have Chronic Fatigue. Overall I would say that I am feeling a general enhancement of wellbeing.
Two of our people with diabetes who have tried this special tea have found that their blood glucose has risen slightly so probably taking only a small amount of honey ie half a teaspoon at a time would be advisable for diabetics wanting to try this tea.
Since each person seems to react differently to foods containing carbohydrates, your best way of determining if honey is okay for you is to test your blood sugar levels before you have it and again two hours later.
Some sources say cinnamon helps to lower diabetic levels other say not - so we would like to hear from any diabetics trying either cinnamon, honey or both of them together. Particularly - can anyone verify this next item I found?
Even the lowest amount of cinnamon, 1 gram per day (approximately ¼ to ½ teaspoon), produced an approximately 20% drop in blood sugar; cholesterol and triglycerides were lowered as well. When daily cinnamon was stopped, blood sugar levels increased.
According to the original literature given to us this cinnamon and honey tea is said to help in these areas -
BENEFITS of Taking CINNAMON AND HONEY
* Lowers cholesterol
* Improves arthritic pain and ability to walk
* Boosts energy levels and relieves fatigue
* Relieves indigestion
* Settles stomach discomfit and heals gastric ulcers
* Reduces excess weight gradually over time
* Keeps skin soft and fresh
* Fixes bladder infections
* Stops bedwetting and improves bladder control
* Relieves chronic coughs and clears sinuses
* Improves circulation
* Strengthens immune system and kills flu germs
Why mix HONEY with WATER
“When honey is mixed with water, a chemical reaction takes place resulting in the creation of hydrogen peroxide, the most powerful natural antibiotic."
Some Snippets on honey I have found on the internet -
RAW HONEY – which has ideally been taken directly from the hive, is a treasure chest of nutritional value and medicinal remedies. It contains an abundance of vitamins and minerals and enzymes, as well as sugars, and is a natural and powerful medicine, both internally and externally.
Honey increases calcium absorption; can increase haemoglobin count and treat or prevent anaemia caused by nutritional factors; can help arthritic joints, when combined with apple cider vinegar; fights colds and respiratory infections
of all kinds; can help to boost gastro-intestinal ulcer healing; works as a natural and gentle laxative; aids constipation, allergies and obesity.
Honey aids in the healing of wounds and supplies instant energy without the dramatic insulin surge caused by white sugar. Many have found raw honey helpful for its positive effects against allergies and hay fever, and one or two teaspoons last thing at night can help with insomnia.
As an antiseptic, honey is also a drawing agent for poisons from bites or stings or infected wounds, and has outperformed antibiotics in treatments for stomach ulcerations, gangrene, surgical wound infections, surgical incisions and the protection of skin grafts, corneas, blood vessels and bones for replacements.
"Raw honey is exceptionally effective internally against bacteria and parasites. Plus, raw honey contains natural antibiotics, which help kill microbes directly. Raw honey, when applied topically, speeds the healing of tissues damaged by infection and/or trauma."
Natural News 26 January 2007
HONEY and CINNAMON TEA
Pour boiling water over half a teasp of cinnamon. When cooled slightly add 1 teasp of unprocessed honey.
Drink as is 2 - 3 times daily or add to tea, coffee, cocoa, Milo (& milk).
Make a tasty drink that you are happy to have as part of your regular daily regime for a month or two to see if you get any benefit.
Honey has also been used for centuries as a treatment for sore throats and coughs, and according to recent research may in fact be as effective as many common cough medicines.
Mixed with lemon juice and consumed slowly, honey coats the throat, alleviating discomfort. The antibacterial and antiseptic properties of honey aid in healing sore throats and laryngitis.
Honey is also exceptionally effective for respiratory ailments. One Bulgarian study of almost 18,000 patients found that it improved chronic bronchitis, asthmatic bronchitis, chronic and allergic rhinitis and sinusitis. It's an effective treatment for colds, flu, respiratory infections and a generally depressed immune system. Whereas sugar shuts down the immune system, a good quality honey will stimulate it into action.
Natural honey when taken prior to bed is believed to be able to fuel the liver, speed up fat-burning metabolism, ease stress hormones and help us get a better night's sleep. This oldest natural sweetener also contains a wide variety of vitamins, including vitamins B1, B2, B5 and B6, and minerals such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, sodium and zinc, anti-oxidants and amino acids, the building blocks of proteins.
Honey acts as an immune booster against allergies. Exposure to pollen in the honey usually has the opposite effect. The best effects are when a couple of teaspoons-full of local honey is taken each day for several months prior to the pollen season. It is said that the closer the honey is raised to where you live, the better it is.
Diabetes. Since honey is absorbed more slowly from the gastro-intestinal tract than glucose and is rapidly taken up by the liver, blood sugar levels should rise only minimally after ingestion of honey.
Honey also contains a substance called glucose oxidase. When combined with water and oxygen, glucose oxidase forms gluconic acid and hydrogen peroxide. This means that diluted honey can serve as an excellent antiseptic, while being far less likely than ordinary hydrogen peroxide to harm already-damaged tissue.
Certain types of beneficial bacteria that live in the human intestines and aid digestion, do well when a mixture of honey and water is taken.
MEDICINAL USES OF HONEY
BED WETTING - A teaspoon of honey before bed aids water retention and calms fears in children.
INSOMNIA - 2 teaspoons of honey in a mug of warm milk aids sleep and works wonders.
POOR DIGESTION - Mix honey with an equal quantity of apple cider vinegar and dilute to taste with water. This is also wonderful for the joints – and promotes weight loss.
HAIR CONDITIONER - Mix honey with an equal quantity of olive oil, cover head with a warm towel for half an hour then shampoo off. Feeds hair and scalp. Your hair will never look or feel better!
SORE THROATS - Let a teaspoon of honey melt in the back of the mouth and trickle down the throat. This eases inflamed raw tissues.
FOR STRESS - Honey in water is a stabilizer, calming highs and raising lows. Use approximately 25% honey to water.
ANEMIA - Honey is the best blood enricher by raising corpuscle content. The darker the honey, the more minerals it contains.