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honeyyRecently, social media has been buzzing with the weight loss promoting properties of the honey-cinnamon combination. However, honey and cinnamon – packed with powerful and healing friendly bacteria and enzymes – have been the star ingredients of countless home remedies for centuries.

This combination is believed to cure several ailments:

Coughs, colds, sore throats and stuffy sinuses can be cleared in just three days with a daily dose of a tablespoon of warm honey taken with a pinch of cinnamon.

Digestive complaints such as stomach aches and ulcers can be treated with the above mentioned honey-cinnamon combination; taken before a meal, warm honey with cinnamon aids digestion and can also control acid reflux.

Arthritis patients have been reported to find relief by taking a honey-cinnamon mixture daily. During clinical research at Copenhagen University, arthritis sufferers were administered a mixture of one tablespoon honey with half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder daily before breakfast. Within a month, even the most chronic sufferers reported relief in pain and more ease in movement.

Acne, eczema, ringworm and a host of other skin diseases can be effectively treated with honey-cinnamon, both of which have antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. A paste made with honey and cinnamon powder applied to the affected skin relieves itching and clears acne spots.

Last but not least, this herbal combination is excellent for promoting general health. The powerful antioxidant compounds present in both honey and cinnamon slow the body’s natural ageing process, keep blood vessels and tissues flexible and help keep the heart healthy. The combination also helps strengthen the immune system and protects it from viral and bacterial attacks.

NB: Honey from different trees has varying healing properties; heating honey on a direct flame or in a microwave will destroy the beneficial enzymes; cinnamon should be taken in moderation as large quantities can be toxic. n

– Leila Mahfooz Barry

First published in the Health Advertiser Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on August 25, 2013.