I love honey, just as monkeys love bananas. My grandmother used honey and cinnamon for healing various chronic diseases. One night while we were seated outside attending to numerous patients, I nudged her and she turned to me and asked, “Is there a problem my son?” I asked, “Grandma, why are honey and cinnamon so powerful?” She grinned at me and said, “In Ayurvedic medicine honey is known as Yogavahi, which means, the carrier of the healing values of the herbs to the cells and tissues.
When combined with cinnamon it reaches the deeper tissues in the body more effectively.” She also told me that in the olden days honey was referred to as ‘the sweet golden liquid,’ and was used as a natural cure for many diseases. Now I’ll try my best to bring you various uses of Honey
The Honey and Cinnamon Cure
- My grandmother died at the grand old age of 98. I believe she owes that to her natural lifestyle. But peculiar about her is that she never visited the hospital. Often my mother offered to take her for check-ups but she bluntly refused. On one particular occasion when she had a grave fall and broke her waist, all effort was made to treat her with the conventional medicine, but she insisted on healing herself the natural way. There is something she did daily to keep heart disease at bay. Every morning at breakfast time she would add honey and cinnamon powder to her bread, instead of the jam everyone else had. This common practice can help prevent heart attack and hypercholesterolemia.
- I learned this from my grandmother’s herbal clinic, where there are usually lots of patients suffering from arthritis. Straight away we apply the paste of honey and cinnamon on the affected area and massage slowly. We also recommend that the patient mixes 2 tablespoons of Manuka honey and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder into 1 cup of warm green tea and consume this honey cinnamon drink daily in the morning and evening.
Alternatively, some herbalist recommends soaking arthritic joints in hot apple cider vinegar. To do this use a quarter cup of vinegar mix with one-half cup of water. You can also soak a cloth into this mixture and wrap it over the affected area.
- If you are suffering from bladder infections my grandmother recommends you mix a teaspoon of cinnamon powder and half a teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. This simple remedy helps destroy the bacteria in the urinary system.
- To remedy a severe toothache apply a paste of cinnamon powder and honey on the aching tooth.
- Nothing lowers cholesterol like honey. By adding a small amount of honey in your daily diet cholesterol levels will be kept in check. The antioxidants in honey help to prevent cholesterol from being moved out of the blood and into the lining of the blood vessels. To lower your cholesterol level with honey simply add honey and cinnamon powder mixed in boiled water or green tea.
Alternatively, mix one teaspoon of raw honey with two teaspoons of lime or lemon juice in a glass of warm water. Take this first thing in the morning when you wake up.
- To banish cold for good, prepare a mixture of honey and a pinch of cinnamon powder in a glass of warm water and drink. This will automatically boost your immune system and help to clear the sinuses.
- To remedy indigestion, simply sprinkle cinnamon powder on a spoonful of honey. Take this before each meal to relieve acidity and prevent indigestion.
- Honey works pretty well in averting hair loss and improving hair growth.
Below are some effective honey recipes for hair loss:
- Make a paste by mixing a tablespoon of honey, a teaspoon of cinnamon powder and olive oil. Apply this paste on your hair and massage thoroughly. Leave it to sit for about 15 minutes and wash off with warm water.
- Grind or juice your onion to get the juice out of it, mix it with a small glass of vodka, and one tablespoon of honey. Massage this mixture into your scalp every night and cover with your shower cap. First thing in the morning shampoo it off and rinse with warm water. A mixture of alcohol and honey stimulates hair growth.
- Another way to use honey for hair growth is to combine ¼ cup of onion juice with one tablespoon of raw honey and then massage the scalp with this mixture every night.
Lastly, form a mixture of honey and egg yolk and massage onto the scalp. Leave for about ½ hours, then wash off.
- Honey helps with the treatment of oily acne prone skin by feeding the skin with its natural nutrients while killing bacteria that causes acne.
Wash the face properly and then apply raw honey to the affected areas. Leave it for about 20 to 30 minutes then rinse off.
- Alternatively, apply the honey cinnamon paste on your face and leave it on for about an hour before washing it off with warm water. Repeat this for two weeks for best results.
- Regular intake of tea made with honey and a pinch of cinnamon powder helps strengthen your immune system and protect your body from bacterial attacks.
- Baking soda does this for me perfectly fine but honey is another great alternative. Start by mixing honey and cinnamon powder in warm water, and gargle with this mixture to keep your breath fresh.
- If your goal is to lose weight, why not substitute your regular table sugar for honey? Refined sugar lacks vital minerals and vitamins. In fact, refined sugar does more harm than good by depleting the body’s nutrients, thereby impeding the metabolization of cholesterol and fatty acids. This contributes to higher cholesterol and obesity. Drinking a mixture of honey and lemon juice first thing in the morning is an effective anti-cellulite treatment, which helps increase metabolism and prevent obesity.
Below is a simple honey and cinnamon recipe to help you lose weight, lower cholesterol, and regulate blood sugar:
…Cinnamon and Honey Recipe…
I got this recipe from the pages of my grandmother’s journal. Below are a few conditions this recipe will help you remedy:
- Improving the body’s metabolism and weight reduction
- Lower cholesterol level
- Regulates blood sugar.
- Dissolve 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder in a cup of boiling water.
- Stir it and let it steep for about 20 to 30 minutes.
- Then proceed to filter away the particles.
- Add one teaspoon of honey to it and stir again.
- Take this concoction first thing in the morning on an empty stomach about an hour before breakfast.
Home Remedy for Cough:
- If you are looking for a potent cough remedy then you must be looking for honey. No over the counter prescription can match the powers of honey. Below is a list of the various cough remedies with honey:
- Mix an equal amount of honey and lemon grass juice and drink to reduce cough.
- Make your own cough syrup by mixing ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper, ¼ ground ginger, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, and 2 tablespoons water and drink, and then the cough will soon be gone.
- Another way around this is to boil water with 2 cloves of garlic, 1 tablespoon of oregano, pour it into a cup, add 1 tablespoon of honey, and drink up.
Honey for Eye Infection:
- Believe it or not my dear, honey can be used to counteract eye infection. I first saw this in my grandmother’s journal, but was sceptical to prescribe it. Later on, I read it in two other trustworthy sources. Due to my curiosity, I used myself as a guinea pig and I’m still not blind, even though I had no eye infections. Honey has antibacterial properties, which acts as a humectant, clears eye infections, and provides soothing relief. For this, go for raw, unpasteurized honey.
- To remedy an eye infection that has spread to the eyelid, mix equal parts of honey and distilled water to make a solution.
- Squeeze two to three drops into your eyes. Apply this two to three times daily until the infection clears.
- Alternatively, you can apply oil directly to the eye without any need for dilution. Just place one or two drops of honey directly on the eyes. The honey will collect dirt and discharge, while eliminating it through natural tearing.
Honey for burn treatment:
- When I was 15 years old, we used an aluminium pot to boil water for a bath. Early one morning I went to bring down my boiling pot of water, but the handle was so hot that I could no longer hold on to it, so I dropped it and the boiling water splashed all over my feet. My parents and siblings weren’t around to help. Because of my close relationship with my grandmother, I knew there had to be a remedy for the burn. I covered up the wound with a wrapper while I tiptoed to my grandmother’s herbal clinic. She was dazed to see me in such a critical condition. After a thorough examination, she told me that I sustained a first-degree burn, but there was nothing to panic about. She ran cold water over the burn to cool the affected area to a comfortable level. She then took organic honey and poured about ¼ inch on the affected area, and used her finger to distribute the honey. In less than five minutes the throbbing pain stopped. After leaving the honey on the area for about half an hour and then washing it off, my skin initially felt some numbness, but everything returned to normal within minutes. There was no sign of any burn on my feet. Honey can also be used for burns caused by heat, sun, electricity, cooking oil, and chemicals. For major burns like 3rd-degree burns, I suggest you seek medical attention.
Honey as Natural Insomnia Cure:
- My grandmother always advised her sleep-deprived patients to use honey to overcome insomnia. Honey is known to contain sleep amino acid tryptophan that helps overcome insomnia. She also advises that children prone to bed wetting should take one teaspoon of honey before bed, as this is believed to aid water retention and promote relaxation. Honey spikes insulin, which releases serotonin, a neurotransmitter that improves mood and happiness. The body converts serotonin into melatonin, a chemical compound that regulates the length and quality of sleep. Honey is also known to contain omega-3 fatty acids, which research has found reduces fatigue.
Acid Reflux Remedy with Honey Cider Vinegar Drink:
- Acid reflux is usually caused by the excessive production of acid in the stomach. This is caused by the malfunctioning of the lower esophageal sphincter, which allows acid from the stomach to flow backwards into the esophagus by triggering heartburn. Apple cider vinegar aids in digestion by helping the breakdown of fats and prevents acid reflux. It contains acetic acid, which lowers stomach acidity, since the gastric acid produced in the stomach during digestion is full of hydrochloric acid. Honey, on the other hand, has natural antibiotics that coat, protect, and soothe the outer lining of the esophagus. My grandmother used honey and apple cider vinegar as her major remedy for acid reflux. She believes apple cider vinegar helps to destroy harmful bacteria in the digestive tract, and when combined with honey would enhance the healing power of the vinegar.
Honey Ginger Remedy
- I’ve prepared this remedy a couple of times for my grandmother. It has also being used in ancient times whereby honey is used as a medium for transmitting the benefits of ginger root to the body.
To do this remedy you need:
• 1 tablespoon of honey
• 1 cup of hot water
• 1 tablespoon of freshly grated/finely chopped ginger
- Put the grated ginger inside a cup and pour hot water. Leave it to steep for about 5-10 minutes then strain the ginger out. Add honey once the drink is cool.
- This remedy is suitable for people with digestive issues and it stimulates the body’s immunity. It fights toxin and aids in moving food through the stomach and digestive tract. It is also used in the treatment of stomach upset, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Finally, it helps relieve bloating sensation and colic conditions.
- Alternatively, you can add fresh lemon juice to increase its effectiveness to soothe a scratchy throat, clear sinuses, provide relief for a headache, runny nose, and cough.