Honey and cinnamon, two delicious ingredients which are also precious, well-known and used natural remedies. Hence the idea that by combining them together we can create an even more powerful synergy capable of curing every ailment, from arthritis, to flu and even gastritis. The articles on the combination given by honey and cinnamon are abundant and promise incredible benefits. But is it really like that? Is this combination really that powerful? The only way to answer this question is to turn to science, as we will do in this article. We will see that the truth, as always, lies in the middle.
Honey and cinnamon, two remedies for health
Honey and cinnamon are two very well-known remedies. When taken individually, both can bring interesting health benefits. In fact, honey is antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory, protects the respiratory tract, soothes coughs and combats asthma (Samarghandian et al, Pharmacognosy Res., 2017). Cinnamon is also anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial, helps keep blood sugar and cholesterol under control, protects the heart and brain (Rao et al, Evid Based Complement Alternat Med, 2014). But what happens when you combine honey and cinnamon? Is it possible to create a synergy so that some properties are even increased? Here's what science says.
The combination given by honey and cinnamon, synergy and properties
When honey and cinnamon are used together, they can actually give rise to a powerful synergy that perhaps will not do everything that is claimed in some articles but can certainly provide valid help in many occasions. This combination, in fact, stands out for its antibacterial properties, superior to those given by the individual ingredients. In particular, honey and cinnamon together help to combat some strains of bacteria, even if resistant to antibiotics, such as, for example, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, responsible for various types of infections such as pneumonia, ear infections, keratitis but also urinary tract infections, especially in people with weak immune system, and Streptococcus mutans, considered the main cause of tooth decay (McLoone et al, Clin Cosmet Investig Dermatol, 2020). Not only that, honey and cinnamon together are even more powerful when it comes to combating some skin conditions, such as acne, reducing inflammation, redness and bacterial proliferation (Julianti et al, Sci Pharm, 2017).
Honey, other synergies
There is not only the combination given by honey and cinnamon. Another much studied and powerful synergy is that provided by honey, cinnamon and thyme, even more effective at counteracting bacterial proliferation (McLoone et al, Clin Cosmet Investig Dermatol, 2020). Also very interesting is the combination of honey and ginger, considered a powerful ally against bacterial infections and to combat tooth decay, mouth ulcers and sore throats, especially in the form of rinses (Spoiala et al, Antioxidants, 2023).
Honey and cinnamon, how to benefit from this synergy in practice, rinses
The combination of honey and cinnamon, as we have seen, can be very useful when it comes to strengthening the immune system, counteracting sore throats, mouth ulcers, tooth decay but also acne. To benefit from this interesting synergy we have several remedies available. For the health of the oral cavity, for example, we can use rinses. For rinsing, add a teaspoon of honey to a glass of warm water, the best in this case is Manuka honey, and a drop of cinnamon essential oil. For a more effective action you can add a drop of ginger essential oil (Spoiala et al, Antioxidants, 2023).
Honey and cinnamon, how to benefit from this synergy in practice, recipes and herbal teas
To strengthen defenses, soothe coughs and sore throats, here are some ideas for enjoying the synergy provided by honey and cinnamon. The first recipe is a dessert. In a bowl, pour 200 ml of coconut milk, a teaspoon of honey, half a teaspoon of cinnamon and two tablespoons of chia seeds. Mix well and vigorously, let it rest overnight in the refrigerator. Here is a delicious pudding ready to be enriched with berries and chopped walnuts and hazelnuts.
Then, you can also use honey and cinnamon as an alternative to the usual jam. Spread a thin layer of honey on a slice of quickly toasted brown bread and sprinkle with a pinch of cinnamon. Instead, if you want to prepare herbal tea, here's how you can do it. Bring a cup of water to the boil along with half a cinnamon stick. Let it simmer for 2 minutes, then remove from the heat, add an inch of fresh ginger and, if you want to make the herbal tea even more potent, a pinch of thyme, let it rest for ten minutes. Filter, sweeten with a little honey and drink.
Honey and cinnamon, how to benefit from this synergy in practice, for beauty
Honey and cinnamon, as we have seen, also help in case of acne and blackheads. Pour three tablespoons of Greek yogurt into a small bowl, add 1 tablespoon of honey and a very small pinch of cinnamon. Apply on a clean face for ten minutes, then rinse and continue with your treatment.