The sweet and spicy combination of cinnamon and honey is a familiar home remedy. And, yes, it's delicious. But what specific benefits does this duo provide when used together? Let's learn!
5 Benefits of Cinnamon and Honey
These two kitchen staples are likely already sitting in your pantry. The benefits of cinnamon and honey go way beyond ingredients for granola or uses around the home, though they are perfect for those, too. Here are some honey and cinnamon benefits for the body, as well as some tips on how to use this power-packed duo.
1. Diminishes the Appearance of Acne
Wondering about honey and cinnamon benefits for skin? Both ingredients have antibacterial properties. A study published in the Scientia Pharmaceutica reported that cinnamon bark and honey show potential activity against the bacteria that cause acne, and they may be an effective topical anti-acne combination.
2. Improves the Look of Aging Skin
Both ingredients are rich in micronutrients called polyphenols—as reported in studies in the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine (APJTB) and Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine—and those polyphenols may have benefits for skin. According to the textbook Polyphenols in Human Health and Disease, topical application of polyphenol-rich plant extracts may help to improve skin conditions related to aging.
3. Relieves Feelings of Colds and Allergies
The combination of honey and cinnamon is often used to address symptoms of colds and allergies. While not yet scientifically proven, this combination is said to possibly alleviate feelings of sore throat, cough, and nasal congestion. To give it a try, add a spoonful of the mixture to a cup of herbal tea for a warming boost when you're feeling under the weather.
4. Fights Cavity-Causing Bacteria
Research published in the APJTB showed that honey and cinnamon might work against Streptococcus mutans bacteria. These bacteria inhabit cracks in the teeth and can lead to cavities. A key step in preventing cavities is to brush your teeth daily—you might even try a natural cinnamon toothpaste in your personal care regimen.
5. Improves Quality of Life in Women with Breast Cancer
Research from a clinical trial published in Crescent Journal of Medical and Biological Sciences showed that a mixture of honey and cinnamon could improve the quality of life in breast cancer patients. In the trial, overall health and quality of life showed significant improvement after surgery in those who consumed the mixture three times per day for one week.
While there are many benefits of cinnamon and honey, the combination should not be used as a replacement for professional medical treatment. It's always a good idea to discuss the best option for your situation with your health care providers.
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Why It's Good
Naturally derived pantry staples like cinnamon and honey can help to make skin look clearer, relieve the symptoms of colds and allergies, fight cavity-causing bacteria, and more. This popular combination is a great way to harness the power of ingredients from nature.