By Marilyn, on January 23rd, 2013
A few weeks ago, I was stumbling and came to a webpage blog that had put an old article about honey and cinnamon and the good things they can do when combined. The article was done in January, 1995 in the Weekly World News published in Canada. While trying to verify this because I believe some of the remedies really do help, a Snopes report came up to say take everything with a grain of salt because there have not been an scientific studies to back this up. I sometimes take what Snopes says with a grain of salt. Who says there is not some truth in a folk remedy even though there has not been scientific studies done to PROVE it.
Some of the remedies of using RAW UNFILTERED HONEY and cinnamon together are: colds, heart disease, bladder infections cholesterol, immune system, influenza, skin infections, cancer, arthritis, hair loss . . . I have been doing one of the remedies to help with arthritis pain—I cannot say yet whether it has helped or not, but I have felt better and that is half the cure, how you feel and believe.
To Snopes credit, they did include excerpts from the Encyclopedia of Healing Foods. There were studies done using a Chinese herbal formula using cinnamon combined with Chinese thoroughwax in the treatment of epilepsy. “Out of 433 patients treated (most of whom were unresponsive to anticonvulsant drugs), 115 were cured and another 79 improved greatly. Improvements were noted not only by clinical symptoms, but also by improvements in brain wave patterns. Other clinical studies have shown cinnamon-containing formulas to be useful in cases of the common cold, influenza, and frostbite.” So here is an example that herbal medicine worked better than drugs.
Cinnamon’s healing abilities come from three components in the essential oils found in the bark. They are active components called cinnamaldhyde, cinnamyl acetate, and cinnamyl alcohol.
Likewise, the Encyclopedia of Healing Foods, gave honey, raw unfiltered honey’s history. It has been in use since ancient times. “Honey is a source of riboflavin and vitamin B6. It also provides iron and manganese.” “ The health benefits of a particular honey depend on its processing as well as the quality of the flowers the bees utilize when collecting the pollen. Raw honey is honey that has not been pasteurized, clarified, or filtered, and this form typically retains more of the healthful phytochemicals lost to the standard processing of honey. “ When honey began to be pasteurized that is when honey’s good qualities were lost.
Honey, depending on the quality of the raw honey, can have antioxidant effects, a quick energy, be used topically as an antiseptic therapeutic agent for the treatment of ulcers, burns and wounds, and well-researched phytochemicals that have numerous cancer preventing and antitumor properties.
SO, honey and cinnamon may help some of the symtoms despite what Snopes tells us to take as a grain of salt, just because there have “not” been any scientific studies. Scientific studies are mostly funded by pharmaceutical companies so there are probably not many studies done by bee keepers and cinnamon growers to prove that these natural remedies can help and work better than drugs. And let us remember drugs have many side effects.
I will put all the websites and you can read the articles for yourself.
Facts on Honey and Cinnamon: It is found that a mixture of honey and Cinnamon cures most diseases.
Honey’s Healing Qualities
Honey and Cinnamon
Carper, Jean. The Food Pharmacy. New York: Bantam Books, 1988. ISBN 0-5533-4524-9. Murray, Michael. The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods.
New York: Atria Books, 2005. ISBN 0-7434-8052-X.