Honey and cinnamon have a long history of being used in medicine. Honey is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and an antiseptic. Cinnamon has similar properties. It is also an anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and an anti-bacterial substance. Combining honey and cinnamon could no doubt have major health benefits. That is why we created our Cinnamon Infused Honey. Not only does it taste great, but it’s packed with all the nutrients of honey and cinnamon combined!
History and Benefits of Honey & Cinnamon
We’ve talked about the history of honey and how honey has been used in so many different ways including preventing influenza and cleaning battle wounds, not to mention its antioxidant and nutritional value. Cinnamon also has a long history of use in ancient China, Rome, and Egypt. Evidence shows cinnamon was used as early as 2800BC in rituals, embalming, fragrances and flavoring, and respiratory and digestive medicine. However, cinnamon has been proven to be helpful for so much more.
Types of Cinnamon
Cinnamon also has anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, antilipemic, anti diabetic, antimicrobial, and anti-cancer properties, according to research. But where does cinnamon come from? Cinnamon can be found in Indonesia, China, Vietnam, and Sri Lanka. There are four types of cinnamon:
- Mexican cinnamon (also known as “true cinnamon” or Ceylon cinnamon)
- Indonesian cinnamon
- Vietnamese cinnamon
- Chinese cinnamon (also known as Cassia cinnamon)
Ceylon cinnamon is easily identifiable as different from the others because it is lighter in color, softer to the touch, and rolled in layers. The other types of cinnamon are darker and rolled in multiple layers.
The layering of cinnamon occurs during the drying process. Cinnamon itself is derived from the inner lining of bark from the ___ tree. These bark peels are laid out to dry where they naturally curl up into cylindrical rolls. The drying process takes about 4 to 5 days and in the end, you’re left with what are called “quills”. The quills are treated with chemicals before being sold to people to use in food and medicine.
Health Benefits of Cinnamon
Similar to honey, cinnamon packs a multi-health punch. In clinical studies, cinnamon has been shown to reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol, and regulate glucose levels. It has also been shown to kill bacteria, including the bacteria in the stomach that is responsible for stomach cancer. In one animal study, cinnamon was shown to reduce tumor cells in vitro. Cinnamon has also been found to reduce the activity of skin-cancer causing cells in people. One study also looked at the effects of cinnamon in women with rheumatoid arthritis. They found that women who consumed four 500mg of cinnamon per day showed a significant decrease in the inflammatory markers that measure arthritis, including a decrease in diastolic blood pressure.
There is still so much more to learn about the beneficial effects of cinnamon on the body. If you’re thinking about incorporating more cinnamon and honey into your diet, you can buy our Cinnamon Infused Honey here. It comes in 3 oz, 5.5 oz, and 13 oz jars.