The famous combo – Honey and cinnamon, has been used by our ancestors in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine. Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices known to mankind. And honey has been very popular since God knows when…

When these two are combined, there are numerous health benefits for us.

Before I start explaining the benefits, you should know this. There are two types of cinnamon.

Cassian cinnamon is not good for your health. In fact, it is toxic if you use more quantity than advised regularly. It might damage your liver and kidneys.


Ceylon cinnamon is the type that provides numerous health benefits. This is what you should use for medicinal purposes.

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So be careful when you buy cinnamon. Always chose to purchase organic honey or unprocessed honey.

Click here to know more about Cinnamon.

Now let us look into the benefits of the super combo!

Consumption of honey and cinnamon can give you the below-mentioned nutrition that is required for a human body.

  • Protein, fiber, sugar, calcium, iron, sodium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, vitamin C, Vitamin B-6, folate, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin A, E, D, and vitamin K.

A very important property is that there is no fat content in this combination. Hence, this can be consumed by everyone.

Boosts immunity

It helps to reduce chronic fatigue and directly helps to increase the life span. It increases immunity and strength. Honey and cinnamon can fight flu, cough, and cold very effectively. A high level of anti-oxidants in the combo fights free radicals too.

Helps diabetic patients

Cinnamon contains an anti-oxidant called Flavanoids. This anti-oxidant acts like insulin when consumed. This helps to stabilize the sugar level and decreases the fluctuation. This also helps your body to increase glucose content and reduces blood pressure. This combo is effective to fight type 2 diabetics as per certain studies. But this claim is yet to be proved.

Fights cancer

The phytochemicals present in honey makes it an effective cancer-fighting agent. It can be consumed to prevent cancer too. Cinnamon has anti-tumor property, which reduces the chances of cancer growth in tumor form. It reduces metastasis. Acids in honey stop or completely get rid of two enzymes, lipoxygenase, and phosphatidylinositol-specific phospholipase C, that are linked in producing cancer cells in the body.

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Improves digestion

Honey + cinnamon can help you to have healthy intestines. It reduces acidity and prevents indigestion. It also helps you to have smooth bowel movements.

Reduces cholesterol

When honey and cinnamon are consumed along with warm/hot water every day in an empty stomach, it reduces bad cholesterol in your body. It flushes out excess fat and increases good cholesterol. Continuous consumption of this drink, along with 30 minutes of workout every day can help you reduce weight effectively. This drink also cleans the internal system.

How to use

  • 1 spoon of honey
  • 2 pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 tall glass of warm/hot water
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Mix honey and cinnamon in warm water and drink it on empty stomach – preferably early morning. You can add a few drops of fresh lemon juice.

Anti-bacterial property

This combo acts as an anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant. These properties can help you fight bacterial/fungal/viral infections internally and also boosts immunity.

This combo also fights bacterial infections in bladder and bacterial cystitis.

Treats arthritis

Studies have proven that consumption of honey + cinnamon can help you fight arthritis. The anti-inflammatory property reduces the inflammation and thus reduces pain. To treat arthritis and joint pain, you need to consume it twice a day.

Treats gingivitis  

Honey with cinnamon can fight the dental plague, itchy gums, infection, and bleeding gums. You can apply the honey and cinnamon paste externally in the affected area and also internally consume it.

Cinnamon works wonder to treat bleeding gums.

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Boosts memory

Honey can help you increase memory and improve alertness. This combination is also used to treat patients with an unstable state of mind. This remedy of using for mental stability does not have scientific backing.

Topical application

To treat acne/pimple

The anti-bacterial property helps to clear acne and pimples from your skin very effectively.

Make a paste with cinnamon + honey and apply on the affected area. Wash it off with lukewarm water after 10 minutes. This process is easy to follow.

To treat insect bites

Apply the honey + cinnamon paste on the affected area and get relief immediately. It reduces the itching and swelling very quickly.

To treat hair loss

Mix 1 spoon of honey, 1 spoon of olive/coconut oil, and 1 spoon of cinnamon powder and make a paste. Apply the paste in bald area/patches and wash it off with lukewarm water. Do not use harsh shampoo.

To treat toothache

Apply the honey + cinnamon paste on the affected area to get relief. You can apply this paste many times a day as per your requirement.

To treat bad breath

Mix an equal amount of honey and cinnamon, add it to lukewarm water. Use the water to gargle every day in the morning to treat bad breath.

The benefits do not stop with these. You may try consuming the Honey + cinnamon + lemon drink on empty stomach every day and find more interesting changes in your body.


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Ramya Srinivasan, PDGBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. As a result of her passion in native medicine, she got her Diploma in Traditional Siddha Medicine from Bharat Sevak Samaj registered under the Indian Planning Commission. She is certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.