Grow Youthful: How to Slow Your Aging and Enjoy Extraordinary Health
Grow Youthful: How to Slow Your Aging and Enjoy Extraordinary Health

Honey and cinnamon traditional cure

I love it. Food is the foundation for your health and longevity. It seems intuitively obvious to me. Gradually science is catching up and coming to the same conclusion. The problem is there is very little research money available to look into traditional remedies and the use of foods for healing. Obviously there is more money available for, and profit to be made from, pharmaceuticals and processed foods.

Honey and cinnamon are one of my favourite traditional combinations. A once or twice daily teaspoon of raw honey (no more) and quarter to half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder make a powerful combination to boost your immune system. It has been used to cure a wide variety of diseases including various infections, arthritis, skin problems, to assist with heart disease, and for longevity.

If you are overweight or diabetic, it is a good idea to convert to a sugar-free and low carb diet, which will exclude honey. There are pages here at Grow Youthful describing a real food diet.

After thousands of years of medicinal use, here is some research that shows that honey is an effective antibiotic. In a study of children, a small dose of buckwheat honey - 1/2 to 2 teaspoons depending on age had a good effect on coughing. (Warning - don't give honey to infants without professional advice).

Honey is also a great source of antioxidants. Always look for raw honey, as opposed to heated or pasteurised honey (the heating destroys many of its nutrients and benefits). Sprinkle them on food, have them in a drink - just don't heat them.

If you take the mixture every day, have one day off a week. And perhaps one week off each month. long-term use of cinnamon can put a detox strain on your liver. The breaks that you take can be quite flexible.


1. Effect of honey, dextromethorphan, and no treatment on nocturnal cough and sleep quality for coughing children and their parents. Paul, I. M. et al., Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 2007 Dec;161(12):1140-1146

2. Recommendations for the management of cough in adults. Morice, A. H. et al., Thorax 2006 Sep;61 Suppl 1:i1-24

3. Effectiveness of honey on S. aureus and P. aeruginosa biofilms. Alandejani, T. et al., Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 2008 Aug;139(2):107.