The weather is getting cooler, there’s the feel of fall in the air, and if you’re like me and you live in Charleston, SC it’s been raining for what seems like forever. In other words, now is a great time to be boosting your immune system. A not-so-new craze has recently come to my attention that I’m dying to try: honey and cinnamon. The health benefits range from lowering your cholesterol to easing the pain of arthritis, and it’s easy to see why!
Honey, especially when it’s considered raw or unheated, is basically a super food. It’s a great source of vitamins and minerals, as well as antioxidants, which help clear free radicals
from the body and promote the growth of new tissue. Honey is free of cholesterol but a great source of carbohydrates and natural sugars with a healthy Glycemic Index, which means the sugars are gradually absorbed into the body, helping with fatigue and digestion.
Cinnamon is a natural antiseptic, just like honey, as well as providing high amounts of calcium and fiber. Cinnamon also has a huge amount of manganese which helps the body metabolize fat and carbohydrates, regulate blood sugar, absorb calcium, neutralize free radicals – it goes on and on. And when you take something as awesome as cinnamon and pair it with incredible raw honey – magic happens!
The combo, when mixed together with hot water as a drink or minus the water as a paste, has been known to help with heart disease, bladder infections, hair loss, arthritis, toothaches, cholesterol, colds, flu, indigestion, upset stomach – even diabetes. Working at the Savannah Bee store on King Street one day, a customer told me her mom made her take honey and cinnamon every day when she was little. She told me this as an adult, still taking her honey and cinnamon, and said she hadn’t gotten a cold in ten years! But don’t take my word for it; try it out. You really can’t go wrong! I recommend Savannah Bee’s Tupelo or Sourwood honey, and be sure to get Ceylon cinnamon – that’s how you know it’s the real stuff. Do yourself a favor and try some honey and cinnamon this fall!
Submitted By: Nash Steele