When we think of cinnamon, we often think of warm winter nights drinking hot cocoa sprinkled with this aromatic wood, or holiday tables fragrant with the scent of hot apple pie laced with cinnamon.
Cinnamomum cassia has been around for thousands of years and is one of the most pleasing scents in the culinary world, but this sweet smelling spice can be a healthy addition to a diet because it also contains high amounts of manganese, a trace mineral that plays a role in bone and connective tissue formation, and brain and nerve health.
Honey has been around much longer – millions of years – and using these two healthy natural products together in a traditional Chinese potion to cleanse the body has many benefits.
Let’s take a look at each of these powerhouse foods separately.
- Antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral
- Stabilizes blood sugar
- Lowers LDL, the bad cholesterol
- Enhances motor function by protecting neurons
- Fights free radicals
- Reduces chronic inflammation
- Reduces insulin resistance
- Antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral.
- Boosts the immune system
- Fights free radicals
- Increases circulation of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine
- Rich in B vitamins, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and potassium
Together, they are a 5000 year old healing system with the ability to boost hydrogen peroxide and help halt the growth of harmful bacteria and fungi in cells and tissues.
How to do a cinnamon and honey cleanse
- Purchase only raw organic unfiltered honey, local honey if possible, particularly if you have plant allergies. If you can find Manuka honey, it’s the best alternative. It comes from the New Zealand Manuka bush and contains as much as 4 times the amount of minerals and nutrients found in honey harvested from other types of plants.
- Purchase only Cassia cinnamon, not Ceylon cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon contains large amounts of coumarin, a natural blood thinner that can be toxic to the liver.
- Mix 1 teaspoon of powdered Cassia cinnamon into 8 ounces water which has been heated to just below a full boil. Cover and let it steep for a least 10 minutes, longer if you prefer a thicker beverage. Stir occasionally and recover to continue steeping.
- Strain the water through a cheesecloth to remove cinnamon particles (optional)
- Allow water to cool at least 20 minutes, and add 1 teaspoon honey. Stir to melt honey and drink. Allowing the water to cool prevents it from destroying the live enzymes found in raw honey.
You can do step one the night before to make your morning easier. Just add some warm, not hot, water in the morning and add your honey.
Week 1: Drink 8 ounces about 15 minutes before meals, 3x daily, to begin to eliminate bacteria and create digestive homeostasis.
Week 2: Drink 8 ounces on an empty stomach first thing in the morning (at least 30 minutes before your first meal), then 2x daily on an empty stomach to break down cholesterol buildup.
Week 3: Drink 8 ounces 4-6x a day to accelerate weight loss and detoxification.
You can continue with the cinnamon and honey beverage for as long as you like as long as you’re using real Cassia cinnamon and not Ceylon cinnamon.