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Honey & Cinnamon Tea Health Benefits

By Lynne Sheldon

Adding honey to your cinnamon tea may increase its health benefits. Both aid with digestion and soothe the symptoms of the common cold. However, more studies are needed to determine the efficacy of cinnamon and honey for these conditions. Check with your doctor before you begin consuming any new teas or honey, and let your physician know if you experience any adverse reactions.

Digestion

Cinnamon tea can benefit your gastrointestinal tract. It may help control flatulence and diarrhea, as well as stimulate your appetite. Drinking cinnamon tea may also help relieve the signs and symptoms of indigestion, nausea and vomiting. Honey can help with your digestive problems, too. Many ancient peoples, including the Egyptians, Chinese and Greeks, used honey to treat a variety of gastrointestinal problems, and adding it to cinnamon tea may further enhance these benefits.

Common Cold

Hot tea of any type can soothe a sore throat, but cinnamon tea can benefit your cold symptoms even more. The properties of cinnamon may make it a good remedy for the common cold by helping to relieve such symptoms as congestion and headaches, as well as sore throat. Furthermore, adding honey to cinnamon tea may help suppress coughing and, in turn, help you to have a better night’s sleep. Honey also has many antibacterial properties that may help you overcome your illness.

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Dosage

To make the tea, steep 0.5 to 3 teaspoons of cinnamon bark in 1 cup of water. Allow this to steep for five minutes before removing the bark, and then add 2 teaspoons of honey, mixing well. Drink this tea once a day, preferably at bedtime if you are trying to suppress a cough. However, do not give honey to children under the age of 1 year, due to the risk of botulism.

Considerations

You may have an allergic reaction to both cinnamon and honey, and if you do, seek medical attention at once. Also be aware that cinnamon can lower your blood glucose level, so you should check with your doctor before using it if you have diabetes or a bleeding disorder. Honey is typically well tolerated by most people, but ask your physician before eating it if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Because cinnamon and honey may interact with certain medications, do not consume them without first discussing with your doctor.

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