Fully addicted to Pinterest I came across a pin for drinking cinnamon and honey for weight loss, and seeing as it was New Year at the time I thought I’d give it a go. Still drinking it now, I haven’t seen any weight loss and I never really expected to. This is most likely because I fractured my leg just before New Year’s Eve (walked, I’m mean hobbled, around on it for pretty much three weeks before anyone but me believed it was broken – got to love the NHS) so it’s not like I’ve been able to get down the gym to work off excess lard anyway. Therefore it could work for that, who knows.
Anyway, never having the greatest skin in the world and suffering now with adult acne, I have however seen vast improvements in my skin since I started. Adding one teaspoon of cinnamon and two teaspoons of honey to hot water every morning an hour before breakfast, and again before bed the concoction isn’t as bad as you might think. Not a huge lover of cinnamon, I do love honey. A lot. In fact I think I’m Winnie the Pooh! Aiding with many things other than my skin, I thought I’d look a bit further into why the combination is so great.
Of course the two are well known for their health benefits, but the powerhouse of the two has me very intrigued.
Rich in manganese, iron, calcium and fibre, cinnamon has been used to cure diarrhoea, indigestion and bloating. Even better than that though, it helps prevent the spread of cancer cells, stomach ulcers and bacterial infections. Lowering blood sugar levels and bad cholesterol too, people with heart conditions and Type 2 Diabetes find it beneficial.
For weight loss though, cinnamon influences how sugar is metabolised by the body, and prevents sugar turning into fat. It also delays food passing from the stomach to the intestine, and helps the body process carbohydrates more efficiently. Which is why (theoretically) you shouldn’t feel as hungry after eating/drinking it.
Whereas honey has antiseptic and antibacterial properties, and has been used for centuries to help manage wounds – man I love bees! Great for acid reflux, treating allergies and fighting infections, it also boosts your immune system, aids with weight loss (can also drink it with lemon to cleanse the liver and flush toxins from the body), reduce heart disease, soothe indigestion, fight fatigue and clear skin (as I’ve found! It can also be added directly to the skin and left over night to attack blemishes).
All-in-all pretty goddamn great! Although sometimes hard to stomach, especially with a hangover or when you’ve left it to get cold (can't adequately describe how vile that is!). And even though the constant stirring is irritating because taking in huge mouthfuls of cinnamon is truly disgusting, (not painting a great picture, but stay with me) with each passing year I get older the more I just want natural things. I 100% abused my body in my twenties - numerous broken bones are testiment to this. So I now feel it’s time to give back and be a bit nicer. Only put as many good things into it and on to it as possible.
Simply for helping my skin not look so gross, and mostly through paranoia, I’m positive I’ll be drinking this for a long time to come. However, when looking to make Cinnamon and Honey tea always use Ceylon cinnamon, as it's a 'truer cinnamon' and will help you reap the best benefits. There are a few scary stories about Cassia cinnamon (this is the kind you'll find in the spice section of your local super market)being toxic if consummed over a long period of time, so is better to be safe than sorry. Available in health food shops, you can get 500g of Ceylon on Amazon.co.uk for £5.40; which actually isn't that horrific.
Next stop, Apple Cider for shiny hair!