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    Honey and Cinnamon - Cure All or Hoax?

    There are several websites on the internet that tout the amazing health effects of eating a mixture of honey and cinnamon. The reported health benefits of this mixture include cures for heart disease, arthritis, colds, flu, and cancer. It is also claimed that the mixture improves bad breath and promotes weight loss. But according to, these claims have been circulating the internet for a number of years and contain a mixture of fact and fiction. (See

    The website takes are more balanced approach to the subject of honey and cinnamon:

    "Folk wisdom still retains knowledge of the healing properties of both honey and  cinnamon. Honey and cinnamon are still used as medicine in many situations, especially among people who, because of distance or income, have reduced access to mainstream health care. Honey possesses natural anti-bacterial  properties. Honey poured on wounds or burns prevents infection and promotes healing. Regular consumption of honey and cinnamon together, when combined with an overall healthy diet and moderate activity level, can prevent heart disease by clearing clogged arteries. Drinking honey and cinnamon in lukewarm water results in them moving through the bladder and cleansing it, as well as clearing infections there. Drinking this beverage on a regular basis can also relieve, and in some cases entirely cure, arthritis pain. This drink also strengthens the immune system, helping ward off colds as well as some viruses. Applying a paste of honey and cinnamon to infected gums can ease pain and bleeding as well as slow the  progression of the infection. When consumed together, honey and cinnamon can ease digestion, helping to prevent gas. Honey and cinnamon also provide energy, making people more mentally alert and ready for physical activity. The two biggest claims for honey and cinnamon are that they enhance the ability to lose weight, and they are effective against some forms of  cancer. While these latter two claims are unproven, nature does provide an amazing range of natural healing substances, most of which are  untested by medical science. Relying exclusively on honey and cinnamon for either weight loss or eliminating cancer is not advisable."


    From personal experience, I can say that a daily dose of raw honey helps to keep me happy and healthy. Every day I have a cup of herbal tea (Rooibos is my favorite) with a generous teaspoon of raw honey and two level teaspoons of raw apple cider vinegar. On average, I get a minor cold once every two years, and my springtime pollen allergies have been largely eliminated. I also had a nasty, second-degree burn in the summer of 2013 when I got into a disagreement with a pot of melted beeswax. When dressing the wound each day, I alternated between fresh aloe and raw honey. I was amazed at how quickly the burn healed, and with almost no scarring. I later learned that the enzyme glucose oxidase, which is found in raw honey, is converted into hydrogen peroxide when exposed to the water and salt produced by your skin. How cool is that? Raw honey actually produces medicine inside the skin wound, where it promotes healing.

    So it might be just a bit self serving, but Smiley Honey wholeheartedly endorses the generous consumption of raw honey on a daily basis, for both your health and your happiness! And if you want to add some cinnamon to your honey while you are at it, there is at least some evidence that this mixture promotes good health.

    -Brian D. Bertonneau, Owner


    Kisses Sweeter Than Tupelo Honey

    Tim McGraw sings about tupelo honey in his new single "Southern Girl."  Here is the chorus:

    Kisses sweeter than Tupelo honey

    Little bit crazy like New Orleans

    Memphis blue and Daytona sunny

    Soft as cotton in some cut-off jeans

    Don't you know,

    Ain't nothing in the whole wide world

    Like a southern girl.

    Thanks for the plug about this amazing honey! And, for the record, there ain't nothing in the whole wide world like tupelo honey either. If you have not tried this honey yet, don't wait another minute. Click on over to our products and find out what you have been missing.

    Raw Honey is Healthy Sunshine Energy

    From the book "The Honey Revolution -- Restoring the Health of Future Generations" by Ron Fessenden and Mike McKinnes: "Honey is a miraculous form of sunshine energy. It is distilled from sunshine by a complex, although understood, yet beguiling and numinous process known as photosynthesis . . . Plants use this sunshine energy to fund this magical process and in so doing, create pollen and sweet nectar." Fessenden and McKinnes go on to state that while honey does contain fructose, glucose and other sugars, they are combined with other substances (such as floral flavanoids) in such a way to actually assist the body in controlling blood sugar levels. Despite this fact, and the many other wonderful health effects of honey described in "The Honey Revolution", Americans consume an average of 150 pounds per year of white sugar and other sweeteners that negatively affect our health, and only 1 pound per year of honey. If you want to make a change for better health -- eat more raw honey and reduce your intake of white sugar, high fructose corn syrup and other artificial sweeteners.

    Summer Bee-havior

    Yesterday afternoon, the entire front face of this hive was covered with bees. This morning, less than a quarter remained. Are these bees the last stragglers of an all-nighter? Probably not. As outside temperatures rise in the summer, the temperature inside the hive increases as well. To cool down the hive interior, bees go outside. As the temperatures decrease during the nighttime hours, many of the bees will re-enter the hive. It is kind of like your kitchen during Thanksgiving dinner preparations, when too many family members are hanging about, and you slip out onto the front porch to cool down. 



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