The Benefits of Cinnamon
A few small facts about cinnamon
Cinnamon comes from the bark of a small tree usually from South Asia or The Middle East region. They take this bark from a small tree and either turn it into sticks or grind it into the powder that we buy from our local grocery store. There are a few types of cinnamon but the most popular are Ceylon and Cassia.
It has been popular for hundreds of years both for it's cooking uses and it's health properties. Cinnamon is mentioned in Chinese writings as far back as 2800BC.
Cinnamon is extremely beneficial to us health-wise. It has a high level of anti-oxidant and is a great source of fiber, calcium, iron and magnesium. All of this makes cinnamon one powerful spice.
The benefits of Cinnamon
- Cinnamon has anti-fungal, antibacterial and anti-parasitic properties, Because of these properties Cinnamon has been found to be effective in fighting stomach ulcers, lice, oral yeast infections and vaginal yeast infections.
- Effective in reducing blood sugar levels
- Treating type 2 diabetes
- Lowering LDL or bad cholesterol, and triglycerides.
- When added it food, cinnamon inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage making it a natural food preservative.
- Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties. It is effective in reducing the chances of having heart attacks, strokes and heart disease.
- It is also credited with curing diarrhea and aiding digestion.
- Curing the common cold.
- Antioxidants that reduce free radical damage and slow the aging process
- Cinnamon has an anti-clotting effect on blood.
- It is believed to aid in the secretion of breast milk.
- Reducing arthritis pain.
- It has been proven to be effective to help fight menstrual pain.
- Curing headaches and migraine pain.
- Treating toothaches, tooth decay and helps fight bad breath.
- It has also been said that by just smelling cinnamon you can improve our memory and cognitive function.
- Helps fight allergies
- There is research going on at the Cytokine Research Laboratory, Department of Experimental Therapeutics, The University of Texas as to the promise of helping different neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, brain tumor, and meningitis.
Cough and Common Cold
Bring a small pot of water to a boil and add 2 cinnamon sticks. Let cinnamon sticks boil for 2 minutes. Remove the cinnamon sticks and use water to make an tea. Drink two or more times per day.
Use at least half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder per day. It is great in oatmeal, on toast, in cereal, on a sweet potato or in a cup of tea.
Make a paste of 5 tsp honey and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Mix well. Put a small amount of the cinnamon paste on the bad tooth two to three times per day.
Make the cinnamon water from the remedy for Coughs and the Common Cold. Use it to make tea by adding a tea bag and steeping for 3 minutes. As you drink the cinnamon tea breath in the steam from the tea.
A word of caution...
Cinnamon needs to be used cautiously. Please consult a doctor before trying any home remedies if you are currently on a medication blood pressure or blood thinners. Cinnamon contains an anti-clotting effect on the blood.
So please enjoy cinnamon as a flavorful spice that you can add to your foods and drinks to enhance the flavor. But remember, always use it in moderation.
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