Cinnamon not only delights our taste, but it has an important role in our health. Cinnamon bark is found in many varieties, but the one that interests us is the Ceylon cinnamon. Known since antiquity, Ceylon Cinnamon amazes with its beneficial properties on human health and beauty. Its virtues are praised as the fight against diabetes as well as help for those on a diet, or simply the banal flu.
In the Middle Ages was used in all the sauces, and found in most recipes, both sweet and savory. It was already used for perfuming the wine or to treat infections in winter and even in large epidemics. Cinnamon has antimicrobial properties.
Cinnamon flavor improves the spirit, boosts cognitive function and increase storage capacity. Cinnamon has improved the speed of memory and visual-motor reactions, according to a Stanford University study conducted in laboratories.
A pinch of Cinnamon consumed in the morning can regulate blood glucose levels for the next 24 hours. Consumed in the morning, it has the ability to reduce hunger.
Consumed daily, Cinnamon has the ability to stop the growth of cancer cells in people suffering from Leukemia or Lymphoma, according to a study. In addition, Cinnamon has enormous benefits in strengthening the immune system and reducing the risk of colds and flu. Cinnamon helps to increase body temperature, especially in winter time, when hands, feet and the other extremities are cooler. A half teaspoon per day lowers bad cholesterol as effectively as a diet.
Cinnamon has a strong antibacterial effect and added to dishes is a true natural preservative.
In hot water with honey and lemon, Cinnamon has antiviral effect and can relieve a migraine as effective as an analgesic.
Cinnamon helps regulate menstruation and reduce pain in this period. Effects occur when using constantly cinnamon powder or cinnamon tea. To make the tea: a teaspoon of powder per cup of hot water, add the honey and lemon to taste.
Combined with honey and apply on face cure acne (resistant to conventional treatments). A teaspoon of Cinnamon powder mixed with a tablespoon of honey; the paste is spread on the face and kept a few hours or even overnight. The effects are amazing.
Cinnamon helps the formation and proper functioning of red blood cells, maintains bone density and soothes inflamed joints, helps digestion and fat burning, fights against bacteria and fungi, enhances cognition and increases fiber intake. All this is due to: calcium, iron, magnesium and fiber found in cinnamon.
Ground cinnamon as a bar or essential oil stimulates memory, slows hair loss and help get rid of extra pounds. Being one of the most antioxidant-rich foods keep our youth and combat stress. Recently it was discovered that Cinnamon balances blood sugar by stimulating insulin and plays an important role in preventing diabetes.
Besides the breath fresh and pleasant taste, chewing gum with cinnamon flavor has a little-known benefit: stimulates memory. According to a recent study people who chewed gum flavored cinnamon had better results on memory tests than those who chewed gum with another flavor or used no gum.
Seeing the benefits of cinnamon in diabetes, it was easy to extrapolate and say: “Why not try the virtues of cinnamon and people who want to lose weight?”. Therefore noted the effect of “decreased appetite”, mainly when we feel the need for something sweet. Many nutritionists recommend the use of a small box containing cinnamon, vanilla, orange peel, coffee, which is sufficient the smell in order to remove your desire to crunch something. You can add a drop of peppermint oil and a drop of orange or tangerine oil. A little cinnamon powder added to tea will reduce also the appetite.
Cinnamon is among the food which contains the most antioxidants. Cinnamon helps in the fight against aging due to stress and restores radiance to fatigued skin. There are dietary supplements in the form of cinnamon capsules.
Very known for its antiviral and antimicrobial, Cinnamon boosts immune function. Cinnamon helps with success in removing chills, and combined with honey, Cinnamon is a valuable ally in the fight against colds and flu.
An infusion of Cinnamon, honey-sweetened, consumed three times daily brings relaxation.
The essential oil of cinnamon has an effect on the 99.99% of germs and is effective even on those resistant to antibiotics. Cinnamon is perfect for treating colds, common cold and flu. Drops of oil of cinnamon, three times a day, in a little honey, have a rapid effect. A few drops can be used in diffuser essential oils to perfume and purify the room (annihilates germs in the air).
Ceylon Cinnamon oil acts as stimulant and tonic. Cinnamon oil treats intestinal disorders successfully with only one to two drops, three times per day.
Another very useful way of cinnamon is in the cure of dry cough. Allow a few sticks of cinnamon to dissolve for a few hours in a cup of cold water and afterwards drink the contents. This mix calms and protects the irritated throat.
The antioxidants in Cinnamon, combined with other ingredients known for their healing properties can revitalize the skin cracked, callused feet. Mix the juice from 5 lemons with a tablespoon of olive oil, a quarter cup of organic milk, half a cup of water and two tablespoons of cinnamon, and keep the feet for 15 minutes in the potion for happy feet.
Cautions of Cinnamon
Cinnamon in high dose or in the form of essential oil is not suitable for pregnant women and children.
By cooking Cinnamon becomes bitter; it is better to add it at the end.