Home Remedies using Cinnamon

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On one hand, cinnamon adds a distinct flavor to pies and other desserts that fill the air with unforgettable scents. On the other hand, the spice is an effective cure in the medical world. It’s a lesser known miracle worker found in nearly every kitchen cupboard in the United States. To learn just what the spice can do for you, exploring the beauty and power of home remedies for cinnamon is highly recommended.

What is Cinnamon?

Harvested during the rainy season when the bark is most flexible and easiest to manipulate, cinnamon is the dried inner bark of an evergreen tree. There are different species within the cinnamomum family that produce cinnamon, but the highest grade is associated with the cinnamomum zeylanicum tree that grows in Sri Lanka. A wild cinnamon tree can reach a height of up to 65 feet (or 20 meters) high. However, the trees used for harvesting are pruned down when they are about two years of age to generate an abundance of finer bark output.

The health benefits of cinnamon are undeniable – just one teaspoon of cinnamon contains 28 mg of calcium, almost one mg of iron, over one gram of fiber, and a lot of other vitamins. Because of its versatility, the spice has been connected to treatments for indigestion, gas and bloating, stomach upset, and diarrhea.

Cinnamon Home Remedies

After purchasing cinnamon, store the spice in a dark, cool, dry place. Cinnamon sticks can keep for two to three years in this manner, but the powdered version will gradually lost its full flavor if it isn’t used within six months. The strength in use is not affected – just the fresh taste. If you wondering what to do with that spice, consider the following home remedies for cinnamon:

a) Regular Blood Sugar:

Diabetics and hypoglycemics can benefit from adding cinnamon to their daily regimen. One teaspoon of cinnamon powder can help regulate blood sugar levels, which can help stabilize energy levels and moods. One way to satisfy this daily requirement is to make cinnamon tea.

b) Reduce Cholesterol Levels:

LDL is known as the ‘bad’ cholesterol in your body, and cinnamon can help decrease this type of cholesterol level. In turn, you could lessen your risk to developing cardiovascular disease.

c) Diarrhea Cure:

When mixed with milk, cinnamon can be used as an aid to fight diarrhea. Add two pinches of cinnamon to a cup of warm milk [1]. Do not use this remedy for someone that is lactose intolerant.

d) Fight Bacteria:

There are natural anti-infectious compounds in cinnamon that have proven effective against the pathogens, including H. pylori bacteria, which is known to cause ulcers.

e) Energy Booster:

The warming effects of cinnamon help circulate energy throughout your body.

f) Arthritis Pain Reduction:

Cinnamon has been shown to reduce cytokines linked to arthritic pain.

g) Cancer Fighter:

According to research conducted at the University of Texas, cinnamon may reduce the proliferation (or spread) of cancer cells, which could help an individual prevent cancer, as well as fight the disease.

h) Preserve Your Meals:

Cinnamon possesses properties that act as a natural food preservative.

i) Healthy Supplement:

When you use cinnamon to cook, you are adding small amounts of calcium, fiber, iron and manganese to your meals.

j) Fight Cramps:

Studies show that cinnamon can help ease the severity of menstrual pain. Perhaps sipping on a cup of cinnamon tea can help during that ‘time of the month.’

k) Gas Relief:

Sipping on small amounts of cinnamon tea can provide relief for gas in the stomach.

l) Hormone Balance:

For a woman battling infertility, cinnamon contains a natural chemical called cinnamaldehyde, which studies show has beneficial effects on hormones. It increases the hormone progesterone and decreases testosterone production in women, which helps to make conditions better for a female trying to conceive.

m) Beneficial for Neurodegenerative Diseases:

Research has shown that cinnamon reduces chronic inflammation linked with to neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, brain tumor, and meningitis.

Resources

[1] The People’s Pharmacy Healing Herbs and Home Remedies by Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon; pg. 135.

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  • Joyce Pasqual

    I heard that cinnamon was a good deterent for ants that center on pet’s food dishes so I decided to give it a try and it worked! I sprinkled a circle of cinnamon powder around my dog’s food dish and around his water dish and lo and behold the ants would go nowhere near them. Before this the ants would crawl in and out of his dishes and throughout his food.