It’s amazing how common things we enjoy are often found to be good for us. In this instance it’s the spice cinnamon. Are you aware of the many health benefits of cinnamon? Even though this spice has been around for many years, scientists are finding out how many health concerns can be treated by it.
Cinnamon comes from the bark of a tree found in the Middle East and South Asia. Most often you will see it as a powder but it may also be sold in stick, or quill, form. There are two trees which are used for cinnamon – Ceylon and Cassia – and the flavor will be somewhat different for each.
Historically, people have been using cinnamon as an herbal remedy for a myriad of reasons. Here are some of the home uses for cinnamon. Perhaps you’ll find something in the ways cinnamon has been used in the past to alleviate a health problem in your present or future.
Note: Before using any of these home remedies, or any other home remedies, discuss them with your doctor.
* Arthritis is a condition millions of people suffer with each year. Studies have shown that adding 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon to 1 tablespoon of honey and taking each morning before breakfast can help reduce the pain of arthritis. This should be done daily for at least one month but you may experience relief long before that.
* Type 2 Diabetes is another condition millions of people are faced with daily. Recent studies have indicated that cinnamon in small doses can actually help reduce blood sugar levels. An added benefit is that it may be able to increase your body’s production of insulin. Adding 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon to your food each day can have this effect.
* Coughs and colds have been treated with cinnamon by the Chinese for centuries. Place a cinnamon quill into boiling water and allow it to boil for two minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick and then use the water to make another herbal tea. Drink the tea with cinnamon two times a day for up to three days. If the cold isn’t affected, see a doctor.
* Toothaches can be relieved by making a paste of five teaspoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Mix together well and place a small amount on the tooth that hurts. Repeat two to three times a day until the pain goes away. Store remaining paste at room temperature for future use.
If you’re like most people, you already have cinnamon in your home. Cinnamon is also an excellent source of manganese as well as a very good source of dietary fiber, iron and calcium. Now that you know the many health benefits of cinnamon, are you ready to find new ways to add it to your diet?