Cinnamon is a spice derived from the inner barks of trees called Cinnamomum. They are native to the Carribean, South America, and South East Asia. They are available in two varieties namely Ceylon cinnamon which is available in the west and Cassia cinnamon, which is the Chinese variety and is the commonly available ‘cinnamon’. Apart from being used in food, this spice is known for its medicinal value and antimicrobial properties. It can be used in the form of teas, oils, and this sticks can be powdered and consumed. The Ceylon variety is better for health uses as the cassia version is harmful if taken in large doses.
The Various Health Benefits Of Cinnamon Are
Cinnamon contains compounds called polyphenols that have strong antioxidant properties. It can be consumed orally or applied topically in the form of oils to repair and protect the skin and internal organs.
Cinnamon can help in healing wounds and reducing the Effect of bacteria and germs in the body. Various skin infections, tooth problems, and gastric troubles can be treated with the use of cinnamon sticks and oils.
Daily intake of cinnamon is known to control the level of cholesterol in the body. It keeps the triglycerides in check and maintains the proper level of the good cholesterol. The risk of various cardiovascular diseases is minimized as the blood pressure levels are under control with the consumption of cinnamon.
Cinnamon is said to reduce the insulin resistance in the body. It works by promoting the healthy passage of blood sugar into the cells and helps in improving glucose levels by slowing the breakdown of carbohydrates in the stomach. By performing these activities, cinnamon helps in reducing the ill-effects of diabetes and maintains the level of blood sugar in the body. Ceylon cinnamon is particularly useful for controlling blood sugar.
Patients suffering from Alzheimer’s and Parkinsons are known to show improvements with the use of cinnamon. Cinnamon intake helps in controlling the motor functions of the brain, helps in maintaining the neurotransmitter levels and also inhibits the build up of a protein responsible for Alzheimer’s condition.
Cinnamon acts by reducing the growth of tumors and cancer cells in the body. It is known to detoxify the cells in the colon that could lead to cancer and acts as a protective mechanism against the growth of tumors and malignant cells.
The antibacterial properties of cinnamon helps in protecting against the insect bites. Cinnamon oil is used for head lice treatments and treatments against bed bugs, roaches, black ants and mosquitoes.
E Coli Infections
Cinnamon contains a compound called cinnamaldehyde which can perform a strong antimicrobial action against bacteria like salmonella, listeria, and e.coli infections. It makes these microbes inactive and prevents it from spreading inside the body.
Problems of tooth decay, gum pain, and bad breath can be eradicated with the use of cinnamon oil. It can be used as a mouthwash and cinnamon oil can be massaged in the gums to fight against infections and keeping the teeth strong and healthy.
The spread of HIV virus can be combated with the use of cinnamon. H.I.V 1 virus which is known to effect humans can be controlled with the use of cinnamon.
The destructive effects of multiple sclerosis can be controlled and prevented with the use of cinnamon.
Treats wounds -Mixing peppermint oil with cinnamon oil and applying on the area of the wound can be effective in healing it quickly and also helps in alleviating the pain.
The problem of irritable bowel movement can be reduced with the use of cinnamon. The symptoms of bloating are reduced with the intake of cinnamon tea 2-3 times a day. Cinnamon kills and prevents bacterial growth in the gut thereby reducing the inflammatory symptoms.
Cinnamon contains manganese that is good for bone health. Also having cinnamon tea 2-3 times a day and applying cinnamon oil on the painful joints can provide relief from pain and reduce the soreness of the muscles and joints.
Cinnamon helps in weight loss as it boosts the metabolism of the body. It works by thinning the blood to improve blood circulation and hence enhancing the metabolism to help in reducing weight.
Cinnamon leaf oil especially the Ceylon variety can be applied topically on the infection to heal it speedily. Even a soak can be prepared by dipping in warm water in which this oil has been added.
Sore Throat And Cold Sores
As soon as a throat infection starts, it is advisable to take cinnamon tea which helps in treating the infection and prevents it in spreading. Cinnamon tea is very effective in treating phlegm and soothes troubled respiratory tracts and heals its infections.
The problems of mood swings, cramps, and irritability can all be reduced with the use of cinnamon oil for topical application and also the tea is effective in reducing PMS symptoms.
Calms The Stomach
Sip cinnamon tea after a heavy meal. The cinnamon dissolves all the grease and helps in better digestion to combat acid reflux, kills germs and soothes the irritated stomach.