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Cinnamon as an Herb

Cinnamon as an herb

Cinnamomum zeylanicum

Empires were built on cinnamon. In fact, the cinnamon trade was monopolized by the Dutch in the 18th century.

Other Names: Ceylon Cinnamon

True Cinnamon is one form of the common spice (Cinnaminum verum, bark). "Cinnamon" is the name given to several different species, otherwise known as "common cinnamon (C. cassia). Cassia, whether in oil or powder, is half the strength of true cinnamon. Therefore, it is much more abundant, cheaper, and consequently, less effective medicinally, but fine as a spice. It is the only form found in the US, although there are many other varieties.

Cinnamon has a fragrant perfume, tastes aromatic and sweet; when distilled it only gives a very small quantity of oil, with a delicious flavor.

Cassia and cinnamon are in God's Holy anointing oil described in scriptures Exodus 30:22 to 31. Try smelling them before going to your place of worship.

Cinnamon as an Herb for Medicinal Uses

Add cinnamon to remedies for acute symptoms, as this herb is a stimulant to other herbs and to the body, enabling herbal remedies to work faster. It is also a blood purifier, an infection preventer, and a digestive aid.

Cinnamon has been used to treat menstrual cramps and diarrhea, to control bleeding, treat infections (oil used for chronic infections), for loss of appetite, colic, cramps, nausea, demulcent, antiseptic, antifungal, tonic, uterine stimulant and digestive aid.

Cinnamon is also said to clear the brain and improve thinking.

Cinnamon massage oil (20 drops cinnamon oil in 1 tablespoon plus 2/3 tablespoon almond or sunflower oil) can be rubbed into the abdomen for colic, stomach chills and diarrhea.

Cinnamon simmered in milk with a bit of honey added has been used to treat indigestion, gas, diarrhea and dysentary.

A compound tea has been used to treat nausea (3 small thin cinnamon sticks, 1 tablespoon cardamom seeds, 1 tablespoon nutmeg powder together in a coffee blender. Use 1/4 teaspoon of powdered mixture added to 1 cup of hot water for an adult, a small pinch in 1 cup of tepid water for children).

Warm cinnamon spice tea has been used as a stimulant in cases of fainting spells and for exhaustion. Cinnamon steeped in warm milk has been used to relieve symptoms of altitude sickeness and a pinch of cinnamon added to a cup of black tea has been used to assist the body in utilizing insulin more effectively.

In studies using the aroma of hot cinnamon buns on male subjects, it was determined that this form of therapy might have some aphrodisiac value in cases of erectile dysfunction by improving blood flow to the penis.

Does Cinnamon Help Type II Diabetics?

A very small quantity of ground cinnamon -- less than a half-teaspoon a day -- helped volunteers with type II diabetes mellitus reduce their levels of blood sugar -- and reduce several cardiovascular disease risk factors, as well. That is according to a preliminary study of a small group of volunteers -- 60 men and women, all of whom had been diagnosed several years earlier with type II diabetes. ARS scientists at Beltsville, Md., and their university colleagues in Peshawar, Pakistan, conducted the 60-day study and reported their findings in Diabetes Care (vol. 26, pp. 3215-3218).

Cinnamon for Sinusitus?

A paste to try for severe sinusitus is 1 teaspoon of cinnamon with a drop of water, mix to form paste and apply to sinus areas making sure to avoid eyes. This paste will redden skin and it does tingle but old-remedy enthusiasts say the results are amazing for sinusitis.

In addition, folk medicine internal uses include infantile diarrhea, chills, influenza and worm infestation. Cinnamon is used externally for. cleaning wounds.

Indian Medicine: Uses in Indian medicine include toothache, nausea and vomiting, and halitosis.

Culinary Uses of Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a common kitchen spice which appears in many different types of recipes.

Cinnamon is used extensively in East Indian, Moroccan, Indonesian, Arabic, Iranian, Scandinavian, Mexican, Hungarian, Chinese and Greek cuisine.

Commercially, cinnamon is used to flavor baked foods, meats, candy, pickles, chewing gum, soft drinks, ice cream and liqueurs.

Before refrigeration, cinnamon was used to preserve meats requiring storage.

Do not ingest cinnamon oil. The essential oil is used in aromatherapy to treat nausea, tiredness, and depression, and is used in massage oils to treat rheumatism.

Cinnamon Water: 1 quart boiling water poured over 1/4 ounce cinnamon (cut or ground) and 1/4 pound sugar; let stand until cool; strain; drink as desired.

Hot Buttered Rum: Preheat mug and add 2 ounces rum, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 stick of cinnamon, and a pinch of nutmeg. Fill with boiling water and add a pat of butter. Dip a cube of sugar in rum, light it and float it on top of buttered rum.

Cinnamon Tea

Good for relieving nausea. Cinnamon Tea

1 tablespoon dried chamomile flowers
1 teaspoon whole cloves or 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup boiling water
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

In a small pan, steep the chamomile flowers and whole cloves in the water for 15 minutes. If you use ground cloves, do not add at this time. Strain the flowers from the water with a tea strainer. Add the cinnamon and nutmeg (and the ground cloves if using) and stir. Re-heat ina mug in the microwave or in a small pan on the stove. Make fresh every time. Call yor doctor if condition persists more than a couple of days.

Folklore

Chinese use dates back at least 5,000 years. One Chinese ancient stated that if you took cinnamon with toads' brains for seven years, you would be able to walk on water, look young forever, and never die.

Cautions

No health hazards or side effects are known in conjunction with the proper administration of designated therapeutic dosages. The drug possesses a medium potential for sensitization because of the cinnamaldehyde content.

Certain cinnamon products are high in coumarin content that can interact with other drugs.

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