Cinnamon Bark is a very mild herb that is well tolerated by a broad variety of people.
Cinnamon Bark is a pungent, sweet and hot tonic that increases general vitality, warms and energizes the body as a whole, counteracts congestion, stops diarrhea, improves digestion and relieves abdominal spasms.
Cinnamon Bark increases circulation to the joints and kills bacteria and viruses due to its antioxidant and antimicrobial activity. Cinnamon has one of the highest antioxidant levels of any spice, and many foods, too. You'll get as many antioxidants in one teaspoon of cinnamon as a full cup of pomegranates juice or a half-cup of blueberries, two foods known for their antioxidant content.
Cinnamon has a fragrant perfume, tastes aromatic and sweet and when distilled gives a very small quantity of oil, with a delicious flavor.
Cinnamon is a spice commonly used during festive winter times as it "warms" the body. Cinnamon actually creates heat within the body due to a chemical reaction. The body's metabolism speeds up to counteract the excess heat and balance body temperature. Excess calories are burned throughout the process. Millions of people are searching for ways to help lose weight, and drinking cinnamon tea or eating cinnamon in other forms for weight loss can you shed pounds.
Cinnamon oil has been shown to be a powerful antibacterial and antifungal agent. It promotes blood flow to areas where it is applied, which gives it its well-known warming properties. In aromatherapy, cinnamon is used to stimulate the mind and body. Research suggests the familiar aroma can reduce drowsiness and irritability, relieve headaches and boost concentration. Cinnamon oil is generally used at a dose of 0.05 to 0.2 g daily.
In addition, cinnamon is now hailed for its power to improve insulin sensitivity and reduce blood glucose levels. It's also been shown to lower cholesterol and triglyceride blood levels. Unfortunately, the data thus far has been inconsistent. Nevertheless, even small amounts of cinnamon may be effective. One study showed that the equivalent of just one-half teaspoon of cinnamon powder twice daily before meals lowered fasting glucose in people with diabetes.
Cinnamon and Weight Loss
Trying to lose some weight? Use cinnamon. The spice regulates swings in blood sugar, cutting hunger spikes, according to research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For a low calorie fat-busting treat, sprinkle some cinnamon on slices of baked apple. Studes show that people who eat apples consume fewer calories and have less abdominal fat.
Other Common Uses for Cinnamon Bark
Other common uses include treatment for:
- common infections
- the common cold and scratchy cough. Try a cinnamon-infused drink: Soak cinnamon sticks in cold water for several hours, then sip. This beverage contains mucilage, a water-soluble fiber that coats and soothes the throat.
- menopausal symtoms
- rheumatic conditions
- kidney disorders
Cinnamon Gum. Cinnamon gum gives you more than fresh breath: In a Wheeling Jesuit study, people who chewed the gum did better on memory tests than those who chomped on other flavors.
Cinnamon can relieve minor pain and reduces monthly menstrual cramps.
Supplement with Cinnamon
Cinnamon is so versatile! Use cinnamon to your healthful advantage!
One of the world's most popular and treasured spices, Cinnamon bark has a long history of use not only for culinary purposes, but is also used to help provide nutritional support as a digestive aid and for healthy blood lipid and glucose levels.
Cinnamon is a valuable addition to many aromatherapy blends, adding warmth, spice and inspiration, when used in very small amounts. You can even use it on your feet! Antioxidant rich cinnamon softens rough, tired skin. Try this pampering food bath: Mix the juice of 5 lemons, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/4 cup whole milk/ 1/2 cup water, and 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon; soak your feet in the mixture for 15 minutes.
There are no serious side effects associated with the use of cinnamon. Check out our quick (and printable) 7 Ways to WOW Your Palate.
Adverse effects include skin irritation or contact dermatitis, if used topically.