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Cinnamon » Homemade Remedies for Your Health


USE FOR

Anti-inflammatory
Antiseptic
Bad breath
Blood sugar regulation

Fever
Flatulence
High cholesterol
Indigestion

Memory problems
Nausea and vomiting
Yeast infections

Cinnamon (Cinnaniomum verum) comes from the bark of a small tree native to Asia, and it’s been revered for its healing power for nearly 5,000 years, making it one of the world’s oldest natural remedies. Chefs around the world rely on cinnamon for the distinctive flavor that enhances dishes, both sweet and savory. Today, cinnamon has captured the attention of researchers who’ve learned that it can be a powerful tool for helping balance blood sugar.

 

rooted in history
The first healer to write about cinnamon back in 2800 BC or so was Shen Nung, known as the father of Chinese medicine. In Egypt, cinnamon was among the several spices used for mummification. The Phoenicians and Hebrews called it “qinamon,” and it was mentioned in the Hebrew Bible in Exodus (chapter 30, verse 23).
 

By the time the Europeans discovered cinnamon around the first century, it was so prized that 350 grams of the stuff cost 15 times more than silver. In the Middle Ages, cinnamon was used as a remedy for coughs and indigestion, though only by the wealthy—it was still wildly expensive. Historically, healers have recommended the spice for an amazing and diverse collection of human ills, including kidney trouble, bed-wetting, morning sickness, rheumatism, heart pain, warts, and toothaches.

 

what’s in it?
Cinnamon is rich in essential oils that contain active medicinal compounds, including cinnamaldehyde, cinnamyl acetate, and cinnamyl alcohol. Collectively, these have significant antibacterial and antifungal action—so much so that research shows that cinnamon can be as effective as chemical food preservatives. Cinnamaldehyde prevents blood platelets from clumping, which means that cinnamon can help protect you against strokes and heart attacks. Cinnamon is also known as a powerful antioxidant that helps lessen inflammation.

 

what science says
Recently, scientists discovered that cinnamon lowers blood sugar levels in people who have type 2 diabetes and reduces heart disease risks for overweight people. In 2009, the American College of Nutrition published a study that helped clarify how cinnamon accomplishes this. In the study, conducted by a researcher from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 22 overweight and obese people were given either 250 milligrams of cinnamon or a placebo twice a day for 12 weeks. The fasting blood sugar of those in the cinnamon group dropped from 114 to 102 mg/dL—a very healthy decline. The fasting blood sugar of the people in the placebo group increased a bit, from 112 to 113 mg/dL.


Many of cinnamon’s traditional uses have been put to the test of science. Recent studies, for example, demonstrate its abi to stin7tulate the gastrointestinal tract, lending support to folk healers’ long-held belief that the spice eases gas, nausea, vomiting, and other forms of gastroiutestinal distress. That cinnamon is also a powerful antiseptic is no longer simply a matter of folk wisdom. A Japanese study demonstrated its ability to kill fungi, bacteria, and other microorganisms, including the bacteria that cause botulism and staph infections.
 

BUYER'S tip

 

Find powered cinnamon in your supermarket’s spice aisle. Cinnamon ‘sticks” are simply pieces of bark that have been stripped from young trees and curl as they are dried. Pulverizing the dried bark produces cinnamon powder. Sprinkle cinnamon freely in cereal, yogurt, stews, and baked goods. Aim to get at least i/ teaspoon per day for a therapeutic benefit.

 

Good to Know

 

Some people can be allergic to cinnamon, but the amounts used in cooking are generally considered safe. In large doses, cinnamon can cause gastrointestinal problems and kidney damage.

 

Cinnamon essential oil can cause redness and burning when it comes in contact with the skin. Never take the oil internally can cause nausea, vomiting, and kidney damage. Pregnant women and people with stomach or intestinal ulcers should not use cinnamon medicinally.

 

Homemade Remedies for Your Health

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Cinnamon

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Fish (canned)

Flaxseed

 

 

 

 

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