People noted the history of cinnamon consumption for human health since Ancient Egypt. This spice is so useful that it was almost regarded as a panacea (a remedy for all ills or difficulties). Nowadays, people use the bark as one of embalming materials. This article describes the benefits of cinnamon for health and beauty. Featured picture: Pexels.
We can use cinnamon in the form of the bark, the powder, or the essential oil. Read more about the benefits of essential oils or aromatherapy massage here. The bark generates healing cinnamon essential oils. People use cinnamon oil to treat several health disorders.
Medieval (relating to the Middle Ages) doctors often used this plant as a medicine. They used cinnamon to cure sore throat, cough, and inflammation of the joints. Ayurvedic and Chinese medical practitioners have been using the spice for centuries. They use it to cure ailments like cancer, flu, and indigestion.
People get Cinnamon from the inner bark of the tree genus ‘Cinnamomum’s. Cinnamon or “Dalchini” (Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi). ‘Dalchina Chekka‘ in Telugu. ‘Pattai‘ in Tamil, ‘Karuvapatta‘ in Malayalam. ‘Lavana Patte‘ in Kannada, and ‘Darchini‘ in Bengali, ‘Kayu Manis’ in Indonesia.
The spread of cinnamon plants is quite extensive. It can grow in its home country of the Caribbean, South America and also in Southeast Asia. In Indonesia, it is very easy to find this woody plant, especially in the forests of Sumatra.
We will find commercial cinnamon in the form of Ceylon cinnamon and cassia cinnamon. The fragrant spice contains fiber, manganese, calcium, and iron. Cinnamon is popular as a spice to seasoning various cuisines and beverages. It has a distinctive aroma and flavor.
You can add the cinnamon bark in fruits cocktail. It is delicious and has a sweet fragrance. Read more about the benefits of eating rainbow fruits and vegetables here. The benefit of cinnamon is not only the smell and taste. This fragrant spice also possesses therapeutic properties. It can cure health, skin, and hair problems.
Cassia Cinnamon And Ceylon Cinnamon
Ceylon Cinnamon delivers the same benefits without the risk of liver damage associated with Cassia Cinnamon. The only where Cassia Cinnamon is better is as a blood thinner. But if the serious side effects are liver damage that benefit is moot.
Ceylon (“true” cinnamon) is much better in this regard. Studies show that it’s much lower in coumarin than the Cassia variety. Unfortunately, most cinnamon found in supermarkets is the cheaper Cassia variety. You may be able to find Ceylon in some health food stores, and there is a good selection in Amazon.
Many studies have found that a certain cinnamon type cures a certain disease. Read more about types of cinnamon here.
Before reading more about cinnamon benefits, let us watch the video below:
What are The Benefits of Cinnamon for Health and Beauty?
1. Lowers The Chance of Developing Heart Disease
Excess buildup of LDL (bad) cholesterol can start plaque deposits in coronary arteries. This blockage causes atherosclerosis and leads to heart attacks. Scientists have been studying the efficacy of cinnamon to lower LDL cholesterol levels.
2. Supports Healthy Brain Activity and Prevents Alzheimer’s Diseases
Here are 5 proven brain benefits of cinnamon
Delay or reverse cognitive impairment.
It may be beneficial for Parkinson’s patients.
Its scent can boost memory in a task.
A good source of manganese powerful antioxidant
It may curb food craving. Too much eating is not good for our brain.
Alzheimer is a type of dementia. A study conducted at the University of Tel Aviv found strong evidence about cinnamon. There are 5 types of aggressive genes that trigger Alzheimer’s. Cinnamon could delay the effects of Alzheimer’s. Another study also found other proof. The consumption of cinnamon extract improves the cognitive function of Alzheimer’s.
3. Inhibits the Development of Cancer Cells
Research at the University of Texas revealed cinnamon inhibit cancer cells. Cinnamon is able to reduce the proliferation of cancer cells. An extract from cinnamon has antitumor and anti-angiogenesis activity.
4. Antioxidant And Anti Aging
The main ingredients of cinnamon are cinnamaldehyde and procyanidins. They have health-beneficial activities. Those compounds do the antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-diabetic activities. Read more about top 10 powerful antioxidants here.
5. Boosts Metabolism
Metabolism is the powerhouse of our body. It provides energy to keep us going. A well-boosted metabolism helps ensure our body is functioning well. So it has less risk of other diseases like diabetes, the sign of a metabolic disorder.
Low metabolism links to low immunity. When the immunity is low, we will experience:
One of the main jobs of the metabolism is breaking down food and converting it into energy. Cinnamon contains thermogenic properties. When we consume it, our body starts to burn more calories. Palinski-Wade recommends about 1/4 teaspoon per day.
Aside from therapeutic drugs, we can use cinnamon in our daily diet without ill effect. So, it may be preventive especially against the lifestyle-related illness or metabolic syndrome.
6. Controls Blood Sugar Levels
Cinnamon-type cassia can lower blood sugar levels in diabetic patients. Cinnamon helps people who have insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is very common in patients with type 2 diabetes.
The standard dose for anti-diabetic purposes is 1 g of cinnamon daily. Ceylon cinnamon is better than cassia cinnamon, due to the lower coumarin content.
7. Reduces Cholesterol Levels LDL and Triglycerides
Cinnamon reduces cholesterol levels. Cinnamon does that through the processing of sugar and fat in the body. Cinnamon reduced triglyceride levels by 23-30%. Cinnamon reduced LDL cholesterol by 7-27%, and total cholesterol by 12-26%. That is the results of studies in 2003.
How to use cinnamon as the LDL cholesterol reducer?
1. Pour 1 cup of water into a pan
2. Boil some cinnamon sticks in it
3. Strain the cinnamon tea into a glass
4. Add little honey to taste
8. Relieves Rheumatic Symptoms
A research conducted by the Department of Internal Medicine at Kangnam Korean Hospital. The research proved that cinnamon can reduce the levels of cytokines. Those are small proteins that act as mediator. The proteins control immunity and inflammation, as well as haematopoiesis (one of the triggers of rheumatism).
There was a study conducted at the University of Copenhagen. Mix half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder with one tablespoon of honey in warm water. The patients drunk the mixture every morning. After one week, the patients said they had significant relief from arthritic pain. And they were able to walk without pain after one month.
9. Cures A Sore Throat And Cough
Drink cinnamon tea when itchy in the throat immediately. That will stop the progression of more severe disease. It deals with the cinnamon character as an anti-bacterial. It also has a warming effect. Traditional Chinese medicine also recommends cinnamon for phlegm cough medicine.
10. Reduces Pre Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) Symptoms
Cinnamon contains high levels of manganese. Women who consume 5.6 mg of manganese each day have a more stable mood and fewer cramps. That was the result of a study at the University of Maryland. Consuming enough manganese-not excessive-is able to reduce the symptoms of PMS.
11. Stimulates Blood Circulation
Cinnamon helps improve blood circulation, thus improve our energy levels. Chinese people have been using cinnamon since old times as a “warming” agent. They use it to improve circulation and digestion.
Research shows that thicker blood can reduce circulation. It may lead to the development of various cardiovascular disorders. This herb contains compound coumarin. It has the blood-thinning properties – though too high an intake of coumarin is not advised.
12. Removes Pain From Stiff Muscles And Aching Joints
Mix honey and cinnamon to ease the pain. Do it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and mix 1 tablespoon honey with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. It can reduce the pain to 75%.
13. Acts As The Sexual Stimulant (Libido Booster)
Hormone imbalance is the main cause for loss of interest in sex after a certain age. People have been using Cinnamon since ancient times to increase sexual interest. Cinnamon promotes libido in a natural manner.
How to promote sexual stimulation with cinnamon:
Mix 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder, 200 ml milk, 50 ml water and honey as required to prepare cinnamon milk. Drink cinnamon milk every day in the night before going to sleep.
14. Cures Colds and The Flu
Many of us are familiar with the common cold. Essential oils in cinnamon kill species of bacteria characteristic to the common cold. The bacterias are E.coli and L.monocytogenes. The essential oils causing damage to their cell membranes.
Combine with honey that boosts immunity by reducing the formation of free radicals. Our common cold does not stand a chance against a honey-cinnamon blend. Try this basic mix when you have a cold or even for daily use.
15. Reduces Allergies
16. Anti Fungal and Anti Microbial
A research review highlight that cinnamon can inhibit bacteria by damaging cell membranes. Also, cinnamon altering their lipid profile, among other means. This spice is able to treat fungal infections in HIV patients.
17. Anti Infection
The broad-spectrum antibiotic activities of C. cassia oil are due to cinnamaldehyde.
18. Reduces Foods Craving
Research showed that cinnamon helps to reduce sugar cravings. It controls blood glucose levels. This minimizes insulin spikes after meals. That leads to more hunger and consuming even more sugar.
Cinnamon acts as a natural diuretic. It helps flush out excess toxins and waste matter from the body while helping purify the kidneys. Cinnamon effective against urinary tract infections. Consuming cinnamon helps empty the bladder at a faster rate.
20. Improves Face Fine Lines
Cinnamon improves fine lines by plumping the skin. Use a mixture of 3 drops cinnamon essential oil and 2 tablespoon olive oil or petroleum jelly. Apply this mixture to fine lines on the skin, taking care to avoid the eyes. The skin soon plumps out and fine lines become less visible. This can be even used to plump up lips and as an alternative to lip gloss.
Cinnamon-Egg White Tightening Skin Masker
Egg white tightens the skin. And cinnamon enhances the skin’s natural collagen production. Thus this cinnamon pack proves to be good for anti-aging, mature skin to tighten the skin. It is one of the best pack to soften the lines and to improve the skin texture by tightening it.
How to make the masker:
Take some egg white and put half teaspoonful of cinnamon powder to make the paste. Mix it well as egg white is quite slippery. Use on the face and rinse once it gets completely dry. Try it two times in a week for best results.
21. Stop Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
Cinnamon is a coagulant and prevents bleeding. Cinnamon, is also a well-known spice that may provide relief from heavy bleeding.
Incorporate more cinnamon into your diet. You can take it alone to help calm the uterus and prevent heavy bleeding. Cinnamon has astringent properties. It can help close blood vessels and stop heavy bleeding.
How to use cinnamon oil for excessive menstrual bleeding:
Try mixing one cup of hot water with three teaspoons of powdered cinnamon. Take it every thirty minutes until bleeding becomes normal.
Incorporating cinnamon in your diet may also help reduce heavy blood flow.
Make sure to only use powdered cinnamon for your mixture. Cinnamon oil can cause nausea, vomiting and even kidney damage.
We can get cinnamon powder at most grocery stores.
Excessive quantities of cinnamon oil may depress our central nervous system.
Who should avoid consuming cinnamon oil?
men with prostate problems,
people with kidney or liver damage, and
pregnant women should not use cinnamon in any form. The high doses of cinnamon can induce abortion.
22. Protect Dental Health
The antibacterial and anti-microbial properties of cinnamon may reduce the risk of cavities. The properties fight the formation of harmful plaque build-up.
These results based on a comparison to clove oil, wherein cinnamon oil was better for oral health. Cinnamon oil is reportedly effective in battling 10 species of cavity-causing bacteria.
How to Make the Homemade Natural Mouthwash
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon coconut oil
2 drops cinnamon essential oil
Pinch of sea salt
1. Combine all ingredients in a container. Use a small mason jar to store the mixture.
2. Stir or shake well before each use to mix all the ingredients.
3. Swish 1 to 2 teaspoons around in your mouth for about a minute, then spit out and rinse with water.
Excess use of cinnamon oil causes inflammation and irritation of the mucous membranes. If you wish to use cinnamon oil for gargling, always dilute it. If inflammation persists, then stop use until the symptoms disappear.
23. Remove Bad Breath
How can cinnamon remove bad breath?
The refreshing and fragrant aroma of cinnamon mask the smell of bad breath
The essential oil cinnamic aldehyde in cinnamon has powerful anti-bacterial properties. The compound kills off the odor-causing bacteria.
How to use cinnamon as a bad breath remover:
Boil a cup of water
Add a teaspoon of cinnamon powder or a few sticks of cinnamon to it
Cover the cup and let it steep for 10 minutes
Strain the tea and drink it while it is still warm
We can drink 2 to 3 cups of this tea every day
Or we can use the tea as a mouthwash 2 times in a day – once in the morning and once at night
We can also add a few bay leaves and crushed cardamom to the tea for a refreshing flavor
24. Cure Hair Problem
How to use cinnamon for hair loss:
Take 2 tbsp honey and combine with 2 tsp cinnamon powder and enough olive oil to form a paste. Rub the paste on the scalp and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse the mixture off with a shampoo.
Cinnamon oil is available as an ingredient in some hair loss products and helps with hair loss. We can use it on the scalp and wash off too.
25. Cure Stomach Problems, Diarrhea, etc
There are many benefits of cinnamon for health. It is good if we can provide cinnamon in our home. We can get the cinnamon powder by grinding dry cinnamon bark. Grind cinnamon bark with a home scale blender. Pound it if there is no blender. Filter the powder to get a softer powder. The powder form is more practical than the bar for daily use. Store cinnamon powder in a jar.
Despite many benefits of cinnamon for health, we should not over-consume them. Consumption in large quantities could bring adverse health effects.
Researcher Richard Anderson works for The Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center. The Human Nutrition Research Center located in Maryland. He participated in the Pakistan study. He indicated that cinnamon can be toxic in high amount.
Recommended use of cinnamon is about ½ to 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder in a day.
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