Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Cinnamon


Cinnamomum verum or Cassia

Properties:
  • Anti-fungal
  • Antibacterial
  • Antiseptic
  • Antiviral
  • Anti-parasitic
  • Carminative
  • Analgesic (slight)

Helps With:

Many studies have shown that cinnamon helps to regulate blood sugar levels especially in cases of Type 2 Diabetes. Also helps to reduce the risk of getting Diabetes in pre-diabetics.  

The anti-fungal property of cinnamon helps in cases of vaginal yeast infection (candida). 

In lab studies cinnamon has shown to help in cancer prevention and cancer treatment. 

Due to its stimulating and circulatory properties, cinnamon helps protect brain cells during strokes and brain failure due to advanced liver disease. 

Cinnamon helps balance cholesterol levels. 

Works as a food preservative thanks to its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.

Fights off parasites in the gut.

Eases nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

As a carminative cinnamon helps relieve gas. 

Can help ease pain due to its minor analgesic properties. 

Good to keep on hand during cold and flu season.

Tidbits:

Cinnamon sticks are actually called "quills". 

Most likely you have "cassia" in your cupboard...not true cinnamon. They are close relatives, however, and cassia has similar health benefits to true cinnamon. 

Cinnamon can become bitter if overcooked.

It is best to grind cinnamon fresh since most of its therapeutic properties weaken over time due to the evaporation of its volatile oils. Ground cinnamon lasts a couple months whereas the quills can last for 3 years.


Getting More Cinnamon:

  • Sprinkle on coffee or drink my Chai Tea :)
  • Double or even triple the cinnamon in recipes like pumpkin pie
  • Sprinkle on toast (preferably without sugar...)
  • Stir your hot cocoa with a quill
  • Sprinkle cinnamon on apple slices
  • Add a few quills to your sun or iced tea

Bethany
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Disclaimer:
In order to protect myself from people who might take any information I have written out of context or use it in any way I do not intend...I must say the following: I am NOT a doctor. I take no responsibility for what you do or not do with any information I have written. My opinions and writings should not take the place of a  doctor...consult one of those if you need medical advice. Pretty much...please use common sense and I strongly suggest you do your own research as well. It's empowering!





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