We’ve all heard of this spice before. It can be used in coffee, oats, apple pie but what you may not know is that cinnamon is actually very good for you. Cinnamon is regarded as a warming spice and therefore is useful in all ‘cold’ conditions such as chills, colds, and rheumatic pains.
Cinnamon actually has two types Cassia and Ceylon. Ceylon cinnamon has been used for almost centuries and was particularly prized in the middle east. Ancient Egyptians and the Bible both have mentions of using this amazing spice. The true home of cinnamon however is Sri Lanka on the tip of India. Cassia cinnamon on the other hand is grown in China, Vietnam and Indonesia and is more commonly used in USA and Canada. The main difference between these two is it’s Coumarin content which is at 5% for Cassia cinnamon and 0.004% for Ceylon cinnamon.
Coumarin causes liver damage and while the effects are reversible the danger is still very much there. This is particularly important to note for those who have cinnamon tablets or large amounts Cassia cinnamon based products. Coumarin doesn’t just come from cinnamon but in a number of other products like tonka beans, vanilla grass and mullein. Interestingly Coumarin is banned in the US as an additive or constituent of tonka beans but from other sources it is not regulated. Ceylon cinnamon however, with it’s much lower coumarin content is the ideal choice to avoid the harmful effects of coumarin while still getting the incredible effects of the cinnamon.
In traditional Chinese medicine both Ceylon and Cassia cinnamon have been used historically for many different ailments. Including headaches, loss of appetite, nausea and indigestion, the common cold and sinus blockage, inflammation, wounds, infections and diarrhoea.
As for more modern times cinnamon has also been known to help those with diabetes, blood sugar control issues, and insulin resistance. Cinnamon lowers blood sugar and triglycerides in the blood and this is what makes cinnamon an amazing spice for anyone with Type 2 diabetes who have constant blood sugar variations. Also anyone struggling candida infections as it has been shown to stop medication-resistant yeast infections including candida fungus and E. coli.
Cinnamon can change the dramatic effects of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) as it reduces the uncomfortable feelings of IBS and bloating. It does this by killing bacteria and healing infections that may be in the GI tract so the gastric juices are able to work normally again. It has been mentioned that cinnamon may be helpful in the cure of ulcers but this has not been verified.
Cinnamon essential oil like the powdered form of cinnamon has many benefits to our health and wellness. It can be used to clean all surfaces in your kitchen, in your skincare to help with acne, on toenail fungus, and even as a room fragrance as it is great at neutralising odours. The essential oil is also great for use for those with candida although like any oil there are precautions you must take.
The last amazing benefit of cinnamon that I am going to talk about is it’s effect on weight loss. It has been known to thin the blood and therefore increases blood flow which speeds up the metabolism and we all know a faster metabolism equals better digestion and easier fat loss.
There are many popular ways to eat cinnamon like in oatmeal, on top of apples or in a pie but my favourite way would have to be in my daily smoothie because it adds such a yummy flavour. Another great way to try out this amazing spice is to add a dash into your coffee or try some chai. How will you be using cinnamon?