Cinnamon has been a popular spice since ancient times. The old civilizations understood its value and the major health benefits that the ancient Egyptians used this spice for the embalming process. In the Middle Ages, however it was placed in sick rooms of patients that suffered from the Bubonic Plague. Modern science also investigates the numerous health benefits of cinnamon. It seems that is valuable in the brain functions, cognitive processing and memory. The health benefits include antibacterial and antifungal properties, astringent and antiseptical ones and many others universal benefits, as holistic practitioners believe. It goes well with honey and together they can cure all sorts of diseases including: arthritis, bad breath, cancer, fatigue, hair loss, heart disease, immune system, indigestion, infertility and skin infections as well as blemishes and toothache.
The Healthy Benefits
Cinnamon has the ability to cure yeast infections. This includes the Escherichia coli bacteria and Candida albicans fungus. Cinnamon oil can work against Candida as well.
Cinnamon is one fo the best cures for these stomach bugs. Due to the fact that cinnamon contains powerful anti-bacterial agents, they work against Escherichia coli, Salmonella and Campylobacter.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Cinnamon reduces the uncomfortable feelings associated with IBS, especially the bloating symptom. This is done by killing the bacteria and healing all infections in the GI tract. So if your stomach is upsetting you or you experience cramps, brew a cup of cinnamon tea and the pain will be significantly reduced.
Cinnamon oil appears to be a promising solution in the treatment of tumors, including gastric cancers and melanomas. Cinnamon in its various forms has two chemical components called Cinnamaldehyde and Eugenol (from cinnamon oil). These have been effective in fighting colon cancer. The reason scientists believe this spice to be a effective on cancerous cells is because it’s starving the bad cells of the sugar needed to sustain them.
Pure cinnamon leaf oil not only smells great, but is an effective odor neutralizer. It kills bacteria that creates bad odors and not just hides them. All you need is 2-5 drops of Cinnamon leaf oil mixed with water within minutes all bad odors are neutralized.
Cinnamon apparently has the effect of thinning your blood, thereby increasing blood circulation. Increased blood flow boosts your metabolism which is the main reason it is helpful in weight loss. This blood thinning property of the spice also helps it in acting as an anti clotting agent, mainly for people suffering from heart diseases.
The anti microbial qualities of cinnamon is often used for head lice treatment, black ant control, bed bugs, dust mites, and even roaches. It is well known as a defense against mosquitoes.
Cold, Sore Throat and Cough
Chinese traditional medicine commonly recommends cinnamon for phlegm coughs. At the first sign (within 5-10 minutes) of sniffles or a slight itch in your throat, just take cinnamon tea or cinnamon stick tea. It is said to stop an impending illness in its tracks.