Cinnamon: The wonder spice
Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices known. The bark of cinnamon tree is dried and rolled into cinnamon sticks which are known for their characteristic flavour and aroma. Besides being used in cooking, cinnamon is acknowledged for its ample health benefits.
Cold and cough
If you have cough and cold, take some cinnamon tea or cinnamon stick tea for relief. The anti-bacterial properties of cinnamon streamline the blood flow. This improves oxygen levels in blood to fight illness.
Researchers have linked cinnamon to joint pain relief, claiming that drinking cinnamon tea helps fight the pain in joints. Some others claim that cinnamon based massage oil eases joint pain.
Cinnamon is a diverse spice. The spice can actually benefit your skin owing to its antimicrobial properties. A mixture of cinnamon and honey can be used to cure pimples and blemish marks. It can also be used as an antiseptic on wounds.
Cinnamon extracts have been used medically to treat gastrointestinal problems and to help calm the stomach. To relieve gas in the stomach, you can consume a small amount cinnamon directly.
A spoon of honey with a pinch of cinnamon powder in lukewarm water prevents fat accumulation in the body. For weight loss, have the mixture regularly before breakfast and before sleeping, on an empty stomach.
A study at the Centre for Applied Health Sciences in Fairlawn suggests that cinnamon can reduce the risk of getting heart disease or diabetes by 23 per cent. The cinnamon-water solution contains antioxidants that can cut the chances of getting heart diseases.
Consumption of cinnamon and honey mixture lowers cholesterol levels in the body. Add a teaspoon of honey and a pinch of cinnamon powder to a cup of tea to reduce the levels of bad cholesterol in the body.
The spice can work wonders in fighting cancer cells and preventing their proliferation. A Half teaspoon of cinnamon powder every day can cut your cancer risk substantially.
Cinnamon can help you deal with harmful bacteria that make home in your gums. This is the reason why cinnamon is one of the ingredients used in chewing gums, mouthwashes, tooth-gels and breath mints.