As one of the oldest known spices, cinnamon may merit a place in your medicine cabinet as well as in your spice rack.
It's the bark of the cinnamon tree that is dried and rolled into sticks, which is also called quills. The characteristic flavour and aroma of cinnamon comes from a compound in the essential oil of the bark called cinnamonaldehyde.
In traditional Chinese medicine, cinnamon is used for colds, flatulence, nausea, diarrhoea, and painful menstrual periods. It's also believed to improve energy, vitality, and circulation and be particularly useful for people who tend to feel hot in their upper body but have cold feet.
In Ayurvedic medicine, cinnamon is used as a remedy for diabetes, indigestion, and colds, and it is often recommended for people with the kapha Ayurvedic type.
Numerous studies conducted on cinnamon have shown that it can be used as remedy for several maladies:
- Half teaspoon of cinnamon per day is said to lower cholesterol.
- Cinnamon has shown an ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections.
- It has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.
- In a study at Copenhagen University, patients given half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder combined with one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast had significant relief in arthritis pain after one week.
- It was found that smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.
- It is a great source of manganese, fibre, iron, and calcium.
Winter Tea for warming your cold hands and feet:
For a warming tea from head to toe, make cinnamon and clove tea by putting 2 cinnamon sticks and 1 teaspoon of cloves in 3 cups of water and boil for 15 minutes. Strain and drink 3 cups each day. Drink one cup in the evenings to warm your insides, which encourages a good night's sleep.
Specially blended Winter Tea makes use of herbs that expel cold while warming and tonifying your kidneys.