Good news! Cinnamon is really good for you. It’s always amazing when something we take for granted turns out to be highly beneficial ( like dandelion ). Cinnamon is so very attainable and also so popular that it’s wonderful to know about all it has to offer.
- Loaded with antioxidants
- Lowers cholesterol
- Blood sugar regulation
- Fights yeast infection
- Cancer prevention
- Arthritis relief
- Anti bacterial/anti microbial
- Brain health
- E. coli fighter
- High in nutrients – manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium
- Digestive health
That’s an impressive list for that little powder sitting on the counter at every Starbucks!
A few things to bear in mind – the cinnamon at Starbucks and possibly in your kitchen is very probably of the lesser quality which is technically ‘Cassia’. I f you plan to reap some of these health benefits it is suggested you buy organic and Ceylon. And if you plan to add it daily to your diet in the hopes of some of this good stuff taking place, the reccomended amount is one teaspoon a day. I usually get that out in my morning oatmeal or a fruit smoothie. There is a medicinal level which is sold in capsules or liquid drops but that would be something you would want to work out with a professional…
Since I have always lived by the advice ‘prevention is the best medicine’ I love to add helpful herbs, oils, foods and routines that in their small sort of innocent way help my body ward off the big bad stuff. Cinnamon is certainly one of those little helpers. And if that’s not enough there are quite a few skin and hair topical uses for cinnamon as well.
Here are just a few but you can find many more on Pinterest or elsewhere:
Body Scrub – sea salt; almond oil; olive oil; honey and cinnamon
Acne face masque – 2 parts honey: 1 part cinnamon
Scalp/Hair masque – cinnamon; honey; cocnut oil
Let’s all give some R-E-S-P-E-C-T to mother nature and big thanks for all these wonderful, helpful and often tasty helpers on our journey through this life!