WELL BEING: Cinnamon

18 May

The ancient Silk Road stretching from Europe through Africa and Asia provided a wonderful opportunity to share precious commodities with all sorts of people from far-off lands.  Obviously, Chinese silk was well sought after, as were inks, hand dyed textiles and spices that grew in lands worlds away.

Traders of all races from many countries came to buy and sell.  What the Romans wanted most, in addition to spices like ginger, cardamom and black pepper, was cinnamon.

Cinnamon, with its fragrant spicy perfume, was so prized it was worth its weight in gold.

Studies show that men associate the smell of cinnamon and vanilla with love.  Who knew baking cinnamon rolls could be an aphrodisiac?

In fact, Aromatherapy expert Laura Davime claims “certain aromatic plants exude oils similar to our own sexual secretions or pheromones.  Wearing cinnamon/vanilla blends increases the presence of pheromone-like substances and dramatically increases attraction.”

Besides having a powerful effect on our hormones, cinnamon has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol.

Several studies suggest that cinnamon may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar, making it especially beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes.

Another powerful benefit of cinnamon is that it has been proven to stop medication-resistant yeast infections, killing out yeast over-growth in the body.

This bouquet bark has produced a variety of positive results but maybe the most important study was published by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Maryland, stating cinnamon reduced the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.

Brilliant arthritis research came from Copenhagen University, where patients were given half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder combined with one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast.  The study subjects experienced significant relief in arthritis pain after only one week and could walk without pain within one month.

BENEFITS OF CINNAMON

  • reduces blood sugar levels
  • lowers cholesterol
  • aids in digestion
  • treats diarrhea
  • reduces arthritis pain
  • cures the common cold
  • an anti-clotting effect on the blood
  • effective in treating Type 2 Diabetes
  • boosts memory and cognitive function
  • treats toothaches
  • eliminates bad breath
  • relieves headaches and migraine pain

The possibilities are endless.  Cook with cinnamon for a decadent treat, sprinkle it in your shoes to increase circulation and make a perfumed massage oil blending cinnamon and almond oil.

For a safe and natural approach to repelling pests and bugs, just visit your spice cabinet.  The main ingredient in natural bed bug repellents is cinnamon and they are gentle enough to spritz on your suit case and around hotel rooms.  This delicious spice also repels ants, so sprinkle cinnamon along doorway entrances, baseboards and on ant beds in the yard.

2 Responses to “WELL BEING: Cinnamon”

  1. Miguel May 19, 2011 at 6:26 am #

    Yes. I recently discovered this for my Type II diabetes. This is good news because I am limited (of feel limited) about what I can/cannot eat. Is there a best way to take in cinnamon? I found 1000mg tabs at Walgreen’s.

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    • Lynn Van Noy May 19, 2011 at 10:15 am #

      Taking a supplement is great. Cooking with it is divine. Making a tea to drink is good & bathing in it is also ok. Anyway ya do it, cinnamon is a WinWin!

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