Cinnamon is a long-standing spice that adds up a unique flavor to everything. Whether you are cooking or baking use a little cinnamon to make the meal appetizing. This fragrant spice can be added to desserts, curries, or smoothies. Its health benefits are dated back thousand years ago from the times of ancient Egypt. Now, medical use of cinnamon has been backed by research, and modern science too confirms its therapeutic benefits. This “Wonder Spice” is easily available in the market. Here are some health benefits of cinnamon.
Cinnamon helps improve the glucose levels and reduces increased blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes. Besides, it prevents tissue damage caused by high levels of blood sugar.
2. Prevents Alzheimer
Consuming cinnamon improves brain functions and promotes its healing. Cinnamaldehyde and epicatechin – are the two compounds present in this wonderful spice that prevent the formation of tangles in the brain which causes Alzheimer.
Cinnamon protects against colon cancer by detoxifying enzymes and stops further growth of these cells. Besides, it reduces blood vessel formation in tumors.
4. Mood Lifter
Cinnamon boosts your mood and helps do away with depression. It kills the bad bacteria that make you susceptible to depression.
5. Fights Cough and Cold
The anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties of cinnamon soothe your throat and develop resistance to ward off several kinds of flu and infections. Honey can be added to the powdered cinnamon so as to obtain the best results.
6. Treats Tooth Decay and Gum Disease
Cinnamon’s oil which is often used in chewing gums and toothpaste signifies its importance in treating teeth and gum related diseases. It kills the harmful bacteria without damaging gums or teeth.
7. Weight Loss
Cinnamon increases metabolism and lessens craving. Drink cinnamon tea with a teaspoon of honey, half an hour before the breakfast, for the desired results.
8. Heart Healthy
- Cinnamon’s blood thinning property makes it anti-clotting agent. This prevents arteries from getting damaged. Having a teaspoon of cinnamon powder everyday on an empty stomach makes your heart healthier.
- Or else, spread mixture of honey and cinnamon on your bread and include it in your breakfast. It reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Cinnamon is anti-inflammatory in nature, which makes it a useful remedy for arthritis. The inflammation and pain associated with arthritis can be treated with cinnamon.
10. Stomach Disorders
Cinnamon contains fiber, calcium, manganese and essential oils. They all collectively ease the digestion process by increasing the enzymatic activity. It is anti-bacterial in nature, so it fights against ulcers by killing a bacterium called Helicobacter, which is responsible for the development of ulcers.
11. Neutralizes Odor
The great smell of cinnamon leaf neutralizes bad odor; it not only masks bad breath, but also kills the bacteria causing foul odor.
- Clean your floors and toilets with diluted cinnamon leaf oil for fragrant indoors.
The warming properties of cinnamon give relaxation to our muscles. Mix few drops of cinnamon oil with carrier oil (almond or coconut).
- Alternatively, you can add vanilla extract to the above mixture, in order to increase its effectiveness.
13. Bug Repellant
Besides spicing up your food, cinnamon is an effective natural bug repellent due to its anti-bacterial properties. Add 1% cinnamon leaf oil into 99% of water and apply it on your skin to prevent mosquito bite.
14. Cures Parkinson’s Disease
Cinnamon can cure Parkinson’s disease that is caused due to the loss of dopaminergic neurons. It is an anti-oxidant that proved helpful in preventing this disease.
15. Combats Multiple Sclerosis
Anti-inflammatory properties of cinnamon are what make it an ideal home remedy to combat multiple sclerosis. This disease affects the central nervous system. Cinnamon treats MS by blocking inflammatory cells.
16. Fights HIV
Cinnamon can improve the health of a HIV patient if combined with medical treatment. Consume cinnamon with honey and lemon tea to enhance the benefits of this wonderful spice. Cardiospermum helicacabum (shoot and fruit) and Cinnamomum cassia (bark) – are two cinnamon extracts that effectively combats HIV 1and HIV 2.
17. Prevents ADHD
Cinnamon helps manage Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, a commonly known disease in children. Cinnamon is popular as it boosts brain, increases concentration, lift up your mood. In addition, it is full of anti-oxidants; hence, decreases oxidative stress and anger in children with ADHD.
Cinnamon can help with Pre Menstrual Symptoms (PMS). The anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties of cinnamon provide relief from cramps. Sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon on foods or consume cinnamon tea to get rid of cramps and menstrual pain.
19. Irritable Bowel Syndrome(IBS)
IBS affects intestine and causes irritable cramps. It is a functional gastrointestinal disorder. Since cinnamon is a natural disinfectant, it eases the pain.
20. Increases Fertility
Cinnamaldehyde, an active nutrient in cinnamon increases the progesterone levels and reduces testosterone, thereby increases fertility in women.
21. Cures Eczema
Cinnamon treats eczema naturally. Its combination with honey works well for eczema. Mix one teaspoon each of cinnamon and honey. Apply it on the patches to get relief.
Beauty Benefits of Cinnamon
22. Treats Acne
The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties of cinnamon effectively treat the problem of acne. Simply, make paste of a tsp of cinnamon powder and three teaspoons of honey. Spread it on those ugly pimples and leave it for 10-15 minutes. Afterwards, rinse off with warm water.
23. Softens Dry Skin
Cinnamon can do wonders for your dry and flaky skin. To obtain the best results, combine this spice with olive oil, honey, almond oil, and sea salt. Apply this paste on your face. It makes your skin soft and supple. Besides, adds moisture by removing dead cells.
24. Scalp Cleanser
Being a natural exfoliant, cinnamon nourishes the scalp and regulates blood flow. Mix a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and one tablespoon each of honey and warm olive oil. Apply it on scalp and massage gently. Leave it for 15-20 minutes and rinse off with a shampoo.
25. Fair Complexion
This easily available miracle spice can give you fairer complexion. Mix a pinch of cinnamon with half teaspoon of honey. Apply this every day before going to bed. The anti-bacterial and antifungal properties of cinnamon improve your skin tone.
26. Stimulates Hair Growth
The volatile oils in cinnamon are packed with anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties that wards off several scalp infections. Thus, promotes hair growth. Mix a teaspoon of powdered cinnamon, an egg, a teaspoon honey and one tablespoons of olive oil. Apply it on your strands for 15-20 minutes and then rinse it off.
27. Smoothen Rough Feet
Being blessed with anti-oxidants, cinnamon treats dry and rough skin. Combine two tbsp of cinnamon powder with a tbsp olive oil, juice of five lemons, half cup each of water and whole milk. Soak your feet in this mixture for 15 minutes to get smooth and soft feet.
28. Plump Lips
Getting a perfect pout can’t be easier than this. Apply Vaseline on your lips and then spread a pinch of cinnamon on it. Now, rub the mixture gently and leave it for 2 minutes. Later, wipe off this mixture and apply another coat of Vaseline.
29. Heals Wounds
By simply dusting some cinnamon powder on cuts can actually heal them. That’s because of its anti-bacterial properties. You can also make a paste of cinnamon and honey; and apply on any kind of skin infection.
30. Lighten Hair color
If you don’t like the dark color of your hair then cinnamon will help lighten them. Mix equal amount of cinnamon powder and your conditioner. Apply it on the wet hair and cover it with a shower cap. Leave it overnight and rinse off next morning.
Cinnamon increases the blood flow and provides oxygen to the outer surface of the skin. Mix few drop of cinnamon oil in petroleum jelly. Spread it on all over the face. Leave the eye area.
Sun damage, smoking, and stress may also be the cause of fine lines. By increasing blood flow cinnamon plumps the skin and reduces fine lines.