Cinnamon Spice is Everything Nice
The warm, woody smell of cinnamon might remind you of the holidays, fresh cinnamon rolls, or even the smell of your grandmother’s house when she was baking snickerdoodles. Yet, beyond being delicious, cinnamon has many, many health and wellness benefits. On top of that, cinnamon essential oils can be used for relaxation and mental soothing. Cinnamon really may be everything nice this winter season.
Properties and Benefits of Cinnamon
Did you know that cinnamon contains anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties? That means it can help fight viruses like the flu, which are especially prevalent in the wintertime. It can also kill bacteria and help us fight against infections. Cinnamon is also anti-inflammatory, can reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. Over 7 different types of flavonoids, antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties, are found in cinnamon. These compounds can help fight inflammation around the body, making cinnamon beneficial for pain management, muscle soreness, menstrual pains, and allergic reactions.
I’m not done. Research published in 2010, in the journal Diabetic Medicine, has shown that cinnamon can also reduce a number of risks for heart disease like cholesterol levels, high triglyceride levels, and even blood pressure. Additionally, cinnamon has been found to be a blood coagulant, to help increase blood circulation, and enhance the body’s ability to repair broken tissues. In terms of diabetes, cinnamon has benefits there too. Cinnamon can help lower blood sugar levels and can enhance sensitivity to insulin.
Protection Against Colds
In the shorter term, cinnamon can help fight against and cure infections and viruses, and improve skin health when used topically (in a mask with honey, which also has anti-bacterial properties not to mention is moisturizing).
To help defend against viruses and keep you healthy and warm this winter season, here is a recipe for a toasty cinnamon tea.
Cinnamon Lemon Tea Recipe:
- One stick of cinnamon (cinnamon oil works too)
- One cup filtered water
- One tbs honey
- One wedge lemon
- Sprinkle of cayenne pepper (optional)
Warm the water until it is steaming then squeeze the lemon into the water and add the honey and pepper. Stir using the cinnamon stick. Enjoy!