Cinnamon is a small tree that grows in India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Brazil, Vietnam, and Egypt.
It’s one of the oldest known spices and it’s the bark of the cinnamon tree that is dried and rolled into sticks, which is also called quills. The characteristic flavor 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, diarrhea, 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 Ayurveda, 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, fiber, iron, and calcium.