Healing Herbs Found in Your Kitchen: Cinnamon

 

Cinnamon is amazing and has many healing properties associated with its antioxidant nature. According to WebMD, the health benefits of cinnamon, could include lowering blood sugar in diabetics and decreasing inflammation. Particularly, studies have found that cinnamon improves symptoms associated with metabolic syndrome such as weight gain, insulin resistance, and increased lipids (Bolin, Q et al, 2010).

The cinnamon we use is from the bark of the Cinnamomum tree, which is from the laurel family. It is native to subtropical and tropical regions of the world. It can be grown in hardiness zones 8-10 which includes parts of California, South Texas and Florida.

There are 2 species of cinnamon, Ceylon cinnamon and cassia cinnamon. Cassia cinnamon is the more common cinnamon and it is important note that cassia cinnamon contains coumarin and could cause unwanted effects if taken in large doses. Also note that the information in this article is not medical advice. You should visit a healthcare provider and check with your provider regarding drug interactions prior to taking any herbal supplements.

There are many easy ways to add cinnamon to your diet. Adding cinnamon to oatmeal or granola is a great way to start the day.  Cinnamon tea is easy to make and in addition to the lovely aroma that fills your house, it is very tasty.

Easy Cinnamon Tea

4 cups boiling water

2 bags of high quality black tea

1 orange cut into slices

1 cinnamon stick

Bring the water to a boil and then remove from heat. Add the tea, orange slices and cinnamon stick. Let these steep together for 10 minutes. Serve hot or iced.

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