Healing Properties Of Cinnamon
Cinnamon is known as Cinnamomum zeylanicum under its botanical name and belongs to the family of Lauraceae. It is commonly known as Ceylon cinnamon, Gui, Dalchini and Saigon cinnamon.
This warming aromatic spice has been used for flavoring a number of dishes around the globe and has made a mark for itself as a natural remedy for combating various ailments since ancient times.
Cinnamon bark was traditionally used in the process of mummification in ancient Egypt and is valued for its antioxidant, anti-parasitic, anti-fungal, carminative, analgesic, stomachic, anti-bacterial, sedative and diaphoretic properties.
Health benefits of cinnamon:
Cinnamon is an off the shelf spice that can be used to treat an array of ailments such as gastrointestinal complaints, urinary tract infections, diabetes and cold and flu. It is widely used to treat flatulence, dyspepsia, nausea, colic and other digestive complaints.
It is known to stimulate the appetite and enhances digestion. Cinnamon abounds in tannins that exhibit an astringent action and help arrest bleeding associated with nosebleeds, menstruation and diarrhea. Cinnamon extract is widely recommended by herbalists for combating intestinal gas, morning sickness and dyspepsia.
Various studies have revealed that cinnamon is highly beneficial for treating Urinary Tract Infections owing to the fact that it can effectively combat the action of E.coli and fungus that are behind most forms of UTI. This herb can be taken internally for treating vaginal yeast infection as well as oral yeast infection known as thrush.
Cinnamon is also indicated for treating diabetes as it helps normalize the sugar levels and increases the availability of insulin in the body. Cinnamon is known to possess powerful antioxidant properties and safeguards the body against the action of free radicals in the environment.
This pungent sweet smelling herb is known to enhance circulation and controls blood pressure and alleviates spasms. It has a warming action on the body and is highly beneficial for those suffering from arthritis, rheumatism, colds and flu.
Cinnamon tea or infusion is widely recommended for lowering high fever and helps get rid of catarrhal congestion. Cinnamon contains a volatile oil that is derived from the bark or the leaves of the plant and aids in digestion. It is also widely used in cosmetic applications for tightening loose or sagging skin.
Cinnamon is not recommended for use by pregnant women. It is advisable to maintain caution while using cinnamon oil as it may cause skin irritation and even convulsions when used in excess.
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