Cinnamon is one of the many everyday spices you will find neatly placed on a kitchen spice rack. It is generally used to add flavor to meals and in beverages such as herbal teas and coffees.
Though it is mostly used in the kitchen to add flavor and aroma, this is no ordinary spice, and it comes laden with beneficial medicinal properties. Most of us have only seen Cinnamon in its powdery ground form. However, it comes in different variations and is most potent in its oil form.
Regular consumption of Cinnamon will help your body battle infection-causing bacteria while regulating different body functions to run more effectively. It also contains healthy minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, and zinc, whose consumption reduces your chances of getting lifestyle diseases.
Enough with the summarized version, let’s take an in-depth look at some of the health benefits of Cinnamon.
1. Improved Dental Health
Have you ever suffered a toothache in the middle of the night when chances of finding a dentist is slim? Cinnamon, specifically its oil, can be applied on aching teeth, effectively easing the pain. Its antibacterial properties are also known to combat and reduce the occurrence of gum disease for its daily users.
Cinnamon also happens to strengthen your bones (teeth included). This spice goes above and beyond in maintaining your dental hygiene and should probably be handed out at dental clinics worldwide for free.
2. Has Medicinal Properties
As stated earlier, Cinnamon has antibacterial properties that make it a useful substance in the fight against bacteria causing infections. Once ingested, the spice does fast work of detoxifying your system, leaving your body healthy. Cinnamon also has anti-inflammatory properties that aid the repair of your body’s damaged tissues.
Additionally, its potent antibacterial makes it an eco-friendly alternative to other cleaning chemicals. The antimicrobial properties found in its oil are also known to help fight off bacterial and fungal infections that cause mild to severe stomach upsets and respiratory infections.
3. Help Keep The Weight Off
A slow metabolism results in high insulin levels. Cinnamon can regulate your body’s insulin levels raising your metabolism. A high metabolism means more calories are being burned and converted into energy aiding you in your weight loss journey. Once your metabolism is raised, it will continue to produce energy, improving your organ functions and increasing your body’s ability to control its weight.
4. Reduces The Appearance Of Wrinkles
Incorporating Cinnamon into your skincare routine is one way to ensure that you maintain that natural youthful appearance. The spice is notoriously known to promote collagen production which visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines and smooths out the skin. It can be found as an ingredient in the more natural skin products where it is used to treat different skin conditions and for exfoliation.
You can also use it to plump your lips, giving them the ‘coveted’ fullness look without having to use lip fillers and other concoctions.
5. Eases Premenstrual Syndrome
Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties alleviate pain, and this comes in handy for women who suffer from severe PMS as it gives them a reprieve from the symptoms and pain. It can also be taken each month without your bodybuilding a resistance or dependency to it like it would with other pain meds.
6. Combats Lifestyle Diseases
Cinnamon regulates blood sugar by controlling insulin levels, reduces cholesterol levels, improves blood flow, and blood oxygen levels. It has been linked to reducing the risk of acquiring chronic lifestyle diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension. Its ability to boost the metabolism and support weight loss makes it an important spice for those looking to maintain a healthy weight.
7. Bug Repellant
Most people who are conscious about the environment will pick being bitten by a mosquito rather than having a hand in increasing the level of green gas emissions. Cinnamon is a known mosquito repellant, its sweet scent is ‘nauseating’ to mosquitos, and its application will give you night after night of reprieves from the annoying insects in an eco-friendly manner.
8. Fights Fungal Infections
Oil extracted from the Cinnamon leaf contains eugenol, a substance that is rich in anti-fungal properties and will work where antibiotics have failed. Cinnamon oil is used to fight fungal infections such as yeast or skin rashes. Eugenol can also be used to naturally preserve food due to its anti-fungal nature.
9. Reduces Body Odor
Chewing on a Cinnamon stick will kill all foul smelling bacteria causing odor in the body, leaving in its wake a sweet and spicy aroma. This offers a natural and effective alternative for those that suffer from severe foul body or mouth odors. Cinnamon will have you leaving the house ready to interact with strangers and friends alike without worrying about body odor.