If you want to enjoy the presence of air around, then you also take care of the good smell that it carries along. Smells have power over us not only in daily life but also in controlling our eating habits. You should recite your special blessing to GOD for creating pleasant smelling plants and pass these smell in one or the other form in your house as spices and herbs. The spice cinnamon is one such spice that can influence your decision to buy the food.
The spice Cinnamon is obtained from the inner bark of different trees belonging to a particular family of plants. It is used in both sweet and savory foods. It gets its distinct smell due to the synthesis of cinnamaldehyde by plants in the bark as it ages. You can get true cinnamon from plants only otherwise, it can be derived from commercially related species, which are also referred to as “cassia”.
Suggested daily intake of the spice cinnamon: If taking 0.07mg per kg of body weight per day, then it helps in providing all the goodness. The nutritionists suggested that by sprinkling cinnamon on oatmeal porridge or drinking cinnamon-based tea, adults and children can very easily exceed this amount.
Though production / cultivation of this great plant is confined to South Asia, consumption of it now throughout the world. The major producing countries as per quantum order are Indonesia, China, Vietnam and Sri Lanka.
Let us check out some of the benefits of cinnamon for human benefits:
1Spice Cinnamon has powerful medicinal properties:
It has been used as an ingredient throughout history, some ancient people used it as a fabulous gift to be presented to kings. ASncient Egyptian records convey this fact. It is remarkable for treating muscular spasms, vomiting, diarrhea, infection, common cold and loss of appetite. It helps in lowering serum glucose level thus a cure for diabetes.
Quick facts: These days, spice cinnamon is cheap, available in every supermarket and found in all sorts of foods and recipes.
2It adds taste and aroma to the foods:
The spice Cinnamon is used in cookery as condiments and flavoring material. It is maximum used in sweet dishes and desserts. It also can also be used in pickling. Cinnamon powder has long been used in enhancing the flavor of Persian cuisine, used in a variety of thick soups, drinks, and sweets. It has been used as a flavor ant in beverages and alcohol.
Quick facts: 10 grams of grounded cinnamon contains 24.7-kilo Calories of energy.
3It builds up alertness and cognitive development:
One of the research studies has proved that the spice cinnamon keeps you more alert and decrease your frustration when you are stressed. The medicine of Alzheimer’s disease is prepared from cinnamon.
Those patients who were given with a regular, suggested dose of the spice cinnamon improved them in their response times and memory recalling ability. When conducted a survey on children in the age range of 10-12 years it was found out that it is pretty good in enhancing alertness and concentration.
Quick facts: It combines well with lemon, lavender, cardamom, geranium and rosemary essential oils.
4It is a potent anti-oxidant:
Cinnamon is known to top the list of best anti-oxidants available in the world, having the seventh position in this list. As it reduces the formation of ‘Free Radicals’ in our body it is recommended to act as anti-cancer agent. Studies have found potential anti-microbial and antioxidant properties of the volatile oils and oleoresins of the spice cinnamon leaf and bark. It is considered as an anti-oxidant, and very useful for your whole body and repairing damage to virtually all parts of your body from skin to organs.
Quick facts: Cinnamon oils are much more effective as compared to olive and paraffin oils in fighting multi-drug resistant bacterial strains.
5It helps in weight loss:
The spice Cinnamon has the ability to thin your blood thereby increasing blood circulation. Increased blood flow to the organs generally boosts your metabolism which is why it may be helpful in weight loss. It also can act as an anti-clotting agent especially for those suffering from heart disease. Coumarin is the main ingredient that causes your blood to thin. But coumarin is known to cause liver damage, so taking it wholly for weight loss may end up causing liver damage.
Quick facts: Care must be taken that Cinnamon should not be used with other blood thinning drugs or supplements.
6It is used in massage therapy:
Cinnamon is a well-known warming agent that is the major trick of body massaging. When it is combined with a carrier oil it is highly effective in relaxing and relieving muscle pain. Some experts recommend putting a few drops of cinnamon oil in their bath to relax and to soothe tired and aching
Quick facts: Soak your feet in cinnamon leaf oil to treat the Athlete’s foot disease.
7It cleanses the Scalp:
Cinnamon can be used to nourish the scalp. Due to its anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties, it cares for your scalp health. You can use it on your own by making a paste of ground cinnamon, warm olive oil, and honey. Massage this paste into your scalp gently and leave on for 15 minutes. Wash off with a normal shampoo.
Quick facts: Cinnamon acts like an exfoliating agent to stimulate the scalp and provide nourishment
8It helps in treating skin problems like eczema and acne:
In the case of eczema, skin gets inflamed and irritated. The most common type of eczema is atopic dermatitis, in which there is seen an overactive response by the body’s immune system against an irritant or allergen. When applying cinnamon mixed with honey on these patches, it could provide relief.
You are advised to perform a skin test before using cinnamon paste on the skin.
Quick facts: The above paste can be used overnight for treating acne scars. It will dry out the acne and skin could get rejuvenated.
9It reduces the signs of aging:
So women, a note for you here, cinnamon when used on the skin seems to increase collagen levels for up to six hours after it is applied. Breakdown of collagen causes the skin to lose elasticity and increases signs of aging. It promotes special cell synthesis that help in collagen biosynthesis. Experiments determined that the active agent responsible for this up-regulation of collagen is cinnamaldehyde.
Quick facts: It softens and soothes dry and dead skin.
10It improves skin complexion:
Still, there is some evidence required to support this truth that cinnamon can enhance skin complexion. But as it is anti-microbial, it certainly helps fighting microbes and to make skin look fairer. A face mask consisting of a banana puree, yogurt, ground Cinnamon and lemon juice can be prepared and applied onto the skin for better results. It should be left until it has dried and then it can be washed with warm water. This helps to improve skin quality and as well as complexion.
Quick facts: Cinnamon plums the skin by bringing oxygen and blood circulation to the surface.
Point of precaution in using cinnamon: Cinnamon oil if used in concentrated form, can also cause allergic reactions like swelling of the skin, hives, mouth sores and skin irritations in some people. This could also cause convulsions and must be avoided during pregnancy. It could also be skin irritant sometimes. Some people could experience allergic reactions to cinnamon oil or even develop contact dermatitis. “The object of our lives is to look at, listen to, touch, and taste things. Without them, these sticks, feathers, stones, shells- there is no Deity.”