15 Benefits of Cinnamon

by Claire Minnaar


A mere whiff of cinnamon tends to stirs up memories of Mom’s homemade cinnamon dumplings and pancakes on a chilly winter’s night. However what you might not have known is that there’s so much more to that sprinkle of cinnamon than a homely aroma and the tingle it leaves on your palate. Here are just a couple of the endless benefits you’ll reap from consuming cinnamon on more frequent basis – whether it’s atop a pancake, added to your tea or mixed with a teaspoon of honey:

  • Helps control and maintain balanced blood sugar levels.
  • Beats most stomach bugs and combats the flu.
  • Reduces symptoms and uncomfortable feelings generally associated with irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Helps prevent and reduce the risk of cancer.
  • Combats and prevents arthritis and osteoporosis.
  • Increases the brain’s focus, memory and sense of alertness.
  • Well-known anti-oxidant that removes harmful toxins in the body and repairing damage.
  • Thins the blood ever so slightly to improve circulation.
  • Helps boost the metabolism for more effective weight-loss.
  • Acts as muscle relaxant (especially when combined with oil or lotion and massaged into the skin).
  • Boasts numerous anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Soothes a sore throat and clears up coughs in no time.
  • Combats PMS and helps soothe pains and cramps associated with menstruation.
  • Boost the immune system and gives a feeling of general well-being.

As a bonus, cinnamon is a known odour neutraliser and instantly diffuses the bacteria that cause the odour. Mix it with water and use it freely around the house, to wipe down anything from the toilet bowl to the garbage bin.

Image Credit: www.forhealthylifestyle.com

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