Cinnamon is almost as familiar as it's possible for an herb to be. It flavors toothpaste and mouthwash, is sprinkled on toast and into muffins, and is blended in teas. It's also used for health benefits, especially the bark, and was known for its restoring properties in ancient Egypt, China, and India. The bark is dried and turned into the sweet, yellow-brown spice used by millions of amateur and professional cooks and bakers.
Potential Health Benefits
Cinnamon bark calms unsettled stomachs, revives appetite, eases spasms of the gastrointestinal tract, and helps alleviate flatulence and that bloated feeling.
Cinnamon oil found in bark stimulates the production of bile, helping the body break down fats. The chemical eugenol, found in the essential oil, is also present in cloves. Cinnamon has disinfectant qualities, which is why it's a fine ingredient in toothpaste, mouthwash, and gum. It also kills fungi. A German study found that cinnamon kills bacteria that cause urinary tract infections, while Japanese researchers concluded that it can help reduce high blood pressure - a point not often addressed in references to cinnamon.
How to Use the Herb
The daily dosage of bark recommended by the commission is 2-4 grams. The daily dose for essential oil is 0.05-0.2 grams of equivalent preparation. Cinnamon tea for upset stomachs is commonly taken 2 to 3 times per day with meals.
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Stir 1/4 of a teaspoon into a glass of water and consume 3 times daily, with meals.
Not recommended if you are pregnant or lactating.
Not recommended if you have excessive menstrual bleeding.
Pregnant women and people with ulcers shouldn't use cinnamon in medicinal amounts. The herb can cause skin allergies and irritate the inside of the mouth.
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