Many Uses for Cinnamon

 

Cinnamon has benefits that range from heart health to insect repellent. It is easy to find and relatively inexpensive.

Mellow flavoured Ceylon is considered “true” cinnamon. It is the more expensive of the two types. Cassia cinnamon is the most common.  It is much less expensive, available in most grocery stores and has a stronger flavor.

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Crazy Uses

Currently it has become a trend to try and swallow a full tablespoon of cinnamon in under 60 seconds. This is called the Cinnamon Challenge and can actually kill. This spice is known to dry out the mouth so that it is impossible to swallow. Trying causes you to inhale a large amount of the powder which can damage the lungs and clog the airways.
This should NEVER be attempted. There are various conflicting stories on the internet that people have either died or haven’t. The risk is just not worth it when there are so many other amazing things you can do with cinnamon.

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Health Benefits

Cinnamon has a number of health benefits. Three of the major benefits include:

Insulin Sensitivity – Studies are showing that cinnamon increases insulin sensitivity and lowers insulin resistance. More studies need to be done before there is definitive proof that cinnamon can assist with type2 diabetes. There is some hope as seen in this study from the NIH.

Reduces LDL or “bad” cholesterol – According to the Mayo Clinic animal studies show a benefit in lowering cholesterol. Studies from the NIH do show the lipid reducing action of cinnamon.

Arthritis Pain – Studies have shown it to reduce the cytokines that are associated with Arthritis pain. It is also an effective anti-inflammatory agent which helps reduce pain.

For a list of health benefits see care2.com

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Weight Loss

There are a number of different concoctions on the internet combining honey cinnamon and lemon for weight loss. The one that actually makes the most sense is to combine ½ tsp cinnamon with 1 tsp raw unpasteurized honey. For full directions on this please visit angelfire.com The steeping in this one will allow the full benefits of the cinnamon to be extracted.
Note – Cinnamon turns to mucilage when moistened so you may want to use a tea filter.

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Insect Repellent

Most of us don’t want to use poison to rid ourselves of infestations of ants. However, ants are the most persistent of insects. Enter cinnamon. You can place cinnamon around the area the ants are coming in. The smell overpowers them and they leave. You can place cinnamon in cupboards, make a spray and spray it around the area the ants accumulate. It takes about a week for the ants to stop coming so spray often and make sure the powder or sticks around the entrance don’t wash away.
Peppermint and Garlic are also effective against ants.

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Culinary

No discussion on cinnamon would be complete without speaking of the many incredible foods that cinnamon enhances.
Apple pie both raw food or cooked would just not be the same without cinnamon.
Cinnamon in curries adds a nice depth of flavor.
When making drip coffee, add a piece of cinnamon stick or a small shake of powdered cinnamon to have a healthy and tasty cup of coffee.
The beloved Cinnamon bun would not exist without its main ingredient.
As children cinnamon sugar on toast was a staple. For a healthier version try spreading coconut oil on your toast like butter. Sprinkle the toast with cinnamon and add a drizzle of honey.
Chocolate Cinnamon Almond Smoothie
1 frozen banana
¼ tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp Almond butter
1 Tbsp (or more to taste) cocoa powder
Almond milk
Slice banana into container from blender, magic bullet or other personal blender. Add cocoa, cinnamon and almond butter and fill with almond or coconut milk. Place on blender attachment and blend till smooth. This is a delicious healthy breakfast or anytime snack.
Cinnamon is a very common spice, but as we can see it is also a valuable one. No wonder it used to be worth more than gold