“Tigers love pepper…they hate cinnamon” – The Hangover
OK, so, tigers are wrong. TOTALLY WRONG. Their taste buds must be F’ed.
Back to basic bitch girl world.
WE LOVE CINNAMON.
HI EVERYONE!! Happy Friday to you alllll.
For this week’s brand new edition of HEALTH BENEFITS OF I am talking all about…
…wait for it…
have you guessed?….
I thought this spice would be appropriate as the weather is beginning to slowly cool down here in San Diego.
It’s a whopping 59 degrees tonight.
Cinnamon is probably the most delicious spice there is. With so many uses in cooking it packs so much fall-ie/winter-ie flavor that I love. (Yes, I make up words, isn’t it fun?!)
The smell is intoxicating and it makes me want to drink a glass of wine and snuggle up next to a fire.
Excuse me while I snap back to reality.
There are 2 main types of cinnamon which are made “by cutting the stems of the cinnamomum tree. The inner bark is then extracted and the woody parts removed from it.
When it dries, it forms strips that curl into rolls, called cinnamon sticks. The sticks can be ground to form cinnamon powder.”
Researchers have concluded that the health benefits of cinnamon can be obtained in the form of its pure bark, essential oils, in ground spice form (which is bark powder), or in extract form when its special phenolic compounds, flavonoids, and antioxidants are isolated. These compounds make cinnamon one of the most beneficial spices on earth, giving it antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-microbial, immunity-boosting, cancer and heart disease-protecting abilities.”
The two main types of cinnamon are
- Ceylon – also known as “true cinnamon” which is sweeter than…
- Cassia – this is the more common variety used today and what people traditionally refer to as “cinnamon.”
Ceylon is much more expensive than Cassia and contributes to the major use of the cassia bark as the main form of cinnamon in the USA and Western Europe.
Cheaper to make = cheaper to market and sell to consumers.
Oh, happy capitalism
Lucky for us though, cinnamon has been rocking our world for thousands of years.
Medical News Today dates cinnamon back to “2000 BC in Ancient Egypt, where it was highly prized.” It was considered more valuable than gold for its taste and medicinal uses.
TANGENT: I think it is awesome how back in the day everything was much more simple. You used what you had around you to feed yourself, clothe yourself and remedy your own health issues. Why pop a pill when you can pop some cinnamon?
Now take a look at alllll the thinnnggsssssss cinnamon can do for you!
Health Benefits of Cinnamon:
May help treat Type 2 Diabetes by working with the muscle cells to force them to remove sugar
A natural antioxidant
Has anti-clotting properties
Controls blood sugar
Fights bacterial and fungal infections
Reduces the risk of heart disease
Treats symptoms of Alzheimer’s
Contains anti-carcinogenic properties
Manages Polycystic ovarian syndrome
Defends cognitive decline
Homeopathic treatment for ADHD
May help treat Parkinson’s disease
Warming qualities to help with the flu or cold
Natural appetite suppressant
Lowers negative effects of high fat meals
Treats and heals chronic wounds
Every week that I do research on these spices the more I am understanding Ayurveda. Taking care of your body naturally with homeopathic remedies is the way to go. Your body knows what it needs and it will take in the nutrients we are giving it and will apply it to wherever we need it to go.
This time I wanted to share something different; something other than a face or hair mask. After a little googling I found this lip plumper recipe from The Huffington Post.
- Pinch of cinnamon
“You don’t have to go the cosmetic surgery route to get a plump pout à la Angelina Jolie. Simply apply a little Vaseline onto your lips and gently pat a pinch of cinnamon on top. Rub the mixture on for a few seconds and then allow it to sit for a minute. You will feel a slight tingly sensation from the spice — never apply dry cinnamon directly to your skin as it can cause irritation. Add another coat of Vaseline and you’ll have much fuller lips.”
Have a happy weekend xx