Today's Herb of the week is Cinnamon!
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum) has been around for a number of millenia! Cinnamon is one of the herbs used to embalm bodies to ready them for mummification in ancient Egypt. During the Bubonic Plague, sponges were soaked in cinnamon and cloves and placed in sick rooms. Cinnamon was the most sought after spice during explorations of the 15th and 16th centuries.
Cinnamon is the inner bark of several tree species from the genus Cinnamomum. I bet you have some right in your cupboard! So, what can this ancient herb be used for?
Cinnamon is great for a number of different ailments, some you may be surprised about!
~If you have a gassy upset stomach cinnamon in some ginger tea may be just what the herbalist ordered!
~Cinnamon warms and stimulates the digestive system, is useful in weak digestion, colic, griping, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, wind and distension. Cinnamon and Fennel tea might be a great combination! (Just add a few fennel seeds and a cinnamon stick to tea let steep, or if you want a stronger decoction boil the fennel and cinnamon for 20 minutes cool and drink add a little chunk for an awesome tummy settler)
~Cinnamon may help type 2 diabetics use less insulin "One-eighth of a teaspoon of cinnamon triples insulin efficiency," says James A. Duke, Ph.D.
~Cinnamon extracts have been found to have anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-parasitic properties in studies.
~In one study a poisonous mold was inhibited in cinnamon bread as opposed to other types of breads exposed to the same toxin
So feel free to sprinkle in coffee, on toast and in tea! Have a great day!
By Thiry - Photo taken by Bertrand THIRY, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7916501
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