Fun facts of the week: Cinnamon
- Cinnamon is the inner bark of cinnamon trees.
- Cinnamon is a spice that can be used in both savory and sweet foods.
- In Chinese medicine, cinnamon has been used to treat colds, flatulence, nausea, diarrhea, and painful menstrual cramps.
- Cinnamon contains manganese, dietary fiber, calcium, iron, and zinc.
- Sri Lanka is the World largest producer of cinnamon
- Cinnamon wars: high demand for cinnamon started a war in the 17th century between the Dutch and the Portuguese over the island of Ceylon
- Cinnamon bug spray: strong smelling spices have been used to repel ants.
- Cinnamon can be used for preservation of food because of its antimicrobial properties.
- Cinnamon bark promotes menstruation. It has been used to treat menstrual pain and infertility. Women in India take it as a contraceptive after childbirth.
- Candida yeast infections– cinnamon has shown the ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections.
- Anti-bacterial- cinnamon is the best remedy for a stomach bug.
- Irritable bowel syndrome- cinnamon can reduce the uncomfortable feeling associated with IBS especially the bloating.
- Odor neutralizer- pure cinnamon leaf oil not only smells great but is an effective odor neutralizer as it kills bacteria that creates a bad odor.
- Anti-oxidant- cinnamon is one of the top seven anti-oxidant in the world.
- weight loss- cinnamon has the effect of thinning blood thereby increasing blood circulation. increase blood flow can boost your metabolism.
- Massage therapy- cinnamon is a well-known warming agent. Combined with a carrier oil, it is highly effective in relaxing and relieving muscle pain.
- Anti-fungal- cinnamon leaf oil is a powerful anti-fungal that’s great for toenail fungus or athletes foot.