My mother used to mix up cinnamon and sugar for sprinkling on buttered toast for a tasty morning snack. She also used cinnamon in many cookies recipes. It has been used as a medicine by other cultures since ancient times (not that I lived in ancient times). Cinnamon is a tree and the spice we use is really the bark that is either rolled into sticks, called quills or ground up into a powder.
Here is a cinnamon tip, put a out bowl of water sprinkled with some cinnamon on top to make your kitchen smell like you just baked a batch of cookies.
There are many benefits of cinnamon, such as:
It lowers LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, and total cholesterol if you use a half teaspoon a day.
Cinnamon contains an anti-inflammatory compounds which can be useful in reducing pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. Mix with honey and spread on the aching joint.
It reduces blood sugar levels, improves insulin sensitivity, and blood glucose control.
Cinnamon strengthens the cardiovascular system reducing potential heart disorders.
A study released by researchers at the US Department of Agriculture showed that cinnamon reduced the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.
It is a natural preservative and prevents bacterial growth and food spoilage.
Cinnamon has long been used to treat toothache and fight bad breath.
It is also a great home remedy for common colds, sore throat, and congestion if you take a tablespoon of honey with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder daily for 3 days. It also helps clear your sinuses.
Cinnamon boosts the activity of the brain, reduces nervous tension and studies have shown that smelling cinnamon may boost cognitive function, memory, and increases your alertness and concentration.
It has antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-parasitic, and antiseptic properties. Sprinkle some on you door jam and the ants will hate you.
Cinnamon has been found useful for providing relief from menstrual cramping and other feminine discomforts.
It is good for your digestion, is a natural diuretic, and reduces gas.
A paste of honey and cinnamon can be used to reduce the sting of insect bites.
Mix it with some sugar and sprinkle on your toast or cereal. Add it straight to your coffee or tea, or just boil some cinnamon in water, then save it to gargle with.
There too many other benefits to list here, but you get the idea. It is good for you, it smells good, and tastes good. Think I'll go make some spiced rum and cinnamon.