How to Use Cinnamon As a Medicine

cinnamon as a medicine

Cinnamon is one of my favorite spices. I use it a lot for flavoring food and I absolutely love its sweet scent. What’s good about it is that it’s not only smells and tastes good, it’s also full of medicinal properties that can contribute a lot to your health. This article will cover the main ailments in which you can use cinnamon as a medicine.

Cinnamon is a spice that human kind has been familiarized with for thousands of years. Our generation has become most familiarized with the flavoring properties and aromatic benefits it has to offer. We use it to add a little kick to our baked meals, mixed into hot beverages, and in all sorts of aromatics that give off a warm cinnamon smell. The usefulness of cinnamon goes far beyond these common comforts however.

Types of cinnamon and which one to prefer

There are two major types of cinnamon for culinary use: Ceylon cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum or Cinnamomum zeylanicum, also known as “true cinnamon”) and Cassia cinnamon (Cinnamomum aromaticaum and Cinnamomum burmannii, also known as “Saigon cinnamon”). Ceylon cinnamon is native to Sri Lanka, whereas cassia cinnamon is native to Burma and also grown in China and Vietnam.

You are more likely to find cassia cinnamon in the United states and Canada which is less expensive. While both cassia and Ceylon cinnamon are derived from the inner bark of Cinnamomum trees, Ceylon cinnamon is preferable. Ceylon cinnamon is typically more expensive than any of the cassia versions, and it is also the cinnamon more closely associated with potential health benefits involving blood sugar regulation. Another advantage to Ceylon cinnamon is its very low coumarin levels. Coumarin is a naturally occurring toxin which has the potential to damage the liver in high doses, and cassia cinnamon is a main source of coumarin. So for people who are cinnamon lovers and consume large amounts of cinnamon, Ceylon Cinnamon is the best choice.

How to tell the difference between the cinnamon types – Ceylon cinnamon has a sweeter and more delicate flavor whereas cassia cinnamon is slightly darker in color and has a stronger flavor. The problem is that there is no way to distinguish between Ceylon cinnamon and cassia powders. So when you purchase cinnamon powder, try to find on the label the source of the cinnamon or call the customer service or manufacturer to find this information. If you buy a cinnamon stick, Ceylon cinnamon has a different texture than cassia stick. The bark of Ceylon cinnamon is thinner and the stick will show multiple layers of a thinner bark. Cassia stick, on the other hand, is thicker, comes in one piece and doesn’t show multiple layers of any kind.

Medicinal uses

The use of cinnamon for medicinal reasons is becoming an increasingly popular natural health practice for several reasons. First of all, it has a wide variety of medical benefits, ten of which will be discussed in this article. Then there is the natural and safe appeal it has to offer. Finally, it is one of the easiest and most delicious ways to incorporate natural health into your diet. Listed below are a few of the main reasons people use cinnamon medicinally. At the end you will find the recommended dose for this great spice.

1. Lowering Blood Sugar

If your blood sugar levels aren’t stable, neglecting to monitor them could result in serious consequences. Individuals that have difficulty with their blood sugar levels, particularly diabetics, have used cinnamon because it helps the body respond to insulin more effectively, which encourages healthy blood sugar levels. And indeed cinnamon is one of the 6 best foods to control diabetes which I wrote about in the past.

2. Lowering Cholesterol

When you’re levels of low density lipoproteins (LDL) aren’t controlled, you may face major health risks and reduced heart health. Studies have shown that a minimum of 1 gram of cinnamon a day encouraged healthier blood sugar levels amongst type 2 diabetics. You can find more information in my article how to lower cholesterol naturally.

3. Treating Yeast Infections

Treating yeast infections is one of the most surprisingly effective medical benefits that comes from cinnamon. Trials have shown that it had the ability to prevent the infection from developing even when it became resistant to medication. Cinnamon oil is the most common way for people to get the best results for this issue. For more natural treatments have a look at my article how to treat yeast infection naturally.

4. Reducing Inflammation

There were medical studies done at the University of Texas that tested how well cinnamon could help with diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer. These studies found that the cinnamon actually helped prevent inflammation in brain tissue. This secures a longer and healthier life for your brain. Read here more about the top 5 food and supplements to delay Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

5. Antioxidant Effects

When it comes to the most potent and effective antioxidants in the world, cinnamon actually places in the top seven. The body uses antioxidants to cleanse itself and keep harmful radicals from forming. They also help the cells from every part of your body recover much quicker from damage. Read here more about antioxidants and the best ways to combine then in your daily diet.

6. Anti Bacterial and Anti Fungal

When used in oil form, cinnamon has potent anti-bacterial properties and it is a great way to disinfect things in your home when mixed with water.  It is also commonly used to fight stubborn fungal infections like athletes foot.

7. Helping Digestion

Cinnamon uses the antibacterial properties mentioned above to help infected digestive tracts and promote the healthy breakdown of food. It also has been shown to ease symptoms of bloating, prevent nausea, help digest dairy, and treat diarrhoea. This has been a well-known medical use in Chinese culture for hundreds of years. You may also be interested to read about 11 eating tips for a healthier digestive system.

8. Reducing Pain

Cinnamon can effectively keep away prostaglandins, which are receptors that make your neurons more sensitive to pain. The large amount of manganese also helps encourage bone health and prevent pain brought on by arthritis.

9. Reducing Weight

Believe it or not cinnamon can also help you achieve your goals with weight loss. It increases the circulation of blood, which leads to a faster metabolic rate. It also keeps hunger at bay by metabolizing sugars and suppressing cravings. Read here more about the top 10 foods to increase your metabolism.

10. Healthy Blood Clotting

There has been a lot of medical research surrounding cinnamon’s ability to thin the blood. The studies found that it kept blood platelets from being clumped together, a problem that usually results in serious health issues.

How Much To Take

It’s hard to believe that something that we have strictly associated with holiday dishes and scented candles yields so many benefits for our bodies. With natural health practices on the rise, people are curious as to how much cinnamon they should have in a single day for optimal results.

There aren’t many strict guidelines when it comes to using cinnamon. Some professionals advise that you can get up to one teaspoon a day if you are ingesting it in powdered form. The oils and concentrates tend to vary in potency, so you should always read the instructions before using them. Although it takes a large amount, it can be toxic when used excessively. The only other piece of advice is to avoid cinnamon altogether if you are already on some form of blood thinning medicine.

If you are interested in natural and herbal remedies, you can find more useful information in my book the Herbal Remedies Guide. This guide will teach you how to treat common ailments using herbs:

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37 Responses to How to Use Cinnamon As a Medicine

  1. Claudia Williams says:

    I have tried many of these remedies and they do work.

    • Jenny says:

      It is known that results may vary between different people, but it’s still worth trying. You can never know what’s going to work.

  2. Sophie Isa says:

    Very interesting

  3. Adele says:

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  4. LINDA CAROL says:

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  5. Yvonne S. Cooley says:

    I had diabetes for 9 years. So please help me about cinnamon recipes . Thanks !!!

  6. Ruth Ann says:

    Will any kind of cinnamon work. Or does this cinnamon need to be purchased at a health food store.

    • Jenny says:

      Prefer organic cinnamon and smell the cinnamon to check for freshness. Make sure it has a sweet smell — a true indicator that it is fresh.

  7. Lois says:

    I have type 2 I take 2000 mg Cinnamon capsule from Walmart Dailey does help in addition to my regular meds

  8. Maggie says:

    My beloved Mother used to make a poultice of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove applied to our chests when I had severe chest congestion. After applying the poultice she would wrap a cheesecloth/gauze wrap all the way around my chest and into bed I went…after a few hours of good sleep your congestion loosened up, I was then able to cough up the mucus. Much relief was given to me by my sweet Ma and her poultice and TLC.

  9. JoAnne Proger says:

    Another good place to buy organic Ceylon cinnamon is myspicesage.com
    not only is it free shipping, but you get to choose a free 1 ounce sample of spice (from a very long list). Right now you also get 2 free glass spice jars with your order!

  10. Deborah Kiesel-Elchert says:

    Very informative

  11. excellent information
    cinnamon is magic herb for diabetes
    need follow few basic step

    Select Ceylon Cinnamon – This is because Ceylon Cinnamon has ultra low (0.04%) coumarin levels compared to the common Cassia Cinnamon (5%). Excess Coumarin can cause liver damage

    Modulate the dosage appears to be safe for most people when taken by mouth in amounts up to 6 grams

    Vary the intake method Taking Cinnamon everyday can be boring, which is why you need to devise some creative ways to incorporate it into your diet

  12. Dawn Leahy says:

    One word of caution: The cinnamon that you can buy in the grocery stores is not cinnamon, but rather a mixture of sawdust, starch and flavoring. Get the real thing at a food co-op or other natural foods store.
    I am not sure just what the quality of Watkins is.

  13. SHogue says:

    I have been taking cinnamon supp. For years, the cassi kind. Does that mean I’m in trouble? Should I throw it away?

    • Jenny says:

      The potential of coumarin found in Cassia cinnamon to damage the liver is if taken in high doses. The best thing to do is to switch to Ceylon cinnamon which is more closely associated with potential health benefits involving blood sugar regulation.

  14. M Humayun Khattak says:

    I daily use cinnamon with honey, every morning before breakfast

  15. bhanu prasad says:

    Can you pl inform me what time this dose can be taken??which combination is best??with youghart or with tea or with any other.i am a diabetic patient,pl advise me

    • Jenny says:

      When you combine cinnamon in your daily nutrition, you can consume it any time of the day in any convenient form, such as tea, sprinkle on yogurt or with oatmeal. The best cinnamon to use is Ceylon cinnamon as it is more closely associated with potential health benefits for blood sugar regulation. If you want to consume it in a concentrated form, such as a supplement, you need to consult with your doctor first to establish the right dosage for you and to make sure it does not interfere with current medication that you take.

  16. Enna says:

    Can we use honey and cinamon on acne face ?

  17. mathuvi says:

    Daily morning I’m taking cinnamon wit honey n lemon in empty stomach. Been trying since a month, good result.tks

  18. Ravishankar Hongal says:

    Really a must for type 2 diabetes. ……try it……very helpful. …brings back to normal. ……remember. ..diet &exercise. …is a must…..

  19. Sally camacho says:

    I really so happy that I found this healthy article about foods & fruits,it’s a longtime my high blood not cured untill now,by the way I keep reading your article health care,I may want to say,Thank You So Much for your concern to everyone on this world.

  20. Cathy says:

    You need to be applauded for posting this to benefit everybody. Bless U!

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