Natures, Ailments & Super Natural Remedies
What It Is
It's acually the dried bark of evergreen trees cultivated throughout Asia, though we know it best as the powder that flavors apple pie and other goodies.
What Traditional Medicine Says
As early as 2700 BC, Chinese herbalists treated diarrhea and kidney disorders with this remedy.
Later, Greek healers and practitioners of Indian Ayurvedic medicine valued it as a remedy for digestive problems.
What We Know
This dried evergreen bark derivative may help lower cholesterol and triglycerides.
Pakistani researchers gave 60 type 2 diabetics with borderline-high lipid levels a daily placebo pill or one with 1 to 6 g. of this herb.
After 40 days, those in the cinnamon group saw their cholesterol levels fall by at least 13% and their triglyceride levels by at least 23%.
The placebos had no effect.
What New Research Shows
This healing herb can help rein in blood sugar.
German researchers collected blood from 65 adults with type 2 diabetes who then took a capsule containing the equivalent of 1 g. of cinnamon powder or a placebo three times a day for 4 months.
By the end, this spice reduced blood sugar by about 10%, while the placebo users improved by only 4%.
It seems that certain compounds within this herb may activate enzymes that stimulate insulin receptors.
(Try to stick with the extract though, which is water soluble as large amounts of the actual spice can be dangerous.)
Also, a dash of cinnamon could significantly lower your cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood sugar.
When 30 women and men with type 2 diabetes added a sprinkle to their meals, blood sugar and heart-damaging blood fats (total cholesterol and triglycerides) fell 12 to 30% in just 40 days, say researchers at the USDA's Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center in Maryland.
You see, it seems this spice makes muscle and liver cells more sensitive to signals from insulin, an important blood-sugar-controlling hormone.
So, have a little (about 1/6 teaspoon) at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, for a daily total of about 1/2 teaspoon, we recommend.
Since cinnamon may reduce your need for diabetes or cholesterol medication, ask your doc if you need to adjust your dose.
Another description of the herb;
The use of herbal remedies, including this herb (also known as Ceylon cinnamon), classified as Cinnamomum zeylanicum, are popular as an alternative to standard Western allopathic medicine for a variety of problems, including yeast infections, diarrhea as well as menopause.
Cinnamomum zeylanicum is an effective remedy for various ailments, and this natural holistic approach to health is becoming more and more popular, but should NOT replace conventional medicine or prescription drugs.
This herb is also known as Cinnamomum zeylanicum, and has certain therapeutic properties and the reported benefits of using it internally, in the form of a herbal tea (infusion) are listed below.
It's also used for the following;
Cinnamomum zeylanicum benefits:
• weight loss
• warms the body
• yeast infections
• uterine hemorrhaging
• fungal infections
Which part to use for cinnamon herbal tea;
The dried bark of evergreen trees are used for making the brew.
PLEASE NOTE: Do not use when pregnant.
Making herbal tea;
The standard way to make an infusion, unless otherwise specified, is to pour a cup of boiling water over the material to be infused, let it stand for 5 minutes, strain it, and drink it.
* Fresh plant material
* When the recipe refers to fresh plant material to be used, a 1/4 cup fresh material is used, following the method above.
* Dried material
* When the recipe refers to using dried material, use 2 teaspoons of material when making it.
* Bark or seeds
* Should the recipe call for bark or seeds to be used, use 2 teaspoons of seeds or 1 tablespoon of bark.
* Sweetening your infusion
* You could sweeten your health drink with honey, should you want and a dash of fresh lemon juice should also enhance the taste.
General warning when using herbal infusions;
• Only use the herbal material if you are 100% sure that it really the herb in question.
• If you are ill or have any health concerns, consult your health practitioner.
• Do not continuously drink the same infusion. At maximum use for 10 days and then skip 5 days.
• Only have one cup of herbal infusion per day, except during acute periods, such as when you have a cold or flu, you can then have it three times a day, but for a maximum of 4 days.
• When you use herbal remedies, be aware that they can be extremely powerful, and should you have any side effects when taking these infusions, immediately stop using the herb and consult your health practitioner right away.
Cinnamon essential oil is one of the most effective oils to almost completely eliminate bacteria within 60 minutes.
It's been discovered that cinnamon essential oil was found to be a particularly effective antibacterial agent against staphylococcus bacteria.
These bacteria are commonly found on the skin.
They can cause infection in a person whose immune system is already compromised.
When staphylococcus becomes drug-resistant, it can be very difficult to treat.
Researchers have concluded that essential oils can be a cheap and effective treatment option for antibiotic-resistant bacteria, such as the type found in hospital settings.
A little food for thought when it comes to protecting yourself against bacterial infection.
Coconut Cinnamon Cocoa
Hot cocoa brings us back to our snowman-making days but can often be loaded with sugar and artificial ingredients.
Here we give you an amazing cocoa twist.
Try this recipe:
1 c. unsweetened coconut milk
2 Tbs. coconut cream
1 to 2 tsp. real maple syrup
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbs. unsweetened, dark cocoa powder
Pinch of sea salt
Combine all of the ingredients, heat, and serve.Tweet
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