Posted By on June 27, 2009

Cinnamon Bark – a delicious spice for a healthy life.

Cinnamon has been used in many different cultures for everything from digestive health to good circulation. It is a valuable herb for colds and the flu when you feel predominantly cold. It helps to increase good circulation that will warm you up and helps your body fight infection. Cinnamon is also a great herb for cold hands and feet due to these warming properties…. and can be helpful for arthritic aches and pains that do better with warmth.

The spicy nature is an important digestive aid for warming our digestive fire and aiding in the breakdown of our food therefore reducing gas, abdominal pain and diarrhea. More current research has found this a supportive herb for healthy blood sugar levels as it promotes healthy glucose regulating functions in the body. It has also been found to promote healthy cholesterol levels, and the antioxidant properties make it a key to cellular health as it reduces the damage from toxins in our internal environment.

I love Cinnamon and find a spoonful of cinnamon per day an easy addition to my good health routine. It is delicious on oatmeal, in tea or coffee, on toast, in spicy curry dishes, on baked apples and pears. You name the dish and I could find a way to enhance it with cinnamon. If you are using it for colds and flu, circulation, digestion, cholesterol or arthritis the extract or capsules is a higher dose of concentration and the more therapeutic way to go. If you are using it for blood sugar regulation I find taking it after your meals is best for supporting healthy blood sugar metabolism

Cinnamon is a delightful combination with other spicy, warming aromatic herbs like cardamom and nutmeg. Another great way to get more cinnamon is to drink Chai Tea. The herbal synergy is great tasting and wonderful for your health.

Cinnamon has a great track record of being a safe and effective herb. However if you are taking it therapeutically it is always a good idea to check in with your health care practitioner when adding anything new.

Energetic – spicy, sweet, warm

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