Cinnamon has been used for centuries by the Ancient Egyptians and Chinese, the Egyptians would use it as part of their mummification process and it was given as a sign of devotion to Gods or kings.
A natural food preservative, the seasoning was used on meat to prevent spoiling and it was a status symbol in Europe during the middle ages, that was only enjoyed by the wealthy. Arabian traders would conjure up elusive stories of the origin of cinnamon in order to maintain their monopoly and justify the exorbitant price. The spice was said to come from the nests of enormous birds, traders acclaimed that they would leave meat below the bird’s nest and when the bird collected and carried the meat up to their roost, the weight of the flesh would break the nest and cause the sticks to fall to the ground. Other stories were that the spice was found in a canyon guarded by snakes or carried from Ethiopia on rafts with no oars or sails, powered by ‘man and his courage’ alone.
Ayuverdic and Chinese medicine still revere cinnamon for its anti-viral and healing properties, using the spice for a range of ailments, including fighting colds and flu, reducing pain, inflammation and alleviating allergy symptoms. Further to assisting with digestive issues, cinnamon is said to aid against bloating and flatulence.
With antibacterial and anti-microbial properties cinnamon can reduce the growth of bacteria and help prevent tooth decay as well as reduce bad breath. High levels of antioxidants in cinnamon fight free radicals making it a great anti-ageing spice that boosts the bodies ability to fight off disease.
Cinnamon can be used as prevention against metabolic syndromes like type 2 diabetes, it improves insulin resistance and lowers blood sugar levels further to having anti-fungal properties that reduce candida levels in the body and ensure well-being.
It may be able to prevent heart attacks as it reduces LDL and Triglyceride levels while maintaining HDL levels and improves blood pressure further to aiding in the body’s ability to repair itself by increasing blood circulation.
Beneficial for brain health, studies have shown that Cinnamon may have salubrious effects on Neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease further to reducing ADHD symptoms in children.
Have half a teaspoon of cinnamon every day to aid digestion, boost immunity and lower blood sugar levels.