Nothing screams the holiday season like cinnamon! Not only does the spice liven up sweet potatoes and your latte, it also has an abundance of health benefits.
*Cinnamon dates back thousands of years, as it was used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine to cure indigestion and flu-like symptoms and was even used as an embalming agent in Egypt.
Now, you can find cinnamon available in stick and ground form. Its cinnamon bark has essential oils that contain three components: cinnamaldehyde, cinnamyl acetate, and cinnamyl alcohol; which are anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and anti-bacterial. Cinnamon is also high in manganese, Vitamin K, fiber, antioxidants, calcium, and iron, making it a healthy and tasty addition to your dinner!
Here are seven ways you can use cinnamon in and out of the kitchen!
Chewing on a cinnamon stick or gargling with cinnamon water can freshen your breath, so ditch the chewing gum!
Mix cinnamon into a dish, as it helps break down fats during digestion. After a meal, sip on cinnamon tea to help aid digestion or relieve heartburn. To make cinnamon tea, mix a few dashes of cinnamon and a teaspoon of honey in a mug of hot water; if desired, add fresh ginger or licorice root. The combo has both antifungal and antibacterial properties that can help ward off a cold or the flu.
Have tired feet? Soak them in a cinnamon bath for 15 minutes. Mix the juice of five lemons, two tablespoons cinnamon, one tablespoon olive oil, a quarter-cup whole milk, and a half-cup of water.
Mix one tablespoon of cinnamon (or two drops of cinnamon oil) with three tablespoons of honey. Mix together apply to your face; let sit for 20 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
Combine three or four cinnamon sticks (be sure to cut them in small pieces) with a half-cup each of cloves and whole black peppercorns, and add one tablespoon to a sachet. Place in dresser drawers or closest to keep moths away.
Insect Bite Soother
Apply a mixture of cinnamon and honey to the irritated bite area for itch and pain relief.
Natural Air Freshener
Add several cinnamon sticks and the peel from one orange to a small saucepan of water. Let simmer and your house will smell lovely.