3 Key Health Benefits of Cinnamon [+How You Can Incorporate It Into Your Meals!]

Cinnamon adds a unique, delicious, and aromatic flavor with a slight bite to so many foods and beverages! We thoroughly enjoy mixing it into custom snack seasoning blends for our customers. Cinnamon comes from the bark of trees belonging to the Cinnamom genus.  Cinnamon was considered a rare commodity for centuries often gifted to royalty. Throughout the years, it has built a reputation for its versatility, stretching from food and drink to medicine.

“70% of the worlds cinnamon supply comes from Indonesia and China”

In this post we will:

  • Explain 3 ways this underestimated ancient spice could add value to your health and wellbeing.
  • Guide you through how to incorporate it’s magic into your day-to-day life.
  • Provide tips and tricks to getting the most out of using this multifaceted spice.

So.. How could cinnamon play a role in bettering our overall quality of life?

1. Cinnamon has been used to treat a wide range of ailments throughout history.

As one of the major materials used in traditional Chinese medicine, cinnamon is known to cover a multitude of platforms in its ability to heal. Many sprinkle it into their ginger tea to alleviate the symptoms of a common cold. It also allows blood flow to circulate the body in order to deliver the proper nutrients and oxygen into the cells.  There are two different types of cinnamon to look out for:  One is called Ceylon (or Cinnamomum verum, but we prefer the latter) grown in Sri Lanka, and Cassia, cinnamon that grows in China and Indonesia. Cassia is known to have a stronger flavor profile and is priced at a lower point than Ceylon. It is also the most commonly used cinnamon here in the United States. Because of the high concentrations of coumarin (a plant compound that can damage the liver) that is found in Cassia, Ceylon is viewed as the better alternative when used for herbal medicine.

2. Cinnamon fights impurities in skin tissue + bad breath with its antibacterial properties.

The same anti-bacterial, antioxidant and antifungal properties that benefit the inside of your body have a place in your skincare system for the outside, too! Just mix some coconut nectar and sugar with cinnamon and you’ve got yourself a cinnamon scrub! You could also substitute the coconut nectar and sugar for honey. For every 3 table spoons of honey used, use 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon for your mixture. Cinnamon is also the oldest home remedy for bad breath. The essential oils contained in a single stick are enough to kill the bacteria in your mouth that’s causing the smell! Just mix a spoonful of ground cinnamon with some room-temperature or warm water, gargle for a couple mins and you’re set!

3. Cinnamon carries anti-inflammatory properties.

Consuming cinnamon could help treat certain types of pain and headaches. Because of its powerful promotion of blood circulation, it has the ability to both prevent joint paint and push circulation to the joints and fight systemic inflammation.

How To Incorporate Cinnamon’s Magic Into Your Daily Life:

We gave a little sneak peek into how cinnamon could be used to benefit your outside, now onto the fun where you actually get to ingest it. Here are some fun ways to incorporate this sassy spice into your routine:

  • Add it to your smoothies! Some of our personal favorite combinations! A cinnamon roll smoothie using our custom cinnamon spice blend using almond milk as our base, a dash of vanilla, some old fashioned oats and plain Greek yogurt to your liking! The more you use, the creamier/thicker consistency you’ll get.
  • Make your own snack. Dust almonds or walnuts with cinnamon’s powerful aroma and roast them in the over on 350F for 6-8mins for a nutrient-packed snack. We pride ourselves in creating delicious and unique snack seasoning blends for reasons just like this!
  • Add it to your fruit. Apple pie? Add cinnamon. Stewed apples? Add cinnamon. Messing with rhubarb for the very first time? Grab some cinnamon. They’re made for one another as cinnamon helps bring out the existent flavor profiles of both of these fruits.

 

Other uses for cinnamon:

  • It’s the perfect room freshener. Just add a few tablespoons of this potent grounded spice into a bowl and voila!
  • It makes for some of the best dry potpourri. Just sprinkle a few drops of cinnamon essential oil on any pre-prepared dry potpourri and place it in a shallow bowl. This particularly works perfectly for deodorizing your restroom.
  • It triples up as a light bulb diffuser. All you have to do is place a drop of the essential oil on a light bulb (make sure it’s nice and cool!). Screw the bulb back on and turn on the light, the scent will gently diffuse throughout the room!

Cinnamon is the perfect staple for any pantry, and is infinite in its use. We’re passionate about providing ways to help incorporate it into any recipe and extract its full potential into every meal and experience.