As we come into fall and the warm scent of apple cider wafts through the air (especially at the local farmers market), I was inspired to write about cinnamon. In Ayurveda, cinnamon, known as tvak, is understood as much more than a comforting flavor–it’s also a powerful medicine for the respiratory, cardiovascular and female reproductive systems. Rich with antioxidants, it has potent anti-inflammatory properties. Cinnamon is also very beneficial for blood sugar problems. As Herbal Director and founding partner of Pukka Herbs, The Organic Ayurvedic Herb Specialists, Sebastian Pole writes in his book, Ayurvedic Medicine, “As a bark protects a tree, cinnamon protects and strengthens the intestines!”
Interested in a few cinnamon home remedies? Try one of these:
- For a cough, cold or congestion: Mix ½ tsp. cinnamon in 1 tsp. honey. (Enjoy 2-3xs/daily).
- For a sore throat: Mix 1 tbsp. honey, 1 tsp. cinnamon and 1 tsp. lemon juice in a cup of hot water and drink.
- Suffering from a toothache or gum problems: Make a paste of cinnamon and honey (Apply/ 2-3xs/daily).
- To strengthen teeth: Chew on a small piece of cinnamon.
- Diarrhea: Combine ½ cup yoghurt, ½ tsp. cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg. (Eat this 2-3 xs/daily) until symptoms subside.
- Sinus headache: Make a paste of ½ tsp. cinnamon mixed in water and apply to the temples or the area of pain.
- To lower LDL cholesterol, take ½ tsp. cinnamon daily
- For Weight loss: Boil 2 cups water, add ½ tsp. cinnamon powder and steep for 5-10 minutes. Add 2 tsp honey. (Drink on an empty stomach first thing in the morning).
- For a gentle boost to digestion, go ahead and sprinkle some cinnamon on rice and vegetables, combining it with complementary spices like ginger, cloves, black pepper, saffron, and nutmeg.
- For cold hands and feet: Steep 1tsp. cinnamon and ¼ tsp. trikatu, (dry ginger, black pepper and long pepper), in 1 cup hot water for 10 minutes, add honey. (Drink 2xs/daily).
- The information provided on this website is for the sole purpose of imparting knowledge on Ayurveda. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you have a medical condition, please consult your physician. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies, supplements or starting a new health regime or practice.
- If you are pregnant, do not use cinnamon home remedies. (You may still use cinnamon as a spice).
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