History of Cinnamon
- Vitamin K
Cinnamon also has lots of antioxidants and many other health benefits. There are only 19 calories in a tablespoon of cinnamon, and no sugar or fat.
Ayurveda and Cinnamon
In their most excellent book, The Yoga of Herbs, Dr. David Frawley and Dr. Vasant Lad write: Cinnamon is an effective herb for strengthening and harmonizing the flow of circulation (vyana vayu). It is a good diaphoretic and expectorant in colds and flu and is especially good for those of weak constitution. And a pain reliever for a toothache and muscle tension. It strengthens the heart, warms the kidneys and promotes Agni (digestion).
What are the Benefits of Cinnamon?
1. It Improves the Health of Your Heart
We are going to start with your heart health since this is one of the top benefits of cinnamon.
How to Add Cinnamon to Your Morning
3 Cups of water
3 Cups of milk (I like to use nut milk like almond)
2 Cinnamon sticks
5 Cracked Cardamom pods
2 Tablespoons of coffee
Boil water and then add ground coffee. Reduce heat to simmer and add milk, cinnamon, cardamom. Stir frequently to combine everything into a frothy delicious coffee. Strain and enjoy.
Different body types may react differently to coffee based on their constitution. For instance, Kapha types with slower metabolism seem to tolerate it best. But if you have a Vata or Pitta constitution, your body may not tolerate coffee as well. Vata types are already over-stimulated, and it can quickly deplete them. And for Pitta type, it can be too acidic and heating.
But regardless of your body type, from an Ayurvedic perspective, both cinnamon and cardamom help to antidote the negative effects of caffeine.
Apple Cinnamon Infused Water
You can also make an Apple Cinnamon Infused Water by adding 2 Ceylon cinnamon sticks to 1 liter of water along with two sliced apples and lemons.
An infusion pitcher with a wide opening like this one works best. Slice both apples and lemons into thin strips or wedges, and place them in the pitcher. Add the two sticks of cinnamon and pour it in the water. Drink the mixture within 36 hours.
2. You Can Reduce Inflammation
The next significant health benefit of cinnamon is that it can reduce inflammation in your body. This is a lot more important to your health than you might imagine.
Cinnamon is a natural anti-inflammatory that reduces heat in various parts of your body, from your heart and brain to your skin.
If you have been struggling with chronic pain, muscle soreness, or high blood pressure, it is possible that inflammation is the reason.
Sweet Treats That Use Cinnamon
Apple-Cinnamon Crisp Baked Apples
Yield: 5 Servings
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
For the crumble topping
For the filling and apples
1 tablespoon ghee
9 apples; 4 of them peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons honey, plus more for serving
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Zest of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup dried Cranberries
1/2 cup apple juice
Originally posted on Thrive Market website
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Make the crumble topping
Mix together the almond flour, pecans, and salt in a medium bowl. Add vanilla, maple syrup, and ghee, and mix to combine. Set aside.
Make the filling
Heat ghee in a large skillet and saute' 4 chopped apples until they begin to soften. Add honey, cinnamon, lemon zest, and vanilla, and simmer, stirring often, until the apples are cooked through. Stir in dried cranberries and remove from heat.
Assemble the apples
Slice the tops off and scoop out the insides of the 5 remaining apples in a pie or baking dish and fill with the cooked filling. Top each apple with the crumble topping. Pour apple juice into the bottom of the baking pan and place in oven to bake until the apples are soft and the topping is golden brown about 25 minutes.
Serve warm, and if desired, drizzle with honey or maple syrup and a dollop of coconut whipped cream.
Or if that's too much work for you, try cinnamon or a smoothie with fruit, Greek yogurt, or almond milk.
3. Cinnamon Helps With Diabetes
4. You Get a Boost of Antioxidants
Flavors to Have with Cinnamon
- Maple syrup
5. It May Lower Your Cancer Risk
Cinnamon with Fall Fruits and Flavors
- Butternut Squash
- Sweet potatoes