Monday, January 24, 2011

Cinnamon - ordinary spice or miracle cure?

24/365 Cinnamon
Originally uploaded by maggie_gem

The cold winter days are beginning to get to me... in the search for today's picture I just couldn't bear to be outside, it was far too cold! While in the kitchen making my evening cup of tea this bottle of ground cinnamon caught my eye. I remember making a nightly bed-time mixture of milk, vanilla and cinnamon for my daughter when she was young to help her sleep, she was a terrible sleeper as a young child. It worked, she looked forward to her "night cap" and her sleeping did improve.

A quick Google search this evening reveals that there are possible health benefits to using cinnamon, from colds to diabetes and heart disease. Now I am by no means a doctor, dietitian or scientist so don't take my word on any of this. But I am curious, what do you think...Cinnamon, ordinary spice or miracle cure?


greygirl25 said...

Interesting article.

I for one believe that modern medicine wrongly and quickly dismisses alternative medicine.

I think cinnamon would be worth considering.

Tabor said...

Most herbs and spices have subtle benefits to our health. None are a miracle cure but just the smell of cinnamon can change a persons mood for the better, don't you think?

Anonymous said...

I love cinnamon and I am going to try your night cap because I have the worst trouble sleeping so thank you for the suggestion!

Hilary said...

I love cinnamon and it's not the first time I've heard of its health benefits but I wouldn't give it "miracle cure" status. If you enjoy it though, it sure couldn't hurt.

MaggieGem said...

@greygirl25 - I found the article interesting too...

@Tabor - Absolutely agree, cinnamon sure has a pleasant aroma!

@Mindymillburn - Let me know how you make out with the nightcap, we all need a good night's sleep! :-)

@Hilary - I agree, I don't believe it's a miracle cure, but I'd never heard of the long list of medical benefits before.

Xcorpiao Pirado said...

Well, this looks promising. First chilli, now cinnamon.

I guess it's true, when elders say that natural is healthy.

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