With the changes in the season comes a change in your resistance. It is common to catch a cold or a cough or just the flu with the change in the temperatures. Have you ever thought that you could try out some tried and tested traditional remedies? And do you know the best part is that most of the traditional remedies can be made from herbs that are readily available at your home?
In this series of traditional healing, we’ll focus on one herb and its healing properties. In our last post, we spoke of ginger and turmeric and the wonderful healing properties they possessed. In today’s post, we will talk about cinnamon and its various uses.
This spice is got from the bark of a tree and has a sweet as well as a spicy taste. It is widely used in traditional Indian cooking because of the flavour and the spice. Cinnamon has various health benefits. It has been traditionally used to get rid of flatulence and indigestion. A regular consumption of cinnamon in your diet supports healthy weight, keeps your blood pressure and cholesterol levels in check. It also boosts your immune system and keeps the common cold, coughs and flu at bay. This is an excellent spice that helps to alleviate cramps from menstruation.
The various uses of cinnamon
This is an excellent remedy to get rid of congestions Cinnamon is known to possess antiseptic, anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties. It is known to cure simple respiratory disorders like the common cold and cough. The cinnamon tea comes with various benefits. A regular consumption of the brew is known to have reduced the intensity in arthritis and also keep bladder infections at bay.
How to make it
Add half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder to one cup of boiling water. Cover it and keep aside. Let it steep for about 10 minutes and drink the brew once it is at room temperature. If you want a variation, you can add a teaspoon of honey to the tea. To only get rid of congestion, you can add the cinnamon powder to strained ginger tea instead of plain water.
Get rid of a sore throat
To get rid of a stubborn cough you can add a pinch of cinnamon powder to boiling water and gargle with it.
Use it as a flavour
Sprinkle powdered cinnamon on your food, tea or coffee to ensure a regular intake of the herb.
Cures insect bites
A paste of water, honey and cinnamon powder when applied topically can reduce the pain and itching associated with an insect bite.
Pure cinnamon leaf oil is known to be an effective odour neutralizer. Add a few drops of pure EO of cinnamon oil with water in a diffuser and light it. It spreads a lovely aroma around you. Cinnamon is also a warming agent, so when the cinnamon oil is combined with a carrier oil and applied to the affected areas, it provides to be relaxing and relieves pains and aches. You can also add a few drops to your bath to relax and to soothe the tired muscles.
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