Health Benefits of Cinnamon - Inside Out Beauty

A few weeks ago we looked into just how powerful rose petals are when it comes to benefits for natural beauty.

In this blog post we’re focusing on another of our favourite Inside Out ingredients - cinnamon.

While it’s quite a common ingredient, its massive health properties are lesser known so we thought we’d do a quick round-up of how it can help you become healthier from the inside out. Whether you choose to incorporate it in cooking, infuse its flavour and nutrients into a refreshing drink or brew it up as part of a tea blend, it can help your body in a myriad of ways. Here are just a few.

  • Encourages better brain functioning

Just like other herbs like mint and basil, cinnamon can help to wake up your brain and help to stimulate better memory and concentration. Studies have shown that cinnamon is especially powerful at helping you deal with cognitive tasks, so it’s a good one to turn to.

Health Benefits of Cinnamon - Pukka Three Cinnamon Tea

If you feel you need to be more alert, brew up a cup of Pukka’s Three Cinnamon tea to invigorate your brain first thing in the morning or during that mid-afternoon slump.

  • Soothes respiratory issues

While there’s no cure for the common cold, there are a number of aids that can help to ease the symptoms and provide relief. Cinnamon is just one – but it can really help to pacify an itchy throat or unblock your sinuses thanks to antibacterial and antiviral properties.

Health Benefits of Cinnamon - Baldwins Cinnamon Sticks

Instead of the traditional lemon and honey, try hot water with a teaspoon of honey and stir it together with a cinnamon stick. Leave to infuse for a few minutes before drinking and you’ll soon feel the cinnamon working its magic.

  • Improves difficult digestion

Cinnamon contains eugenol which is a known anti-inflammatory. Studies have also shown it to be good at fighting bacterial infections, so if you’re struggling with a tummy upset it can help to calm intestinal spasms as well as attack infection.

Health Benefits of Cinnamon - Baldwins Cinnamon Powder

To avoid bloating or gas, try incorporating it into your meals. Dust cinnamon powder over fruit salad, add to coffee, stir into porridge or even mix it with honey and spread it on toast. If you’re suffering from a GI attack, try creating an herbal infusion with hot water and sip it slowly to help relieve pain and sluggishness.

Inspired by our quick look into the health benefits of cinnamon? Why not try your hand at one of these healthy recipes that combine plenty of delicious flavour with added goodness.

Chickpea tagine with cinnamon, cumin and carrots

Moroccan spiced oranges

Ginger cinnamon detox tea

Cinnamon does carry with it some risks so be careful. It’s not recommended for pregnant women and too much can cause irritations to the mouth, so keep your intake to one portion daily.

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