Cinnamon bark has been used for thousands of years. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurvedic medicine use it to treat diarrhea, indigestion, menstrual problems and fever.
It is also used in cooking as a spice. It is also found in a wide variety of products such as perfume, soap, mouthwash, lipstick, toothpaste, chewing gum and cough medicines.The benefits of cinnamon bark come from the oil extracted from the leave and barks.It shows antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and anti-spasm activities. It is reported to have sedative, pain-relieving properties and help with a variety of stomach related ailments such as nausea, vomiting, indigestion and heartburn.
Another study done at the Smell and Taste Research Foundation Inc. showed that the cinnamon spice helped with weight loss. The study involved 1,436 volunteers and they lost on average 30.5 lbs versus 2 lb of the control group. The research believed it is because the smell of cinnamon makes a person feel full faster so he or she eats less.
Indeed, smell has a direct impact on sex drive. Research done at the Smell and Taste Research Foundation Inc. showed that the smell of hot cinnamon bun increased blood flow to the penis more than any other spice.
It has been used to treat the following health conditions:
Dose: Take 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of crushed cinnamon with each meal to help stabilize blood sugar levels. In Chinese medicine, dosage is 2 to 4 grams taken daily.
If you like the taste and smell of cinnamon, great! Know that there are some unpublished studies to support using cinnamon and cinnamon spice to help regulate blood sugar levels and for promoting weight loss.