Cinnamon: useful properties and contraindications
Cinnamon, as a spice, known since ancient times. She was considered one of the most expensive in Europe from the XVI to the XVIII century.Cinnamon has a rich, delicate, warm aroma, and also a number of medicinal properties. Use cinnamon with caution, since the effects of cinnamon on the human body are still not fully understood.
The use of cinnamon
Cinnamon is the dried bark of a tree of the Lauraceae family, which is widely used as a spice. Sold as pieces of bark, rolled up in a tube or crushed into powder. Remembering the cinnamon, are often insanely delicious biscuits, which, unfortunately, many of us do not exaggerate. Cinnamon is widely used:
as a condiment for various dishes, being a natural preservative, the composition of marinades, cinnamon blends well with other Oriental spices, a part of the Indian curry;
in perfumery and cosmetic means.
Useful properties of cinnamon
In cinnamon bark contains:
cinnamic aldehyde, causing the smell of cinnamon oil (in 1834, was isolated from the essential oil of cinnamon);
eugenol, lead to the use of cinnamon as an effective antiseptic;
avernyaka, which have a beneficial effect on the functional state of the human body, enhance vitality, help to concentrate, improve visual memory, prolong youth and preserve beauty;
tannins, which have anti-inflammatory and styptic properties;
potassium, manganese, iron, copper, selenium, zinc;
vitamins a, B1, B2, B9, C, E, K;
polyphenol MNSR, which, acting on the receptors of insulin, reduces blood sugar levels.
Cinnamon is an antioxidant. Cinnamon powder sprinkled on a fresh wound, the antiseptic properties, prevents the penetration into the blood of various infections that is actively used in the East. Cinnamon oil with antimicrobial action is present in the composition of some medicines for cold, warming the various oils and oils irritant. The essential oil is widely used in aromatoterapiya, helps with nausea and dizziness, helps normalize cholesterol levels, stimulates circulation, has a beneficial effect on internal organs, including the liver, kidneys, gastrointestinal tract and cardiovascular system. Cinnamon activate metabolic processes in the body, lowers blood pressure, lowers abnormally high levels of lipids in the blood, making it easier to drop extra pounds. Thanks to the polyphenol, cinnamon helps with diabetes of the 2nd type. Cinnamon improves mood, helps relieve stress. To preserve this unique Eastern spice it is recommended in airtight containers in a dry and dark place.
Cinnamon in traditional medicine
In folk medicine, cinnamon is often used in combination with honey. This mixture boosts the vital functions of the body, activates metabolism, strengthens immunity, has antibacterial effect.
Remedy for cough and cold:
to warm a tablespoon of natural honey, add a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon;
to take for three days, three times a day before meals.
Remedy for arthritis:
in a glass of boiling water to dissolve two tablespoons of honey and teaspoon of cinnamon;
drink daily for a month.
When inflammation of the bladder:
in a glass of warm water dissolve two tablespoons of cinnamon and a teaspoon of honey.
the mixture has a strong antimicrobial effect.
When the insect bites:
be rubbed into the skin at the bite site a mixture of two teaspoons of warm water, one teaspoon cinnamon and one teaspoon of honey.
Cinnamon — contraindications
Attention! During pregnancy it is not recommended to add cinnamon to your food, use seasonings that contain cinnamon, use cinnamon essential oil and products based on them, because cinnamon helps to reduce the uterus. The use of cinnamon is recommended to reduce the period of breast feeding. Cinnamon cannot be inserted into food to children up to three years, and from the age of three it can only be used in the composition of bakery products.
The use of cinnamon lowers blood pressure, so it is not shown hypotensive. Cinnamon oil can increase headache with high temperature. Coumarin, contained in cinnamon (as in many other plants) in a minimal amount, in high doses can cause headaches, overdose is liver damage. Essential oil of cinnamon irritates the skin, it should be used extremely carefully. The impact on the human body of biologically active additives based on cinnamon or capsules containing cinnamon powder, not known.