5. Cancer Prevention
Studies on animals and within the confines of scientific laboratories suggest there may be a link between cinnamon and cancer prevention. Scientists have yet to prove these benefits in humans. However, it may be worth adding a dash of cinnamon to other nutritious, wholesome foods. Whole grains, legumes, antioxidant-rich leafy greens, and vibrant blueberries are foods that deliver the nutrients your body needs and may protect against cancer. Cookie and Kate’s Blueberry Baked Oatmeal with cinnamon makes a delicious, antioxidant-rich breakfast.
4. Antimicrobial Effects
Cinnamon appears to have antimicrobial properties. A study in Frontiers in Microbiology suggests cinnamaldehyde can inhibit organisms such as Staph. aureus. The antimicrobial properties of cinnamon may make it useful for reducing the germs that cause tooth decay. One study suggests that cinnamon oil is more effective than clove oil in reducing the oral germs that contribute to cavities. Furthermore, a European study probed the link between cinnamon chewing gum and a decrease in the germs that cause bad breath. Cinnamon in the chewing gum may reduce the microorganisms in the mouth that produce foul-smelling, sulfurous byproducts.
3. Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease
A 2018 study in Pharmacology Research suggests cinnamon may be useful in preventing the neurodegeneration of Alzheimer’s disease. The cinnamaldehyde compound in cinnamon may inhibit the tau accumulation associated with Alzheimer’s. Furthermore, the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects of cinnamon may offer protection to the brain and nervous system. Check out Kitchn’s recipe for Homemade Almond Butter with Honey & Cinnamon. You may just be protecting your brain as well as treating your taste buds. Add a dollop to a bowl of oatmeal or include it in your morning green smoothie.Related: 11 Predictors of Alzheimer’s You Didn’t See Coming
2. Beauty Benefits
The antimicrobial and antioxidant effects of cinnamon make it a healthful addition to skin care products. The Farm Girl Gabs has a recipe for a DIY Cinnamon Sugar Scrub that smells good enough to eat. In this recipe, cinnamon combines with brown sugar, white sugar, almond oil, and cinnamon essential oil. Meanwhile, Hello Glow offers recipes for a homemade cinnamon lip scrub and a Homemade Lip Balm with Lip-Plumping Cinnamon. You can also try whipping up your own Cinnamon and Clove Tooth Powder or Cinnamon Mouthwash.
1. Household Uses
Cinnamon can come in handy in many aspects of your home. Brightnest suggests using cinnamon oil or cinnamon sticks to repel pesky insects such as ants or moths. While moths don’t like the scent of cinnamon, humans do! You can make a deliciously aromatic, room-freshening simmer pot by gently boiling sliced apples, oranges, and cinnamon sticks in water. A couple of drops of cinnamon oil on a light bulb will spread a delicious aroma when the light is turned on. For a fun craft that smells amazing on your Christmas tree, try this recipe for Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments at The Herbal Academy.Related: 10 Natural Sweeteners and How to Use Them