It kills decay and disease causing bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Try sprinkling some on a minor cut or scrape, after properly washed. Cinnamon contains the natural anesthetic oil eugenol, which may help relieve the pain.
Cinnamon grew originally in Southern Asia and played a major role in ancient trade. By the 17th century, Europeans considered it primarily a kitchen spice. In healing it was used only to cover up the bitterness of other natural healing herbs.
As time passed, cinnamon slowly regained its former reputation. Various physicians prescribed it for stomach cramps, flatulence, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, infant colic, and uterine problems. It has gentle astringent actions useful for vomiting and diarrhea.
In powder form, culinary amounts of this spice are not toxic. However, allergic reactions are possible. Although cinnamon oil is another story. On the skin it could cause redness and burning. Used internally can cause nausea, vomiting and possibly even kidney damage. DO NOT ingest cinnamon oil.
Cinnamon is on the Food and Drug Administration’s list of herbs generally regarded as safe. As with all herbal nutrition supplements, cinnamon supplements should only be used in amounts typically recommended for medicinal purposes and you should always consult with a health professional first, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or taking prescription medications.
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Cinnamaldehyde, cinnamy acetate, cinnamy alcohol, gum, tannin, mannitol, coumarone, essential oils, vitamin A, C, calcium, iron magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc.
Cinnamon is not grown in the United States. It is native to Sri Lanka. Most of it comes from Asia and the West Indies. The tree can reach a height of 30 feet, but it is pruned hard to produce bushy growth. Collectors strip the thin inner bark from young branches, no more than three years old.
Other herbs containing antiseptic actions include balm, chamomile, chaparral eyebright, garlic, meadowsweet, saw palmetto, rhubarb, thyme and white willow.
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