Family: Lauraceae (laurel)
Parts Used: Inner bark
- Warming herb to aid in circulation.
- Expectorant – clears congestion.
- Cold, flu, cough, sore throat, any respiratory problems.
- Stabilizes blood sugar levels (which is good for diabetics).
- Digestive aid including inflammation, maing it a great gut health herb.
- Helps with gum inflammation, tooth decay and pain (use as a mouthwash).
- Menstrual discomfort (relaxes uterine muscle and calms spasms).
- Fights virus spores, bacteria, and fungus.
- Infection fighter.
- Pain reliever.
- Hearth health.
- Boosts brain function and may prevent brain disorders.
- Flavor enhancer for mixing with other herbs that may not taste so good.
Methods for Using
- Cinnamon is so fun to use, it tastes great and enhances the flavor of many culinary dishes. Add it to baked goods, breakfast foods and warm drinks like hot chocolate and herbal tea. Sprinkle it onto hot cereal, toast, desserts, and into drinks and smoothies.
- Cinnamon honey is a staple at our house. This can be used as an instant tea adding a tablespoon or so into a cup of warm water or use as a spread for toast and bread. We also love to mix it into our hot cereal.
- Baths and foot soaks are good for cold and flu season, congestion and warming up a cold body real fast.
- Basic herbal tea (best to use the cinnamon sticks or chips for this purpose)
- Infused oil
- Tincture or glycerite
- Capsules and herbal pills
- Boil some water on the stove with cinnamon sticks, orange slices and cloves for a natural air freshener.
- cinnamon essential oil
How to Purchase Cinnamon
Medicinal Herbs A Beginner's Guide by Rosemary Gladstar
The Herbal Kitchen