One of my favorite spices is cinnamon. Cinnamon has many health benefits. I’m going to provide 2 easy healing cinnamon recipes in this post.
First, let’s look at what cinnamon can do, according to studies
- Balances blood sugar (this helps willpower and decision-making!)
- Protects heart health
- Lowers risk factor for pre-diabetes
- Helps prevent metabolic syndrome
- Promotes lean muscle mass
- Relieves symptoms of PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Sundrome)
- Cancer preventative
- Protects from stroke
- Aids brain health
- Supports liver health
- Helps with wound healing
- Regulates cholesterol
- Aids digestion
- Helps treat vaginal yeast infections
Rich in anti-aging and disease-fighting antioxidants, 1 teaspoon cinnamon has the same amount of antioxidants as 1/2 cup blueberries.
In addition to cinnamon’s health benefits, I love it because it’s a cravings reducer spice in desserts. I have been known to double or triple the amount of cinnamon that average recipes call for because it has the ability to bring a balanced richness to sweet foods. If you were to take chocolate, for example, add cinnamon, and really focus on how it tastes and feels in your body, you are likely to notice that you feel more satisfied with less.
This makes sense when you realize cinnamon’s ability to balance blood sugar and prevent insulin spikes. If you eat something sweet and blood sugar naturally goes up, cinnamon brings it back down. Here again, you are creating balance. This is the magic of the food nature provides us. There is always a way to balance things out so that we can stay centered, calm and grounded!
Easy Healing Recipes with Cinnamon
Combines fat, sweet and a digestive-enhancing cinnamon that balances everything out — this is a powerhouse of between-meal, willpower-boosting goodness.
Energizing Cinnamon-Maca Elixir
- 1 cup liquid: water, bone broth or vegetable broth
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons maca (optional, recommended for its energizing effects!) – you can use ground maca root or maca leaves. Strain out the leaves if you go that route.
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger (or 4 thin slices of fresh ginger)
- Optional: 1 teaspoon honey
*Put all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer the liquid on medium heat for 3 minutes If you like, add 2 teaspoons coconut oil for added energy and anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties.
When shopping for cinnamon, look for Ceylon, the “true cinnamon,” instead of cassia cinnamon because cassia could have health risks if consumed in large quantities.
You can find organic Ceylon cinnamon chips at MountainRoseHerbs.com. These chips are really easy to grind in a spice or coffee grinder for really fresh, over the top flavor.
What is your favorite way to enjoy cinnamon?
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