In my opinion the power of cinnamon is the one of the best-kept secrets in the medical field; definitely in the top 10.
Yes, it is hard to imagine, yet believe, that one half teaspoon of a common spice can alleviate two of the most life-threatening concerns in America today: high blood pressure and diabetes.
As little as one half teaspoon of cinnamon will decrease your blood sugar levels immediately by 20 percent. Really. Every day that you sprinkle the aromatic spice in your coffee, on your cereal or an apple slice, you will maintain a healthier heart.
Cinnamon has lots of healing power, and consuming as little as one half teaspoon a day can lead to health benefits such as lowering high blood pressure, according to many health experts and studies.
Dr. James A. Duke explained in "The Green Pharmacy Guide to Healing Foods" that it is a rarity when clinical trials show that more is not better. Half a teaspoon does the job. The very first day that the test group stopped their flavorful addition to their food, everyone's blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides level rose immediately.
If that last paragraph is not a head shaker, I do not know what could be. Here we have an incredibly inexpensive product sold for $1 dollar that can literally save your life.
Cinnamon aids in the circulation of the blood, acting as a natural blood thinner. Balch's "Prescription for Natural Healing" explains that cinnamon also leads to weight loss because it affects the metabolism of fats.
In Kloss' standard the 1949 "Back to Eden," it is explained that the powdered bark of Cinnamon zeylanicum helps nausea because it actually warms the stomach and expels the gas. He suggests making hot cinnamon tea, but warns that the spice often acts as a laxative.
Earl Mindell's "New Herb Bible" suggests keeping handy a little bottle of cinnamon oil. Add a few drops to warm water for relief of an upset stomach, gas or diarrhea. He shares that as an aroma, cinnamon clears the brain, improves thought processes and increases energy.
I learned in "Chinese Herbal Secrets" by Stephan Chmelik that when cooking with Gui Pi, it should be added during the last five minutes or the flavorful oil will evaporate. Also, cinnamon invigorates our blood, warming not only our stomach, but our spleen and kidneys.
Lower back pain and arthritis can be alleviated by ingesting this spice.
Consider this "new" information to be one of those "last to find out" moments. A couple of pinches of cinnamon in warm milk has been a common remedy for diarrhea in the West Indies, Brazil and the Pennsylvania Dutch for a very long time. Bottom Line's "Secret Cures" shares that sucking on a cinnamon stick sweetens your breath and can reduce the desire for a nasty cigarette. Eating cinnamon has been found in many cases to cure bed wetting - certainly worth a try!
I heard this week on CNN's HLN News that cinnamon stabilizes sugar and insulin. The secret is out!
Have fun finding delicious ways to lower your blood sugar and blood pressure. Mary Ann's favorite is sprinkling cinnamon on a juicy sliced apple. Martha adds hers to oatmeal and this writer fluctuates between adding to my coffee or the ultimate cinnamon toast.
If you do not like the taste of cinnamon, you can purchase capsules at your local health food store and still reap the benefits explained here.
You do not need a prescription to improve your health status - just remember today's important word: Cinnamon. Consider sharing this life-saving hint with everyone single person you talk to for the next month. Just kidding! But you know what I mean - this is information far too powerful to keep to yourself.
Thank you, Mary Ann, for suggesting cinnamon for "Naturally Thinking."
I have made many new best friends for life after sharing this story of naturally thinking, and you will too. You're welcome!
- Lauren d'Ablemont Ragland is a freelance writer living in the heart of the Monongahela National Forest in Randolph County. This column provides general health and natural healing information and is not specific advice intended for any particular individual(s). Readers can share suggestions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.