Cinnamon and HealthOld home remedies use cinnamon in preparations to combat diarrhea and morning sickness, because it is a carminative (an agent that helps break up intestional gas).
Recent studies show that cinnamon enhances the ability of insulin to metabolize glucose, helping to control blood sugar levels. Although these tests have not been conducted on humans yet, many diabetics have added 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon per day to their daily diet, proclaiming favorable results. Controlling diabetes can help prevent coronary artery disease and high blood pressure.
Cinnamon also has antiseptic and astringent properties.
A study by Alan Hirsch, M.D. at the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago found cinnamon scored high as an aphrodisiac for males.
Use gloves when handling cinnamon oil to avoid contact dermatitis.
Cinnamon oil has been connected to the causation of miscarriages. Please contact your physician prior to any self-medication.
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