How many people do you know that have a bottle of ground cinnamon sitting on their work desk? I would assume not many.
I estimate on the average day, I probably consume at least 1/2 to 1 tsp of cinnamon everyday. I really believe that there is no such thing as “too much cinnamon” and I put it in just about every thing. Not just baked good, but coffee, tea, and anything sweet.
But cinnamon is not my only vice. Nutmeg sure is right along beside it – obviously anything that tastes good with cinnamon, then it definitely tastes great with nutmeg. Plus nutmeg goes with even so much more — soups, vegetables, baked goods, breads, sauces etc.
I have always been told the great health benefits that come with both of these spices, but always seem to “forget” to look them up. It was not a rush by any means because it was not going to prevent me from continung to digest either of them in great amounts. But I remembered after having a latte with cinnamon and nutmeg sprinkled on top this morning and then having a cinnamon and apple yogurt with lunch. So here is some educational learning for ya’ll.
Health Benefits to Cinnamon
- Studies have shown that just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower LDL cholesterol.
- Several studies suggest that cinnamon may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar, making it especially beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes.
- In some studies, cinnamon has shown an amazing ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections.
- In a study published by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Maryland, cinnamon reduced the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.
- It has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.
- In a study at Copenhagen University, patients given half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder combined with one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast had significant relief in arthritis pain after one week and could walk without pain within one month.
- When added to food, it inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.
- One study found that smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.
- Researchers at Kansas State University found that cinnamon fights the E. coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices.
- It is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.
Health Benefits to Nutmeg
- Nutmeg oil is potent brain booster, increasing circulation and allowing you to concentrate better. It also works by stimulating the brain and therefore removes mental exhaustion and stress.
- Nutmeg oil also stimulates the cardiovascular system and therefore is a good tonic for the heart.
- Nutmeg is an effective liver and kidney detoxifier.
- Nutmeg powder heated on the pan with sesame oil until brown is an effective external application to relieve any rheumatic pain, neuralgia and sciatica. The oil should be cooled and strained before application. Nutmeg oil is also effective in treating menstrual cramps, muscular and joint pain as it is an excellent sedative.
- Nutmeg can help clear up congestion due to colds, this is the reason why it is used in many cough syrups.
- Nutmeg powder (about 5 to 15 grams), mixed with apple juice or banana, is used as a specific remedy for diarrhea caused by indigestion.
- A regular massage of the abdomen with nutmeg oil, three weeks before delivery is believed to be very helpful for child birth.
- Nutmeg paste mixed with honey is given to infants who cry at night for no apparent reason, to induce sleep.
- Nutmeg oil or powder mixed with a half-boiled egg and honey, makes an excellent sex tonic.
- Nutmeg oil helps in removing bad breath. It is also antiseptic in nature and is effective for toothaches and aching gums.
Perhaps this makes you want to consume cinnamon and nutmeg as much as I do?!? Oh, well… you know I had to give it a try. 🙂