Tuesday, January 27, 2009
HERB OF THE MONTH
Cinnamon is certainly not uncommon to most. In fact, it is widely used as a spice in a variety of different cultures...delicious in Middle Eastern savory dishes, Mexican chocolate, decadent North American sweets....
Pharmacologically speaking, Cinnamon has many actions and it is one of the few spices that can be consumed directly.
Cinnamon is what is considered 'warming'. Perfect for these cold winter days!
It has been often used to treat gastrointestinal disturbances and is high in anti-oxidant activity.
Cinnamon also has anti-microbial properties and therefore has been used in the prevention of colds. Perhaps that's why cinnamon 'hearts' are so popular in February? (in addition to their festive shape)...just a thought!
Cinnamon has also been used in the treatment of Type II Diabetes and Insulin resistance. ... so never mind the comment regarding the candy hearts!
Sprinkle a little on your morning breakfast to help with those afternoon crashes.