With the Holidays arriving very soon, I have been thinking of some herbs that are particularly appreciated this time of the year, whether by themselves or in combination with other herbs. In my mind, and due to my taste preference (!), Cinnamon is the first one that shows up.

Cinnamon has been for a long time a highly sought spice. Its origins are primarily from Ceylon, and it was one of the highest sought and priced items of the Spice Trade since a long long time ago.

Cinnamon cookies, Cinnamon spiced tea (drunk widely in South West Asia, especially Arabia), and definitely Cinnamon spiced coffee –esp. in Europe– have been around since at least the 16th century in the Western world. Usually, we appreciate a spice like Cinnamon, however we tend to ignore its medicinal properties, which are actually phenomenal.

Did you know, for instance, that, in medical studies, Cinnamon :

  • Lowers Cholesterol
  • Helps with Diabetes by controlling blood sugar
  • Is a great agent for blood anti-clotting
  • Has often more positive effects in stopping yeast infections than drugs
  • Reduces the spreading of Cancer Lymphoma cells
  • Reduces Arthritis pain when combined with a spoonful of Honey on a daily basis
  • Fights E-Coli bacteria
  • Is a strong Anti-Bacterial
  • Improves memory
  • Is high in nutrients such as calcium, manganese and iron.

(Reference:  http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/10-health-benefits-of-cinnamon.html

All of the above, combined with its amazing taste, make it a great herb – not just for the Holiday season, but for daily use around the year.

So let’s make some Cinnamon cookies, and let’s add Cinnamon to our tea and coffee, on a daily basis!!!

Happy Holidays!!


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Charoula Dontopoulos
Certified Herbalist
Holistic Health Advisor
BC Polarity Therapy Practitioner