Cinnamon contraindications

The cinnamon plant

The cinnamon tree is an evergreen that belongs to the Lauraceae family. It is native to Sri Lanka and Malaysia. It can reach a height of 15 meters and it is from the inside of its bark that the cinnamon stick is obtained. The procedure consists in taking the branches and stems of the plant that are at least three years old. They are then sectioned and rolled up, then left to dry. With this process, the outer bark is gradually eliminated until the actual cinnamon stick is obtained. This plant is impossible to grow in our country due to the unfavorable climate. There are two types of cinnamon plants: the first is called “Queen cinnamon” originally from Sri Lanka and is the most valuable; the “Cinnamon of China”

The medicinal properties of cinnamon

The beneficial properties of cinnamon sticks are endless. It is a natural antiseptic, it fights fungi, viruses and bacteria. Helps in cases of flu and cold by clearing the airways. It is a disinfectant of the oral cavity and can also be used on wounds. Effective in slimming treatments to regulate the sense of hunger. It can be used as a natural antioxidant because it is able to lower the cholesterol level in the blood. It fights flatulence and diarrhea thanks to its astringent action. It is a good help for type 2 diabetes: containing polyphenols, it has an action on the body similar to insulin. This spice promotes digestion by preventing abdominal fermentation.

Contraindications for the use of cinnamon

Like all substances that have therapeutic properties, even for cinnamon we must be careful in taking it. The ideal dose, for its benefits, is three grams per day. It is absolutely not recommended to give cinnamon to children under the age of two. If the recommended doses are exceeded, it can stimulate uterine contractions and for this reason it is not suitable for pregnant people. Cinnamon contains a substance called coumarin which, due to its properties when taken in high doses, can be toxic to the liver and kidneys. In some cases of cinnamon allergy, skin reactions, rapid heartbeat, excessive sweating, diarrhea and in more severe cases even seizures may appear. In any case, cinnamon is used as an internal remedy,

Cinnamon contraindications: How to use cinnamon

Cinnamon finds its applications especially in the kitchen. It is used in powder form to make sweet and savory recipes and often in association with other spices such as curry. It is also used to make excellent spiced drinks such as mulled wine, sangria, liqueurs and punch. To preserve cinnamon, it is best to place it in an airtight jar and stored away from air and light. If we take a cinnamon tea by adding honey, it becomes a very powerful drink rich in therapeutic properties. The essential oil is obtained from the cinnamon root which, in addition to being an excellent disinfectant, can be used as a mouthwash for gingivitis and inflammation of the mouth. The use of cinnamon combined with other ingredients can turn into a cosmetic product. Mixed with honey it can become an antibacterial mask to fight acne. By mixing cinnamon, honey and warm olive oil you get a beauty mask to thicken your hair. By mixing sea salt, cinnamon, almond oil, olive oil and honey you get a fantastic scrub that will leave our skin soft, luminous and fragrant.

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