The Sweet Healing Power of Cinnamon

Cinnamon, along with ginger, is often referred to as a "universal medicine." This sweet and heating bark is loaded with medicinal properties—and it’s tridoshic, which means it’s good for all body types.

Here’s a look at the many benefits of cinnamon:

  • Reduces the glycemic index of sugar, so it can be especially useful when dealing with diabetes
  • Helps crank up the digestive fire, or agni, easing digestion and decreasing the presence of undigested food in the stool
  • Due to its heating nature, helps eliminate toxins that have built up in the system
  • As an antifungal, fights the symptoms of candida
  • Helps to stimulate circulation
  • Works as an expectorant (clears mucus from the airways) and a diaphoretic (increases perspiration), which make it a great addition during the cold and flu season.
  • Relieves muscle tension—say, after a day of hard exercise or stressful bumper-to-bumper traffic
  • Energizing and heart strengthening.

Warm Cinnamon Apples

2 medium apples, cored and chopped
2 tablespoons raisins
½ teaspoon cinnamon, or to taste
¼ cup water
1 clove

Place all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn heat to low and cook, covered, until soft, about 5 minutes. Serve warm.

Lauren Gernady is the Academic Coordinator of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda, an Ayurvedic Health Counselor, and a 500-hour Kripalu Yoga teacher.

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