As the Latin name indicates, true cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) is a native of Ceylon, which was renamed Sri Lanka in 1972. The ‘other’ kind of cinnamon, also known as Cassia or Chinese cinnamon, is spicier and better for meats and curries, while true cinnamon is milder and better for sweet dishes, cakes and the like.
The benefits of either cinnamon lie primarily in its ability to kill germs on contact, making it an excellent mouth wash, cold and flu fighter, and yeast / fungal infections reducer. Even if you are not suffering from any of these currently, using cinnamon frequently in your food preparation can be a preventative measure.
Adding half a teaspoon of cinnamon tincture to half a tumbler of water makes an excellent antiseptic mouth wash. To make a cinnamon tincture, combine 10.5 Tbsp of powdered cinnamon with 1.25 cups of vodka. Add enough water to make a 50% alcohol solution. Fill into a bottle or mason jar and let set for two weeks, shaking it once in the morning and once in the evening. Strain and pour into a bottle suitable for storage. The tincture will last for a long time.
Fighting Common Cold and Flu (for adults)
To break up fever and congestion that are common with the flu and the common cold, try this drink (not for children, however, as it contains alcohol):
Combine 2 cups of water with a small cinnamon stick and a few cloves in a small sauce pan. Bring to a slow boil, for about 3 minutes. Take off the heat, add 2 tsp lemon juice, 1.5 Tbsp dark honey or blackstrap molasses, and 2 Tbsp of whiskey. Stir well, cover and let steep for about 20 minutes. Drink half a cup at a time every 3 to 4 hours.
Reducing Yeast and Fungal Infections
Cinnamon solution can be used to help clear up athlete’s foot, and help reduce Candida albicans. To make a cinnamon solution, bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Add 8 – 10 broken cinnamon sticks. Reduce heat to low setting and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let steep, covered, for about 45 minutes. Strain and use while still lukewarm for either problem, as a foot bath or douche.
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