Most Commonly Found: Cinnamon is the dried bark of various laurel trees in the cinnamomun family and is perhaps the most common baking spice. While it is commonly used worldwide, it is grown in the Caribbean, South America, and Southeast Asia.
Stone Cold Facts: Cinnamon is a healing spice that's been used throughout history in baking and cooking. It's easy to find, affordable and is highly valued throughout the world.
What to Heal: According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Cinnamon may be used to treat muscle spasms, vomiting, diarrhea, infections, the common cold, loss of appetite, and erectile dysfunction (ED).
Additionally, the National Institutes of Health reports that cinnamaldehyde - a chemical found in Cassia cinnamon - can help fight against bacterial and fungal infections.
Tel Aviv University researchers also discovered that it may help prevent Alzheimer's disease.
A study of Indian medicinal plants revealed that it may also be effective against HIV.
Rush University Medical Center also proved that it may help stop the destructive process of multiple sclerosis.
Trying to lose weight? Penn State researchers say that diets rich in cinnamon can help reduce the body's negative responses to eating high-fat meals.
It also may help wound healing and is healing for illness at large.
In Ayurvedic terms, cinnamon pacifies Vata and Kapha doshas, but it may aggravate Pitta dosha if taken in excess. It has a sweet, pungent, and bitter rasa or initial taste, it is heating, and has a pungent vipak or aftertaste (Vedic Healing).
How to Heal: Cinnamon is commonly added to foods or beverages. It is also often turned into an essential oil or taken as a supplement.
Related Chakras: Consuming cinnamon is a great way to heal the solar plexus.
Spirituality + Psychic Properties: Cinnamon has been used by various cultures to increase spiritual energy and it brings great warmth to any situation. If you are feeling down or depressed and are needing some gentle fire, try incorporating consuming cinnamon (Tribe of the Sun).
History + Lore: Cinnamon has been consumed since around 2,000 BC in Ancient Egypt, where it was very highly prized. In fact, it was so highly prized among ancient nations that it was regarded as a gift fit for monarchs and even for a god: a fine inscription records the gift of cinnamon and cassia to the temple of Apollo at Miletus. It was also highly valued in both Ancient Greece and Rome and was used to flavor wine.
The Hebrew Bible makes specific mention of the spice many times. First when Moses is commanded to use both sweet cinnamon and cassia in the holy anointing oil, in Proverbs where the lover's bed is perfumed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon, and in Song of Solomon, a song describing the beauty of his beloved, cinnamon scents her garments like "the smell of Lebanon."
During medieval times, doctors used cinnamon to treat conditions such as coughing, arthritis and sore throats. It was a highly valued and traded product during 17th-century exploration and has continuously been seen as a valuable spice.