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Ever wondered why cinnamon is such a commonly used spice?

Beyond its pleasant flavor in cider, mulled wine, baked buns or even breath mints, this helpful bark is used in medicinal herbal tonics to resolve digestive upset. It can help regulate the appetite, stabilize blood sugar and act as a natural remedy for nausea and vomiting. Plus, cinnamon helps ward off colds and flus, especially those that involve aches, chills and sweating. The spice is warming, soothing and delicious.

To make tea: Use 1 teaspoon per cup of boiling water. Let the drink steep for twenty minutes and enjoy! You can also add cinnamon to coffee, hot cereal, ice cream, toast or yogurt.

Essential oils are derived from large amounts of distilled plant material into concentrated essences, and cinnamon oils have many benefits. In aromatherapy, cinnamon essential oil is used to help with flus, coughs, colds, arthritis and viral infections, which is especially important as the seasons change.

When applied to the body topically, diluted cinnamon essential oils stimulate our circulatory systems and can even relieve pain. It is important to use oil from the leaves of the tree and not the bark, as that can irritate the skin. This cure has a warming effect which, combined with its analgesic properties, is great for relieving muscle and joint pain. It can also increase blood flow to the hands and feet, keeping us a little warmer on chilly evenings. Earth Tu Face’s Body Butter contains a small amount of cinnamon essential oil, so, besides smelling great, sort of like a coconut chocolate chai, you get the benefits of cinnamon essential oil on your skin and in your body.

So go ahead and add spice to your life!

photo credits: vianney rodriguez, qilai shen, saikat biswas

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