Cinnamon, Cinnamomum verum
Cinnamon is a warming herb known in Ayurveda to stimulate the heart and simultaneously balance the digestive system. Cinnamon helps in increasing ojas. According to Ayurveda, ojas is responsible for immunity, strength and vitality. Ojas is one of the three subtle forces in our body, acting as the ultimate energy reserve of the body and mind. Cinnamon improves absorption and supports healthy blood sugar. This variety is native to India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Myanmar. Its uniquely sweet, holding an uplifting aroma is referred to as “true cinnamon.”
Cinnamon bark has been used for thousands of years to stimulate the circulatory system and sooth the digestive system. It is useful in relieving flatulence, abdominal pain and improving liver function. It is also helpful in diarrhea, hemorrhoids and irritable bowel syndrome. Due to cinnamon strengthening digestion and absorption, it can help promote healthy circulation and joints. It can be combined with ginger to boost the digestive properties of cinnamon. Its popularity in cooler weather is due to its warming properties to comfort, soothe and contribute to clearing out the airways. Since cinnamon has antimicrobial properties, it is helpful in cough and colds, asthma and chronic respiratory problems.
Cinnamon helps in maintaining oral health and relieves bad breath. It helps in strengthening the teeth. It can act as a painkiller, helpful in nausea and vomiting and is useful in nervous system problems.