Cinnamon is not a herb native to Nigeria, but are imported and the demand for it rises year in, year out. The origin of cinnamon can be traced back to ancient Egypt, as far back as 40 centuries ago. As Christians, we can tell that cinnamon was mentioned multiple times in the Bible but we never considered it efficacy.
Cinnamon is a powdery brownish substance that looks like Curry powder with a distinct taste, scent and colour. Cinnamon in Yoruba is called Oloorun, in Hausa language it is called Kirfa, and in Igbo it is called Pawuda.
Cinnamon powder which can be used as spice, as well as cinnamon oil, is gotten from the inner bark of a tree called Cinnamomum. To make cinnamon, the stem of the Cinnamomum tree is cut down and the inner bark is extracted (by peeling) from the tree. Now, when the inner bark dries up, it curls into rolls, called cinnamon sticks. These sticks are then further grounded to form cinnamon powder.
Benefits of Cinnamon powder
Apart from cinnamon being used as a spice to give a warm and a spicy Aroma to our meal, it can be added as a spice in foods like toast, small chops, desserts and some use it in ice creams too.
Cinnamon provides many impressive health benefits when consumed regularly.
- Respiratory illness,
- Gynecological issues
- Digestive problems
- Effective on blood glucose levels in those with Type2 Diabetes.
- It's a remedy for combating the common cold,
- Good for constipation,. Reduces Arthritis, joint pains.
- Helps reduce menstrual cramps for ladies
- Because of the antioxidant properties present in cinnamon, it has been shown to have the capability of protecting the brain from various neurological disorders like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases
- It helps fight off yeast infections in and on the body because of the present of anti-fungal contain in it.
- It can help protect the skin from infections, rashes, irritations, and allergic reactions.
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