Cinnamon has been used for thousands of years for its medicinal properties and is even mentioned in the Bible. As well, ancient Egyptians and other cultures valued it not just for flavor but also for its invigorating and antiseptic properties. As a strong spice, it is used in small quantities. Cinnamon can increase the utilization of glucose in the presence of insulin thus lowering blood sugar. We’ve had customers report on the success of using cinnamon extract (in capsules) in controlling their blood sugar.
The astringent and anti-bacterial activities of cinnamon, to say nothing of the popular flavor, have not gone unnoticed by manufacturers. You see mouth wash, toothpaste and even lip gloss with natural cinnamon oil as the “flavor.” I once made a cinnamon liqueur and discovered that it can be constipating. Of course, then I remembered that traditionally we combine cinnamon with raisins in most recipes and raisins, like all dried fruit, are a mild laxative. However, a cinnamon liqueur (or strong cinnamon tea) may be a cure for diarrhea.