Cinnamon | Tvak

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When cinnamon is mentioned, perhaps you think of the aroma of freshly baked cinnamon buns, or adding a dash of cinnamon to your favourite coffee. Yet in Ayurveda, cinnamon, known as tvak, is understood as much more than a comforting flavor--it's also a powerful medicine for the respiratory, cardiovascular and female reproductive systems. Cinnamon is also very beneficial for blood sugar problems. Here is a selection of cinnamon home remedies.

Cinnamon Remedies

  1. Cough, cold, congestion: Mix ½ tsp. cinnamon in 1 tsp. honey. Eat 2-3 x daily.
  2. Sore throat: Mix 1 tbsp. honey, 1 tsp. cinnamon and 1 tsp. lemon juice in a cup of hot water and drink.
  3. Toothache, gum problems: Make a paste of cinnamon in honey and apply 2-3 x daily.
  4. To strengthen teeth: chew on a small piece of cinnaomon.
  5. Home made yummy cinnamon toothpowder: Mix equal parts of cinnamon, clove, fennel, licorice root powder and cardamom.
  6. Diarrhoea: Combine ½ cup yoghurt, ½ tsp. cinnamon and pinch of nutmeg. Eat this 2-3 x daily until symptoms subside.
  7. Sinus headache: Make a paste of ½ tsp. cinnamon mixed in water and apply to the temples or the area of pain.
  8. To lower LDL cholesterol: take ½ tsp. cinnamon daily
  9. Weight loss: Take 2 cups boiling water, add ½ tsp. cinnamon powder and steep for 5-10 minutes. Add 2 tsp. honey Drink on an empty stomach first thing in the morning.
  10. Dysmenorrhoea or menorrhagia: Take 1 teaspoon of hibiscus and 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon and steep for 20 minutes in 1 cup boiling water. Strain and drink 3-4 times daily.
  11. Cold hands and feet: Steep 1tsp. cinnamon and ¼ tsp. trikatu, (dry ginger, black pepper and long pepper), in 1 cup hot water for 10 minutes, add honey and drink 2x daily. (If you don't have trikatu you can use 1/8 tsp. dry ginger and 1/8 tsp. black pepper instead).

Note: If you are pregnant, do not use cinnamon home remedies (you may still use cinnamon as a spice).

Sources: Alandi Pharmacy manual, Ayurvedic Cooking for Self-Healing by Usha and Vasant Lad, http://theindianspot.com/home-remedies-using-cinnamon/.

Alakananda Ma M.B., B.S. (Lond.) is a Certified Ayurvedic Doctor (NAMA) and graduate of a top London medical school. She is co-founder of Alandi Ayurveda Clinic and Alandi Ayurveda Gurukula in Boulder Colorado, as well as a spiritual mother, teacher, flower essence maker and storyteller. Alakananda is a well known and highly respected practitioner in the Ayurveda community both nationally and internationally.

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