Alhamdulillah Allah swt has blessed us with many foods, herbs and spices, many of which we have found very beneficial to our health and immune system.
In Morocco we have a number of frequently used spices and one of them is Cinnamon, we use this spice in savory foods like the famous Moroccan roast chicken & Tagine’s as well as in sweets, salads and desserts such as sliced oranges, milk puddings and cookies.
Cinnamon is a highly valued spice that has been used since ancient times for its medicinal and healing properties. It has the highest antioxidant strength of all the food sources and is several hundred more potent than any fruit or vegetable. Cinnamon is a great source of vitamins A and B-complex and minerals such as chromium, iron, zinc, and calcium.
It is particularly good for helping diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, indigestion, flatulence, and arthritis. Cinnamon is known to help prevent and shorten the duration of the flu as well to eliminate congestion and mucus from the body. It is also very beneficial for lowering cholesterol and to help regulate blood sugar. It is known to help increase circulation and contains anti-clotting compounds which makes it highly beneficial for helping to prevent strokes and coronary artery disease. It is also very good for reducing inflammation in the body making it helpful for people with autoimmune disorders such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Cinnamon also has the amazing ability to stop yeast infections, candida, and menstrual cramps. Cinnamon has anti-cancer properties and has been known to reduce the growth of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells within the body. It is commonly used in gum and dental treatments due to its pain relieving and antiseptic properties.
Cinnamon helps to boost memory and cognitive function, just smelling cinnamon spice or its essential oil can help make you more alert and focused. Cinnamon oil is also one of the most antimicrobial essential oils and is a potent disinfectant around the home and office. Cinnamon contains anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties that kill microorganisms such as staph, botulism, aflatoxin mold, E. coli, and cold and flu germs.
When I was little I would see my father add fresh cinnamon sticks to his gahwa (expressed coffee) as he brewed it, he said that it was good for the body as well as for taste. I didn’t think much of it at the time but later come to know he was right . I am currently adding cinnamon sticks to my mug of milk tea and strongly erge you to consider adding a couple of pinches of cinnamon every morning to morning tea, cereal, smoothie, or juice.
I am trying to encourage and educate my children from a young age to add these things to their daily routine, we frequently get our hands dirty in the kitchen together while I enlighten them with the benefits of the ingredients we are using. The other day we made a raw apple sauce recipe with 2 apples, 3 medjool dates, and a pinch of cinnamon. Placed it in a food processor and then blended it until smooth for a fresh and nutritious apple sauce
Cinnamon powder, cinnamon sticks, and cinnamon extract supplements can be found in most supermarkets, markets, local shops and even online.