There’s a reason men once risked their lives to acquire the spices of the Far East. Cinnamon is a spice held in the highest regard for its powerful medicinal qualities as well its aphrodisiac power.
It is a spice used in Asia to guard against colds. And it is used around the world as flavoring for both sweet and savory dishes. It’s also used as an aromatherapy agent for relaxation. As you can see, cinnamon benefits are vast and worth exploring in greater detail.
Cinnamon benefits sexually
Today, cinnamon is best known as a popular baking spice. But at one time, cinnamon was more valuable than gold because of its curative properties. Kind of amazing considering this spice is simply the bark of a tree!
It can make you more kissable
There’s an interesting way of using cinnamon to improve your odds in the bedroom. This spice is recognized for an ability to reduce unwanted odors, like bad breath. In addition, according to Science News, it can kill nasty bacteria in your mouth.
Doesn’t that make the prospect of kissing a cinnamon eater a whole lot more inviting?
Cinnamon can lower blood sugar
One of the more surprising benefits of cinnamon is that it is recognized for an ability to lower blood sugar. How? It appears that cinnamon interferes with digestive enzymes in a way that decreases the amount of glucose entering your bloodstream after a meal. In addition, it appears that a compound in cinnamon can mimmic insulin, although it seems to act more slowly than real insulin.
Now how is this going to improve your sex life? Poorly controlled blood sugar can damage blood vessels and nerves and eventually will diminish sexual response.
Cinnamon benefits for men
While cinnamon is considered an aphrodisiac for both men and women, there is one way in which it may specifically help men with a sexual health boost.
Although it is low in calories, this spice is a source of manganese, a nutrient essential to the health of your love life. Here’s some more great information on why the manganese in cinnamon might benefit a man’s sex life. It also contains trace amounts of potassium and zinc, two more nutrients beneficial to men’s sexual health.
How cinnamon is used as an aphrodisiac
I’ve covered the ways in which cinnamon benefits your sexual health. But there are stills some aphrodisiac properties of cinnamon to cover.
Cinnamon is among the spices considered useful for producing “heat” within the body. (This group also includes nutmeg and cardamom.) These warming spices are all measured to increase appetite, both physical and sexual.
In fact, legend has it that a drop of cinnamon oil rubbed onto the genitals is surprisingly useful in producing powerful sexual stimulation. But if you choose to experiment with this application, please use the oil sparingly. Because as I said, the warming spices produce heat!
Benefits of cinnamon to overall health
You may have heard that cinnamon can boost metabolism. There has been some clinical research into the potential of cinnamon oil to trigger weight loss. But the evidence is inconclusive.
A surprisingly antioxidant-rich spice
More study-based cinnamon benefits include anti-aging potential thanks to cinnamon’s high antioxidant content. In fact, in a head-to-head match with 25 other spices, including superfood garlic, cinnamon came out on top when it comes to antioxidant power. Which means this baking spice could just be the best defense in the fight against aging.
What does cinnamon and honey do?
The combination of cinnamon and honey is not only tasty but it’s been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries as a healing tonic. The combination is believed to treat everything from heart disease to the common cold.
Interestingly both ingredients are proven to lower risk of heart disease. Honey is clinically proven to lower LDL cholesterol. And cinnamon consumption is associated with increasing HDL (good) cholesterol. That being said, there is little to support the idea that serving the two together in a drink will give you greater heart health benefits than consuming either one alone.
There is also a theory that drinking a honey and cinnamon tonic will reverse the signs of aging. Like cinnamon, honey is packed with antioxidants. So there’s no reason to believe you aren’t doubling your anti-aging power by consuming the two together.
As for whether honey plus cinnamon can cure a common cold, I can’t find any scientific evidence to support that claim. But there is some evidence that the combination of honey and cinnamon can aid in wound healing.
How to make sure what you’re buying is true cinnamon
There is one thing you should know about cinnamon: how to identify it. What is readily available in your neighborhood grocery store is probably not “true” cinnamon. The most common variety of spice sold today is Cassia, aka Chinese cinnamon. (“True cinnamon” is also called Ceylon cinnamon.)
Now, it is believed that both varieties have healing properties. So as far as aphrodisiacs go, Cassia should give you results. But where they differ is flavor. Healthline has an excellent explanation if you’re looking to dive deeper into the best uses for each type.
What can you do with cinnamon?
If you’re ready to start boosting your cinnamon intake, here are some of my favorite recipes featuring cinnamon:
This article was written in 2010 and most recently updated in August 2021.
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