The warming, sweet, delightful scent of fall and winter tea blends. Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pies, chai tea, spiced rum, and mulled cider. Cinnamon plays a very important role in our cuisine when it’s cold, dark, and damp outside. It not only plays a key role in European influenced cuisines, but it has also been used traditionally in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), Ayurveda, and Middle Eastern food and medicine for thousands of years. Its delightful aroma and comforting taste make it a must-have for any pantry or medicine cabinet.
It may be balmy and summery where you are, but one thing we can [most likely] still count on in this strange year is, in the words of House Stark, “Winter is coming.” Cinnamon is a wonderful herb to have on hand as the cooler weather begins to set in. It is one of my go-to demulcents for winter, because not only does it moisten and soothe mucus membranes, including in the gut and the lungs; but it is also warming, which is something that you don’t often find in a demulcent herb.
That isn’t the only reason we decided to republish this issue, however. Cinnamon is also moistening, stimulating, and soothing to lung tissues, in addition to being antimicrobial and antiviral. This has proven to be helpful in the tea blends that I have created for people suffering from lung damage due to the fires raging in the western US, as well as from respiratory diseases, including COVID. Cinnamon has been a staple in my teas for people who are first presenting with COVID symptoms—cough, reduced senses of smell and taste, and lethargy, followed by a colder-than-normal constitution. This stage happens before the fever and can linger for 1–7 days before the actual fever symptoms begin. I use a cinnamon, ginger, and monarda herbal tea blend to help stimulate a fever and get the body started fighting the disease more quickly.
While my family was sick with COVID in the spring, and for weeks after, we used cinnamon honey in teas, coffees, cocoas, and pretty much anything warm that we drank. This helped us clear mucus from our lungs and ultimately breathe better.
I hope you’ll enjoy this issue about cinnamon and learn to enjoy it not only as a delicious winter treat, but as a potent herbal medicine that can be used to combat unwanted symptoms of respiratory or digestive issues.
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Cinnamon Herbal Monograph
Cinnamon History and Mythology
Cinnamon in the Bible
Cinnamon for Digestion
Canela, Kaneel, Shinamon
Cinnamon Body Care Recipes
Recipes to Increase Daily Cinnamon Intake
Cinnamon for Kids
Cinnamon Bark and Leaf Essential Oils