Sharing Some LOVE for Cinnamon
I first learned about the benefits of cinnamon for endometriosis from a fellow endo sister who was quick to express how drinking a cup of cinnamon tea every morning did wonders for her.
As I looked more into the benefits of this beloved spice, I realized why. I thought I’d share these benefits with you today, so hopefully you feel compelled to include it in your daily regime too.
Cinnamon is a very warming spice. It has long been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to help warm a cold uterus (symptoms of a cold uterus include a literally cold uterus with lower back pain, cramps that respond to heating pads and clotty menstrual blood).
Cinnamon has an anti-clotting effect on the blood and It also helps curb heavy menstrual bleeding. It is also used to help improve circulation (in TCM poor circulation is a common occurrence with endometriosis).
Cinnamon contains a natural component called cinnamaldehyde. Studies show that this element naturally increases progesterone. Yay!
Cinnamon supports the immune system as it has antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
It helps to strengthen digestion as it helps ward off bacteria growth in the gut, especially H. Pylori and candida overgrowth. This means that it is a great natural remedy for yeast infections and urinary tract infections (UTI) and can also be taken as a preventative measure.
It is also an effective remedy for diarrhea.
Cinnamon reduces insulin resistance (common with PCOS) as it slows down the breakdown of carbs in the small intestine. This results in less inflammation in the body and lays a pathway for improved hormonal balance.
Cinnamon is also said to help with headaches and migraines.
The Cinnamon Experiment
I am always on the look out for natural components that increase progesterone and was excited to learn that cinnamon is in this category.
I invested in a small bottle of cinnamon bark oil with the understanding that a little goes a long way.
I added just a drop of it to some warm water with a touch of honey and have been very much enjoying this as my morning tea.
I plan to do this throughout the remainder of my luteal phase and am curious to see how this affects my daily basal body temperatures (which have shown a pattern of low progesterone levels) and its impacts on the annoying spotting I’ve been experiencing prior to my period this past couple of months (another sign of low progesterone).
Cinnamon oil can also be added to a warm bath, to help dissolve into the skin. Only a touch (about half a drop) is needed.
If insulin resistance is a concern, then a couple of drops can be applied over the pancreas.
Remember: Cinnamon is HOT – literally, so if you decide to use it on the skin, then test first. If your skin is sensitive then it can be combined with a carrier oil like coconut oil.
Cinnamon oil can also be added to food and like I said, a little goes a long way!
Of note: Cinnamon oil should not be consumed if you are pregnant.
On the Positive Side?
After reviewing all the benefits of cinnamon for endometriosis what isn’t positive about it?
The cinnamon oil makes it easy to get a daily dose of cinnamon.
The powdered stuff works too for baking or what not. I believe my fellow endo sister who was ecstatic about her daily cinnamon tea just combined the hot water and the powdered cinnamon, or grated cinnamon stick. Why not experiment and find out? 🙂
Do you include cinnamon into your daily regime? Have you noticed any benefits? I’d love to hear from you….