Herb of the Month: Cinnamon

The herb for January is Cinnamon!

This tasty spice is native to Indonesia, China, and Sri Lanka. The two common types of cinnamon used for herbal medicine are ceylon and cassia. Cassia cinnamon, or Cinnamomum cassia in it’s latin name, comes from the bark of the tree found in Indonesia and China; while, ceylon cinnamon, or Cinnamomum zeylanicum in it’s latin name, is found mostly in Sri Lanka and is also harvested from the bark of the tree. Ceylon is lighter in color and tends to sell for a higher cost. Both are used in stick, chip, and powder form.

The benefits of herbal purposes are similar in both ceylon and cassia, however, there are higher amounts of coumarin found in cassia than in ceylon. This is why some people prefer to utilize ceylon if taking cinnamon for extended periods of time. Coumarin is a naturally occurring organic constituent that has been shown to cause liver damage if consumed in high amounts. Many common herbs have coumarin naturally occurring, some in higher amounts than others. It is important to understand the amount of coumarin you are consuming and for what length of time you will be consuming it. Always consult with your health care supporter in order to know more about the effects of coumarin on your body.

The abundant qualities of cinnamon include:

  • lowering blood sugar
  • stimulating the circulatory system
  • creating heat in the body
  • relieves congestion
  • stops diarrhea
  • stimulates uterus and encourages menstruation

Cinnamon is spicy and tasty in tea blends and food. For the winter months it is a great spice to use for added body heat!

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Amelia Weesies

Amelia Weesies is a Michigan native who was drawn to the west coast for her love of tall trees and an affinity for holistic healing. As a sprite young sunflower Amelia began dancing in her back yard, twirling amongst the tall grass, trees, and throughout her mothers garden. As a dancer her curiosity for movement and its healing abilities allured her into the world of Yoga. While practicing yoga as a means to find union and synergy in her health Amelia was introduced to the world of naturopathy. Experiencing a lifelong challenge with anxiety and panic attacks she finally found herself in the office of a naturopath in Durango, Colorado. Two weeks into completely changing her diet and using herbal supplements Amelia understood that our relationship with food and plants is vastly expansive. Amelia is amazed at the body’s ability to heal itself along with the role herbs play to assist in healing.

Amelia is twirling through and exploring the world of academia and hopes to merge her curiosities of the earth, movement, and spirituality. When she’s not sashaying through the forest or in a down dog, you can find her reading Harry Potter for the seventh time, creating new hairstyles, or listening to The Robcast.

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