When you think of cinnamon, the first thing that comes to mind may be fall and all of the delightful, cinnamon filled treats. But, cinnamon has long been used around the world for its health benefits. Cinnamon has many benefits beyond being a loved spice and flavorful additive to both sweet and savory dishes.

1 Antioxidants

The majority of cinnamons health benefits can be attributed to the fact that it is rich in antioxidants. As a matter of fact, one teaspoon of cinnamon has just as many antioxidants as a full cup of pomegranate juice does. According to, Cinnamon Vogue, cinnamon is one of the top 7 antioxidants in the world.

2 Healing Properties

According to the, NCBI, Cinnamon has healing properties and can successfully be used to treat open wounds. The study showed significant improvement of pain, swelling, and redness in comparison to those not treated with cinnamon. 

3 Weight Loss

Cinnamon can help you lose weight by creating a chemical reaction when it is consumed. Your body reacts to the heat from the cinnamon and works to chemically digest it. This in turn speeds up your metabolism.

4 Sore Throat

It is believed that if you take cinnamon as soon as the symptoms of a sore throat and cough begin, the bacteria fighting agents in cinnamon will stop it in its tracks.

5 Food Preservative

Cinnamon may also be used to ward off bacteria and keep food fresh longer, even without refrigeration. According to, Cinnamon Extract, studies have shown that breads packed with cinnamon oil in the packaging combated 96% of mold growth compared to the bread packaged without it. It is believed that cinnamons antibacterial benefits are responsible for this outcome.

6 Massage Therapy

Cinnamon is extremely popular in massage oils for its natural heating effect. When combined with another oil, applying cinnamon oil directly to the skin is not recommended, it can be extremely useful for relieving muscle and joint pain.

7 Menstrual cramps

It is believed that the antioxidants and antimicrobial benefits of cinnamon can be used to relieve painful menstrual cramps. It is also able to fight microorganisms with its anti-inflammatory properties. More research is still needed to prove these effects one menstruation.

8 Cancer

Studies on animals have shown cinnamon to be beneficial in protecting against cancer. While far more research and clinical trials are still needed, cinnamon could give us a link to fighting of cancer in the future. It is believed that the cinnamon can reduce the growth of cancer cells and prevent blood vessels from forming in tumors.

9 Ant Repellant

Ants absolutely detest cinnamon. Sprinkle cinnamon at any entry point for ants in your home or areas where you have had a frequent ant problem. Sprinkling cinnamon directly on an ant bed will also cause them to move elsewhere. 

10 Cognitive Awareness

It is believed that just the smell of cinnamon is enough to keep your brain alert. Cinnamon oil is becoming extremely popular in perfumes and essential oil mixes. Cinnamon oil is mixed with a base oil and occasionally some others and then applied to the temples, forehead, neck, and even in oil burners to increase alertness and overall cognitive response.