Cinnamon is one of the most important and most sought after spices everywhere around the globe. In some parts of the world, a long time ago it was even more valuable than gold. Nowadays, it can be purchased in most well equipped supermarkets. Peppermint is also one of the plants which have been used for numerous different types of medicinal and culinary purposes for many centuries now. Peppermint was once believed to have magical and supernatural properties, so it has been cherished and valued for quite some time now.
Cinnamon originates from Sri Lanka and it has been mentioned in the Bible as well. It has been used in the traditional Chinese medicine for more than 4 millennia. It has been used for the embalming in the times of the ancient Egypt and it has been used as a very potent preservative in the medieval times of Europe. During the times of numerous centuries, different cultures have used cinnamon as a flavoring agent and a preservative but it has also been used for various medicinal purposes as well such as the treatment of sore throat, coughing, diarrhea and morning sickness. Cinnamon is also very popular because of its very potent aphrodisiac, antiseptic and astringent properties. Certain medical studies have shown that cinnamon may be very efficient in reducing the levels of sugar in the blood, especially in those who suffer from diabetes.
Peppermint is another beneficial plant which has been used for various purposes for quite a large number of centuries. In the times of the ancient Rome and Greece it has been used for the creation of festival crowns, it has been used as a popular flavoring agent and it also helped with many different types of medical issues. It has always been considered as a symbol of virtue and wisdom and as a plant for love and passion. English folklore tales claim that finding a flowering mint plant on Midsummer’s day brings eternal happiness. According to French folklore, a bouquet of peppermint protects one from various wicked and evil spirits. In Italian folklore, people use peppermint to protect the children from evil spells, silk worms and sickness. Peppermint is known for its very potent antiseptic and anesthetic properties and it can be of great help for all those who suffer from certain medical conditions such as nausea, seasickness, dizziness and different forms of digestion related medical problems. Cinnamon and peppermint are very efficient in stimulating the functioning of the central nervous system.