Discover how to use cinnamon to relieve diarrhea.
Aromatic bark of cinnamon Cinnamomum Verum, Ceylon cinnamon has always been used in baking or cooking, but also as a natural remedy in herbal medicine. Among its many benefits, cinnamon helps relieve diarrhea.
Let’s find out together why and how to use cinnamon against diarrhea and what is called turista!
Cinnamon will not be effective against all diarrhea. Indeed, intestinal disturbances can have several causes and origins:
• stress and anxiety
• intense emotions
• food intolerances
• some drugs
• viral or bacterial digestive infections
It is only in the case of viral or bacterial diarrhea that cinnamon is effective, it will not affect other cases.
Cinnamon is very rich in a component of the family of fragrant aldehydes called trans-cinnamaldehydes. This compound has many benefits on the body and gives a large part of the health benefits of cinnamon, but it is above all a powerful broad-spectrum antibacterial.
Numerous studies have been carried out to determine the effectiveness of trans-cinnamaldehyde on our bodies. The results show that it destroys Gram + and Gram – bacteria, the vast majority of harmful bacteria, in less than an hour, even in small doses.
It is even capable of defeating bacteria resistant to antibiotics such as the bacterium Escherichia coli for example.
Comparative studies have shown that cinnamon essential oil is the most effective of the essential oils at destroying bacteria.
Beyond that, cinnamon has antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, anti-virus, anti-parasitic, and antiseptic properties. It is therefore food that makes it possible to prevent, and even treat, infections and inflammations of the intestinal flora. In addition, it stimulates gastric secretions.
Thus, cinnamon is ideal for calming heartburn, fighting against digestion problems and intestinal ailments (bloating, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, stomach upsets, etc.).
Among all the symptoms it can relieve is diarrhea.
Cinnamon is a broad-spectrum antibacterial, one of the most effective natural products for relieving diarrhea in the so-called “Turista” traveler. The Turista is true of infectious origin, caused by the inability of the body to adapt to the unknown bacteria brought during travel abroad.
Boil the equivalent of a cup of water, once boiling, stop the heating and put a heaped teaspoon of ground cinnamon to infuse for 5 minutes, covered.
Sweeten with a little honey, because the honey-cinnamon combination is very effective, and drink 3 times a day until the symptoms stop, without exceeding a week. If diarrhea persists after 3 days, see a doctor.
In the form of essential oil, it can be used for external internet use.
Internally, put 1 drop of essential oil on support: a small piece of sugar, a piece of dry biscuit, a teaspoon of honey or olive oil, in a neutral tablet, etc. Take 4 times a day.
Externally, Cinnamon essential oil should not be applied purely to the skin. Dilute a few drops of essential oil in a little vegetable oil (sweet almond oil or argan oil for example), then use it to massage the abdomen.
Most of the precautions concern the essential oil, the spice being relatively safe, consult the contraindications related to cinnamon to consume cinnamon safely.
In the form of essential oil, cinnamon is dermocaustic, that is to say, that it can cause irritation or even burns of the skin and mucous membranes such as the mouth, eyes, esophagus, etc.
It is therefore important not to use it purely on the skin, but to dilute it to at least 3%, and to be very careful when taking it orally, even diluted.
The essential oil can be consumed from the age of 6 but is prohibited for younger children, as well as pregnant or breastfeeding women.
Acute diarrhea is not dangerous in itself, the danger is the resulting dehydration, especially in sensitive subjects such as children, the elderly, or the sick. The basic advice is to stay hydrated.
Certain foods should be avoided so as not to accentuate the soft stools: fibrous foods such as fruits and green vegetables, but also spicy dishes, frozen foods or drinks, etc.
Diarrhea is often mild, however, there are times when it is necessary to see a doctor if:
• diarrhea lasts longer than 3 days
• she touches an infant
• it is accompanied by acute abdominal pain
• stool contains blood or phlegm
• you suffer from symptoms of dehydration
• you come back from a trip to a tropical country