The use of some plants and natural remedies as a complement to improve our state of health, is increasingly common among the population. All this is due to the fact that there are certain vegetables that, due to their nutritional composition, have a series of very beneficial medicinal properties both to reduce the symptoms of some conditions and to lose weight, among other reasons.
Although in different stores we can find capsules and other natural products to use them as a food supplement, we can also make our own infusions at home using certain medicinal plants. Among the most popular herbal preparations for their health benefits, we find the cinnamon and laural infusion. But what are the uses of this natural remedy?
Properties and benefits of cinnamon
Cinnamon, also known scientifically as Cinnamomum verum J., is a species that is extracted from a perennial tree of the Lauráceas family from southern India and Sri Lanka, although it is currently grown in different warm areas of the world. Although there are different types of cinnamon, in general it has the following nutritional composition:
- Essential oils: it is mainly composed of cinnamaldehyde (responsible for its characteristic aroma).
- Vitamins: has thiamine, niacin, vitamin C and E.
- Minerals: among them its calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, zinc and manganese content stands out.
- Others: choline, pathogenic acid, mucilages, tannins and eugenol.
Thanks to this composition, cinnamon has the following health properties:
- Slimming properties: cinnamon has a thermogenic power that manages to raise our body temperature, which accelerates metabolism and increases the burning of accumulated fat in the body. In addition, thanks to its high fiber content, cinnamon has a satiating effect that helps reduce appetite.
- Regulatory properties: this spice is ideal for people with diabetes, since its consumption favors the regulation of blood sugar levels. Thanks to its vitamin content, cinnamon stimulates insulin receptors and thus inhibits the enzyme that activates them.
- Cardiovascular properties: this food condiment helps reduce the levels of both bad cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood, and in turn increases the levels of good cholesterol.
- Digestive properties: cinnamon favors and improves the digestion process of food, thus avoiding some problems in the stomach such as gas formation and abdominal swelling.
- Diuretic properties: this spice stimulates the functioning of the kidneys thus reducing the retention of fluids in our body.
Properties and benefits of laurel
The laurel, also known scientifically as Laurus nobilis L., is a tree of the Lauráceas family (like cinnamon) that is currently cultivated in different fresh and humid regions of the world and that has the following nutritional composition:
- Essential oils: among them pinene, cineole, linalool, sabinene and limonene.
- Organic acids: acetic, pelargonic and propionic among others.
- Vitamins: its high content of vitamin A and C stands out.
- Minerals: among them its contribution of manganese, calcium, phosphorus, iron, sodium, zinc, potassium and magnesium.
- Other nutrients: sesquiterpene lactones (costunolide and laurenobiolide), tannins and eugenol.
Thanks to this nutritional wealth, the benefits of laurel tea are the following:
- Digestive properties: due to its carminative and hepatic effect, the laurel favors both digestive secretions and peristaltic movements, thus improving the digestive process and reducing some problems such as flatus, heartburn and intestinal spasms.
- Expectorant properties: due to its cineole content, the leaves of this plant are a very useful remedy for respiratory diseases such as influenza, bronchitis and pharyngitis, since it has antibacterial, antitussive and antibronchytic properties.
- Diuretic properties: the laurel increases the elimination of liquids and toxins from the body, thus promoting both weight loss and liver and circulatory diseases.
- Circulatory properties: its contribution in fatty acids such as lauric and linoleic, give these leaves a circulatory power that improves the blood flow of the body.
- Regulatory properties: the laurel is also a useful remedy for the rule, since due to its regulatory power, it reduces abundant menses and improves those that are too poor.
How to prepare cinnamon and laurel tea at home
Now that you know what cinnamon and laurel tea is for, we explain, below, how to prepare it at home with the help of this simple step by step:
- 5 glasses of mineral water
- 6 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
How to prepare laurel and cinnamon tea – step by step
- Add the 5 glasses of mineral water in a saucepan and let them boil over medium heat.
- When it reaches its boiling point, add both cinnamon and bay leaves to the saucepan. Lower the heat and let the ingredients cook for 15 minutes.
- Now turn off the heat and let the ingredients rest a few more minutes while the water cools a little.
- Once you notice the water a little less hot, strain the contents to remove the remains of cinnamon and bay leaf and serve it in a glass.