Cinnamon has a long history as a traditional medicine, and is valued for its distinctive flavour, aroma and medicinal benefits. The bark of the cinnamon shrub is rich in essential minerals, including manganese, iron and calcium, and is believed to have antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-clotting properties. Traditionally, cinnamon bark has been used to treat a variety of complaints including digestive problems, diarrhoea, period pain and heavy menstruation. Some studies show that cinnamon can also help stop excessive bleeding, remove blood impurities and improve circulation, as well as regulate blood sugar levels. Other benefits include relief from stiffness of muscles and joints, and cinnamon’s ability to treat infections, colds, headaches, sore throats and the ‘flu.