You wouldn’t expect it, but Cinnamon is a nutrient powerhouse.

It’s packed with antioxidants that help combat aging and disease. And it’s spice. So it’s easy to pack and carry without taking up much room.

As Preppers, we are always seeking high yield and high return resources to have. This spice is one of them. A Preppers Pantry wouldn’t be complete without it.

Benefits of Cinnamon For Long-Term Survival

To the ancient Egyptians. cinnamon was worth more than gold. Here are 18 reasons why.

18. Candida Yeast Infection Remedy

The term “Candida” is just a scientific term for yeast. Small amounts of it are in your mouth and intestines to help support the digestion process. This yeast is capable of causing issues when our bodies start to produce more than it should.

According to Amy Myers MD, cinnamon is one of the foods that help combat this.

“Cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory spice with added anti-fungal properties. Similar to caprylic acid, it appears to damage yeast cells, causing them to denature and eventually die off. Cinnamon appears to be beneficial in the treatment of Candida, H. pylori, and even head lice, but it should not be used while pregnant or in the presence of a stomach or intestinal ulcer”.

Yes, this Candida infection it sounds like a SHTF scenario, stock up on the cinnamon.

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17. Air Freshener

It’s tough to survive when the air around you isn’t fresh. If you find yourself in a smelly situation with no other solutions. Grab some cinnamon.

Smelling something pleasant around you isn’t exactly needed for survival. But it doesn’t hurt either.

16. Battle Blood Pressure

Studies have shown to help stabilizes high blood sugar, reducing high blood pressure.

15. Strong Heart For Long-Term Survival

Cinnamon contains high amounts of antioxidants which are healthy in a range of different ways. They have been shown to also help cut the risk of developing heart disease.

14. Manage Diabetes

Are you diabetic? It’s been shown to help regulate your levels of blood sugar. Diabetes is caused by sustained high levels of blood sugar, cinnamon may be able to reduce your levels in general.

13. Keeps Teeth Healthy

Help avoid the agony of a tooth issue with cinnamon. Having cinnamon oil has been shown to be effective against infections in the mouth.

According to a comparative study of cinnamon oil and clove oil on some oral microbiota:

Cinnamon oil was found to be more effective than clove oil exhibiting a broad spectrum of antibacterial activity inhibiting all the ten test bacterial species involved in dental caries.

Cinnamon has also been shown to be effective in treating halitosis and mouth sores.

12. Treat Bug Bites

Cinnamon has antifungal properties. So mixing it on a small wound would help keep the bug bite clean and prevent infection. People like to mix the cinnamon with honey since it also has healthy properties for skin. Mix it and apply to the bug bite.

11. Stomach Ache Remedy

Since cinnamon has antioxidant and antibacterial properties, it can help in keeping the stomach healthy and fight infections causing your stomachache. Just drink water infused with cinnamon for a bad case of indigestion. Doing this can also help settle your stomach when you eat poorly-cooked meat or fish.

10. Reduces Inflammation

Reducing inflammation in your body is one of the best things you could do for your health. Inflammation is the cause of just about every health issue a person develops. Therefore, reducing inflammation would have the opposite effect. Instead of pain, you get pain relief.

From what?


To be more specific, arthritis. Inflammation of the joints. Reduce the inflammation, joints get better. Simple. Ingesting cinnamon regularly may be an effective way to reduce the joint pain, swelling and other symptoms of arthritis.

Cinnamon contains anti-inflammatory properties. So it does a good job at helping combat inflammation. This reason alone is more than enough to ingest this spice on a regular basis.

9. Cinnamon Food Preservation

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Cinnamon can help us preppers preserve food. It’s a natural preservative. It will help preserve any meal you want.

Just add a pinch to the food and store.

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8. Sooth Neck Pain

Among the many properties, cinnamon has, it also has aromatherapeutic properties. Meaning these properties are released into the air around it. And these properties have been shown to help ease shoulder and neck tension.

Grind some cinnamon sticks into a powder, and add some water to make a thick paste. Apply it on your forehead, temples, neck and lie down for about 30 minutes or until the scent wears off. That’s essentially all you do to get the aromatherapeutic benefits.

7. Weapon Against Infections and Viruses

There are organic compounds found in cinnamon called cinnamaldehyde and eugenol which help ward off different kinds of infection. Cinnamaldehyde is also the aldehyde that gives cinnamon its flavor and odor.

There was a study on the antibacterial effect of cinnamon that found it to be an effective treatment for respiratory tract infections.

6. Hearty Functioning

Cinnamon’s antioxidants, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties have been shown to lead to healthier levels of fat in the blood. Less belly fat, less fat in the blood. This effect enhances the overall functioning and performance of your heart. [perfectpullquote align=”right” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”#749e5a” class=”” size=””]This effect enhances the overall functioning and performance of your heart.[/perfectpullquote]

5. Decrease Risk Of Getting Cancer

Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is what helps cancer cells grow. And cinnamon contains polyphenols. Polyphenols have been shown to be able to fight these VEGF, preventing the cancer cells to grow and spread.

The polyphenols that cinnamon contains have also shown to aid in killing off certain cancer cells by causing positive-inflammation.

4. Healthy Skin

Because of the anti-fungal properties and all the antioxidants. Cinnamon makes a great candidate for skin care health. These compounds give our skin what it craves to reduce the effects of aging and skin elasticity.

Our skin is your largest organ, let’s take care of it.

3. Bug Repellent, Specifically, Ants, and Moths

Cinnamon is a strong and potent substance. So naturally, it makes a great repellent.

Combine a few cinnamon sticks with 1/2 cup of whole cloves and 1/2 cup of whole black peppercorns. Put the combination in a sachet and place the sachet in a place of your choosing. The rest will be history.

2. Brain Booster

Cinnamon is stimulating for the brain, it boosts its activity, which is a good thing. It has a few major benefits for your brain.

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Cinnamon is a good source of the powerful antioxidant manganese. Two teaspoons of cinnamon provide about half the RDA of manganese, a powerful antioxidant that is crucial for brain and body health.

In another study done on a small group of people showed that just the scent of this spice can improve the performance and function in memory-related activity.

Lastly, Science Daily posted about a study that was done on mice showed that cinnamon provided protection against dopamine production and improved motor function in those with Parkinson’s disease.

1. Antioxidants

Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants. More than you would think since it’s such an inexpensive spice. One teaspoon is packed with more antioxidants than half a cup of blueberries.

Antioxidants are crucial to our health in general, specifically in the aging process. They help us survive by fighting off illness and disease. They have been shown to be particularly helpful for your heart, vision, skin and brain function.

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Note: This post was originally published on Nov 14th, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.


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