Calm a scratchy cough with a cinnamon-infused drink: Soak cinnamon sticks in cold water for several hours, then sip. This beverage contains mucilage, a water-soluble fiber that coats and soothes the throat, says Lillian M. Beard, MD, author of Salt in Your Sock and Other Tried-and-True Home Remedies.
Trying to lose some weight? Use cinnamon. The spice regulates swings in blood sugar, cutting hunger spikes, according to research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For a low-cal fat-busting treat, sprinkle some cinnamon on slices of baked apple. (Studies show that people who eat apples consume fewer cal-ories and have less abdominal fat.)