Spicy Cinnamon

ground-cinnamonCinnamon has been valued for centuries as a spice, meat preservative and as a commonly used tea ingredient.  Cinnamon comes from a tropical evergreen laurel tree found in moist, hot climates.  The bark or quills (rolled bark) are used in powdered, cut or whole. There are 2 types of cinnamon on the market-Sweet or True Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) which is sweeter and lighter in color than Cassia Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia).  cinnamontree-292Cassia is thick, single layer of bark and is usually what you find in the grocery stores while True or Sweet is layered and superior in taste.

There are so many uses for cinnamon!  It is warm, spicy and commonly found in baking items, pumpkin and milling spices, and in many tea blends.  Cinnamon has been reported to help with digestion, possible weight loss, lowers cinnamonblood sugar & cholesterol and has antibacterial and antifungal effects.

According to the German Coomission E the daily dose is 2-4g of bark or 0.05-0.2g of essential oil.  Some people may be allergic to cinnamon and may display allergic skin reactions to mucosa and it is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

The following information is for educational purposes and not for self diagnosis.  Always consult with your health care professional whenever needed.