Cinnamon- fragrant spice, known since ancient times. The references to cinnamon are from Chinese sources, dating back to around 2800 BC. Imagine that a kilogram of cinnamon was paid for with a kilogram of gold. From this we can conclude that cinnamon was "worth its weight in gold" in the truest sense of the word. Cinnamon was the preferred spice, therefore, only rich people could afford it.
Back in 1505, Lorenzo do Alma, a European navigator, discovered brown trees in Ceylon. This year, the freedom of Ceylon came to an end - for several centuries the island fell into slavery.
Currently, cinnamon is available to all residents of the planet Earth, although it is not always possible to talk about the authenticity of cinnamon. Often, craftsmen fake it by mixing various flavors and colors into the brown extract (cinnamon substitute). In order not to stumble on a fake, cinnamon is recommended to buy in the form of cinnamon sticks. This is a 100% guarantee of quality and safety of useful properties and aromas. It makes more sense to buy cinnamon where its homeland is. Only not everyone can afford it, therefore, it remains to be content with what is.
Kinds of cinnamon
- Chinese cinnamon,or plain cinnamon. Chinese cinnamon is also called cassia cannel. South China is considered to be the birthplace of Chinese cinnamon. This type of cinnamon has a sharp taste and smell.
- Ceylon Cinnamon,or noble - the most expensive and valuable cinnamon. This type of cinnamon is grown in India, Indonesia, Brazil, Guiana, non Martinique, Ceylon and Reunion. Ceylon cinnamon has a delicate aroma, a pleasant sweetish taste, slightly burning.
- Cinnamon- spicy cinnamon with a rich, pungent smell, spicy and slightly burning taste. Cinnamon is home to Indonesia, and more specifically the Moluccas.
- Malabar cinnamon,or wood cinnamon - brown cinnamon. India is considered the birthplace of this type of cinnamon. Malabar cinnamon - sharp, having a bitter taste.
Cinnamon and its composition
- Essential oils
- Brown aldehyde (about 60%)
- Eugenol (4 to 18%)
Cinnamon: useful properties
- Cinnamon is used to prevent colds.
- Cinnamon has a fever-reducing effect, but at high temperatures it can increase headaches.
- Cinnamon has a diuretic effect, so it is recommended to take it in diseases of the liver, gall bladder and kidneys.
- Cinnamon is an excellent medicine against many diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.
- Cinnamon together with honey perfectly copes with cardiovascular diseases.
- Spice lowers blood sugar levels, strengthens the heart muscle, so cinnamon is useful for diabetes.
- Cinnamon has a bactericidal property, therefore it removes bacteria, toxins and slags from the body.
- Cinnamon helps to deal with arthritis.
- For the elderly, cinnamon is beneficial in that it increases concentration, promotes mental activity and improves mobility.
- To strengthen the immune system, it is recommended to take cinnamon with honey, the same combination helps to lose weight (read the article Cinnamon and honey for weight loss).
- Cinnamon is able to cope with skin diseases such as eczema, fungus, dermatitis, some types of lichen, psoriasis, etc.
- Cinnamon powder is sprinkled with wounds and cuts for quick healing.
- During transitional age, adolescents are advised to lubricate the areas affected by acne with honey and cinnamon decoction.
- To reduce itching and pain when biting, it is recommended to rub the cinnamon and honey solution into the bite site.
- To cope with a toothache, cinnamon impose on a bad tooth.
Despite the benefits of cinnamon, it has a number of contraindications. Basically, contraindications relate to pregnant girls. The fact is that cinnamon provokes a contraction of the uterus, therefore, cinnamon can provoke a miscarriage.
- Cinnamon should not be consumed by nursing mothers, with internal bleeding and with high blood pressure.
- Cinnamon is contraindicated for people with individual intolerance or hypersensitivity to spices.
- Consider the frequent consumption of cinnamon provokes rapid heartbeat, increases excitability and increases pressure.
- In large use, cinnamon damages the liver and provokes headaches. In all the fault coumarin contained in the spices.
Draw conclusions Cinnamon should not be consumed when:
- Individual intolerance.
- Internal bleeding of various genesis.
- Nervous increased excitability.
- High temperature.
- Breastfeeding and pregnancy.
- The use of drugs that thin the blood.
See also: Cinnamon for hair.
Everyone can choose for themselves the most suitable option for the use of healthy cinnamon spice. The most important thing is to remember about the extent and proper use of cinnamon.