From Asian origin, Cinnamon is the dried inner bark of the branches of evergreen tropical trees, belonging to the genus Lauraceae "Cinnamomum".
Ceylon Cinnamon, Fine Cinnamon, Queen Cinnamon or true Cinnamon is the most prized. It is derived from "Cinnamomum zeylanicum" tree native to Sri Lanka. The smell is pleasant, aromatic flavor, this is extracted essence.
China Cinnamon or Cassia cinnamon comes from "Cinnamomum cassia" is less valuable, it is more woody and has a stronger aroma.
Today most of the cinnamon is actually "cassia". It comes in rolls consisting of a single layer. The two products are distinguished by the color, the true cinnamon has a very light yellow-brown color, while cassia is reddish brown and has a consistency similar to cork, slightly crumbly.
There is also a "Cinnamon garofanata" (or Black C.), is obtained from Dicypellum caryophillatum (Brazil and Guyana). Its odor is similar to that of cloves and is used to sofisticarne dust.
100 grams of cinnamon contain 247 k / cal, divided into sugars, proteins and fiber, minerals and vitamins A and B.
The cinnamon properties are:
It stimulates blood circulation, thanks to the coumarin, makes the blood more fluid, helps to lower cholesterol levels in the blood reduces the feeling of hunger, it recommends its use during periods controlled diet.
It promotes digestion after heavy meals because it stimulates the secretion of gastric juices and activates the digestive enzyme trypsin.
Some scientific studies have identified in cinnamon polyphenols (MHCP) similar to insulin that make this spice useful for those suffering from diabetes mellitus, or Type II, to lower blood glucose levels.
It has always been a natural anti-inflammatory useful for seasonal influences, such as colds and the like. It improves intestinal flora especially useful for those suffering from diarrhea or intestinal bloating.
Hot water with two berries cinnamon brew is a balm to combat menstrual pain!
There is no winter without Cannella !! His soothe infusions and warm.
Fighting female infertility due to cinnamaldehyde increase progesterone levels, also called the pregnancy hormone, and lower levels of testosterone.
Its scent stimulates the central nervous system and improving memory, useful for people suffering from neurodegenerative diseases.
The essential oil contains many antioxidants thanks to the tannins present and coumarin, it can be used as a disinfectant, mouthwash to soothe inflammations such as gingivitis.
You can use, as recommended grandmothers, for fumigations, 2 drops are enough!
Excessive use can lead to the liver and kidney disorders related to the presence of coumarin, which can become toxic.
It is not recommended its intake during pregnancy, lactation and children under 3 years old and for people suffering from gastric or gastroesophageal reflux.
Who makes use of oral anti-inflammatory (NSAID) or Cardioaspirin, must pay attention to the possibility of gastric lesions
The essential oil can cause allergic reactions such as hives.
It is advisable not to exceed 3 g daily.
In ancient Egypt it was used as a spice useful for the process of embalming the dead, unlike the ancient Romans who used cinnamon as a spice aphrodisiac.
Pharmaceutical information about the applications and the consumption of food plants have no indication for self-prescription. In the case of diseases, especially if severe, you need to individually track them with your doctor.