Cinnamon is also known by the names Cassia, Sweet Wood, and Gui Zhi. The part of this plant used are the dried inner bark of the shoots, and the oil distilled from the bark and leaves. Cinnamon is an ancient herbal health mentioned in Chinese texts as long ago as 4,000 years. Cinnamon was used in ancient Egypt for embalming. In ancient times, it was added to food to help avoid spoiling. During the Bubonic Plague, sponges were soaked in cinnamon and cloves, and placed in sick rooms.
Cinnamon was the most sought after spice during explorations of the 15th and 16th centuries. It has also been burned as an incense. The smell of Cinnamon is pleasant, help stimulates the senses, yet calms the nerves. Its smell is reputed to attract customers to a place of business. Most s consider Cinnamon a simple flavoring, but in traditional China, it's one of the oldest supportives, prescribed for everything from diarrhea and chills to gastroenteritis and parasitic worms.
Cinnamon comes from the bark of a small Southeast Asian evergreen tree, and is available as an oil, extract, or dried powder. It's closely related to Cassia (Cassia tora), and contains many of the same components, but the bark and oils from Cinnamon have a better flavor. Cinnamon has a broad range of historical uses in different cultures, including supporting diarrhea, joint pain, and certain menstrual disorders. Traditionally, the bark was believed best for the torso, the twigs for the fingers and toes. Research has highlighted hypoglycemic properties, useful in maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. Cinnamon brandy is made by soaking crushed Cinnamon bark a "fortnight" in brandy.
While most s consider Cinnamon a simple flavoring, traditional Chinese health has prescribed this herb everything from diarrhea and chills to gastroenteritis and parasitic worms. Chinese herbalists tell of older people, in their 70s and 80s, developing a cough accompanied by frequent spitting of whitish phlegm. A helpful supportive, they suggest, is chewing and swallowing a very small pinch of powdered cinnamon. This supportive can also help people with cold feet and hands, especially at night. Germany's Commission E approves Cinnamon for appetite loss and indigestion. The primary chemical constituents of this herb include cinnamaldehyde, gum, tannin, mannitol, coumarins, and essential oils (aldehydes, eugenol, pinene). Cinnamon is predominantly used as a carminative addition to herbal prescriptions. It is used in flatulent dyspepsia, dyspepsia with nausea, intestinal colic and digestive atony associated with cold and debilitated complaints. It supports nausea and vomiting, and, because of its mild astringency, it is particularly useful in infantile diarrhea. The cinnamaldehyde component is hypotensive and spasmolytic, and helps support the increase peripheral blood flow. The essential oil of this herb is a potent disinfectant, and uterine stimulant. The various terpenoids found in the volatile oil are believed to account for Cinnamon's health uses.
Test tube studies also show that Cinnamon can augment the action of insulin. However, use of Cinnamon to improve the action of insulin in people with blood sugar level concerns has yet to be proven in clinical trials. Topical applications of Cinnamon include use as a hair rinse for dark hair, and as a toothpaste flavoring to freshen breath. As a wash, it supports infections such as athletes foot. It can also be used in massage oils. You can also place Cinnamon in sachets to repel moths. Its prolonged use is known to beautify the skin and promote a rosy complexion. The common name Cinnamon encompasses many varieties, including Cinnamomum cassia and Cinnamomum saigonicum, which are used interchangeably with Cinnamomum zeylanicum.
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Stir 1/4 of a teaspoon into a glass of water and consume 3 times daily, with meals.
Not recommended if you are pregnant or lactating.
Not recommended if you have excessive menstrual bleeding.
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