Cinnamon, properties and uses

Therecinnamon,also known ascinnamonor technically likeCinnamomum verum, is a tree native to Sri Lanka from which the homonymous spice is obtained, which is also widely used by us Italians. Cinnamon is a spice with a dry and pungent but at the same time sweet aroma.

Cinnamon is a spice that is not obtained from the seed or fruit, but from the stem and twigs which, once freed from the external cork and treated, take on the classic appearance of a small fragrant and hazelnut-colored parchment. There cinnamonin fact, it can be sold whole or in powder form.

Less widespread in Italy is thecinnamon essential oil, obtained by macerating the cinnamomum bark in sea water and then distilling. Essential oil is less used in cooking and more popular as a natural remedy for various conditions.

Cinnamon - Properties

Therecinnamonit has a strong antioxidant power, up to 62 times more than apple. Due to its properties it has always been used as a natural remedy against colds and as an antibacterial and antispasmodic. According to a large number of researches, thecinnamonit would be able to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, helping to relieve hypertension disorders, plus it has an antiseptic function on respiratory system disorders.

Always according to what was reported by some researches, thecinnamonwould be able to regulate postprandial glycaemia in both obese and normal weight patients. Betweenpropertylinked to cinnamon there is a strong antifungal activity that promotes peripheral circulation. For hisproperty, thecinnamonit is widely used in theAyurvedic medicine.

The press in late June 2011 reported that some Tel Aviv University researchers have discovered that a cinnamon extract can inhibit the development of Alzheimer's disease. The study, published in Plos One, by Dr. Michael Ovadia and colleagues from the UTA Department of Zoology.

How to use cinnamon

There cinnamon it can be used to flavor sweets, jams, pies, creps, smoothies, centrifuges… but there are also alternative uses; you can use the cinnamon to prepare DIY perfumers, deodorants or soaps. We refer you to some guides that provide for the use of the cinnamon.

  • How to make a natural scrub
  • DIY natural perfumes for the home
  • Do-it-yourself room fragrances
  • How to make soap at home
  • Pumpkin and citrus fruit jam
  • How to prepare fig jam

Cinnamon sticks retain their aroma when placed in tightly closed glass jars and away from sources of heat and light.

How to prepare a cinnamon infusion?
Who does not intend to use thecinnamonas a spice to combine with other foods, it can be used for the preparation of an infusion. Put the cinnamon in a cup and add the water just boiled then leave to infuse for 15 minutes and finally strain the herbal tea. To drink in the morning and in the evening on an empty stomach.

Video: Health Benefits of Cinnamon. Dr. Josh Axe (January 2022).