- Cinnamon has been found to be an effective natural remedy for eliminating headaches and migraine relief.
- When added to food, cinnamon inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.
- Cinnamon fights the E. coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices.
- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower your bad cholesterol (or LDL).
- Honey and Cinnamon combined has been found to relieve arthritis pain.
- Just smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.
- Cinnamon can also help stabilize blood sugar (which is great for weight loss). A couple of dashes in your morning tea or cereal is all it takes!
- Cinnamon may help treat Type 2 Diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels and increasing the amount of insulin production in the body.
- Cinnamon has anti-fungal properties, and it's been said that candida cannot live in a cinnamon environment.
- Cinnamon has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.
- First when Moses is commanded to use both sweet cinnamon and cassia in the holy anointing oil
- In Proverbs where the lover's bed is perfumed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon;
- In Song of Solomon, a song describing the beauty of his beloved, cinnamon scents her garments like the smell of Lebanon.
- Cassia(Cinnamon) was also part of the consecrated incense described in the Holy Bible
It was offered on the specialized incense altar in the time when the Tabernacle was located in the First and Second Jerusalem Temples. The offering of incense was an important component of the Temple service in Jerusalem. Psalm 45:8 mentions the garments of the king (or of Torah scholars) that smell of myrrh, aloes and cassia.
Cinnamon is harvested by growing the tree for two years then coppicing it. The next year, about a dozen shoots will form from the roots.
The branches harvested this way are processed by scraping off the outer bark, then beating the branch evenly with a hammer to loosen the inner bark. The inner bark is then prised out in long rolls. Only the thin (0.5 mm (0.020 in)) inner bark is used; the outer, woody portion is discarded, leaving metre-long cinnamon strips that curl into rolls ("quills") on drying. Once dry, the bark is cut into 5–10 cm (2.0–3.9 in) lengths for sale.
The bark must be processed immediately after harvesting while still wet. Once processed, the bark will dry completely in four to six hours, provided that it is in a well-ventilated and relatively warm environment.
Cinnamon bark is widely used as a spice. It is principally employed in cookery as a condiment and flavoring material. It is used in the preparation of chocolate, especially in Mexico, which is the main importer of cinnamon.
Most of cinnamon's health-promoting activity comes from its powerful essential oils. In addition to its unique essential oils, cinnamon is a great source of the trace mineral manganese and a good source of dietary fiber, iron and calcium.
Like all spices, don't skimp on purchasing your cinnamon organically whenever you can. Spices are generally fumigated in a very unnatural way - either through irradiation or fumigation with pesticides - both highly unsavory for post-consumption. By seeking out organic companies, you know you're getting the best quality cinnamon that took sustainable farming and production practices to heart in the creation of your full-bodied, highly-enriching product.
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