Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum) is an oriental plant, which in many cuisines of the world is used as a spice for sweets and savory dishes. In the traffic, cinnamon usually comes in powder form or in the form of well-known cinnamon sticks.
Do you use real cinnamon?
Not every cinnamon is true one. On the side that is not a real cinnamon; the real problem is that false cinnamon can cause severe consequences for human health. In fact, in the markets there are two types of cinnamon:
- Cassia (Chinese) cinnamon
- Ceylon cinnamon
Cassia cinnamon is actually false cinnamon, which are mainly located in the traffic, and have the lower price. It can be identified by something darker colored powder, and if it is in the form of sticks, it is dark brown in color and has less wound bark, which has cavity in the middle.
Ceylon cinnamon is a true original cinnamon that comes from Sri Lanka, and just marked can be considered as true cinnamon. Unlike the previous, Ceylon cinnamon is identified by the stick with lighter brown color that is built of layers, but hasn't got a cavity in the middle.
|Left - Ceylon cinnamon / Right - Cassia cinnamon|
Another important thing that separates the false from the true cinnamon is the chemical structure. In the Chinese cinnamon has been found a larger quantity of coumarin, which is very harmful to the kidneys, especially if taken over a long period of time.
In Ceylon cinnamon, coumarin content is very small, even negligible, which is why this type of cinnamon is safe to use.
How essential oil of cinnamon is obtained?
The essential oil of cinnamon is obtained by water distillation of the leaves and bark of cinnamon tree. The essential oil of cinnamon has to be organic with information on the country of origin and with the certificate.
Characteristic of oil from cinnamon is very concentrated value and it can’t be applied directly to the skin or orally administered, but must be pre-diluted with a base oil, like olive oil.
What are the benefits of cinnamon oil?
Antibacterial and antifungal operation
Reduces symptoms of diabetes
Reduces the risk of stroke, heart attack, cardiovascular disease
It speeds up metabolism and burns calories
It can prevent nervous diseases - Alzheimer's, Parkinson
It is used for massage because it’s heated
In Ayurveda is used to regulate digestion and nerve treatment
Disinfectant action on mouth mucosae and on teeth
lifted the immunity and prevent colds, bronchitis and lung disease
In aromatherapy is applied together with other oils * thyme, lavender, ginger, grapefruit, incense for the treatment of respiratory diseases, rheumatism and pain
It soothes indigestion and reduces nausea
Purifying the Skin
Cinnamon is an excellent repellent – it banishes mosquitoes
How to create your own macerate from cinnamon?
If you want to use cinnamon sticks you have at home, it is best to prepare natural macerate from cinnamon, or replacement for essential oil of cinnamon.
You will be required:
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Ceylon cinnamon sticks
Fill the jar with Ceylon cinnamon sticks to the top.
Cover them with olive oil so that they are completely submerged in oil.
Leave the glass in a warm place for 3 weeks.
Strain through cheesecloth, and keep it in dark bottles in a dark, cool place.
How to use oil of cinnamon?
Cinnamon oil has been declared safe for consumption by the US Food and Drug Administration.
Get up teaspoon of cinnamon oil, mixed with base oil a day to raise the level of immunity and protect from the disease.
The massage oil of cinnamon must be diluted with base oil (olive) and then rub it into the skin. The oil of cinnamon has the property to heat so it recommends in state of the rheumatism, arthritis, pain and poor circulation.
Put a drop of oil from the cinnamon on toothpaste, for maintenance of dental hygiene in oral cavity.