Ah…the flavor, the color, the scent of cinnamon! Apple pie or snicker-doodles baking in the oven makes your house smell like…well, home…thanks to cinnamon. So, given that Christmas is just around the corner, I’ve decided to dedicate my very first informational post to cinnamon, the ultimate comfort spice.



Not only is cinnamon an invaluable staple in cooking and baking, but it also has amazing health benefits. Cinnamon may help with: Type 2 diabetes; Menstrual disorders; Fever; Asthma; Arthritis; Stomach ailments; Psoriasis; Stress; Congestion; Insomnia; Colds; Cancer; Candida; and Circulation. It supports the: Biliary system; Stomach; Nervous system; Spleen-pancreas; Bladder; Liver; Kidneys; Digestive system; Cardiovascular system; Respiratory system; and Circulatory system.

Neat facts:

— Cinnamon is actually bark from a tree, dried and rolled into sticks.
— “Cinnamaldehyde” is the compound in the bark that gives cinnamon its scent and flavor.
— Studies have shown that as little as ½ teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower LDL cholesterol.
— Cinnamon oil exhibits antifungal, antiviral, bactericidal and larvicidal properties.
— Cinnamon is used in Chinese herbal therapy to cure epilepsy.
— Cinnamon is one of the first-known spices, dating back to 2800 B.C..
— Cinnamon was so valuable in ancient Rome that it cost 15 times more than silver to purchase.
— Because cinnamon was so widely sought in European explorations, some say that it indirectly led to the discovery of America.
— Just the scent of cinnamon has been shown to enhance cognitive processing and boost brain function.
— One teaspoon of cinnamon has the antioxidant equivalent of one cup of pomegranate juice or a half-cup of blueberries.

Tips:

— Add a little ground cinnamon or a cinnamon stick to your coffee grinds while brewing – cinnamon enhances the flavor of coffee.
— Add a cinnamon stick to a cup of hot tea, hot chocolate or some warm apple cider for added flavor (and health benefits).
— Cinnamon isn’t just for toast; add it to your cereal, oatmeal, pancake batter, or anything else you can think of!
— Whole spices stay fresher longer than ground spices, so if you want to grind your own cinnamon, buy sticks that smell fragrant and sweet, and use your coffee grinder; if desired, purchase an inexpensive coffee grinder that you can devote strictly to spice grinding.
— Cinnamon should be stored in a tightly sealed container in a cool, dry place; storing it in the refrigerator in a glass jar will keep it fresh even longer.

Note: People taking prescription blood-thinners shouldn’t overdo their cinnamon intake because of its anti-coagulation properties.

Complete nutritional data for cinnamon can be found here: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/spices-and-herbs/180/2


One Response to “Cinnamon…the Ultimate Comfort Spice”

  1. easy recipes Says:

    Really good post. Thank you.

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