Cinnamon | Cinnamomum zeylanicum

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£3.50 50g       

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)

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December 2018

Such a familiar spice and a common Christmas decoration, but how much do you really know about it?
Cinnamon quills start as the flat inner bark of a small tropical evergreen tree. As the bark dries it curls to make quills and the best quality cinnamon is smooth, light brown and paper thin. Cinnamon (not cassia) is one of the oldest known spices, with records of its use in China going back to 2,800BC and it is found in culinary and medicinal traditions from Asia, through the Middle East and Europe. In the Spice Wars in the 1600s Cinnamon was briefly more valuable than gold! 


Traditionally cinnamon has long been used for easing digestive problems, nausea and colic and we use it for its strong antimicrobial action in the gut against tummy bugs or imbalance in the microbiome. More recently clinical research has shown it to be effective in reducing blood pressure by increasing peripheral circulation (that means warm hands and feet at Christmas!). Research also shows that cinnamon, when taken regularly longer term, lowers blood sugar levels by increasing glucose uptake in the cells and inhibiting pancreatic secretions; useful support during Type 2 Diabetes or insulin resistance. Do get advice from a medical professional or give us a bell if you're concerned, but cinnamon can be a delicious, safe support for all sorts of digestive, circulatory and blood sugar issues or a traditional warming antimicrobial remedy for colds for all the family. Note that true cinnamon is different from cassia, which can cause problems if taken regularly or in larger doses. 


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