Cinnamon powder (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
Avoid in pregnancy and with stomach ulcers unless in amounts usually used in food.
Large doses may cause allergic skin reactions, particularly in sensitive individuals.
Part used: Inner bark
Habitat: The cinnamon tree is small, evergree and native to tropical forests of Sri Lanka and Southern India. 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.
Folklore and History: 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!
Constituents: Tannins, essential oil, coumarins, cinnelanin, cinzelanol
Actions: Warming, sedative, carminative, orexigenic, spasmolytic, antibacterial, antifungal, anthelmintic, blood sugar lowering, blood cholesterol lowering, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, immune stimulating, hypotensive
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.
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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