What it is:
Cinnamon is a sweet spice that is very versatile, used in and out of the kitchen and is so often taken for granted. It comes from the inner layer of bark derived from dozens of varieties of evergreen trees that belong to the genus Cinnamomum. Farmers first shave the outer bark of the tree, then shave the inner bark – which is the cinnamon layer. When it dries, it forms strips that curl into rolls, otherwise known as cinnamon sticks. The sticks are then ground to create a cinnamon powder.
What it does:
Cinnamon has been used as both a spice and medicine for thousands of years, dating back to ancient Egypt. The active principles in the cinnamon spice are known to have anti-oxidant, anti-diabetic, anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, as well as warming and soothing properties. There’s an endless list of health benefits attached to this spice. It’s said to lower blood sugar levels, prevent bacterial and fungal infections, and reduce the risk of heart disease.
How I use it:
I love cinnamon! I sprinkle it on anything I can. It tastes so good and adds a little extra sweetness to my food and teas. I always add some to my cooked oats, my Turmeric “Golden milk” tea and soothing tea for when I have a cold/flu. Cinnamon mixed with honey is my go to DIY face mask to help soothe my acne-prone, blemished skin. Try purchase organic cinnamon to reap the most benefits from this wonderful spice.
Who else loves cinnamon as much as I do? Leave me a comment and let me know how you like to use it in your home.
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