What is Cinnamon?
Cinnamon is one of the oldest known spices n the world but one of the most preciated nature treasures.
Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of several trees from the genus Cinnamomum, originated in the island of Sri Lanka. Rolls of this bark, also called as quills are manufactured as the spice called as cinnamon.
The spice has been used for thousands of years. It was brought by Egyptians as far back as 2000 BC and is mentioned in both the Hebrew Bible and the Talmud. It was so highly prized among ancient nations that it was considered as a gift fit for monarchs. However, spice merchants kept the secret where it came up to Middle Age.
In ancient Egypt it was used not only as a beverage flavoring and medicine, but also as an embalming agent. It was due to the highly preservative properties of this so appreciate spice.
It was so highly treasured that it was considered more precious than gold.
Around this time, cinnamon also received much attention in China, among the most appreciated Chinese medicinal herbs (mentioned in one of the earliest books on Chinese botanical medicine, dated around 2,700 B.C).
Cinnamon’s popularity continued throughout history. It became one of the most relied upon spices in Medieval Europe. Due to its demand, cinnamon became one of the first commodities traded regularly between the Near East and Europe. Ceylon cinnamon is produced in Sri Lanka (90% of the world’s cinnamon), India, Madagascar, Brazil and the Caribbean, while cassia is mainly produced in China, Vietnam and Indonesia.
Oftentimes, both Ceylon cinnamon and the Chinese one (cassia) are labeled as cinnamon. If you want to find the sweeter, more refined tasting variety you have to know that this is the Ceylon and, generally, it is less available. Because all of the layers of bark are used, cassia is generally more reddish brown, harder, coarser and thicker (2–3 mm thick) than Ceylon cinnamon. Cassia (also known as Chinese cinnamon) has a harsher taste than true (or Ceylon) cinnamon.
Just like with other dried spices, try to select organically grown cinnamon since this will give you more assurance that it has not been irradiated.
It has a wide range of historical health applications in different cultures, and over the years some of the anecdotal uses have included boosting cognitive function and memory, treating rheumatism, helping with digestion and relieving certain menstrual disorders.
Having known for such a long time and for so many cultures, there were many health benefits from cinnamon:
- since an aphrodisiac to efficient remedy for nausea;
- from diarrhea to coughs and common or severe colds.
- Cholesterol lower (with ½ teaspoon included in the daily diet. Also Cinnamon may significantly lower LDL “bad” cholesterol, and triglycerides (fatty acids in the blood) and total cholesterol.
- There were showed interesting results in blood sugar levels reduction in Type 2 Diabetes: it was proved the insulin sensitivity and blood glucose control by taking as little as ½ teaspoon of cinnamon per day. Improving insulin resistance can help in weight control as well as decreasing the risk for heart disease. Including a little cinnamon in the food helps those suffering from coronary artery disease and high blood pressure.
- reducing the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells. a study released by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Maryland showed the cinnamon benefits in
- the combination of calcium and fiber from Cinnamon can help to remove bile, which prevents damage to colon cells, thus prevents colon cancer.
- brain activity boosting: is considered as a good brain tonic. It helps in removing nervous tension and memory loss.
- anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-parasitic and antiseptic properties, it is effective on external and internal infections as well.
Benefits of Ground Cinnamon to the Skin
Cinnamon is also used in skin care for its astringent, anti-bacterial properties to soothe skin irritations as well as due to its property of accelerate the blood flow circulation. It is always beneficial for the skin well being. It is very helpful in the dry skin care. It also stimulates and warms the skin and is used also for massage products to help relax muscles.
An easy home remedy for dry skin is a mixture of: three drops of cinnamon essential oil with 2 tablespoons olive oil (or petroleum jelly) and apply it to fine lines to plump out the skin; it turns out as an efficient help for wrinkles. It’s best to avoid the eye area as cinnamon oil can cause burning if it gets in your eyes. You may carefully apply it to the outside of crow’s feet, away from the eye. This mixture might be also helpful in plumping lips and can substitute a lip gloss.
According to an article on Earth Clinic.com it was observed that instead of the patches of eczema you can use a mixture of 1tblsp of honey + 1tblsp of cinnamon and apply over the affected areas.
(Warning: do not use this mixture on children or on patches of eczema on face; try a small test area and if you note any irritation wash off immediately)
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The Happy Hangover
Jack wakes up with a huge hangover after attending his company’s Christmas Party. Jack is not normally a drinker, but the drinks didn’t taste like alcohol at all. He didn’t even remember how he got home from the party. As bad as he was feeling, he wondered if he did something wrong.
Jack had to force himself to open his eyes, and the first thing he sees is a couple of aspirins next to a glass of water on the side table. And, next to them, a single red rose! Jack sits up and sees his clothing in front of him, all clean and pressed. He looks around the room and sees that it is in perfect order, spotlessly clean. So is the rest of the house.
He takes the aspirins, cringes when he sees a huge black eye staring back at him in the bathroom mirror. Then he notices a note hanging on the corner of the mirror written in red with little hearts on it and a kiss mark from his wife in lipstick: “Honey, breakfast is on the stove, I left early to get groceries to make your favorite dinner tonight. I love you, darling! Love, Jillian”
He stumbles into the kitchen and sure enough, there is a hot breakfast, steaming hot coffee, and the morning newspaper all waiting for him. His son is also at the table, eating. Jack asks, “Son… what happened last night?”
“Well, you came home after 3 in the morning, drunk and out of your mind. You fell over the coffee table and broke it, and then you puked in the hallway, and got that black eye when you ran into the door.”
Confused, he asked his son, “So, why is everything in such perfect order and so clean? I have a rose, and breakfast is on the table waiting for me?”
His son replies, “Oh THAT! Well, Mom dragged you to the bedroom, and when she tried to take your pants off, you screamed,’Leave me alone, I’m married!”