Benefits and harms of cinnamon, medicinal properties
According to historical information, EuropeanResearchers discovered the island of Ceylon in the 16th century, where trees grew under the name "cinnamon". Their bark in a dried form, richly impregnated with essential oils and is a famous seasoning. Nevertheless, it was used long before the European expansion into America. Historians give examples of references to cinnamon still by the inhabitants of ancient Rome and Egypt, it also occurs in the Jewish chronicles. The earliest mention is 2000 BC. It is believed that the Chinese rulers of that time actively exported the spice to Egypt. Where it grew and how it got to the pharaohs is a mystery.
Scope of cinnamon
After thousands of years - nothing has changed. In ancient times, spices were used in food, as a flavoring, in medicine. Absolutely the same its application now. As a spice, it is added to a wide variety of products: chocolate, alcoholic beverages, ice cream, meat, fruit and vegetables. Excellent, it has proven itself for the preparation of marinades and in conservation.
Perfumers found spices use in perfume. With the help of special technologies they extract essential oil from the tree bark, which is one of the components of perfumes.
Finally - medicine. Probably the widest application: ointments, tinctures, teas, aromatherapy, all this became possible due to the proven therapeutic properties, which we will talk about below.
Therapeutic properties of cinnamon: composition
To better understand the benefits that spice gives, let's figure out what the cinnamon consists of:
- Essential oils - consist of 80% of cinnamonAldehyde. Oil is prescribed a beneficial effect on the body as a whole, as well as more specific properties: it stimulates blood circulation, improves metabolism, helps with colds;
- Tannins - have pronounced properties that help fight bleeding and inflammation;
- Polyphenol is a natural insulin, helps with diabetes and has a number of other qualities;
- Eugenol - antiseptic, one of the main components, is used in perfumery.
Application of spices in traditional medicineQuite diverse, since the spice has many features. In Asia, often, it can be used as a remedy against bacteria, replacing standard antiseptic drugs. She falls asleep to the damaged skin. But traditionally, tinctures from spice are used to treat colds, strengthen immunity and cardiovascular system.
Benefits and Harms of Cinnamon: Recipes and Cautions
Of course, the benefit of this product is andThis is proved not only by doctors, but also by time. Thousands of years old people used cinnamon, praising its qualities. Today it continues to be popular. Here are a couple of interesting recipes:
- From colds and to relieveRespiration: 1 tablespoon of honey mixed with half a teaspoon of seasoning, diluted in a glass of hot water. Drink such a drink 2 times a day for a week;
- Get rid of bad smell from the mouth: the recipe is the same, but the amount of cinnamon is increased to 1 tsp. Dilute in a glass of warm water and rinse the mouth cavity in the morning.
In addition, you can take the rule of adding a pinch of spice to coffee, tea, food. Long-term use will significantly strengthen the cardiovascular system.
Yet, despite the benefits, you need to beCareful, especially when choosing a bag of spices, carefully studying where it is made. It's all about the substance content of coumarin. In Ceylon varieties, it is minimal, and in "fake" cinnamon can reach 2 grams per kg. Kumarin causes cancer and in large amounts can lead to liver damage, kidney damage, severe headaches.