Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices dating back to biblical times for its medicinal benefits. In fact, Moses used it as an ingredient in holy anointing oils (Exodus 30:22-25). Cleopatra (69-30 B.C.) is said to have carried cinnamon with her jewels. During the Roman Empire, cinnamon bark was burned as incense in the temples, and wealthy Romans used it in their baths.
Cinnamon has amazing health benefits, and you should be adding it to your diet every day.
Cinnamon comes from the bark of the cinnamon tree from Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Known for its thermogenic ability, it will increase your metabolism and help you burn fat and lose weight. Cinnamon is also a great anti-inflammatory and anti-viral that will help you from getting sick.
Easy Ways to Add 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of Cinnamon to your diet daily:
* Add to your tea or coffee
* Cook with it or sprinkle on your fruit
* Use it as an essential oil
Doctors have even suggested that even smelling cinnamon can improve memory and performance of certain tasks!
But did you know there is more than one kind of cinnamon? The two most popular are: Ceylon (True) Cinnamon which comes from the bark of the Cinnamomum zeylanicum tree in Sri Lanka, and Cassia (Chinese) Cinnamon which comes from the bark of the Cinnamomum cassia tree grown in China and Indonesia. When we go to the grocery store’s spice aisle, we are typically purchasing the harsh and pungent Cassia Cinnamon.
Both varieties share some benefits. However, the aroma and taste of Ceylon are far more appealing.
Here is a great source of Ceylon cinnamon (Click Here)
Here is a great informative podcast of the health benefits of cinnamon from Dee McCaffrey’s podcast (Click Here)