Cinnamon has been used for thousands of years. It is Thought to be one of the oldest known spices to man. It is second to black pepper in use in the united states and Europe.
A cinnamon tree has small white or yellow flowers, shiny leathery oval-shaped green leaves, purple berries, and thick bark. The bark and leaves are what is used the most. The tree is grown for two years then cut down to ground level to encourage more growth. Cinnamon is extremely aromatic and has a sweet and pleasant flavor used in cooking sweets and many other foods.
The organic compounds of cinnamon essential oils are determined by the part of the plant the oil comes from.
The organic compound in the cinnamon bark is Cinnamaldehyde. Another organic compound is Eugenol which comes from the leaf of the cinnamon tree. The root of the cinnamon tree has an organic compound of Camphor.
The most widely used is the bark and the leaf cinnamon oils. Cinnamon leaf oil is more yellow to the barks red-brown color.
Cinnamon bark oil is derived from the outer and inner bark. Usually more expensive than cinnamon leaf oil. Inner bark and leaf are usually used for medicinal uses where the outer bark mostly used in cooking.
There are hundreds of cinnamon varieties. But only two that are mainly used the Cassia and the Ceylon cinnamon. Both cinnamon is healthy but Cassia(regular) cinnamon is the most used and can be harmful in large doses because of the coumarin content. Cassia is more bitter where Ceylon is lighter in taste. Ceylon cinnamon (verum cinnamon or True cinnamon) is considered the safest. Ceylon cinnamon is Commercially grown in Brazil, India, and the Caribbean. Most of the cassia cinnamon comes from Indonesia but is also grown in Vietnam, China, and Burma.
Cassia and Ceylon cinnamon are obtained from The bark of the cinnamon trees. The bark curls inward for cassia and like a newspaper for Ceylon. High levels of coumarin are naturally found in cassia and can cause liver damage.
Cinnamon bark is commonly used in soap, perfume, lipstick, mouthwash, toothpaste, gum, cough syrups, nasal sprays, colas, and for flavoring foods. Cinnamon has a good deal of health benefits, It has been known to reduce heart disease and lower blood sugar levels.
The cinnamon essential oil is good to use for disinfecting, an antiseptic, antibacterial, antispasmodic, antifungal, insect repellent. This essential oil has been accredited to boost your immune system, improve blood circulation, brain functions, improve heart health, boost energy, eases muscle aches sprains, arthritis, rheumatism. It also fights against viral infections (ie cough, colds) aids in destroying bacteria that causes staph infections, can ease chest congestion and bronchitis..nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, digestion, abdominal disorders, and fever.