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Guide to Cinnamon

Margaux J Rathbun, B.S., N.T.P.
Thursday, December 1, 2016

When you think of the flavors associated with the holiday season, what comes to mind? Chances are, your mouth starts watering at the aroma of delicious cinnamon! From cookies to cakes to simple garnishes, cinnamon is a staple spice of the holidays.

Cinnamon has been used for thousands of years not only for the unique flavor that it brings to dishes but for its abundant health benefits as well. Curious to learn more about how this savory spice can benefit you? Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about cinnamon:

What is Cinnamon?

It’s no secret that cinnamon is a spice commonly used around the world. What many people don’t know is that cinnamon actually comes from the inner bark of several trees from the genus Cinnamomum.

Cinnamon has a woody yet sweet flavor and usually comes in stick or ground powder form. There are two types of cinnamon - Ceylon cinnamon and Cassia cinnamon - which we will discuss in a moment!

What is the History of Cinnamon?

Cinnamon has a history as rich as it’s unique flavor! The Chinese botanical textbooks mentioned it as early as 2700 B.C., and it is frequently mentioned throughout the bible.

Cinnamon was valued so highly among various ancient civilizations that it was viewed as a gift fit for gods and monarchs. The Greeks are said to have used it to flavor wine while the Egyptians used it for aromatic burning.

Around 1518, Portuguese traders discovered cinnamon at Ceylon (Sri Lanka), conquered its kingdom of Kotto and gained control of the cinnamon trade for nearly a century. This lasted until the Ceylon kingdom of Kandy allied with the Dutch in 1683.

Ceylon was taken over by the British in 1784, but by then cinnamon was being cultivated in other parts around the world. It was no longer considered a rare commodity due the fact that other varieties of cinnamon were being sold to people who loved the sweet, rich flavor.

How is Cinnamon Used?

Cinnamon can be used in a variety of ways, mainly in cooking. It is considered a staple spice in many baked good recipes and it is often used in hot drinks including coffees, teas, and even cocktails.

Cinnamon can also be taken for it’s amazing health benefits. It's for this very reason that ORGANIC INDIA created their Organic Cinnamon capsules, making it easier than ever to use this amazing spice for all its worth.

What are the Health Benefits of Cinnamon?

ORGANIC INDIA Cinnamon capsules are designed to support sugar metabolism in the body. Cinnamon has been studied for its antioxidant properties and positive effect on supporting proper digestion, namely due to its warming properties.

In the Vedic tradition, Cinnamon is a warming herb with sweet, pungent, and bitter rasas (tastes). Ayurveda uses Cinnamon as an addition to herbal churnas (mixtures of herbs that are intended to balance an individual’s constitution), that promote nutrient assimilation and disguise the taste of less palatable herbs.

In Ayurveda, cinnamon is thought to strengthen agni, which is described as an individual’s digestive fire and strength and ability to assimilate life experiences meaningfully.

ORGANIC INDIA's Cinnamon capsules are USDA-Certified organic, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free. They are also Non-GMO Project verified as well as Kosher and Halal certified. Learn more about the Cinnamon capsules here.

Are there Different Types of Cinnamon?

Ceylon vs. Cassia

Ceylon cinnamon grows in Madagascar, Sri Lanka, and the Seychelles, where Cassia cinnamon comes from China and Indonesia. Ceylon is often considered “the real deal” and tends to be more expensive. That’s why Cassia is what you will traditionally find on the shelves at your local supermarket.

ORGANIC INDIA only uses Ceylon cinnamon, which is known as True Indian Cinnamon or True Cinnamon. This means it has a sweeter and more delicate flavor that its rival, Cassia.

How Can you Tell the Difference Between the Two?

Ceylon will be brighter in color, have a lighter taste, and will be less spicy.

How Can I Incorporate Cinnamon into my Daily Routine?

Thanks to ORGANIC INDIA, it’s easier than ever to start using authentic Ceylon cinnamon! Simply take two capsules, twice a day, with food and water. You can even pour the contents of the ORGANIC INDIA cinnamon capsules into smoothies, tea, coffee, oatmeal and other tasty recipes. The possibilities are endless!

About the Author

Margaux Rathbun

Margaux J Rathbun, B.S., N.T.P., is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and the creator of Authentic Self Wellness. Her mission is to inspire others to live authentically as their true selves, nourishing their bodies with the nutrients needed to look and feel their absolute best. Margaux lives outside of Portland Oregon with her husband Jeff and their three dogs.