Cinnamon: use and ingredients
Cinnamon bark serves primarily as a spice, but also as a flavoring and remedy. Thus, it comes in the form of rolls, as a break or powder, as an oil or in the form of other extracts ("oleoresin") in the trade, not only to pepper nuts, but also to be mixed with liqueur and bitters, toothpaste, chewing gum, cosmetics and perfumes,
The cinnamon bark contains cinnamon aldehyde (65-75%) and eugenol (about 5%), as well as the essential and volatile essential oil (0.5-2.5%). In addition, in small quantities numerous other substances such as alcohols, mucilage, starch, tannins, methylhydroxy-chalcone polymer (MHCP) and phenylpropanoids (safrole, coumarin).
The effect of cinnamon
Since time immemorial cinnamon is said to have beneficial properties. Salomon sprinkled his camp with myrrh, aloe and cinnamon to spice up the night of love. In the Persian region ointments with cinnamon and honey were used to strengthen the desire and virility.
But also in folk medicine cinnamon has a permanent place. It is said to have a disinfecting and antispasmodic, circulation-promoting, soothing and mood-enhancing effect. So cinnamon is traditionally used primarily for loss of appetite and indigestion such as flatulence and diarrhea, but also for inflammation, rheumatism and low back pain, colds and pains.
In Ayurveda, cinnamon has a high priority - so it is recommended both in the diet and in certain disorders (for example menopausal symptoms). Also in traditional Chinese medicine it is used as a remedy, for example, in cold weather, tension and circulatory insufficiency. In addition, cinnamon is also used in aromatherapy mainly because of its strengthening, warming and inspiring and creativity stimulating effect.
Cinnamon has disinfecting properties
Due to its disinfecting properties, cinnamon is recommended as an addition to wiping water and insoles. Eugenol, which has a higher concentration in the cinnamon leaves (and smells of cloves) is used in dentistry as an analgesic and antibacterial agent. In addition, he is - as cinnamaldehyde - the ability to combat insects.
Some excitement was provided by studies showing that cinnamon, with its ingredient MHCP, has an insulin-like effect and can lower blood sugar levels. In addition, there were positive effects on blood lipid levels. However, this effect is not enough to be able to use it therapeutically in diabetics.