Cinnamon Herb - Herbal Tea
Cinnamon is a tree native to Sri Lanka and South India and the bark of the Cinnamon tree is used as a spice all over the world. (Yes, those little rolled cinnamon sticks are actually bark!)The Cinnamon tree grows to be about 10 – 15 meters high and produces a small purple berry which contains a single seed.Cinnamon trees are cut down almost to the ground after growing about 2 years and several shoots will then grow up from the roots. The shoots are stripped of their bark and it is set out to dry for commercial use. There are two widely used variations of Cinnamon, Cassia and Ceylon; Cassia being the stronger of the two, however the Ceylon is considered to be the true Cinnamon.
It is said that around 100 AD Pliny the Elder wrote that 350 grams of Cinnamon was equal in value to over 5 kilograms of silver which would make Cinnamon about 15 times greater in value by weight.
Cinnamon can be a flavorful and useful component of any tea and can be produced by boiling a Cinnamon stick in 8 ounces of water for 10 minutes and that water used for steeping any tea. You can also add 1/8 of a teaspoon of dried powdered Cinnamon to 8 ounces of hot water or added to tea. Adagio Teas has over 50 teas that contain cinnamon!
Cinnamon Uses & Herbal Remedies
Cinnamon Tea Benefits
Cinnamon is used world wide as a spice and used along with sugar to flavor cereals, deserts, breads and even beverages.
Cinnamon is often used in herbal remedies as it will aid in the effectiveness of other herbs.
Cinnamon has been used to treat diarrhea, colds, flu, arthritis and even yeast infections.
Cinnamon oil can be used to deaden the nerve associated with tooth pain.
Traditionally Cinnamon has been used to enhance personal spirituality, speed healing and increase passions.
The over use of Cinnamon oil in toothpastes, gums and ingestion can lead to gum inflammation and sensitivity.
High dosed of Cinnamon, generally with the internal use of the oil is cautioned during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Cinnamon can be an allergenic and can topically can cause skin irritation.
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