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Monday, January 30, 2012

Know more about Cinnamon

Monday, January 30, 2012
Summary About Cinnamon

Cinnamon's name derived from the Greek word meaning sweet wood. These plants grow in the island of Java. Included in the family Laureceae, cinnamon tree (Cinnamomum zeylanicum or scientific name), timber tree has a maximum height of 9 meters with bark smooth gray. The leaves are lance-shaped eye with a length of about 20 cm and a width of 5 cm. The leaves are green on top and white on the bottom. Small flowering with white or yellowish forming clusters.

Part of the cinnamon tree is used is wood inside a darker color because on the inside of the fragrant smell of the skin while the outer part does not smell nice. The inside of the bark will be dried in the sun. The result, the bark will form a coil which is then cut into 5-8 cm long stalks of small or ground into powder form. Forms like these that we usually find and used as fragrances and flavor enhancer in foods, beverages or used as aromatherapy and perfume materials.

Benefits of Cinnamon

In addition as fragrances and flavor enhancer in foods and beverages, cinnamon or cinnamon has some efficacy to relieve health problems because cinnamon contains manganese, iron and calcium. The benefits to health complaints, among others to lower blood sugar, lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, improve memory, relieve muscle and joint pain, gum and teeth problems, ulcers, relieve headaches, migraines, sore throat overcome, alleviate stomach problems and cramps during menstruation as well as eliminating the problem of bad breath.

You can drink the decoction of grated cinnamon to try to address the health problems that you experience when you do not mix with food or beverages. For the problem of sore throat, mouth sores or bad breath, simply by rinsing with boiling water with a ratio of ½ teaspoon cinnamon with 1 cup water.

For longer storage, cinnamon in powder form is more appropriate because it can be stored for 6 months, while cinnamon sticks are not for cinnamon in powder form. Save cinnamon in a cool, dry and dark.

Cinnamon Presenting Tips

Some ways of presenting as a connoisseur of cinnamon to foods and beverages include:

  • Use small cinnamon sticks as stirrers in hot beverages such as chocolate, milk, hot cereal or in drinks

  • Along with brewed tea.

  • Mix cinnamon powder in a cake or add small pieces of cinnamon to decorate your cake.

  • Used as a condiment in dishes such as memmbuat rice, pasta, meat or vegetables.

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